Another Super Health Center will be established in the country as Senator Bong Go, Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, attended the groundbreaking of the Samal Super Health Center , Thursday morning.
The Senator said the Super Health Center aims to bring the government’s medical services closer to the people, especially those living in remote areas. This initiative of Senator Bong Go is supported by his fellow lawmakers and the DOH. Aside from Samal, six more Super Health Centers will be built in the province of Bataan — in Mariveles, Dinalupihan, Bagac, Hermosa, Morong, and Orani.
A Super Health Center is a medium version of a polyclinic and an improved version of the rural health unit. It will have a land area of 514.3 square meters as initially planned. The proposed centers will have the following services: lab facilities, pharmacy, birthing facilities, out-patient department, dental services, comprehensive PhilHealth out-patient department, and other minor services.
The senator also suggests that these Super Health Centers be used for satellite vaccination sites for those Filipinos who live far from the urban centers. The human resource needs of the Super Health Center will be sourced from rural health units. The construction and equipping of these centers will be under the Department of Health’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program. Funds needed for the establishment of initial super centers is already included in the proposed budget of DOH for next year.
“It is critical to reinforce our current health centers not just to meet health requirements of individuals or families, but also to tackle public health issues and the demands of the community,” said Go. “People in their communities are entitled to the best possible treatment. These centers will be able to meet their healthcare needs, which include the prevention of diseases, provision of treatment, as well as palliative care and health promotion,” he added.
After the ground breaking, Senator Go personally led the distribution of assistance to 500 Samal residents. In addition to the grocery packs, food, masks, vitamins, shirts, and some bicycles, cellphones, shoes and watches that he personally brought, the DSWD also provided separate financial assistance to the beneficiaries.
Several local officials of Bataan attended the activity, such as Bataan 1st District Rep. Geraldine Roman, Governor Joet Garcia, Vice Gov. Cris Garcia, Board Member Tony Roman III, Mayor Alex Acuzar, Vice Mayor Ronnie Ortiguerra, some mayors from other towns such as Mayor Jopet Inton of Hermosa, Mayor Tonypep Raymundo of Orion, Mayor Bondjong Pascual of Orani, Mayor Robin Tagle of Abucay, Vice Mayor Richie David of Limay, and other councilors and barangay officials of the province.
After the activity in Samal, Senator Bong Go also visited Balanga City to distribute assistance to 1,000 indigent people in the area. He was joined by Bataan Gov Joet Garcia, Bataan 3rd District Congresswoman Gila Garcia, Mayors Charlie Pizarro of Pilar, Mayor AJ Concepcion of Mariveles, Mayor Tonypep Raymundo of Orion, Mayor Tong Santos of Dinalupihan and Vice Mayor Ron Del Rosario of Bagac.