Construction of provincial hospital in Lanao Sur underway

By Ali G. Macabalang

Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Mohammad Khalid “Mujam” Adiong during his recent interview over Marawi City-based DXSO radio station. (Online generated photo)

COTABATO CITY – Works are underway for the construction of a provincial hospital in Lanao del Sur worth 700 million pesos to provide focal medical attention to the local constituents, according to proponent officials.

In a recent interview over the government-owned DXSO radio state in Marawi City, Vice Governor Mohammad Khalid “Mujam” Adiong said the provincial government gave impetus to building a 100-bed capacity hospital as an alternative to Amai Pakpak Regional Medical Center (APRMC) now catering to patients from nearby provinces and regions.

The Marawi City-based APRMC used to be a provincial hospital but it was converted to a regional medical facility through Congressional legislation sponsored by the late former Gov. Mamintal “Mike” Adiong Jr. during his nine-year stint in the House of Representatives.  The vice governor is the grandson of the author.

The elevation of the then Amai Pakpak provincial hospital to a regional facility was well-intended for its upgrading with modern equipment. But due to its patronage by patients from other areas that peaked in the advent of COVID-19 pandemic, Maranao patients’ access to ideal medical services had decreased, Vice Gov. Adiong hinted.

The construction of the P700-million new provincial hospital was launched on February 24 this year in Marantao, Lanao del Sur, a town adjacent to Marawi City. It has been awarded after bidding to a construction firm from an outside city that specializes in steel-requiring structures, the vice governor said.

In his radio interview, the young Adiong admitted having reprimanded the contractor over a perceived delay in works, adding though that the construction firm promised to expedite the works for completion within 2022 or early next year.

He called for his constituents’ understanding and cooperation, saying the new facility will certainly boost medical and Health services for the people of Lanao del Sur. (AGM)

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