Creation of Samar Island Medical Center Pushed


A GROUP is prioritizing the creation of Samar Island Medical Center in Eastern Visayas to “further serve” the healthcare needs in the three Samar provinces.

“The greater burden of Eastern Visayas is the unavailability of adequate hospitals, particularly for its poor patients,” said Jude Acidre, the second nominee of Tingog party-list. 

Acidre said the region has only two nationally-funded hospitals: Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in Tacloban City and Schistosomiasis Hospital and Research Center in Palo, Leyte.

These two national hospitals are not enough to serve the region’s over four million population, Acidre added.

“Region VI (Western Visayas) has four nationally-funded hospitals and Region VII (Central Visayas) has six, while in Region VIII (Eastern Visayas), we only have two,” Acidre said.

“It is imperative that Samar Island gets its own tertiary, level 3 hospital to cater to the healthcare needs of the people in the area and free them from the inconvenience of traveling even for hours just to be admitted to EVRMC in Tacloban,” said Acidre in a statement.

Samar Island is composed of Samar, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar provinces, with a combined population of more than 1.8 million people.

According to Acidre, they will establish the Samar Island Medical Center in an area proximate to Catarman, Northern Samar and Calbayog City in Samar.

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