LINGAYEN---The Pangasinan Provincial Hospital in San Carlos City will soon operate on a 400-bed capacity, this is almost three times its present 140-bed capacity.
The green light to expand came Monday when the Sangguniang Panlalawigan endorsed the hospital’s application for license with the Department of Health.
The SP in its regular session on Monday unanimously approved Provincial Resolution No. 411-2014 requesting for the SP’s endorsement to enable the PPH to apply for a license to increase its bed capacity from 150 to 400 beds.
Board Member Antonio Sison, author of the resolution, said the endorsement is a requirement of the DOH to facilitate the issuance of a permit to upgrade a health facility.
Sison said the need for the increase in bed capacity which has been long overdue was triggered by the influx of patients who have been seeking medical services from government hospitals which have become a hospital of choice.
The improvement and rehabilitation work done on the 14 government hospitals in Pangasinan upon the assumption of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. has resulted to a significant increase in the number of patients and the monthly hospital bed occupancy rate, Sison pointed out.
Towards this end, the SP member stressed that there is a need to support the plans of PPH to provide sufficient and higher quality medical and health services to its patients by increasing its bed capacity.
This, he said, is also attuned with the main thrusts of Gov. Espino’s administration to have a grassroots basic health care program to accommodate all people especially the poor.
Provincial Health Officer Anna Ma. Teresa De Guzman noted that the PPH is actually catering beyond their bed capacities due to the increased number of patients. At times, they have been accepting 450 to 500 patients so the provincial government has provided extra beds and folding beds at the hospital aisles and lobbies to accommodate the patients.