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ISKO TO PUT UP ‘WORLD-CLASS’ REGIONAL HOSPITALS

Presidential candidate and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso committed to building 17 world-class regional hospitals and upgrading community health centers and salaries of their staff as a way to improve the country’s public health system.

At a presidential forum organized by the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) on Friday, the Aksyon Demokratiko standard-bearer said the construction of these hospitals will be prioritized in the first two years of a Moreno presidency to ensure that those needing medical care are provided with proper treatment.

Moreno shared his experience in Manila where he just opened the Bagong Ospital ng Maynila, which he hopes to replicate in other parts of the country.

“Health is in a dismal state as shown by the problems encountered during the pandemic,” lamented the 47-year-old leader.

“Even if we move forward and treat COVID-19 as an endemic as we gradually remove restrictions, we need to prepare and upgrade our health facilities.”

According to Moreno, he will build 17 regional hospitals across the country which are comparable to other countries, together with the upgrade of barangay health centers.

According to the National Health Facility Registry of the Department of Health, there are 23,239 barangay health stations around the country out of over 42,000 barangays.

Moreno shared his experience in Manila where he just opened the Bagong Ospital ng Maynila, which he hopes to replicate in other parts of the country.

According to the National Health Facility Registry of the Department of Health, there are 23,239 barangay health stations around the country out of over 42,000 barangays.

The city is home to Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Hospital (150-200 beds), Ospital ng Tondo (50 beds), Justice Abad Santos Medical Center (150 beds), Ospital ng Sampaloc (50 beds), Sta. Ana Hospital (200 beds, PT and robotics center), Bagong Ospital ng Maynila (384 beds, 12 intensive care units (ICUs) and 30 private rooms), and Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital (344 beds).

To address the need for additional hospital beds during the pandemic, the 317-bed Manila COVID-19 field hospital was built in 52 days. It is now being utilized to care for Manila and non-Manila residents suffering from severe COVID-19 symptoms.

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