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Barili infirmary opened: Flores

THE newly completed 30-bed Infirmary Hospital in Barili, Cebu at the total cost of P30 million was formally opened last January 15, 2021 with four doctors and eight nurses to cater the medical needs of the townsfolk.

In an interview with Cebu Business Week, Barili Mayor Julito “Julie” Flores said the hospital was approved by the Department of Health (DOH) with complete laboratory like ECG, x-ray, and ultrasound among others.

The building alone is P15 million and P15 million for medical equipment.

The Barili Municipal Government has budgeted a total of P9 million for the personal services of four doctors, eight nurses, nursing aide and pharmacists.

“With this, the infirmary hospital attends to the medical needs of our constituents without going to Cebu City for medical treatment,” Flores.

The mayor added that while the Barili District Hospital which is owned by the Cebu Provincial Government still exists, the infirmary is owned and managed by the Barili Municipal Government.

“If a Barili resident has a monthly check-up at Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VCMC), this time that can be done in the Barili infirmary. So, if the people can avail such service at the infirmary, they can save time, money, and effort,” Flores said.

He said that the infirmary was the brainchild of the late Marlon Garcia who died last year. The inauguration was attended by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and 3rd District Congressman Pablo John Garcia who were also instrumental in the construction of the building.

Flores said that when Mayor Marlon died, he being elected vice mayor became the town’s mayor by succession. This was the reason why he initiated a supplemental budget of P 9 million a year for salary so the infirmary will be in operation.

“We can ask for more funds for the operation of the infirmary from DOH and other government agencies. As a matter of fact, DOH and the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH),” Flores said. ELIAS O. BAQUERO