File photo of Narra Municipal Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Palawan PIO)

The provincial government has vowed to improve the healthcare quality in Palawan hospitals, as it noted that the problem of personnel shortage in these facility has affected their services.

In his first monthly “Pakimanan ta si Gob” fellowship with the local press Saturday morning, Governor Alvarez said complaints circulating in the social media have reached his attention, particularly those that came from patients who were serviced by the Narra Municipal Hospital (NMH).

He said medical scholars of the provincial government will bridge the gap in medicare hospitals by next year as he admitted there are still problems to be fixed in the quality of care and management of their facilities.

“Ang katunayan, alam mo naman ang gobyerno kailangan mo muna ng pag-aaral at paggawa ng plantilya. Kaya tayo nagpapa-aral ng sobra 100 na doctor taun-taon para taun-taon may nagtatapos sa kanila at may service contract ‘yon,” he said.

He said it is challenging for the provincial government to hire medical practitioners, stating it is the only problem and not the supply of medicines.

Alvarez said all over the province, there are now 15 hospitals.

“Alam namin na hindi pa masyadong maganda ang pagpapalakad pero inuuna namin ang structures. Hindi lang Narra ang may hospital, 15 hospitals lahat ‘yan kaya hindi rin biro ang manpower na kailangan,” he said.

“Pero hindi sila kinukulangan sa gamot, next three months before nila kailanganin ay pinipermahan ko na ‘yan. Hayaan niyo kasi by next year baka matugunan na natin ‘yan ang pangangailangan sa personnel. Im sorry kung ganoon pero, it is time to correct them next year,” Alvarez added.

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