CATBALOGAN CITY – Access to health services in the region especially in Samar Island is limited due to unavailability of doctors and hospitals including specialty doctors and specialty clinics. This has become more evident during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Data show that provinces like Samar do not attract new doctors. Thus, the need to produce home-grown doctors who have high likelihood to serve their respective hometowns and the entire province was identified.
Data show that the EV region has only 0.25 doctor per 1,000 population, far from the ideal ratio of 1:1000. Seeing the need for a more aggressive intervention to bridge the gap, Samar State University (SSU) proposed to open a medical school, the Samar Island Institute of Medicine (SIIM).
As a step, SSU conducted a feasibility study in the establishment and operation of SIIM. It was found that the greatest challenge to the planned establishment are funds to operate and a training hospital.