To ensure the accessibility of quality healthcare services for the people in the community, OIC Health Secretary Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire inspected the readiness of SOCCSKSARGEN General Hospital (SGH) to upgrade from an Infirmary Hospital to a Level 1 Hospital, in order to accommodate more patients and expand service provision to neighboring areas.
During the inspection, the OIC, together with key officials from the DOH Central Office and Regional Office, went around the hospital’s facilities, ensuring the completeness of equipment to manage a wide range of diseases, and to ascertain the adequacy of manpower required to care for more patients and operate a level 1 hospital.
Determining the readiness of the hospital, as well as recognizing the congestion in other hospitals in the province and the need for more facilities to be able to cater to more patients, the OIC directed the hospital administration and the leadership of the Region XII Center for Health Development to facilitate the immediate upgrading of SGH to a level 1 hospital.
“Dama natin ang kakulangan ng ating mga pasilidad na nagbibigay ng serbisyong medikal sa Maguindanao, lalo na’t nakikita natin ang ating mga pasyente na nakikipagsiksikan sa ibang mga ospital. Ngayong nakita na nating handa ang SGH na tumanggap ng mas maraming pasyente, inatasan po natin ang ating ospital at Center for Health Development na mag-upgrade ng hospital classification upang mas maraming pasyente ang ma-accommodate natin at masigurong naaalagaan natin ang lahat ng kapatid nating Maguindanaoan na nangangailangan ng serbisyong pangkalusugan.” the OIC said.