Pact forged to build rural health units-A A +A
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The National Government, through the Department of Health (DOH) and Capitol, have agreed to jointly construct 14 rural health units in the flooded towns of the province.
This initiative is aimed at strengthening the capability of various rural health units in terms of delivering basic health needs of the people.
Governor Lilia Pineda said the construction of these rural health units is significant for patients with minor ailments who need not go to district hospitals.
Kapampangans will be provided basic medical assistance at the health centers, which are more accessible.
Pineda earlier disclosed that various district hospitals also received funding from the National Government for the construction of birthing stations, among other additional buildings.
It was learned that rural health units in Angeles City, Apalit, Candaba, Macabebe, Masantol, Mexico, City of San Fernando, Sta. Ana and Sta. Rita were provided some P32 million for expansion, repair, renovation and equipping projects.
Dr. Leonita Gorgolon, Central Luzon center for health director, pointed out that partnership between the DOH and the Capitol is a welcome development which may lead to quality and comprehensive health services for Kapampangans.
She also bared about the partnership with local government units for the enrollment of indigent citizens in the National Health Insurance Program.
“Gusto natin mabigyan ng access ang mga mamamayan sa quality health services, through this beautiful health centers and hospitals,” Dr. Gorgolon ended.
Earlier, Pineda and Gorgolon led the inauguration of the new Rural Health Unit in Barangay Poblacion in Sto. Tomas town. This is the first among the 14 rural health units to be constructed in the 4th district.
“The Department of Health is very grateful and would like to congratulate the provincial government, the municipal government of Sto. Tomas, for this beautiful building, worth P1.5 million plus P1 million for the equipment,” Dr. Gorgolon proudly declared. (Herbert P. Mapiles)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 30, 2012.