The management of Marilog District Hospital (MDH) in Davao City said the health facility has already served over 10,000 patients since it was given a license to operate by the Department of Health (DOH) in February 2021.
The MDH was inaugurated on Wednesday (Nov. 17) and formally opened its Botika ng Bayan and the Lingap sa Mahirap Marilog Satellite Office.
The inauguration was graced by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, together with City Councilors Mary Joselle Villafuerte and Myrna Dalodo Ortiz, and MDH Acting Chief Ely Buenaventura.
Since the start of its operation in February, the MDH has already provided outpatients services, delivery, and admission, minor surgical procedures, animal bite treatment services, and COVID-19-related services to more than 10,000 patients in Marilog District.
During the inauguration, Duterte highlighted the many services that the MDH can offer to cater to the health needs of the residents in the area.
“We have discussed strengthening the use of Philhealth here and that it would be included in the universal health care law. Through this, more money will come from reimbursements so we can sustain our operations,” Duterte said in an interview done by Byaheng Du30.
The mayor also discussed the possibility of the MDH gaining autonomy.
Duterte hoped that documents will be ready so that the hospital can also open an operating room with surgeons who can attend to surgical cases, as well as cesarean operations.
The MDH, considered as the first Davao City-run infirmary, has a 10-bed capacity, 14 medical-related services, and 73 medical and non-medical staff.
Duterte also thanked the city government employees and volunteers, particularly Dr. Ely Buenaventura for their efforts in the district hospital.
She added that a similar hospital will be constructed in Paquibato District and in Barangay Mintal which will be implemented in partnership with the University of the Philippines – Mindanao.
“We have a hospital here. We have doctors whom you can consult for any health issue. It is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. There is no reason for people not to have access to our doctors, health care workers, and medicines.” Duterte said.
During the activity, Dr. Buenaventura also reported that the Lingap Marilog branch is already open and it will provide medical and other assistance while the Botika ng Bayan makes affordable and effective medicines accessible.
The Philhealth portal system or hospital information management system was also launched during the event. (NW)