Photo courtesy of Provincial Information Office.

Days after its inauguration, the Bataraza District Hospital (BDH) has already catered to more than 300 patients, based on hospital records.

Dr. Kenneth Lubuit, medical officer III told Palawan News on Friday, that 20 percent of the patients catered by the hospital were athletes from the Palarong Panlalawigan.

“Emergency room pa lang po that time ang nag-o-operate, mga 20 percent doon ay athletes. ‘Yong mga nila-lagnat, sumasakit ang tiyan,” he said.

Lubuit added that most cases admitted were dehydration, diarrhea, pneumonia, asthma, and tuberculosis.

He also said that not only Batarazans and athletes were admitted but also residents from Brooke’s Point.

“Maraming mga patients galing rin sa Bataraza. May mga ilan rin galing ng Brooke’s Point nagpapa-konsulta pero pag malalalang cases nire-refer na namin sila sa mas mataas na hospital sa Brooke’s Point, sa mga private hospitals,” he said.

They operate as an infirmary and have laboratories for dengue and malaria tests, complete blood count (CBC), and urinalysis. However, they still lack facilities for sodium-potassium and liver function tests.

“Nag-o-operate na kami pero sa ngayon as infirmary pa lang. Meron naman kaming staff para sa emergency room. Meron din kaming laboratories, meron pong test ng dengue and malaria, CBC, at urinalysis. Pero wala pa kami noong chemistry, ‘yong mga sodium-potasium, ‘yong liver function test, wala pa kaming ganoon,” he said.


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