Boracay to Open New Hyperbaric Facility

Boracay to Open New Hyperbaric Facility

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The introduction of a hyperbaric chamber in Boracay marks a significant step forward in enhancing medical support for divers and strengthening the island's tourism infrastructure.

Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco leads the groundbreaking of the Hyperbaric Chamber Center at the Ciriaco S. Tirol Memorial Hospital in Boracay Island.

Located strategically within the Boracay district hospital, the new hyperbaric chamber aims to significantly improve safety and healthcare for divers, addressing decompression sickness and other dive-related health issues more effectively.

The establishment of the hyperbaric chamber is part of a broader initiative by local authorities to prioritize the safety and well-being of tourists, particularly divers, who flock to Boracay for its underwater attractions. The facility not only underscores the island’s commitment to tourism safety but also enhances its reputation as a responsible and well-equipped dive destination.

Operational readiness and training

In preparation for the facility's opening, healthcare professionals on the island have undergone extensive training in hyperbaric medicine, ensuring that they are well-prepared to handle dive-related emergencies. This training extends the capability of the local healthcare system to respond swiftly and effectively to the needs of the diving community.

Officials believe that the hyperbaric chamber will not only safeguard the health of divers but also boost tourism by reinforcing Boracay's image as a safe and attractive destination. With the increased confidence in local medical services, the island expects to see a rise in the number of visitors, particularly among the diving community.

This initiative reflects a proactive approach to healthcare and safety management, catering to the needs of both local residents and international visitors.

The provision of safety measures for our tourists is a basic need, and therefore, it has to be addressed.

—Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco

Philippine News Agency

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