Oro mayor seeks PGMA support for city hospital
Cagayan de Oro City (6 September) -- CITY Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula is seeking financial support from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for the completion of the annex building of the J.R. Borja General City Hospital in Cagayan de Oro.
Mayor Jaraula said that he expressed such an intention when President Arroyo visited the city during the recent celebration of the city fiesta last month.
He is optimistic that President Arroyo will approve his request for a financial allocation to ensure the completion of the 600-bed capacity hospital building.
It can be recalled that in the first two weeks of his administration, Mayor Jaraula conducted an ocular inspection of the P28-million hospital project and the existing facilities of the city hospital to get personal information on its present condition and the needs for its improvement.
Mayor Jaraula said that it is high time for the unutilized building to be used for its intended purpose if only to accommodate more indigent patients from the city and neighboring places.
He said that with the city's role as a burgeoning metropolis in this part of Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro must also be equipped with facilities that will address the health and medical needs of its people.
The new hospital building is a three-storey facility, which can accommodate up to 600 hospital beds, more than twice the capacity of the old city hospital facility.
Mayor Jaraula's plan to improve the facilities of the city hospital is in line with his intention to address the healthcare needs of the city population as one of his priority programs which also included rural development, sanitation, peace and order, quality education, and tourism development. (Cagayan de Oro City IO/PIA-MisOrOccCam i-Net) [top]