Aquino approves more funds for health care system

October 21, 2011 9:37 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 21 — President Benigno S. Aquino III said he has approved the release of an additional fund intended for the improvement of the country’s health care system. This will involve the hiring of more medical professionals and improving government health facilities.

“Naglaan tayo ng P7.1 bilyon para sa ating Health Facility Enhancement program upang mapabuti ang serbisyo ng rural health units, barangay health stations at mga ospital na pinapangasiwaan ng DOH (Department of Health),” the President said during the inauguration of the diagnostic center of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City on Friday.

At the same time, the President said he also approved the release of more than P2.5 billion to improve the services of government hospitals like the Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine Heart Center, Philippine Childrens Center and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth).

“Kabilang din po sa nasabing pondo ang pagdaragdag natin ng 12,000 nurses na karagdagan sa 10,000 sa RN HEALS (Registered Nurse for Health Enhancement and Local Service) eHealprogram bago matapos ang taong ito na kakalinga sa ating mga kababayan sa malalayong lugar,” the President said.

This year, the government was able to deploy around 10,000 nurses all over the country under the RN HEALS program of the DOH, he said.

In the coming weeks, community health teams will visit poor areas tagged by the national household targeting system to provide free vaccination and feeding programs.

Last July, with the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the President said the government enrolled more than five million poor families in Philhealth.

“Ginagawa natin ang lahat ng ito upang tulungang maiangat ang antas ng pamumuhay ng mga mahihirap nating kababayan,” he said.

The government will also focus on improving maternal health and decrease child mortality rate in the country, the President said adding that he wants that modern medicine and medical services are enjoyed by the people especially the poor. (PNA)

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