BACOLOD CITY – The Negros Occidental provincial government broke ground on Monday, September 13, the construction of the P100-million Center for Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases (CEMREID) in Silay City.
The facility that will rise adjacent to the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital is jointly funded by the province and the Department of Health (DOH) Health Facilities Enhancement Program through the Office of Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, chairperson of the Senate committee on health.
In his message, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said the CEMREID will allow the province’s health care system to “serve both clean and infectious diseases simultaneously, but separately”.
The soon-to-rise facility will have its own emergency room, operating room, delivery room and intensive care unit, he added.
“With that, we extend our sincerest appreciation and appreciation to the good Senator Go for his solid support to this ambitious and progressive project, that will bridge critical gaps in our hospital and emergency services,” Lacson said.
Go meanwhile said that as chairman of the Senate committee on health, he has pushed for the additional fund of P50 million from the DOH to assist the province in pursuing the project.
“I pray for the smooth construction and eventual success of the CEMREID,” Go said.