Pangasinan employs 24 more doctors

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, (PNA) — The provincial government has employed 24 more doctors in line with its desire to provide better health care to the people of Pangasinan.

Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. said the newly hired health practitioners will work hand-in-hand with the present provincial administration to fully attain its mission to make Pangasinan the “home of the healthiest Filipinos.”

“Our hospitals are now well equipped and I am challenging each of you to do your very best so that you can deliver the genuine service that the sick and poor Pangasinense deserve,” Espino told the doctors who called on him Friday.

At the same time, he noted that number of patients admitted in the provincial hospitals had dramatically increased from 46 in 2007 to 560 in-patients to date over the past 6 years after the governor upgraded the facilities of the hospitals.

“I challenge you to speak for the hospital,” Espino said, adding that it is only under the present administration that Pangasinan government hospitals were improved tremendously.

Dr. Ana Ma. Teresa De Guzman, chief of the Provincial Health Office, said the hiring of the medical consultants management team was designed to respond to the growing demand of hospital clients, and upgrade the service capacity of government hospitals in the province to further deliver quality health care services.

“The increasing demand is complimented with the hiring of some 31 new doctors but only 24 have assumed their posts to date because the seven others are still working on their papers but will later assume duties,” said the PHO chief.

De Guzman further disclosed that the newly-hired physicians are all specialists in different key areas like pediatric, OB, medicine, surgery, radiology, anesthesia and orthopedic.

Likewise, De Guzman said the provincial government decided to field in more doctors in the Lingayen District Hospital (LDH), Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH) and Urdaneta District Hospital (UDH).

She said LDH is centrally located and expected to cater to the needs of the populous 2nd district of Pangasinan that will help decongest the number of patients going to the PPH.

The first batch of new doctors are assigned in different government hospitals like in Lingayen District Hospital (8), Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (7), Urdaneta District Hospital (5), Eastern District Hospital in Tayug (2), Western District Hospital in Alaminos (1), and Bayambang District Hospital (1).