LINGAYEN—A total of 463,288 patients were served in the 14 government hospitals of Pangasinan last year, a 292 percent increase from the 159,000 in 2006 before Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr.’s administration.
The number of those served include the in-patient and out-patient department (OPD), based on the Hospital Statistical Report of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) for 2011.
“I have put the provincial government health program as a principal measure of my success as governor,” Espino earlier stressed in his State of the Province Address this year.
The Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH) in San Carlos City recorded a total of 90,237 patients, of which 34,403 were in-patient and 55,834 OPD.
The PPH has been attending to as many as 480 patients a day, which is beyond its approved bed capacity of 150.
The record of the other hospitals are: Bayambang District Hospital, 50,967 (7,035 in-patient and 43,932 OPD); Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital in Tayug, 51,834 (16,424 in-patient and 35,410 OPD); Lingayen District Hospital, 28,113 (4,623 in-patient and 23,490 OPD); Mangatarem District Hospital, 12,473 (3,339 in-patient and 9,134 OPD); Urdaneta District Hospital, 48,975 (8,919 in-patient and 40,056 OPD); Western Pangasinan District Hospital in Alaminos City, 34,982 (12,080 in-patient and 22,902 OPD);
Asingan Community Hospital, 20,899 (1,605 in-patient and 19,294 OPD); Bolinao Community Hospital, 17,988 (3,604 in-patient and 14,384); Dasol Community Hospital, 16,198 (4,105 in-patient and 12,093 OPD); Manaoag Community Hospital, 39,044 (3,058 in-patient and 35,986 OPD); Mapandan Community Hospital, 22,684 (2,465 in-patient and 20,219 OPD); Pozorrubio Community Hospital, 14,084 (2,957 in-patient and 11,127 OPD); and Umingan Community Hospital, 14,810 (2,181 in-patient and 12,629 OPD).
Espino said the 14 provincial hospitals have steadily evolved from what used to be decrepit structures and poorly-managed facilities to their present state as highly patronized centers of quality health care.
Manned by highly motivated teams of doctors, specialists and nurses, the diagnostic capabilities of hospitals are constantly being upgraded.
According to the governor, aside from purely provincial funds, Pangasinan has been fortunate to receive grant funds from the Department of Health, the European Commission and other agencies such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
A large portion of the P386.9 million donated by these agencies from 2007 to December 2011 was used to upgrade the facilities and equip the 14 hospitals with vital diagnostic equipment. (PIO/Sheila H. Aquino)