The soft opening of the Merceditas J. Montilla District Hospital in Brgy. Canturay, Sipalay City, built by the Negros Occidental provincial government, is expected by mid April.
This was disclosed yesterday by Merceditas Montilla, who donated two hectares for the hospital site, and 2,600 square meters for the Friendship Avenue leading to the facility.
The 75-bed hospital will have 14 private rooms, she said.
Montilla said it was only Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. who accepted her donation for a hospital site. “A lot of politicians have come and gone but the south was forgotten,” she said.
She did not think Marañon would want to take on a project in the south since he is from north of the province but he did, Montilla said.
The governor was concerned about the needs of the people of the south, too, and the effect of this will be tremendous, she said.
The hospital in Sipalay will not only address the much-needed health services of the people of the south, it will also generate jobs, Montilla said.
The hospital in Sipalay is important because, when people in places like Hinobaan get sick, they have to be rushed to Bacolod, and by the time they get to the city, some are declared dead on arrival, she also said.*CPG