Region 1 medical center ready to comply with clean up program
By Venus H. Sarmiento
DAGUPAN CITY -- Even without a formal directive yet from the Department of Health requiring government hospitals to fully implement the clean –up program, the Region I Medical Center here can already boast of its cleanliness.
Dr. Joseph Roland Mejia, chief of the R1MC, said the center is very keen on cleanliness and can readily compete with private hospitals.
“Through improved quality health care and cleanliness, we can augment the income of our public hospitals kasi nakikita naman ng mga tao na malinis at walang masangsang na amoy, dito na sila pupunta, mas mura pa.” Mejia said.
Mejia said that about 20 janitors and 15 security personnel hired from agencies are tasked to maintain cleanliness of the environment, not to mention his order to all staff to keep everything clean.
A sewerage treatment plant is also being constructed near the hospital for waste water from the comfort rooms and laboratories.
“The P6 million fund from the DOH for the sewerage treatment plant is now with the DBM but we are only in Phase I. We still need around P3 million to P4 million to complete the project which is expected to be finished in December,” Mejia explained.
Upon the assumption of President Benigno Aquino III, the DOH strengthened its clean –up campaign in hospitals with the slogan “Ospital ng PiNOY: Malinis at Mabango.”