MORE than 10,000 patients have been catered at the Marilog District Hospital since it got its license to operate in February 2021.
In a press release from the Davao City Information Office, over 10,000 patients have been accommodated for outpatient services, delivery, and admission, minor surgical procedures, animal bite treatment services, Covid-19-related services, among others.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio graced the inauguration and blessing of the Marilog District Hospital, Department of Health (DOH) Botika ng Bayan, and the Lingap sa Mahirap Marilog Satellite Office on Wednesday, November 17.
Duterte-Carpio said the city is planning to strengthen the operations of the Marilog Hospital.
“Una namong naistoryahan mas pakusgon nato ang atoang PhilHealth, ang paggamit sa Philhealth dinhi ug masulod sya sa atoang health care nga balaod. Dako ang masulod nga kwarta sa reimbursements gikan sa kani nga pamaagi para masustain nato atoang operations,” the mayor said.
(We have discussed strengthening the use of PhilHealth here and that it would be included in the universal health care law. Through this, more money will come from reimbursements so we can sustain our operations.)
Duterte-Carpio also said the possibility of Marilog Hospital gaining autonomy was also discussed.
“Kinahanglan nga dunay autonomy sa hospital para paspas sila makalihok. Maglisod man gud sila kung naka attach sila pirmi dinha sa City Mayor’s Office o City Health Office. Kinahanglan naa silay autonomy diri nga magpadagan ug mag operate sa ilang ospital,” she said.
(The hospital needs to have autonomy so they can move faster. It would be difficult for them to always be attached to the City Mayor’s Office or City Health Office. They need to have the autonomy to run and operate the hospital.)
The mayor also said the hospital is eyeing to open an operating room with surgeons who can attend to surgical cases, as well as cesarean operation and other medical needs that would require an operating room and anesthesia.
Pertinent documents are being readied for its possible operation, she said.
The Marilog District Hospital, the first Davao City-run infirmary, has a 10-bed capacity, 14 medical-related services, and 73 medical and non-medical staff.
In addition, a similar hospital will be constructed in Paquibato District and in Mintal. The latter will be in partnership with the University of the Philippines Mindanao.
With the operation of more hospitals in the city, she said there is no reason for the public to be behind in medical services.
“Duna na tay hospital dinhi. Duna nay mga doctors mapangutana kabahin sa ilang gibati. Open kini seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Wala nay rason nga makita ta na ang mga tao walay access sa atoang mga doctors o health care workers and medicines,” Duterte-Carpio said.
(We have a hospital here. We have doctors whom you can consult for any health issue. It is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. There is no reason for people not to have access to our doctors or health care workers and medicines.) (With reports from CIO)