NEW HOPES! Officials of the DOH led the ribbon-cutting during the inauguration of the newly built psychiatric room in ITRMC.
By Glen S. Ramos
MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) inaugurated recently the newly-built critical care and psychiatric facilities at the ITRMC compound in La Union.
DOH officials led by Undersecretary Elmer G. Punzalan, Ilocos Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco.
Ilocos Training Regional and Medical Center (ITRMC) Chief Eduardo M. Badua III together with the 1st District Representative made the facilities open to the public last May 17. The building has a piece of improved and upgraded equipment for the use of the two health care units.
According to Badua, the acute stroke unit was upgraded to a 5-bed capacity while the medical intensive care unit is now at a 7-bed capacity, and the respiratory intensive care unit with 3-beds.
“It will provide the necessary expert and compassionate clinical care for adult patients who require critical nursing/medical support than the general ward level can provide,” said Badua.
“The psychiatric unit will provide specialized treatment for severe mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder,” he added.
ITRMC is one of the apex hospitals of DOH in the Ilocos region. It was upgraded recently from its present 300-bed capacity to 800-bed capacity by virtue of the Republic Act No. 11724 signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last April 29, 2022. Since its establishment in 1945, it has undergone improvement and upgrading of its facilities and medical services to cater to the growing needs of the population.
Director Sydiongco stated that the continuous development of infrastructure and upgrading of medical services is an essential step in the journey toward attaining Universal Health Care.
“Quality health care services, equitable service delivery, and ensuring affordable costs of health care services will render better health outcomes that will benefit more patients,” she added. (EGR/ai/mtvn)