MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte April 23 (PIA) – The provincial government of Southern Leyte moves to fill the need of medical doctors in the province as the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) approved for the establishment of medical scholarship appropriating P10 Million to initially fund for the new education program.

SP Member Atty. Abelardo Almario disclosed during the Action Center Provincial Report, Tuesday, April 21, "the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has approved for the establishment of a medical scholarship program presented by Governor Roger Mercado so that the province will be producing its own medical doctors, seeing the scarcity of the medical doctors working at provincial, district hospitals, rural health units (RHUs) nowadays, hence endangering the health of the people."

He said all of the eight public hospitals across the province and RHUS are in dire need of more physicians though there is an ample supply of nurses already at the workforce complementing the medical staff at the hospitals and health units.

Last year, an exodus of medical doctors employed at the Southern Leyte Provincial Hospital sought greener pastures abroad, it was learned.

Almario noted that the mentioned medical scholarship can only be availed by the medical students who are Southern Leytenos, though the guidelines for the final mechanics is still understudy. That it is imperative that these medical grads will be required to serve the provincial hospitals first.

He further disclosed that for an initial funding of P10 Million from the provincial coffers has been appropriated for the new education program of the province to defray the tuition fees, books, boarding houses,among others.

Meanwhile, Atty Almario noted that the Southern Leyte Enterprise Board required the Southern Leyte Provincial Hospital (SLPH) and seven other district and community hospitals to ensure the avilability of medicines at each respective pharmacies.

That in cases of unavailability of medicine in the pharmacies, it will the responsibility of the pharmacies to secure the needed medicine of the PhilHealth member-patients, he added.

It was also agreed that no public doctor should be allowed to render private practice anymore, he said.(esg/PIA8 Soleyte)