Benguet signs up more doctors

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- More doctors were assigned to the province in a bid to improve health services.

Governor Nestor Fongwan administered the oath taking of three female physicians who were appointed as full pledged provincial employees to be detailed at the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) and Dennis Molintas Municipal Hospital.

Doctors Chalom Caoyan and Cheryll Pacio and Rosemarie Tacdoy were appointed medical officers III.

Fongwan said the province needs full-time doctors to further improve the delivery of basic services and health needs.

This province, which topped the Human Development Index (HDI) nationwide in 2012, has added three more regular doctors in a bid to further strengthen its health sector.

Recently, Benguet topped the Philippine Human Development Report (PHDR) which measures gains of provinces in terms of income or standard of living, literacy or access to education and life expectancy.

Based on the 2012-2013 PHDR, Benguet HDI rating was almost close to the ideal rating of 1 by garnering 0.849.

Fongwan has since aimed to improve the status of Benguet residents especially those in the countryside.

Mayor Edna Tabanda is for the passing of a reproductive health law in the Valley.

Tabanda said during the Benguet forum last week she is for the reproductive health law.

"We need laws that will assure social health services for social problems," the lady exec stressed.

Tabanda said she will spearhead the making of a program for reproductive health in the town.

"If we don't have laws providing health services social problems will not be solved," Tabanda iterated.

In the province capital, officials are batting for more health services for the reproductive health in the wake of increase in cases in STI.

The Municipal Health Center of the Valley reported 114 STI cases from 2008 to 2010, excluding those who by reason of privacy and confidentiality opted to seek consultation and treatment private clinics or hospitals instead.

The move is to expansively provide STI management and HIV Counseling and testing to its affected constituents.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 06, 2013.

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