Go aids groups in Camiguin hospital groundbreaking

Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go. | Photograph courtesy of SBG

Sen. “Bong” Go attended the groundbreaking of the Super Health Center in Mambajao town in Camiguin on Wednesday, January 18, vowing to continue his advocacy to improve access to the country’s healthcare system and establish more health facilities that would significantly benefit Filipinos, particularly the poor and those in far-flung areas.

Go said that he is hopeful that more poor Filipinos will be able to access needed quality healthcare through Super Health Centers which will be placed in strategic locations throughout the country, especially in rural areas.

“Ang Super Health Center ay isang medium (version) ng polyclinic. Mas malaki lang ito sa rural health center at mas maliit lang siya sa ospital. Mayroong mga dental services, birthing (services) — panganganak dahil aking napansin noon, ang mga buntis kailangan pang dalhin sa mga malalayong ospital. Minsan manganganak na lang sa tricycle, sa jeep, o taxi,” mentioned Go.

“Ngayon po, mayroong Super Health Center na ilalagay sa mga strategic areas. So, itong Super Health Center ay para sa ating mga kababayan na nasa malalayong lugar para makakatulong talaga sa basic health services,” he added.

The senator was instrumental in pushing for the budget for the establishment of Super Health Centers nationwide. Some 307 SHCs were funded in 2022 through Go’s initiative. He likewise committed his continued support for the establishment of more SHCs in the country as he has earlier successfully pushed for sufficient funds for the centers in this year’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program of the Department of Health.

Super Health Centers offer health services including database management, out-patient, birthing, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray and ultrasound), pharmacy and ambulatory surgical unit. Other available services are eye, ear, nose, and throat service, oncology centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation center and telemedicine, where remote diagnosis and treatment of patients will be done.

Apart from Mambajao, a Super Health Center will also be established in Guinsiliban town. Its groundbreaking was also conducted this week.

Following the event, Go and his team also distributed assistance to various sectoral groups in the town. His team mounted the distribution activities at the Camiguin convention center in Mambajao where they handed out grocery packs, vitamins, shirts, masks and snacks to 500 struggling residents.

They also gave away bicycles, shoes, cellular phones and balls for basketball and volleyball to select individuals.

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