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'The poor should not get poorer when they get sick' - DOH Asec Santiago
By: PPAO
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
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OUTSTANDING RHU. Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Department of Health Asec. Nestor Santiago with the Hagonoy Rural Health Unit (RHU) 1 Staff after being hailed as the Outstanding RHU in the 2015 Gawad Galing sa Kalusugan held at The Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center, City of Malolos, Bulacan this morning. Also in the photo are (last row from L-R) Department of Interior and Local Government Provincial Director Darwin David, Board Members Therese Cheryll B. Ople and Atty. Ramon R. Posadas, Director Leonita Gorgolon, DOH-RO3, Vice Gov. Daniel R. Fernando, BM Felix V. Ople, and Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Jocelyn Esguerra-Gomez. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS – “The poor should not get poorer when they get sick for it is the very duty of health care deliverers of the country but taking care of one’s health is a collective and individual responsibility.”

This was the message of Department of Health Assistant Secretary Nestor Santiago who graced the event as the guest speaker of Gawad Galing sa Kalusugan 2015, a program of the Provincial Public Health Office that recognizes Outstanding Rural Health Unit (RHU) and City Health Center (CHC), Outstanding Health Practice and LGU Scorecard Green Achievers held at Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city, earlier today.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado also said that no one under the point of care program should spend in hospital bills.

“Ang panganganak ay libre sa mga district hospital at BMC, normal o ceasarian, kung walang PhilHealth, point of care, gayundin po sa goiter, myoma, appendicitis, operasyon ng bato sa apdo, maging prostate, covered po ito ng PhilHealth. Hindi lahat kayang ipagsanggalang ang kanilang kalusugan, sila po ang dahilan ng ating mga pagsisikap na maiayos ang kalusugan ng bawat isang Bulakenyo, may kaya man sa buhay o silang mga kapos,” Alvarado explained.

Meanwhile, the LGU Scorecard (MDG) Green Achievers that took home P50,000 each were the municipalities of Angat, Baliwag, Hagonoy, Obando, Pandi and the City of San Jose del Monte.

As for the Outstanding Health Practices, “BHW Protektado-Mahusay na Serbisyo Sigurado” of San Jose del Monte City Health Center was hailed as the best; “Bagong Buhay mula kay Nanay-Ugoy, Haplos, Aruga (UHA)” of Plaridel RHU-I bagged the second place; and “Diabetic Care Program” of Obando RHU got the third place.

For Outstanding RHU, Hagonoy RHU-1 got the first place while Balagtas RHU-1 and Obando RHU landed on second and third places respectively.

The winners for Outstanding RHU and Health Practice received plaque of recognition and cash prize amounting to P30,000 for the first place, P15,000 for the second place and P10,000 for the third place.

The governor also shared the recent development at the Bulacan Medical Center and the province’s request for additional 200 bed capacity building to cater to more Bulakenyos.

“Naipaayos po natin ang emergency room, OPD, laboratory, ipinaaayos natin ang maternity ward, ipaaayos din natin ang delivery room, ang ICU, nag-allocate na po tayo ng pondo para dito, 2-3 mos makikita na po natin ang isang makabagong ICU na may mga makabagong equipment,” Alvarado said.

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