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Suarez, Padre lead inauguration of QMC new facilities

Quezon Gov. David Suarez engages in light talk with retired
 overseas Filipino worker Enrique Obmerga, 83 yrs. old
from Bgy. 6, Lucena city at the inauguration and blessing of new
facilities and medical equipment in Quezon Medical Center.
(JOHN BELLO)

by John A. Bello

LUCENA CITY – New medical facilities and equipment await the patients of Quezon Medical Center (QMC) here as it undergoes continuous improvement of its delivery of health services to the more than 600 patients that swamp its 200 beds capacity.

Gov. David ‘Jayjay’ Suarez and Dr. Rolando Padre, QMC chief, led in the blessing and inauguration of several new facilities and equipment on Friday that include new OB-Gyne with emergency room, ultrasound units, administration extension office, x-ray unit, 2D echo station and 3 intensive care unit rooms at the QMC main building and pay annex building.

“I commend Dr. Rolando Padre and for our partner Equilife for the continuing and relentless path for improvement of health delivery services and facilities in QMC that will surely be for the benefit of our health sector in our entire province,” said Suarez at the brief program after the blessing of the various facilities in the public hospital here.

He reported on the health program of the provincial government, the need to empower community medicare, putting up of new district hospital such as in Unisan and raising the Candelaria hospital to district level.

He announced the groundbreaking next month of the new annex building to add to the bed capacity for patients and reduce the problem of about 650 patients that swamp the 200 bed capacity of QMC.

Suarez was accompanied in viewing the various new facilities of QMC by Padre, provincial government administrator Rommel Edano, executive assistants Webster Letargo and Juanito Diaz, Abettina Valenzuela, president of Equilife Medical Equipment Supplies and Service Inc.; hospital administrator Ruel Napeñas, vice governor Sam Nantes’ representative Ador Culing and hospital chiefs and personnel of various departments.

The new medical equipment include 2 ECG machines, 2 cardiac monitoring, 5 hospital beds, 5 wheelchairs, 5 stretchers, full digital x-ray machine, cardiac monitors, adult ventilators, ultrasound machine with 3D-4D capability, colposcopy machine, cryo theraphy gun, electronic queuing system at the new administration extension office, among others.

Suarez also disclosed that the province will be receiving the CROWN (Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition) Award from the National Nutrition Council at the end of the month. The CROWN Award is given by the council to Quezon after being awarded 3 successive Green Banner Award annually since 2015.

Next week, Suarez said he will be going to Sarangani province as an invited guest speaker to share Quezon province’ initiative and practices in malnutrition and how it was able to reduce it from a high of almost 14% to 16% in previous years to a single digit level since last year.