Davao Norte gov’t hospitals get P51-M aid

May 28, 2012 12:38 am 

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, May 27 — The province of Davao del Norte received a boost to its health program with the recent release of at least P51-million fund from the Department of Health (DOH).

DOH regional director Dr. Abdullah Dumama Jr. said the amount was in the form of medical facilities and equipment for the government hospitals in the Island Garden City of Samal and the towns of Kapalong and Carmen.

He personally turned over the facilities and equipment to Gov. Rodolfo Del Rosario and local officials in the two towns and Samal Island City Mayor Aniano Antalan.

Dumama said the upgrading of the hospitals was part of President Benigno Aquino III’s universal health agenda which aims to give quality and affordable health services to the poor.

The projects were funded by the DOH’s Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) and implemented by the provincial engineering office.

On the other hand, Del Rosario said the Davao del Norte Hospital-Kapalong Zone and Carmen Zone received a total of P33 million, consisting of two delivery and operating room complexes as well as medical equipment. The two hospitals have a 50-bed capacity each.

The Samal Island hospital received a total of P18 million under the program, with Mayor Antalan pledging P3 million as assistance to indigent patients.

Del Rosario said the facilities and equipment were part of Davao del Norte’s Health Investment Plan which runs from 2010 to 2015.

An additional P4 million to P8.7 million would also be given to Davao del Norte Hospital-Samal Island Zone in the next two years, for facilities expansion, he added. (PNA)

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