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PIA Press Release
2008/02/08

Ifugao DOH orients LGUs on interlocal health zone

by Vency D. Bulayungan

LAGAWE, Ifugao (8 February) -- Considering the need to re-integrate hospital and public health services for holistic delivery of health services, the Provincial Health Office conducted recently an orientation on Interlocal Health Zone(ILHZ) to eight municipalities here.

Dr. Jacqueline Kitong, Chief of the Technical Division of the PHO, said the ILHZ will identify areas of complementation of the stakeholders in the delivery of health services. Local governments may group themselves, consolidate their efforts, services and resources for purposes commonly beneficial to them, she said.

Composed of individuals, communities and all other health care providers, the health zone involves 3-5 municipalities with a hospital and a number of Rural Health Units and Barangay Health Stations and other health service providers deciding to come together as an Integrated Health System (IHS).

The program was explained to Sangguniang Bayan Members for Health, Municipal Health Officials, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers, of the municipalities of Asipulo, Banaue, Hingyon, Hungduan, Kiangan, Lagawe, Lamut and Tinoc.

The province has an existing and active ILHZ - the AMADHS (Alfonso Lista, Mayoyao and Aguinaldo).

"The health care providers stay in a well-defined geographical area and together, they provide quality, equitable and accessible health care with inter-LGU partnership as the basic framework," Kitong said.

Kitong said that the expected achievement of the ILHZ system include universal courage of health insurance system, improved quality of hospital and RHU services, effective referral system, integrated planning, appropriate health information system and strengthened cooperation between LGUs and the health sector.

"The ILHZ system will also improve drug management, develop human resources, effective leadership through inter-LGU cooperation, financially viable and self-sustaining hospitals and integration of public health into hospital services," she said. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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