ST. BERNARD, Southern Leyte, May 12 (PIA) - Earthworks now on going is paving the way for the construction of a multi-million medical center right at the back of St Bernard Municipal Hall.

St. Bernard Local Chief Executive Napoleon Cuaton in an interview with PIA Southern Leyte said, "That with the establishment of the St. Bernard Medical Center coupled with the state of the art medical equipments such as CT scan, dialysis machines, among others, will surely attract people even from nearby municipalities and provinces in order to avail medical attention here soonest."

Mayor Cuaton further disclosed that the mentioned medical center shall be owned and operated by the Ursulo Cuaton Sr. Foundation.

He said the medical center will partner with the Charles Drew University in Los Angeles for the services of the medical doctors particularly those who are on internship modules accompanied by 4 -5 medical specialists during the six-months period, hence, two medical teams will be visiting the said medical center in a year.

Cuaton disclosed that the United States government is requiring medical internship to particularly serve the developing countries before taking their state board examinations.

The municipality is expecting the second medical mission of the said university hopefully by October this year as the first medical mission was undertaken sometime last year, he said.

Cuaton noted that while rural health unit medical doctors are badly needed at their respective municipalities, they are always on the go attending calls for seminars resulting to minimal medical attention in their day to day services at the municipalities.

Thus, he challenged the regional health managers to come down at the provinces instead of bringing out the municipal medical doctors for frequent meetings so that the doctors will have more time to attend to the medical needs of the people, Cuaton said. (ajc/esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)