By Glen S. Ramos
MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) today presented its accomplishments as it joined the launching of the Duterte Legacy Campaign with the theme, “Barangayanihan Caravan Towards National Recovery” at the Batangas Police Provincial Office located at President Jose P. Laurel Highway, Camp Malvar, Batangas City.
The campaign showcased the successful implementation of various programs, policies, and projects by government agencies that provided better services and directly benefitted the people including those in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs).
Assistant Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco, who represented Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo, showcased the significant accomplishments of DOH-CALABARZON under the Duterte Administration which include the establishment, upgrading of services, and renovation of health facilities including 43 hospitals, 33 rural health units, and 74 barangay health stations together with the installation and provision of 113 various equipment in the hospitals, 184 in rural health units and 193 in barangay health stations.
“We have provided seven (7) sea ambulances, 158 land ambulances,s and 100 bicycles for barangay health workers,” Sydiongco shared in her presentation.
The regional office also upgraded the services, facilities, and equipment of its apex hospitals namely the Batangas Medical Center in Batangas City, the Maria L. Eleazar District Hospital in Tagkawayan, Quezon, the Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital in Bacoor City and the Northern Tagalog Regional Hospital in Rodriguez, Rizal will start construction this year.
A JICA project with 500-bed rehabilitation facility is currently ongoing construction in Trece Martires, Cavite.
“For Covid-19 response, critical care capabilities of intensive care units (ICUs) of five key Covid referral facilities were enhanced and improved including the installation of six ICUs and 11 ward tents to augment hospital capacities.”
“Dialysis centers were established in Cabuyao City Hospital and San Pablo City District Hospital (SPCDH) for Covid patients.”
“To provide access to specialized health care services, particularly in remote areas, the regional office established telemedicine services including the Kapit-Bisig Helpline for mental health, O-HI Doc for teledentistry, and the KonsultaMD for primary healthcare services,” she narrated.
The first Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Center located at the Batangas Medical Center and Pagsanjan Rural Health Unit was inaugurated to highlight and put into the mainstream the accepted forms of oriental therapy, such as acupuncture, homeopathy.
In preparation for the “Doktor Para sa Bayan Act”, the regional office has partnered with medical schools including Southern Luzon State University, Cavite State University, and Batangas State University where medical scholarships will be provided to deserving students who will then render a return service.
DOH-CALABARZON also facilitated the establishment and licensing and provided technical support for the 25 molecular laboratories in the region, located in Cavite (5), Rizal (3), Laguna (8), Batangas (7), and Quezon (2). A total of six extensive Temporary Treatment Monitoring Facilities (TTMF) were also established.
“These accomplishments were done through the collaboration and support of other government agencies, the local government units, and our various stakeholders under the Duterte Administration.”
“These were implemented with regard to our people. Gaya ng sabi ng ating mahal na Presidente, kailangan lahat ng nangangailangan ng tulong pangkalusugan ay mapagbibigyan at walang maiiwanan. Government services, especially health services must be directly felt by our people, Kailangan nilang maramdaman ang mga serbisyong binibigay ng ating gobyerno dahil ito ay kanilang Karapatan,” Sydiongco stated. (ai/mtvn)