The P74-million European Community-funded Out Patient Department (OPD) of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) is expected to be completed in November this year and to be fully operational in January next year.
Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Dante Domingo clarified that the multimillion-peso project has five components.
These are the main building which has three floors, the two-storey building with private rooms, clinical areas, offices and ambulance bay, the renovation of the old OPD with several rooms, the powerhouse and the 5th component being the water cistern.
Dr. Domingo explained there is no point in comparing the OPD building of the NOPH with other buildings in the city. He issued the statement in the wake of comparisons made between that one of the provincial government and another hospital in the city.
He further stressed that being the center of wellness and a place of refuge for patients, the OPD at NOPH needs a strong structure.
The five components are inter-connected to each other, to include the administration building and the impending construction of the central block building.
Meanwhile, Dr. Domingo explained the water cistern collects the rainwater to be pumped back to the flushing system of the hospital, thereby, saving millions of pesos in expenses while the powerhouse is important in case of power outage.