Negros Oriental receives grant for health program

November 3, 2009 9:36 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Nov. 4 — The province of Negros Oriental is a recipient of the P86 million grant through the province-wide Integrated Plan for Health (PIPH) program through the initiative of the Department of Health (DOH) and the European Commission (EC).

Governor Emilio Macias II recently attended an orientation in Manila conducted by the European Commission on the said program.

Negros Oriental is one among the 19 provinces in the Philippines chosen by the European Commission as recipient of the program. The program is implemented through a counterpart funding from the DOH and the EC.

Capitol Information Officer Adrian Sedillo said the P86 million grant is intended for the enhancement of hospital capabilities.

The said amount will be used for the improvement of the six district hospitals in the province, namely, those in Bayawan City, Siaton, Bais, Mabinay, Bindoy, Guihulngan and the provincial hospital.

Sedillo explained the provincial hospital has to acquire additional equipment because of the continuously increasing number of patients.

Some of the patients admitted are coming from the southern Cebu province, Dipolog and some parts of Negros Occidental.

Other improvements include the purchase of additional hospital equipment and establishment of “healthy stores”. These stores are authorized to sell fortified canned goods, iron fortified rice and generic medicines.

Also part of the improvement of hospitals is the construction of the wastewater treatment facility at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital.

Sedillo said the wastewater treatment facility is among the priority projects under the PIPH since it would promote a healthier environment.

The province wide Integrated Plan for Health started in 2006 and will end in 2010. (PNA) FFC/jfp/MA

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