LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Benguet caretaker congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap shelled out some P10 million from his personal resources for the procurement of the needed equipment and the put up of the first-ever molecular laboratory in the province to heighten the government’s campaign against the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the province.
Yap, who chairs the House committee on appropriations, set that aside from the P5 million earlier given to procure the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and automated extraction machines that is temporarily loaned to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC), some P5 million will also be used to construct a 2-storey structure within the compound of the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) as site for the province’s molecular laboratory and other possible uses for the available spaces that will be created.
He disclosed that he is closely coordinating with the management of the St. Luke’s Medical Center, Medical City, and other private hospitals in Metro Manila that are upgrading their existing units of equipment so he can purchase their old equipments at reasonable prices for the same to be used in the BeGH as they are still in good working condition.
The lawmaker claimed the 2-storey structure that was constructed through his own personal resources to serve as the site for the province’s molecular laboratory is more than enough to accommodate other components of the hospital and additional units of health equipment that will contribute in improving the services being offered by the health facility in the delivery of health care services to the people who come from inside and outside Benguet.
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Congressman Yap assured the people and officialdom of Benguet that he will follow up the counterpart bill of the Senate on House Bill (HB) 6171 that seeks to re-nationalize the BeGH and increase its present 200-bed capacity to 400 for better delivery of health care services to people seeking medical treatment from the said facility.
According to him, he wants that the law that will bring back to the management of the hospital to the health department should be signed into law by President Rodrigo R. Dutert6e by the end of the year so that its budget could already be included in the 2021 annual budget of the national governments that the funds being appropriated by the provincial government from local sources will be used to fund the implementation of priority development projects in the remote areas in the province.
Congressman Yap claimed that one of the government’s priority thrust is to sustain the effective and efficient delivery of health care services to the grassroots level to provide people with quality services in barangay health stations, rural health units, municipal health centers, provincial and regional hospitals, in the country so they will remain productive and contribute in the overall development of the country.
Yap asserted that the provincial government can use the funds it will save from the re-nationalization of BeGH for the improvement of other district hospitals in the province.
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