Iloilo City Government’s long-standing plan to build its own hospital finally got the nod following persistent lobbying for its urgency amid the pandemic.
This, after the Department of Health (“DOH”) granted August 2, 2021 the Certificate of Need (“CON”).
A CON must be secured before a new hospital or healthcare facility can be constructed.
Mayor Jerry Treñas initiated the idea as a COVID-19 response which forms part of a Health Complex which will consist also of Molecular Laboratory and Quarantine Facility at Brgy. San Pedro, Molo.
The 104-bed Level 2 hospital will have an Intensive Care Unit (“ICU”) and specialist doctors per DOH standards.
City Hall had been pressing for the project for quite sometime.
“I got this message from DOH Sec. Francisco Duque III: I already signed the Certificate of Need for your hospital. Thank you for approving our appeal for the approval of the construction of our hospital which was denied by DOH-6,” Treñas said.
The metropolis as regional center is experiencing full bed capacities in hospitals due to surge in COVID-19 cases. (Iloilo City PIO)