Boy Ryan B. Zabal
KALIBO, Aklan – The Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH) now provides state-of-the-art diagnostic services like the Computerized Tomography (CT) scan.
The new service is part of the ongoing improvements in the delivery of healthcare services of the hospital, especially to poor residents of Aklan and those of neighboring provinces.
Aklan Gov. Carlito Marquez, Vice Gov. Gabrielle Calizo and Cong. Florencio Miraflores led the inauguration of the medical equipment. Ibajay, Aklan Mayor Ma. Lourdes Miraflores, Elizabeth Marquez, Chief of Hospital Dr. Paul Macahilas, Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Emma Cortes, Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) members Jose Yap, Rodson Mayor, Daisy Briones and Plaridel Morania joined them.
The 186-bed capacity provincial hospital regularly attends to patients from the northern towns of Antique, Boracay Island and Romblon. Marquez said poor patients need not go to Iloilo City or Manila anymore to have themselves CT-scanned.
“They (patients) will greatly benefit from this life-saving device and save money from travel. It is our commitment to enhance the delivery of health services to the public and the residents of Aklan,” Marquez stressed.
The P139-million expansion of DRSTMH into a second-level referral hospital and the ongoing construction of the College of Nursing building are the health priority concerns of Marquez.
DRSTMH is also integrated into the Economic Enterprise Development Department (EEDD) to improve its operations and make it competitive with world-class hospitals in Western Visayas.