BAUKO, Mountain Province – Health facilities in the rural areas of the country are now starting to venture in the implementation of renewable energy projects that will contribute in efforts in maximizing the potentials of renewable energy and lessening their monthly power bills, an official of the Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital (LHMRH) said here recently.
LHMRH medical chief Dr. Eduardo Calpito said included in the hospital’s budget for next year is the amount of P4 million to fund the implementation of a solar power project in selected portions of its existing structures as part of their compliance to the government’s ‘green health facilities’ program.
“We want to take the lead in the compliance of our health facilities to the green health facilities initiative of the department to help in maximizing the potentials of available sources of renewable energy in our places and lessen our high cost of power,” Dr. Calpito stressed.
The LHMRH official claimed the hospital’s technical personnel will evaluate what areas of the available facilities will be installed the solar power cells through the proposed budget next year so that it could be determined whether or not the installation of solar power cells in most of the structures will be feasible in the future.
According to him, LHMRH will be the first government-run medical institution that will embrace solar power among the existing government health facilities in the Cordillera that is why all efforts are being done to make sure that the pilot testing of the solar power in the hospital will be successful and will serve as a project worthy of emulation by other private and public health facilities.
Calpito disclosed all possible efforts are being done by the present hospital administration to introduce the necessary improvements within its different facilities to guarantee better delivery of health care services to its growing number of clients wanting to be served by the hospital.
LHMRH is the only regional hospital in the Cordillera which is now a Level II accredited hospital by the health department.
Calpito expressed his gratitude to the people of Mountain Province and other neighyboring communities of Benguet and Ilocos Sur for patronizing the services and facilities of the hospital, saying that the development of its facilities and the provision of added health equipment will be one of the primary initiatives being undertaken by the health department to help in decongesting primary health care facilities in the urban centers.
He added that the increasing number of patients availing of the hospital’s services and facilities only shows that people are now satisfied with the health care services being provided by government-run medical centers aside from the fact that the desired services are already offered in the said hospital instead of going to urban centers for their illnesses to be provided the appropriate treatment.
The hospital chief claimed LHMRH has available expansion areas that could accommodate further improvements and additional facilities that could cater to simple and complicated illnesses of patients availing of its services for the benefit of better health care programs for the people.