BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The P100 million Center for Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases (CEMREID) will soon rise at the compound of Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Negros Occidental.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who led the groundbreaking rites, with Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, as well as Board Members Andrew Montelibano and Manuel Frederick Ko, yesterday, said that the CEMREID will have its own Emergency, Operating and Delivery Rooms, as well as Intensive Care Unit (ICU), aside from isolation rooms.
The P100 million project is jointly funded by the provincial government of Negros Occidental and the Department of Health Facilities Enhancement Program through the Office of Senator Bong Go, chairperson of the Senate Health Committee.
Lacson recalled that when the COVID-19 pandemic started last year TLJPH only had six isolation rooms.
“When the cases went up, a triage and another consultation area had to be set up outside the Emergency Room to segregate patients according to risk assessments. Patients were examined in tents outside the main ER,” Lacson said.
“With the life of miliions, including that of Negrenses endangered, we need to take unprecedented steps,” he stressed.
“At present,” Lacson said, “two of the Capitol-managed health facilities were assigned to the COVID-19 hospitals, disabling them from catering to non- COVID cases and emergencies.
Thus CEMREID was born, he added.
Lacson thanked Senator Go for his solid support for what he described as an ambitious and progressive project that will bridge critical gaps in hospital and emergency services.*