P36M oxygen generator plant at NOPH inaugurated

By Roi Lomotan

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The P36 million oxygen generating plant inside the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital. (PIA7-NegOr)

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – Governor Roel Degamo led the inauguration of the P36-M oxygen system generator plant inside the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) on January 11.

The facility was funded by the Department of Health (DOH) and was constructed in the middle of 2016.

In his message to the hospital staff and some officials of the provincial government at the inauguration ceremony, Degamo cited that establishing an oxygen generator plant is part of his goals as the local chief executive of the province in providing quality service to poor patients of the hospital.

He said the oxygen generator is 100 percent ready to supply oxygen to the rooms at the central bloc building of NOPH as per the recommendation of the contractor and the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO).

Aside from supplying oxygen to the patients of NOPH, Degamo also pointed out that the oxygen generator plant can provide additional revenues to the province since NOPH can also sell oxygen to other hospitals.

“Once we have our own oxygen (generator plant), we can sell oxygen to other hospitals at a lower cost. I will talk with economic managers on how much (rate) will be imposed per tank of oxygen but rest assured it will be lower than the price of oxygen we bought (from other sources). If we can make the price cheaper, I’m sure many will purchase it,” Degamo said.

“We are also targeting private hospitals. I know there are no oxygen generator plants in Dumaguete and also in other areas in southern Cebu and Northern Mindanao,” he added.

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Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo turns over the key of responsibility and management of the P36 million oxygen generating plant to new head of Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) Dr. Marc Angelo Llosa.
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Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo gives a message to some staff of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) and officials of the provincial government during the inauguration of the P36 million oxygen generating plant inside the NOPH compound on Jan. 11

However, the governor declared that oxygen tanks will be sold at a lower price to community and district hospitals in Negros Oriental.

Meanwhile, Degamo also revealed that aside from the oxygen generator plant, an MRI equipment is installed at NOPH.

The province is also eyeing a new CT scan machine to be in place in the hospital within the year.

With this development, the governor told the hospital staff to take care of the facility and also encouraged them to work harder and provide good service to the patients of NOPH.

“My appeal to all employees of the hospital; let us work hard. Let us serve the people in a manner that that the people we serve are happy and satisfied (with our service),” Degamo stressed.

Aside from spearheading the inauguration of the oxygen generator plant, Degamo also officiated the turnover of leadership of NOPH from outgoing head Dr. Zenaida Jusep to its new leader Dr. Marc Angelo Llosa. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Jan. 12, 2017)

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