BANGUED, Abra—In support of the government’s health agenda called “Kalusugan Pangkalahatan,” Abra’s new provincial hospital finally opened its doors to the public.
Aiming to improve access to quality health-care services in hospitals and other health facilities by the poor and marginalized sectors in the community, the hospital is located at Barangay Calaba in the capital town of Bangued adjacent to the old hospital.
The new provincial hospital is a two-story structure with a floor area of 5,498 square meters and a 170-bed capacity, an improvement from the existing hospital. Aside from new equipment, the new hospital will also receive state-of-the-art CT scan, digital x-ray, x-ray machine and a C-arm.
The construction of the new hospital is funded by a P180-million loan obtained from the LandBank to cover the infrastructure, auxiliary system, taxes and allowable mark. The construction was commenced in February 2010 and completed in 14 months.
Aside from the loan, an additional P20 million was appropriated to cover the completion of the civil works which includes the cementing of the parking lot and access roads, the strengthening of the retaining wall, and the land escape.
To assure continuous service and provision for potable water, the additional amount was able to add up for the installation of a high-tech ultra-filtration water system and a 500-KVA generator including a sewerage-treatment plant, compliant with the waste-management law.
With its soft opening and pending the acquisition of new equipment, the new hospital temporarily serves as extension of the old hospital, housing the private rooms and the wards.
With the support of Abrenian expatriates under the adopt-a-room project initiated by Abra First Lady Ruby Bersamin, each private room has a television set, a refrigerator, and an air-conditioning unit.
Re-elected Gov. Eustaquio Bersamin said the new hospital is in support of the “Aquino Administration’s Health Agenda,” also called “Kalusugan Pangkalahatan” in partnership with the Department of Health to improve access to quality health-care services in hospitals and other health facilities for the poor and marginalized sectors in the community.
The Department of Health approved a grant in the form of brand-new medical equipment for the hospital.