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PIA Press Release
2007/09/11

Sarangani gov cites the need for efficient health services

by Prix D Banzon

Alabel, Sarangani (11 September) -- Sarangani Province is introducing support on the health needs of the rural areas otherwise health services will continue to be inefficient.

Governor Miguel Dominguez of Sarangani Province during the turn over of SM Cold Chain Facilities for Mindanao's peace and development areas said efficient health services especially in the rural areas has always been lacking.

"Setting aside 10 percent of the budget for health program is not enough and the government must look at the root cause of the problem", he stressed.

"Government health services is always inefficient at nakakahiya talaga," he added.

He said that because of lack of resources, some officials became blind about it even as he said that those from the grassroot level are the ones most affected.

He said the private sector spent about P100 billion in medicines while only 25 or 30 percent of the said amount is spent by the LGUs. Only six or seven percent is paid by health insurance sector through the PhilHealth.

With partnership with businesses like the SM Investments Corporation, he said the provision of cold chain facilities is a big support to the people at the grassroots.

He said they have to train the health workers not to break the cold chain to retain the needed temperature of the vaccines up to the time that it is administered to the person.

"Even though we are experiencing shortage of medical practitioners we have to provide intervention just to extend the needed health services of our people," he said.

He said they believe that investments have to be with the barangay health workers first who will be implementing the services to the public.

The BHWs are basic in the delivery of services, the hospitals and other infrastructure facilities would come next, he added. (PIA XI) [top]

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