By Franco G. Regala
The P65-million newly constructed Escolastica Romero District Hospital (ERDH) in Lubao, Pampanga is the ‘’gold standard’’ for all state-run hospitals in the country, according to Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial.
Ubial made the pronouncement during the hospital’s inauguration attended by former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Gov. Lilia Pineda, and other Health Department and provincial officials.
“ERDH will be our model for all government hospitals nationwide,” the health chief said.
“The minute the patient comes in, hindi pa siya ginagamot maganda na ang kanyang pakiramdam. Hindi pa ginagamot ang pasyente, gaganda na ang kanyang pakiramdam just being in a clean, orderly, very comfortable hospital,” she added.
She likewise assured Pineda, Arroyo and Lubao Mayor Mylyn Cayabyab that the DOH will continue to provide assistance to ERDH and other government-run hospitals in the province.
“If the local government shows us accomplishment and great things that they have done with the assistance from the DOH, the more we will provide assistance to local governments which actually make wise use of the government resources and the allocation that we have provided,” Ubial said.
Pineda said the provincial government spent P65 million for the ERDH building alone, which can accommodate up to a hundred patients.
Aside from the ERDH building, a P25million two-story building funded by the DOH was also inaugurated.
“The two-storey building will be used as a diagnostic center,” according to Dr. Cenon Ponce, chief of hospital.
Ponce said some of the facilities and equipment inside the building, including beds and a computerized tomography (CT) scan machine were provided by the Health Department.