New Hospital in Manila to Open Soon
Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim announced last Sunday that a new 150-bed hospital is expected to open next month in the 3rd District of Manila.
“City residents will soon enjoy having their own hospital to run to for medical and dental attention and for their surgical and laboratory needs. Being fully subsidized by the city, all patients, with priority to the indigents, will be treated for free,” said Lim in a statement.
Lim wants the 150-bed Jose Abad Santos Maternity and Child Hospital in Numancia, Binondo to soft open by early October even if the permit granted it by the Department of Health (DOH) is for a pre-natal, maternity and pediatric hospital. However, the services available in the new healthcare facility are comprehensive just like those offered in any tertiary hospital, according to Dr. Teodoro Martin, director of Ospital ng Maynila.
This is the fourth district hospital established by Mayor Lim in the city. A fifth district hospital will soon rise in District 6, Sta. Ana by early 2010. The mayor wants the hospital in Sta. Ana named after the late President Corazon C. Aquino, Martin said.
Martin was personally designated by the mayor to fill up the plantilla positions giving priority to the 250 volunteer nurses from other hospitals in the city in staffing the new district hospital.
The hospital will have facilities like ultra sound, X-rays, complete laboratory, CT scan, complete operating rooms, dialysis, dental, ophthalmology treatment rooms, maternity wards and labor and delivery rooms.
Health care is among the priority agenda of the mayor not just by ensuring a hospital per district but by providing periodic medical and dental missions to the barangays from the Manila Department of Health.
Martin said health care services are also available in the 51 health centers and the day-care centers which provide medical and dental services from Monday to Friday and the five to six birthing places or lying-in facilities operated by the City of Manila for the residents.