In a bid to fully staff all public hospitals with doctors, even in hinterland communities, the provincial government has allocated P6.9 million to finance the scholarships of 29 Capitol medical scholars particularly enrolled in Silliman University School of Medicine.
The graduates are expected to render service to the community hospitals for 3 years; district hospital for another 3 years and the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital for 4 years.
This is the agreement that the Capitol medical scholar enters into with the provincial government as the means to repay in 10 years the ‘investment’ through free tuition etc of the latter to their education.
There were reports that some of the graduates have abandoned their agreement with the provincial government and chose to leave the public hospitals to pursue bigger salaries and benefits from private hospitals here and abroad.
Governor Roel Degamo has also intensified efforts to procure modern facilities and equipment not only for NOPH but also for community and district hospitals.
Aside from building the 350-million hospital complex, acquisition of brand new X-ray machines, oxygen plant, CT Scan, among other equipment, Degamo also embarked on rehabilitation of the buildings and parking spaces within the NOPH compound with the end view of turning NOPH into a medical center.