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Di na kailangan magpunta sa siyudad: Carcar installs own ICU facility

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Good news for residents of Cebu province who need intensive medical care: the provincial government finally opened its first Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facility in Carcar town.

Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III led the opening of the ICU facility at the Cebu Provincial Hospital in Carcar City, the provincial government said.

The CPH in Carcar thus became the first government facility to have such a unit to care for patients (http://www.cebu.gov.ph/news/cebu-provinces-first-intensive-care-unit-icu-made-available-cph-carcar/).

Provincial Hospital chief Dr. Mario Joyag Jr. said this means patients with “severe and life-threatening” conditions and needing intensive medical attention would no longer have to be rushed to hospitals in Cebu City since CPH-Carcar can cater to them.

Joining Davide at the ribbon-cutting were Provincial Board Members Raul Bacaltos, Yolly Daan and Christopher Baricuatro and Provincial Health Office head Dr. Rene Catan.

The Medical ICU and Neonatal ICU are located at the hospital’s second floor.

Davide recalled that in his first days in office, he organized a stakeholders’ summit where participants specified their need for health services.

Hospital Clinic Chief Desiree Abarquez said the ICU for babies and grown-ups have monitors and gadgets amounting to P20.738 million.

Equipment include mechanical ventilators for babies and adults, defibrillators, cardiac monitors, incubators, infusion pumps, syringe pumps and suction machines.

At the launch and blessing, Davide visited the first ICU patients: a 75-year-old grandmother and a newborn baby, both suffering from infections.

Recently, the PHO also introduced the free total knee-cap surgery and cataract surgery for indigents.