TINGOG Party-list will prioritize the creation of the Samar Island Medical Center once it wins congressional seats in the May 13 elections.
“The greater burden of Eastern Visayas is the unavailability of adequate hospitals, particularly for its poor patients. Once we win in this year’s midterm elections, we will immediately file a bill to establish the Samar Island Medical Center,” said Jude Acidre, the second nominee of Tingog.
Acidre said the region has only two nationally-funded hospitals, adding this is not enough to serve its over four million population.
The two national hospitals, Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in Tacloban City, and Schistosomiasis Hospital and Research Center (SHRC) in Palo, are located in Leyte Island.
“Region VI has four nationally-funded hospitals and Region VII has six while in Region VIII, we only have two,” Acidre said.
“It is imperative that Samar Island gets its own tertiary, level 3 hospital to cater to the healthcare needs of the people in the area and free them from the inconvenience of traveling for hours just to be admitted to EVRMC in Tacloban,” added Acidre.
According to Acidre, they are planning to establish the Samar Island Medical Center in an area between Catarman, Northern Samar and Calbayog City in Western Samar.
Acidre said the creation of Samar Island Medical Center will also help decongest the EVRMC.
In 2018, Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez and first nominee of Tingog, filed a bill seeking for the upgrading of the bed capacity of EVRMC from 500 to 1,500.
She also pushed for the renaming of the hospital to Eastern Visayas Medical Center.