The Department of Health has allotted P36 million more for the acquisition of an oxygen generating plant for the Central Block building of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital.

The amount is in addition to P100-million allocation for the upgrading of health facilities in the province.

DOH Assistant Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, who met with Gov. Roel Degamo at the Capitol in Dumaguete City, also said P49 million has been appropriated for the district community and primary hospitals of the province.

She said the fund will be downloaded to the provincial government after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan gives Degamo the authority to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the DOH.

Ubial, who heads the Visayas Operations cluster, said that aside from the P36 million oxygen generating plant,a bidding is being conducted by the DOH for the purchase of equipment for hospitals all over the country, and P100 million is allotted for Negros Oriental.

The equipment include a computed tomography, or CT, scan, ultrasound, blood gas analyzer, hospital beds, cardiac monitor, fetal monitor, and operating room equipment and table. The bidding is being conducted under the bulk purchase system.

The oxygen generating plant was requested by Degamo to be installed at the NOPH while the Central Block building is being constructed, so that indigent patients can avail of better quality inpatient and outpatient care.

In its session Monday, the SP authorized Degamo to enter into a MOA with DOH for the release of P49 million for district hospitals in the province.

These include the expansion and construction of out-patient department, emergency room, and wards, repair, renovation and completion of existing hospital and support facilities at the Luz-Sikatuna Community Primary Hospital in Guihulngan City worth P3 million.

The Bayawan District Hospital, Gov. William Villegas Memorial Hospital in Guihulngan, Bindoy District Hospital, and Inapoy Community Primary Hospital in Mabinay were each allotted P8 million, and the Amio Community Primary Hospital in Sta. Catalina and the Kalumboyan Community Primary Hospital in Bayawan City, P3 million each.

Another P8 million was set aside for the completion of the HFEP phase 1, renovation, expansion and construction of support facilities at the Bais District Hospital.*JG