Brooke’s Point opens new hospital

Costing over P125 million, the area where the Southern Palawan Provincial Hospital was built was donated by the municipal government of Brooke’s Point. (File photo)

The over P125 million-worth new hospital that was inaugurated in Barangay Tubtub, Brooke’s Point municipality on June 28 is now called the “Southern Palawan Provincial Hospital” (SPPH).

Called the flagship hospital project for having almost complete facilities compared to others in the province, chief nurse Vilma Godoy told Palawan News it is a joint project of the provincial and municipality governments and the Department of Health (DOH) through its regional MIMAROPA office.

“Flagship kasi sa lahat ng ipinatayong hospital through the provincial government, ang SPPH sa Brooke’s Point ang halos kumpleto ang facilities,” Godoy said.

Costing over P125 million, the area where the SPPH was built was donated by the municipal government of Brooke’s Point. An estimated P94 million was donated for its construction by the provincial government, and the rest of the amount for brand new equipment was donated by the DOH.

Godoy said 10 doctors, including two visiting consultants with their specializations, eight registered midwives, 18 nurses, 15 nursing attendants, and over 108 staff will take care of the daily operations of the SPPH.

A Level 1 hospital, it can accommodate 77 patients and offer 24/7 emergency room services, pharmacy, laboratory, and on call x-ray and operating room services.

It also has services for ABTC or Animal Bite Treatment Center, smoking cessation clinic, STD/HIV counseling, PMDT hub or Programmatic Management Diagnostic Drug-Resistant Treatment, social services, and reproductive health clinic.

Amabel Labor, the officer-in-charge of the SPPH, said aside from these, they have two more important machines, the digital X-ray whose result can be immediately viewed by other stations, and the GeneXpert TB Test machine, a cartridge-based nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) for simultaneous rapid tuberculosis diagnosis and rapid antibiotic sensitivity testing.

The two machines were donations from Korea and were installed on June 24-25. All expenses for installation was sponsored by the provincial government.

Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano said the facilities in the old SPPH building in Barangay Pangobilian might be donated by the provincial government to the health centers in Brooke’s Point’s 18 barangays.

She said she will write Governor Jose Alvarez to authorize their donation in the barangays.

Earlier, Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez said the old SPPH also has the possibility of being turned into the operation center of Rescue 165. Space will be allotted, too, as liaison office of the provincial government.

“Gagawin nating office ng Rescue 165 yung lumang building ng SPPH sa Pangobilian at extension ng Capitol dito sa bayan ng Brooke’s Point,” Governor Alvarez said

He added the hospital is ready to serve, especially indigenous peoples (IPs), for free.

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