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Dr. Maria Paz Virginia Otayza, head of MMMH&MC’s Department of Pediatrics, said that the plan for the expansion of NICU started in 2016 when the hospital embarked on its Performance Governance System journey.

The NICU was then identified as one of the several medical centers to be developed in MMMH&MC, said Otayza.

Meanwhile, Ranada also upheld that what came with the expansion of the NICU was the need to train more doctors and nurses to be more prepared in treating the most complex health issues for newborns.

At present, MMMH&MC is one of the only two hospitals across the Ilocos region which maintains its neonatology center.

 - Clenntroy Vicka Guzman