Maasin Super Health Center breaks ground

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go recently spearheaded the groundbreaking of the Super Health Center in Barangay Bagacay West, Maasin, Iloilo as part of his efforts to bolster the country’s healthcare sector.

The senator — who also chairs the Senate Committee on Health and Demography — 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.

Go also 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.

To recall, at least 307 SHCs had been funded in 2022 through Go’s initiative as the senator 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 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.

The lawmaker also commended all healthcare workers and frontliners who continue to risk their lives for their fellow Filipinos.

Meanwhile, to ensure that financially incapacitated Filipinos get convenient access to medical assistance programs of the government, Go encouraged fellow Filipinos to seek the services of the Malasakit Centers in the province located at Western Visayas Medical Center and West Visayas State University Medical Center, both in Iloilo City; Don Jose D. Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital in Barotac Nuevo; and Western Visayas Sanitarium and General Hospital in Sta. Barbara.

On the same day, Go also witnessed the groundbreaking of three more Super Health Centers in Kalibo, Numancia and Tangalan, all in Aklan province.

The senator also personally spearheaded distribution activities for tornado victims in Oton, Iloilo; and disadvantaged residents in the towns of Kalibo, Numancia and Tangalan, Aklan.

Lastly, Go attended and delivered a short speech at the Ati-atihan Coronation Night in Ibajay, Aklan.

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