By Glen S. Ramos/Benjamin Cuaresma
MANILA — True to his word in establishing the first super health center model in the country, Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo in coordination with Ibaan, Batangas local government unit, various stakeholders in health including private groups and industries have upgraded and converted the Ibaan Rural Health Unit into a polyclinic or a super health center that can provide all the basic health needs including specialized health services at the local level.
“This is the first and only true super health center in the country with a higher standard of care than a regular rural health center and can provide essential health services to the people in the community,” Director Janairo stated in his message during yesterday’s blessing and inauguration of the facility located in Barangay Talaibon, Ibaan, Batangas.
“Sa pamamagitan ng super health center na ito ay maibibigay natin ang pangangailangang pangkalusugan ng ating mga kababayan. At ito ang magiging testamento na sa lokal na level pa lang ay kaya ng ibigay ang mga serbisyong medikal na kailangan ng isang pasyente upang hindi na pumunta pa sa malalaking ospital o sa Maynila para makapagpagamot.”
“This project is the culmination of a long journey filled with determination, hope, and cooperation with the right people and the right partners with a common goal and aspiration — building and providing better health for our people that is affordable, accessible, and available to all people,” he disclosed.
The facility offers basic health services including database management, out-patient (OPD), TB dots, birthing, isolation, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray, ultrasound), pharmacy, and ambulatory surgical unit. Other available services are EENT service (for eyes, ears, nose, and throat), oncology centers, physical therapy, and rehabilitation center, and telemedicine, where remote diagnosis and treatment of patients will be done.
Other health care services that will be offered in addition will be provided in partnership with the UP-PGH Department of Surgery and the Southern Tagalog Regional Hospital.
Janairo added that the facility’s operational fund will come from the Annual Municipal Health Budget, Philhealth Capitation Fund, Income from E-konsulta, Pharmacy, and Laboratory services.
He also assured that the regional office will provide the initial investment capital funds, health human resources including medicines, medical supplies, and other health commodities.
“Ang tunay na pagbabago at pagbibigay ng tunay na serbisyo ay kailangang umpisahan natin. Lagi nating sinasabi ang pagbabago pero ang nangyayari, lalo tayong bumabagal. Kailangan nating bumangon mula sa pandemya at panahon na para maumpisahan ito.”
“Ang super health center ay isang halimbawa at bunga ng pagbabagong ito at pagnanais nating maisakatuparan ang mga makabuluhang proyekto na makapagbibigay ng kaginhawahan sa ating mga kababayan dahil karapatan nila ito. Hindi dahil sila ay mahirap, kung hindi dahil sila ay mga Pilipino!!!,” Janairo emphasized.
The Ibaan Super Health Center is a pilot project of the Office of the Director’s Special Development Programs initiated by Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo and being piloted in four selected municipalities and one city in the CALABARZON region.
Its objective is to enable local health care facilities to provide basic health care services and accommodate patients needing surgery and specialized health care services. (ai/mtvn)