P10M-worth of equipment abandoned at N. Vizcaya hospital

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya–About P10 million-worth of various medical equipment are now being left to rot at the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Hospital (NVPH) in Bambang town, following the discovery of anomalies in its purchase, officials here have admitted.

The equipment, which include an operating table, a delivery table, an anesthesia machine, blood bank refrigerator, intensive care unit (ICU) monitor, operating room lights, were part of a P10-million purchase made by the provincial government for NVPH sometime in late 2009.

A source privy to the transaction, but who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the hospital apparatuses were delivered in April 2010 but the NVPH chief, Dr. Edwin Galapon, refused to accept them.

“It was highly questionable why the supplier was already given partial payment when there was no delivery made yet,” the source, a top-level official of the provincial government, said.

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