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SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela, June 7 (PIA) – After its total renovation, the Southern Isabela General Hospital (SIGH) is now eyeing to get the Level II classification and increase its bed capacity from 50 to 150.

 Rhine Rene Dulluog, General Services Officer, said that with the renovation, the SIGH has been transformed into a modern hospital through the help of the Department of Health’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP).

 He said that they now have a 5-storey building which could cater up to 300 patients a day but they only requested for a 150-bed capacity.

 “We have already filed our request to DOH and I hope they will fast track the resolution for the reclassification of our hospital into level II,” Dulluog said.

 The SIGH, he added, caters to patients not only from Isabela but also from its nearby provinces like Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya and some provinces of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

 “In Republic Act 4226 or the Act Requiring the Licensure of Hospitals in the Philippines, the Bureau of Medical Services under the DOH is authorized to set the standards in a hospital to include its level of classification and size or bed capacity,” he explained.

 He admitted that before the renovation, they catered more than a hundred of patients everyday. “Now that we have enough space and beds, we can now increase our classification level and bed capacity to respond to the health needs of the people here”, he added.

 He is hopeful that the decision of DOH will be published within the 3rd quarter of this year for the hospital to fully operate before the year ends in accordance to classification standard. (OTB-PIA2/Cagayan)