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Antique's ASMGH included in PGMA's budget for hospital upgrading

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (24 September) -- Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital (ASMGH) the only tertiary hospital in the province is included in the P1.3 Billion budget of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for hospital upgrading, said Dr. Norman Tanchuan, Provincial Health Officer.

"We have already discussed the budget appropriations with Department of Health-national office, however, we need to secure the joint endorsement of Congressman Exequiel Javier and Governor Salvacion Z. Perez to ensure the proposed amount of P40 million will be obtained", added Dr. Tanchuan.

The tertiary hospital here needs upgrading to better serve the health services of the Antiqueños. It can be noted that the province has four municipal hospitals and 4 district hospitals, which cater to the health needs of the Antiqueños.

Meanwhile, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo earlier announced that the budget for the improvement and upgrading of government hospitals would be increased from P500 million to P1.3 billion next year to further improve the provision of quality of health care services to the Filipinos particularly the less privileged ones.

The increased allocation, the President said, would help in the upgrading of more than 100 government hospitals nationwide from primary to secondary or from secondary to tertiary to provide accessible, affordable and specialized services to the people, particularly to those in the rural and remote areas.

Under the President's health reform program, the DOH has been mandated to improve and increase access to health care services and reduce the financial burden on poor families through the provision of half-priced medicines and universal coverage under the National Health Insurance Program.

For 2008, the President said that P370 million would also be allotted by the national government for the purchase of half-priced medicines by the Department of Health for distribution to local government units and government hospitals. (PIA) [top]

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