DAVAO DEL NORTE, Oct. 8 (PIA)--The Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) together with the Department of Health opened today the DRMC Ward Extension Infirmary to residents in the outlying areas of Davao del Norte and adjacent provinces.
In an interview, DRMC Chief of Hospital, Dr. Bryan Dalid expected the infirmary to serve not only residents of San Isidro Municipality but even those from the municipality of Laak in Compostela Valley Province and Loreto in Agusan del Sur.
"This is serving not only San Isidro but borderline municipalities. Kung diri ka magsugod layo ang DRMC (in Tagum); layo ang District hospital (in Kapalong); layo ang district hospital sa pikas probinsya (Davao de Oro). (From here, DRMC (in Tagum) is far; the district hospital (Kapalong) is also far; the district hospital of the nearby province of Compostela Valley is also far)," he said.
The infirmary is about 50 kilometers from Tagum City where its main hospital, Davao Regional Medical Center is located in Barangay Apokon.
Dalid explained that the DRMC Infirmary is crucial to extending health services to indigenous peoples and indigents and that he sees this government facility as a solution to end local insurgency.
"Because anything that is government; nga na feel sa tao nga ang gobyerno nagpaduol sa ilaha it will really foster decrease in insurgency. Kay gipadaul na didto ug ma feel na sa tao ang presenciya sa gobyerno, dili na sila mag insurgency. (When the people feels the government is getting near them, that will really foster a decrease in insurgency. Since the people have felt the presence of government, they would no longer be with insurgency.)," he said.
Dalid said the DRMC Ward Extension Infirmary has already been issued with license to operate by the Department of Health XI. It has started serving out-patient services equipped with electronic X-Ray machine which transmits results to DRMC in Tagum to be read by experts and be sent back to the Infirmary. It also has laboratory, pharmacy and birthing facility.
The project is pushed through with the funding assistance of Davao del Norte 1st District Congressman Pantaleon Alvarez who vows to file a bill to elevate the infirmary to a primary hospital with a capacity of 100 beds.
The Municipal Government of San Isidro has donated the land where the Infirmary is built. Municipal Mayor Arnel Sitoy profusely thanked DRMC, DOH XI and Alvarez for choosing San Isidro as the site of the community hospital noting the distant location of San Isidro to government health facilities. (PIA XI/Jeanevive Duron Abangan)