P594-million new Aurora Memorial Hospital (AMH) to the provincial government

The Japanese government has recently turned over the P594-million new Aurora Memorial Hospital (AMH) to the provincial government here.

The AMH, which is hailed as the “most elegant government hospital” ever built in the country by the Japanese government, is seen to fortify medical referral system and give quality medical services for the local residents here.

Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo received the certificate of turn-over in ceremonies at the lobby of the AMH from Japan International Cooperating Agency consultant Hozumi Ogawa, also the project manager of the consortium Azusa Sekkei Co. Ltd. and International Technical Engineering Management (Intem) Consulting, Inc. and Yoshihisa Hatano, project manager of the Toyo Construction Co. Ltd. (TCCL), which was tapped by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to build the project.

The new AMH, which is located at Barangay Reserva here, have five buildings with a total floor area of 3.969 hectares namely the 1.5-hectare administration and emergency room building, operation and delivery building, ward building, service building and ancillary buildings.

The hospital was built through a P509-million grant-in aid from JICA and P85 million in counterpart funding from the provincial government.

Shingo Imai, general manager of the Toyo Construction Corp. Philippines, said that the AMH is by far the “most beautiful government hospital” ever built by the Japanese whose buildings, facilities and equipment are at par, if not better than St. Luke’s Hospital and other modern hospitals in Metro Manila.

“This hospital is of very good quality and comparable to the best hospitals in Japan,” he said.

The improved facilities would also enhance the hospital’s examination and medical care capacities, especially in surgery and obstetrics and gynecology departments and the quality of medical services.

In the process, the AMH would also be used as the training institution for the midwifery and nursing students from the University of the Philippines School of Health Sciences in the province.

After the turnover of the new hospital, Angara-Castillo said they will setup for its full operation in the first quarter of 2012.

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