Mandaue to build Super Health Center

CEBU. Dr. Debra Catulong, head of Mandaue City Health Office.
CEBU. Dr. Debra Catulong, head of Mandaue City Health Office.Photo by Honey Cotejo

THE Mandaue City Health Office (MCHO) has announced plans to construct a Super Health Center, which will be located behind its building in Barangay Centro.

Dr. Debra Catulong, head of MCHO, said Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, that this project is a collaboration between the Mandaue City Government and the Department of Health. It aims to provide better healthcare services to the residents of Mandaue.

Catulong said the Department of Health (DOH) has initially allocated P11.5 million to fund the construction of a three-floor facility. The construction will be done in phases, and the building’s contractor will be chosen by the Mandaue City Government.

She said Mayor Jonas Cortes is still waiting for the completed plan of the building from the City Engineering Office to assess the budget the City will contribute.

According to Catulong, the ground floor will serve as a birth center. The second floor will consist of clinics for children and for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. The third floor will serve as a data management clinic and offer other services.

Catulong said they hope to begin constructing the building by the end of the year and complete it by 2025.

The City plans to establish super health centers with the help of the DOH in a strategic area in each of Mandaue’s five clusters, consisting of the city’s 27 barangays. Each center will be attended by Mandaue-based medical personnel.

The five clusters are the Kabukiran Cluster composed of barangays Basak, Pagsabungan, Casili, Tawason, Jagobiao, Cubacub and Canduman; the Butuanon Cluster composed of barangays Casuntingan, Maguikay, Cabancalan, Tingub and Tabok; Kadagatan Cluster composed of barangays Looc, Paknaan, Labogon, Umapad and Opao; Mahiga Cluster composed of barangays Tipolo, Bakilid, Subangdaku and Banilad; and Centro Cluster composed of barangays Cambaro, Mantuyong, Ibabao-Estancia, Alang-Alang and Centro.

If the plan is pursued, the center in Centro would serve the barangays under the Centro Cluster.

Catulong explained that the primary purpose of the center is to bring medical services closer to residents in the barangays, as some travel far to get to the MCHO.

The establishment of Super Health Centers is an initiative by the DOH. According to the health agency, the centers offer a wide range of services. The center aims to be an upgraded version of the rural health unit and mid-sized polyclinic. Outpatient care, birthing facilities, isolation units and various diagnostic services like x-rays and ultrasounds will be available.

Specialized services such as eye, ear, nose and throat (EENT) consultations, oncology centers, physical therapy and telemedicine will also be offered to cater to the specific needs of patients.

The Mandaue City Health Office currently provides basic laboratory tests such as blood, stool, urine, dengue, rabies, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening, free anti-rabies and anti-tetanus shots, and Covid-19 vaccines, among other services.

Catulong said the upcoming super health centers will be equipped with all the necessary laboratories and facilities to provide top-notch medical services. This will be very convenient for Mandaue residents as they will no longer have to travel to neighboring cities, such as Cebu City, to avail themselves of these services.

Also, she said the City will soon deploy a mobile medical van that will offer services like X-rays and electrocardiograms (ECG).

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