Pasig City’s drive toward the full implementation of Universal Health Care (UHC) has reached a milestone as health centers in barangays are now equipped with more health personnel and systems to enable better health service delivery.
A drastic decrease in the availment of primary health services being offered in barangay health centers has been observed due to the pandemic.
The TeleMedicine Program will help provide these health services even under new normal conditions.
Both the implementation of the UHC and the TeleMedicine Program will be powered by the digitalization efforts rolled out in 12 barangay health centers as part of Batch 1.
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto visited three barangay health centers namely San Joaquin and Buting Health Center and CHAMP, to officially launch the local implementation of the UHC in Pasig City and TeleMedicine Program.
“Through these efforts, each barangay health center was provided with four computers that are connected to the Internet. This is vital in accessing the recently integrated database of patient health records that are shared among Batch 1 barangay health centers and will also be accessible to the remaining barangay health centers as soon as they also get covered under the digitalization roll out,” Sotto said.
“These are just two of the features of strengthening the Pasig health care system by transforming health facilities into wellness centers, with the goal of lessening
out-of-pocket expenses for medical services; ensuring the sufficient supply of drugs and medicines; and immediately responding to medical emergencies — ultimately leading to a healthy constituency,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Pasig City local government also inaugurated a mega facility that integrates different services to vulnerable sectors needing a safe and nurturing place, a haven for healing and recovery.
Among those to be served by the Kanlungan sa Pasig are children in conflict with the law, children at risk, teen moms, victims of violence against women and children, victims of violence towards LGBTQIA, and abandoned elderly.
“Formerly known as the Bahay Pag-asa, its relaunching as the Kanlungan sa Pasig signifies the administration’s commitment to delivering better and accessible social services to its people,” Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said.
“While the infrastructure of the facility has been built several years ago, there were major enhancements made, especially in terms of the facility’s staffing complement and administration and operations component, where plantilla positions have been created and the Center’s Manual of Operations has been crafted,” Sotto added.
Apart from the inauguration last Friday, Sotto also signed the Executive Order establishing the Kanlungan sa Pasig: A Haven for Individuals in Crisis, defining its functions and composition.