A P2-million fund is allocated to upgrade the existing buildings and facilities of three Lanao del Norte provincial hospitals under the Provincewide Investment Plan for Health Program or PIPH of the provincial government.
Under the program, the amount will be used for the repair and reconstruction of operating rooms, delivery rooms, wards, dietary and laboratory sections and other health facilities as well as upgrading of the comfort rooms of the provincial hospitals in the coastal towns of Kapatagan, Kauswagan and Kolambugan, all of Lanao del Norte.
Initially, the three provincial hospitals have already undergone upgrading of some of their facilities as part of the Health Facility Enhancement Program of the Department of Health (DOH).
“We are very thankful for the infrastructure support given by DOH. The expansion projects would enable our hospitals to cater to more patients in and around Lanao del Norte and neighboring areas,” Lanao del Norte Governor Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo said.
The Center for Health Development of the DOH in Northern Mindanao 10 headed by Dr. Jaime Bernadas has already requested for additional funds from the DOH Central Office to upgrade other government hospitals in Lanao del Norte under the PIPH.
Lanao del Norte has seen a steady increase in the admission of patients in its provincial hospitals after Governor Dimaporo introduced major health reforms in the provincial healthcare system.