“Mapa-prioritize talaga natin yung mga taga-Sarangani," said Alejandro.
Governor Pacquiao was glad to learn about the integration of the SPH as it will help him realize his governance direction, which is to bring public service closer to the people.
The governor said the accreditation would allow the SPH to provide a broader range of medical services to all Sarangans.
During the visit, the team composed of Provincial Administrator Atty. Ryan Jay Ramos, Provincial Information Officer Joana Grace Lapore and Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Jenric Garcia checked on the different facilities and equipment in SPH that have been acquired through the efforts of Governor Pacquiao, Congressman Steve Chiongbian Solon, Vice Governor Elmer De Peralta, and all the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members.
Dr. Alejandro also said that the SPH and PHO intend to complete the accreditation within Governor Pacquiao's first 100 days at the Capitol.
As a Level I hospital, Alejandro said that the SPH is currently capable of operative services "limited only" to general surgeries and "wala pa tayong ICU."
"Ang hinihintay na lang din natin dito is the final inspection from the licensing division of the Department of Health central office," he added.
Once accredited, SPH will be equipped with a fully-functional ICU and NICU. General operative services will also be expanded as required by PhilHealth and DOH.
In preparation for the Level II accreditation, Alejandro disclosed that they will be hiring additional staff nurses since the bed capacity of SPH will be increasing from 25 to 75. (Joshua John S. Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)