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Davao Mental Hospital to get upgrade

by RG Alama

Davao City (6 June) -- The 92-year old Davao Public Hospital building which currently houses the Davao Mental Hospital will get a much needed upgrading and facelift, according to Dr. Leopoldo Vega, chief of the Davao Medical Center which oversees the regional psychiatric facility.

Vega said that a P100-million budget has been allotted for the upgrade which is slated to start this year, already the Davao Medical Center, has repaired the third floor of the decrepit facility.

He said that the Mental Hospital structure is already in a sorry state, Vega is particularly concerned with the electrical system of the Hospital which needs immediate rewiring citing the possibility of fire occurring to faulty wiring. Also, the hospital's ancient septic tank needs to be declogged.

Another issue is overcrowding, as the hospital meant to accommodate 200 patients is already holding 300 mental patients. A new wing will be built at the back of the hospital to expand its capacity as Vega noted that most discharged patients are still being returned to the hospital by the family and relatives.

Citing the historical significance of the Mental hospital being one of the oldest intact structures in Davao City, Vega says the fašade will be retained and restored.

The Hospital was built in 1917 as the Davao Public Hospital. During World War II it was garrisoned by the Japanese and served as a United States Army hospital in 1945. It was renamed as the Davao General Hospital in 1946 and in 1957 it was upgraded again renamed as the Davao Regional and Medical Training Center.

In 1964 a modern medical complex was completed and inaugurated along J.P Laurel Avenue, The regional hospital completed the transfer to its present site in 1966. The old hospital would then host the government regional medical center's psychiatric facility. (PIA XI) [top]

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