New hospital building to rise in Rizal, Kalinga
RIZAL, Kalinga – A new building of the Juan M. Duyan Memorial District Hospital (JMDMDH) will soon rise to enhance health service delivery in this municipality.
Gov. James Edduba and Vice Gov. Jocel Baac led other officials during the groundbreaking ceremony and ritual held on March 22 at the hospital’s new site at the Rizal Breeding Center in Barangay Liwan West.
The facility has an initial funding of P37 million from the realigned Provincial Local Government Unit’s Rise Up loan.
The sangguniang panlalawigan through the resolution of the Local Health Board authored by committee on health chair Board Member Danzel Michael Langkit approved the transfer of location and construction of a new building.
Mayor Karl Baac expressed his gratitude to the provincial government for facilitating the approval of the project.
“The building is of great help to the people of Rizal. It gives them easy access to healthcare without going to hospitals in Tabuk and Tuguegarao,” he said.
During the groundbreaking, JMDMDH Chief Dr. Beda Malecdan said the district hospital already expanded its services with some upgrades in its laboratory work-ups and pharmacy services which is now open 24/7. Laboratory services also expanded to other tests for blood cell, lipid profile, blood sugar, and others except electrolytes. Its billing service is also available 16 hours a day.
The hospital’s services also improved with manpower augmentation from job order health workers hired by the provincial government. – Peter A. Balocnit