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House panel OKs bill increasing TLJPH bed capacity

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The House Committee on Health approved the proposed law increasing the bed capacity of the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) in Silay City, Negros Occidental.

House Bill No. 4763 authored by Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez (NegOcc, 3rd district) seeks to increase the number of the hospital’s beds from 100 to 300, as well as upgrade its facilities and increase its medical personnel.

“The coronavirus pandemic highlights the need for greater investments in our health care system. We thank the Committee on Health for approving this urgent measure,” said Benitez. (https://bit.ly/2KEcTAJ)

Once passed into law, the legislation would increase the hospital’s capacity to provide adequate health care to Negrenses, especially indigent patients.

Although the hospital’s authorized capacity is only 100 beds, its bed occupancy in 2018 was 300 percent higher than its capacity. In that year, the number of inpatients reached 22,014 or 60 patients admitted every day, staying for an average of five days.

“Clearly, the TLJPH urgently needs augmentation in its facilities and personnel to meet the high demand for healthcare in Negros Occidental and prevent the unnecessary loss of life,” the Negrense solon said.