THE Zamboanga City Government is set to construct the second super health center aimed to provide basic health needs, including specialized health services, in Zamboanga City.

The P11.5-million super health center will be constructed in Talon-Talon village, one of the most populated villages in Zamboanga City.

The first super health center is undergoing construction in Sangali village, 25 kilometers east of Zamboanga City.

Dr. Joshua Brillantes, Department of Health-Zamboanga Peninsula director, said the project forms part of the universal health care to ensure the accessibility of the constituents to health services.

Brillantes said that with the super health center, Filipinos will be provided with comprehensive health services including diagnostics, pharmacy services, emergency care, and more, unlike before when the health center was solely for vaccinations and treatment of minor illnesses.

The super health centers are medium-type clinics that have an outpatient department, a laboratory, an x-ray and ultrasound equipment.

“This is part of the commitment of our government in making Filipinos the healthiest in Asia by 2040,” Brillantes said.

The super health center was conceptualized during the term of President Rodrigo Duterte with funding pushed by Senator Christopher Lawrence Go as a way of providing a higher standard of care than a regular rural health center.

A total of 307 centers in the country are funded through the 2022 national budget with the help of DOH. (SunStar Zamboanga)