LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- The provincial government is set to acquire additional facilities and equipment for the 12 provincial government hospitals of Pangasinan to be supplied by a private company under the Public-Partnership Scheme.

This, after the provincial board passed a resolution Monday authorizing Governor Amado Espino III to enter into and sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with BIOCHEM Scientific Diagnostic Supply, a private company supplying these facilities and equipment.

Authored by Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario, the resolution said the move is part of the provincial government's programs and projects to greatly enhance the delivery of public health and medical services to the people of Pangasinan.

The hospitals to get the new facilities and equipment are: Bayambang District Hospital; Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital; Lingayen District Hospital; Mangatarem District Hospital; Urdaneta District Hospital; Western District Hospital Asingan Community Hospital; Bolinao Community Hospital; Dasol Community Hospital; Mapandan Community Hospital; Pozorrubio Community Hospital; and Umingan Community Hospital.

Not in the list is the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH)  which has the most number of facilities and equipment already, said Rosario.

Equipment/machines which were offered by the private company or entity include the following: hematology machine, immunoassay machine, cross matching machine, Hba1C machine, urine machine, coagulation machine, and electrolytes machine.

The cost of these facilities and equipment were not specified in the resolution.

The hematology instruments are machines that analyze blood. Used in medical labs, hematology instruments can do blood counts, detect proteins or enzymes, and help to diagnose illnesses or genetic defects.

The Immunoassay machine, on the other hand, is used in hospital and clinical laboratories to run automated biochemical tests to detect the presence and concentration of substances in the samples. There are many types of tests that immunoassay analyzers can perform, including testing for cancer markers, diagnosing infectious diseases, cardiac analysis, therapeutic drug monitoring, and allergy testing.

The electrolyte machine measures electrolyte levels in the human body to detect metabolic imbalances and measure renal and cardiac function. (PNA)