Bong Go witnesses groundbreaking of Maasin Super Health Center in Iloilo
Sen. Bong Go personally witnessed the groundbreaking of the Super Health Center in Barangay Bagacay West, Maasin, Iloilo on Saturday, 21 January, as part of his efforts to bolster the country’s healthcare sector.
In his speech, Go assured that he will continue pushing for the establishment of more Super Health Centers nationwide, especially in far-flung communities where basic health services are not conveniently accessible.
The senator likewise underscored that the Super Health Centers aim to improve the delivery of public health services in the grassroots as these centers are designed to bring Filipinos closer to the government.
“Sa paglilibot ko ng bansa, napansin ko na napakaraming lugar ang kulang sa mga health facilities. Wala silang sarili nilang hospital. Minsan po nanganganak sa tricycle, sa jeepney papunta do’n sa ospital na dalawang oras na biyahe,” cited Go.
“Kaya naman isinusulong ko ang pagpapatayo ng mga Super Health Centers nationwide, lalo na sa mga rural areas, para hindi na po kailangan lumayo ng ating mga kababayan para sa kanilang basic health service needs. Palagi ko rin pinapaalala kung gaano kahalaga ang kalusugan, kaya ‘wag natin pahirapan ang ating mga kababayan na makakuha ng serbisyong medikal at ilapit natin ito sa kanila,” he urged.
Some 307 SHCs had been funded in 2022 through Go’s initiative. He has likewise successfully pushed for sufficient funds for more centers in this year’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program of the Department of Health.
The Super Health Center is an improved version of a rural health unit. It offers 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 (EENT) service; oncology centers; physical therapy and rehabilitation center; and telemedicine, where remote diagnosis and treatment of patients will be done.
Apart from Maasin, Super Health Centers will also be established in Iloilo City, and the towns of Anilao, Carles, Sara, Pavia, Igbaras, and San Joaquin, the groundbreaking of which was personally witnessed by Go and Senator Robinhood Padilla months ago.
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