LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Governor Amado I. Espino III said the provincial government will hire more doctors, nurses and other health workers this year for its 14 hospitals scattered around the province.
He spelled this out during a consultative meeting/workshop with chiefs of hospitals along with their administrative officers, accountants and bookkeepers on Thursday at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC).
To implement this, he urged all chiefs of these hospitals to draw up concrete plans for manpower development.
He said that in as much as the provincial government has done its share in prioritizing infrastructure development of the various health facilities during the past years, the focus this year should now be on improving the manpower aspect.
This means that the provincial government will employ more doctors, nurses and other health workers for these hospitals to be able to respond to the continuously growing number of patients.
Espino shared this vision in a meeting late last year with the Provincial Development Council (PDC).
Noting that the province’s hospitals are now called “hospitals of choice”, Espino said that during the past year and even during the term of his father, former Governor Amado Espino Jr., now congressman of the fifth district of Pangasinan, the provincial government gave priority to improving the physical facilities as well as equipment of these hospitals.
He said upgrading and face-lifting of all government hospitals in terms of infrastructure and facilities made all these now at par with private hospitals, the governor said.
He stressed that now is the time for the improvement of manpower of these hospitals so that they can serve more patients, especially the poor or those who cannot afford to go to private hospitals.
Gov. Espino noted that one of these public hospitals has a ratio of one nurse to 105 patients, thus the need to boost manpower. (By Leonardo Micua, PNA)