Super Health Centers for patients at margins
Sen. “Bong” Go furthered his advocacy to improve the health sector by establishing more health facilities for the poor at the groundbreaking of a super health center in Tangalan, Aklan.
Go is optimistic that the strategically placed centers will allow more indigent Filipinos access to essential healthcare services, especially in rural places.
Four super health centers in Western Visayas had their groundbreaking on the same day with Go as guest together with respective local officials.
“Sa pag-iikot ko sa bansa, napansin ko na kakaunti lang talaga ang ating health facilities, lalo na sa maliliit at malalayong mga lugar. Minsan po yung iba ay nanganganak na lang sa tricycle dahil sa layo ng ospital,” shared Go.
“Huwag sana natin hayaan na mangyari pa yon. Kaya talagang isinusulong ko ang pagkakaroon ng Super Health Centers. Pinili at inilagay ito ng DOH sa strategic areas. Pagkatapos nito, it will be managed and it will be turned over na sa local government unit,” noted Go.
The senator was instrumental in pushing for the budget for the Tangalan Super Health Center and hundreds more of such centers nationwide.
He, likewise, committed his continued support for the establishment of more super health centers in the country as he has earlier successfully pushed for adequate funds for more SHCs in the 2023 health budget.
Super health centers offer health services including database management, out-patient, birthing, isolation, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray, 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.
The senator then expressed his gratitude towards the local officials led by Gov. Joen Miraflores, First District Rep. Carlito Marquez, Second District Rep. Nonong Haresco, Tangalan Mayor Gary Fuentes and Vice Mayor Gene Fuentes for extending necessary support to their constituents and to the establishment of super health centers.
Apart from Tangalan, Super Health Centers will also be established in Ibajay, Balete, Batan, Malay, New Washington, Numancia, and Kalibo in Aklan.
After the groundbreaking, Go and his team held a relief operation at the Tangalan Sports Complex where they gave away meals, food packs, masks, and vitamins to 1,900 farmers in the town.
Some also received bicycles, shoes, computer tablets, and balls for basketball and volleyball.
Representatives from the Department of Agriculture, through its Rice Farmers Financial Assistance program, also extended aid to the farmers.
Go himself has been a persistent voice in calling for improved agricultural support systems and infrastructure, emphasizing the vital role farmers play in securing food security.
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