Daily Tribune (Philippines)

Super health centers pushed

The super health center is a medium version of a polyclinic and an improved version of the rural health unit. It will have a land area of 514.3 square meters as initially planned

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In line with his advocacy to improve Filipinos’ access to government health services in rural areas, Senator Christophe­r Lawrence “Bong” Go reiterated his call for the establishm­ent of what he dubbed as “super health centers” across the country.

“I am pushing for the creation of these super health centers in the country to ensure that our countrymen — especially in far-flung areas — will have access to medical services provided by the government,” Go said.

The super health center is a medium version of a polyclinic and an improved version of the rural health unit. It will have a land area of 514.3 square meters as initially planned.

The proposed centers will have the following services — lab facilities, pharmacy, birthing facilities, out-patient department, dental services, comprehens­ive PhilHealth out-patient department, and other minor services.

Go also suggested that these super health centers be used as satellite vaccinatio­n sites for those Filipinos who live far from the urban centers.

“As chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, I continue to look for solutions to problems in the delivery of effective healthcare to our people. One of the pressing issues that needs to be addressed is the lack of accessible medical services in the countrysid­e,” Go said.

“It is for this reason that I proposed the establishm­ent of Super Health Centers. The aim of these centers is to give Filipinos better access to the healthcare services provided by the government, most especially in faraway places where it is needed the most. Through this, Filipinos will not have the need to go to big hospitals in towns or city centers. Through this, we are nearer to our goal of a healthier, more resilient nation,” he added.

The senator also reiterated the need to establish the said medical facilities, noting that the public needs convenient access to quality healthcare services with or without a pandemic, adding that the budget for the creation of some of the centers has already been allotted.

“There is already an allocation of P3.587 billion budget for the constructi­on of 305 super health centers under the Health Facilities Enhancemen­t Program — the P2.031 billion will be for infrastruc­ture while the P1.556 billion is for equipment procuremen­t,” Go said.

The constructi­on and equipping of these centers will be under the Health Facilities Enhancemen­t Program of the Department of Health.

 ?? PHOTOGRAPH BY JAS LALOG FOR THE DAILY TRIBUNE ?? THE combinatio­n of nature’s colors in Mahatao, Batanes will surely leave a breathtaki­ng experience for foreign and local tourists alike.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JAS LALOG FOR THE DAILY TRIBUNE THE combinatio­n of nature’s colors in Mahatao, Batanes will surely leave a breathtaki­ng experience for foreign and local tourists alike.

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