The P74 million Outpatient Department of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, funded by the European Community, is expected to be completed in November and fully operational in January next year.
Provincial Health Officer II Dante Domingo said the project has five components, and should not be compared to another OPD building of a hospital in Dumaguete, that costs about the same.
He said the NOPH-OPD will have a main building with three floors, a two-storey facility with private rooms, clinical areas, offices and ambulance bay, a powerhouse, and water cistern. The project also includes the renovation of the old OPD with several rooms.
The five components are interconnected, and include the administration building and the planned construction of the central block building. The cistern will collect the rainwater to be pumped back to the flushing system of the hospital with the use of a pressure, saving the government millions of pesos, while the powerhouse is important in case of electricity outage, Aguilar said.
He added that the provincial hospital needs a strong OPD structure as it is the center of wellness and a place of refuge for patients.*JG
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