City launches ‘Maternal Care Package’

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014


THE Cagayan de Oro City Government has launched its latest health program aimed at upgrading the facilities of barangay health centers and their accreditation with the Philippines Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

At the unveiling of the "Maternal Care Package" in barangays Bugo, Tablon and Cugman on Tuesday morning, Mayor Oscar Moreno urged the village officials to set aside politics and instead help the City Government in implementing its various programs, especially health.

Moreno described the projects “public service that transcends political boundaries.”

“We may disagree in politics and in many areas, but we cannot disagree in bringing basic services to the people,” Moreno said.

He said he has no problem with the barangay leaders’ political affiliation as long as they will help him make sure that the people are served.

The City Government plans to upgrade the facilities of the 54 health centers in the city and to convert them into mini-hospitals with PhilHealth accreditation.

The health centers in Bugo, Tablon and Cugman are just the first three that had been converted into mini-hospitals.

All the three health centers are two-storied and housed a lying-in center, wards and other basic medical facilities.

One of the prerequisites for the upgrading, he added, is the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the City Government and the barangays.

With the MOA, Moreno said that regardless of who will the mayor be or the barangay chairman, the operations of the health centers will continue and ensure that the City Government will not renege on its responsibility.

“We have to commit and we have to respond to that commitment, we have to be guided by that,” Moreno said.

The MOA will allow the barangay to let the City Health Office operate to what will now be called as the city health center.

He said the pressure is on the City Government to make “the barangay happy and contented nga maalagaran ang katawhan. And that can only be done with the good management of the city health center.”

“Dili ‘ni sayon pero mangambisyon gud ta…no matter how easy the task at hand may be pero kung dili kita magtinabangay, isig babag, isig pugong, wala gyuy mahitabo sa ato,” he added.

“We cannot do it alone. We want to fulfill our duty, but we need you to help us,” Moreno said.

PhilHealth accreditation

Marlon Arrabaca, PhilHealth local health insurance officer, said the accreditation would mean that mothers will no longer find it financially difficult and go to the nearest hospital to deliver since the health center can take care of their needs.

Arrabaca under the Maternal Care Package, PhilHealth will reimburse the patients’ expenses if they give birth in PhilHealth-recognized city health centers or mini-hospitals.

He said, in the past, even if the delivering mothers are covered under PhilHealth, they still had to pay for the birthing expenses because the health centers are not accredited with PhilHealth.

Morenos noted that when he sat down as the city mayor last year, not one of the health centers was accredited with PhilHealth.

“We have been moving forward para ma-accredit sa PhilHealth. So far, naa nay almost 20 health centers nga accredited na sa Philhealth,” Moreno said.

During the launching, the City Government also gave various birthing equipment to the three city health centers.

Dr. Belen Ligo, City Health Office district 2 medical supervisor, vowed to take care of the items given to the health centers.

Jesus Morial, Barangay Bugo chairman, is glad that the health center in his barangay is now accredited with PhilHealth.

“I am encouraging everyone in my barangay to become members of PhilHealth since this will greatly help us,” Morial said.

Ricardo Pacheco, chairman of Barangay Cugman, said for a very long time they had been dreaming of the moment that their health center is upgraded.

“Makita nato nga once ipanamkon, ipanganak gyud,” Pacheco said, referring to the upgrading of Cugman’s health center.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 09, 2014.

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