Press Release
January 27, 2019


Sen. Grace Poe has asked the Department of Health (DOH) for a special funding boost for the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) in Cagayan de Oro City for the improvement of facilities and purchase of medical supplies.

Poe paid a visit to the state-owned hospital on Saturday, January 26 to witness how the hospital operates more than 100 years after it was established in 1917.

"Nananawagan tayo sa DOH para mabigyan ng pondo itong ospital para mas marami pang maserbisyuhan," said Poe, adding that initially she was eyeing an additional P20 million--P10 million each for facilities and medical supplies.

For one, the hospital has been using improvised wooden incubators for preterm newborn babies that require special care.

Poe was in Cagayan de Oro City and held a Senate hearing on transport modernization, effects of the tax reform law in utilities, various franchises and Land Transportation Office bills.

Poe supported the passage of Republic Act No. 10677 increasing the bed capacity of NMMC from 300 to 600.

The hospital serves patients from Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental where it is located and nearby provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Occidental, Lanao Norte, Zamboanga del Norte and the Agusan Provinces.

A staunch advocate of healthcare and nutrition, the senator advocates for efficient public hospitals staffed with enough doctors, nurses, and midwives, and with all the necessary equipment and supplies. She also authored laws on the First 1,000 Days and feeding program for schoolchildren.

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