The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) granted an early Christmas wish to Benguet General Hospital (BGH) for the release of cheque worth P5,900,000 for the purchase of Laparoscopy Tower – a medical equipment that provides visualization and documentation of endoscopy procedures, as well as capacity for arthroscopy and other rigid endoscopy procedures.
PCSO Chairman Anselmo Simeon Pinili and General Manager Alexander Balutan handed the cheque to BGH Chief of Hospital medical doctor Maria Imelda Ulep on November 21 at the 4th Floor Board Room, Sun Plaza Building, Mandaluyong City. It was witnessed by other officials of the fund-raising agency.
BGH is a 150-bed capacity hospital located at Halsema Highway, La Trinidad, Benguet. A Level 2 hospital, its clientele comes from nearby catchment areas of Ifugao, Baguio, Benguet, Abra, Mountain Province, Kalinga and Apayao.
“In behalf of the hospital, the community of Benguet and our dear citizens who travel to our hospital for treatment, we truly and sincerely thank the PCSO management for granting us the opportunity to purchase a much needed Laparoscopic Tower so that we can treat our fellowmen accordingly. This will truly and greatly impact the constituents of our province,” Ulep said.
The medical equipment program provides fund augmentation for the procurement of medical equipment of qualified government hospitals and other health facilities intended to enhance their capability in providing quality health care to indigent patients. A DOH certification confirming the need is an integral part of this program.