Sotto supports creation of state med school in Cebu

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Senate President Vicente Sotto III has expressed support for the proposal to build a state-funded medical college in Cebu.

This will close the gap of doctor-patient ratio in the province, said Sotto.

Sotto said the proposed Cebu Normal University-Vicente Sotto Medical Center College of Medicine (CNU-VSMMC) will help address the lack of doctors in every hospital in Central Visayas.

“Putting up CNU-VSMMC College of Medicine in Cebu is a welcome development. I will definitely support its funding through the General Appropriations Bill that will be submitted and approved in the Senate,” according to him. (

Dr. Gerardo Aquino, chief of the VSMMC medical center, said the doctor-patient ratio in Central Visayas is 1:28,341, which is far from the ideal 1:100 ratio for Primary Health Care delivery.

“Most of the doctors would opt to work in urban centers, leaving many in the rural areas unable to see a medical doctor easily,” he said.

The proposed CNU-VSMMC College of Medicine is currently in the process of applying for a permit under the Commission on Higher Education for its five-year degree program in Doctor of Medicine with Masters in Public Health Governance.