DOCTORS serving in provincial hospitals may soon avail themselves of capacity-building training that will help them become “certified primary care and family physicians.”
The Provincial Board (PB) on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, passed a resolution, authorizing Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia to enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) in relation to the Practice-Based Residency Training Program (PBRTP) for medical doctors of all provincial hospitals that are in a cooperative undertaking with the Department of Health-Central Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH-CVCHD) and the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC).
The measure was filed by Fourth District PB Member Kerrie Keane Shimura, who heads the committee on public health and social services.
“It is one of the pivotal endeavors of the Province of Cebu to capacitate medical doctors assigned in the localities or in all provincial hospitals to be duly trained and certified primary care and family physicians,” reads a portion of the resolution.
Under the draft MOA, the DOH-CVCHD will provide the initial funding of around P1.2 million to carry out the implementation of the project in its first year.
The amount will be sourced from the Capitol’s province-wide investment plan for health funds.
The DOH-CVCHD will also monitor and oversee the implementation of the program and provide technical assistance as well.
The Capitol, for its part, will provide transportation and accommodation for trainers who will be deployed to a provincial hospital.
It will also ensure the commitment of all the medical doctors through the chiefs of provincial hospitals.
The Capitol will also identify doctors who will undergo the training.
The VSMMC, on the other hand, will be responsible for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the training curriculum.
It will provide the venue for the lectures and other trainings, and provide technical assistance in the conduct of lectures, case presentations and other related activities in the hospital and the community. (RTF)