Bicol University to open med school this 2014

Bicol University
Bicol University
LEGAZPI CITY - The Bicol University (BU) will open a medical school in its main campus here this school year in support to the impending upgrading of the nearby Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) into a regional heart center, Albay Governor and Regional Development Council (RDC) Chair Joey Salceda announced on Wednesday.

Salceda said he has been helping BU president Fay Lauraya in putting up the medical school as part of the foresight and aggressiveness to make Albay a safe and healthful place to live in.

BU will use the facilities of the upgraded BRTTH in the training of its medical students, he explained.

“We are helping each other in this undertaking as we want to produce high-caliber Albayano or Bicolano medical practitioners who would help realize that foresight,” the Albay chief executive stressed.

The upgrading of the BRTTH to make it capable of undertaking heart procedures, on the other hand, is part of the national government’s efforts to make health services accessible to every Bicolano, he said.

Formerly the Albay Provincial Hospital, the BRTTH, which is considered the largest and most modern public health care facility in Bicol, also operates now as the cancer center and breast care unit in the region that functions in partnership with the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in Quezon City and the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc. (PFBCI).

BRTTH has also been earlier designated as the Lung and Kidney Center in Bicol.

With BRTTH as a heart center with comparable expertise and precision at a lower services cost, a patient will no longer need to travel to Metro Manila just to undergo heart surgery, Rivera said.

Gloria Balboa, the head of the DOH’s regional Center for Health and Development (CHD) based in Daraga, Albay, had earlier announced that the BRTTH upgrading will make it one of the eight heart centers in the Philippines.

It is part of the government’s program to upgrade through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) 72 hospitals and regional health centers all over the country to provide adequate and quality healthcare services. (PNA) PDS/FGS/DOC/CBD/


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