The Dr. Catalino Gallego Nava Provincial Hospital (DCGNPH) inaugurated 5-unit Isolations Rooms funded by the Department of Health (DOH) through the World Bank on March 10, 2022.

Provincial Governor and Chairman of the Hospital Management Board JC Rahman A. Nava, MD and Congresswoman Ma. Lucille L. Nava, MD led the blessing and inauguration of the new and upgraded isolation facilities. The ceremony was graced by DOH Undersecretary of Health/Health Policy Infrastructure Development Team (HPIDT) Lilibeth C. David, MD, MPH, MPM, CESO I and the DOH Assistant Secretary of HPIDT Leonita P. Gorgolon, MD, MHA, MCHM, CEO VI.

The 5-unit Isolation Rooms were funded by the DOH through the World Bank in support of the Philippines’ COVID-19 Emergency Response Project. The isolation rooms contain air cleaners that are equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters which help trap small, harmful particles, such as pollen and smoke which are helpful in continuously removing particles containing viruses. The rooms are also equipped with measured negative room pressure that is not only adaptive but also automatic.

The DCGNPH is the first hospital in the whole of Region VI to have isolation rooms of such caliber.

In his message, Governor Nava mentioned that these isolation rooms and negative pressure facilities will become the infectious ward or infectious unit of the DCGNPH. He also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the DOH for the support they have given to the Province.

“Guimaras is a small island province with a big aspiration and that includes the aspiration to deliver or to establish a responsive health care system in the Province,” Governor Nava said. “And this aspiration and realization is becoming brighter with the presence of our guests from the DOH.”

During her speech, Undersecretary Lilibeth David expressed DOH’s readiness to support the aspirations of the Province in delivering responsive and accessible healthcare to the Guimarasnons.

“The DOH is willing to be a part of the dream of Guimaras,” she said.

Dr. Inocencio H. Lopez, OIC Chief of Hospital of DCGNPH likewise conveyed his thanks to the DOH and cited the benefits of the isolation rooms.

“The top 10 mortality and morbidity in the DCGNPH are infectious in nature,” Dr. Lopez explained. “We hope that with these new facilities, we can bring down the number of these infectious cases.”

Also in attendance were the members of the Hospital Management Board, the medical staff of the DCGNPH, and guests.