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Yedda Romualdez eyes increase in bed capacity of Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center

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Leyte 1st District Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez is seeking to upgrade the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in Tacloban City.

The Leyte politiko also wants the hospital renamed as the Eastern Visayas Medical Center.

Romualdez said the EVRMC needs an increase in bed capacity from 500 to 1,500.

“The increase in bed capacity is aimed at bridging the current gap between hospital beds in the region, to improve the quality of healthcare and ensure the successful realization of the Philippine Health Agenda,” she said.

“Enactment of this law will reduce the hospital bed to population ratio in the region from about 1:1,500 to approximately 1:1,000,” Romualdez added.

She also said the EVRMC “is currently struggling to keep up with the increasing number of patients being admitted, as its personnel complement is only good for patients half of the current headcount. It has then resorted to hiring of personnel on job order basis to fill the gap between plantilla positions and its actual manpower need.”