BMC remains strong amid the typhoon devastation and ongoing pandemic


NAGA CITY - The wrath of the world’s strongest storm this year - Typhoon Rolly (International name: Goni) that landed in the Bicol region last November 1, 2020, did not spare the Bicol Medical Center. Based on the hospital’s administration office monitoring report, the typhoon has incurred a total of P181M of infrastructure damage. In the main hospital in Panganiban Drive, Naga City, P61M of damages was mostly from the 8-storey building, where the typhoon shattered its main entrance glass door. TS Rolly also destroyed the ceilings on several floors of the said building. While the Psychiatry Department in Brgy. Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur has reported damages of P120M.


TS Rolly also destroyed the ceilings on several floors of the 8-storey General Wards building.

According to Dr. Francisco Sales III, BMC’s Medical Center Chief, the hospital management finds ways to address this challenge.

 

“As much as we have prepared for the worst-case scenario, we were not spared from the typhoon’s wrath. More than the damages to Infrastructures that are essential in the safety and security of our patients, it is ensuring the uninterrupted delivery of healthcare services amidst the most powerful typhoon in 2020 to date, and COVID-19 Pandemic was our top priority and biggest challenge.” Dr. Sales said.

 

Several key officials of the Department of Health conducted ocular visits in the hospital after the onslaught and promised to help the BMC recover. These include DOH Bicol Regional Director Dr. Ernie Vera and Dr. Leonita Gorgolon of Health Facilities Enhancement Program Management Office - DOH Central Office. 

 

DOH Bicol Regional Director Dr. Ernie Vera visited the Bicol Medical Center days after the onslaught of Typhoon Rolly.

 

“We would like to thank and acknowledge the DOH Quick Response Fund from the Department of Health - Health Facilities Bureau that will significantly aid and contribute in rebuilding a safe space for our patients. We are looking forward that we will be able to further strengthen partnerships that will support us in institutionalizing effective approaches and practices to address operational bottlenecks that impede the effective delivery of health services that is accessible to all, especially in these trying times.” Dr. Sales added.
 

Dr. Leonita Gorgolon of Health Facilities Enhancement Program Management Office - DOH Central Office conducted an ocular visit to see the devastation of Typhoon Rolly to BMC's facilities.


After a week of Rolly’s devastation, Tropical Storm Ulysses brought heavy rains on Wednesday, November 11, and lasted for more than 12 hours.

 

Despite all the challenges, BMC has grown to be more robust in its commitment to deliver tertiary health care services to the Bikolanos. BMC has shown uncommon resilience and strength by being equal to the twin challenges of the pandemic and extreme weather disturbances.