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Antique PHO bares priorities for 2010

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (13 January) -- The Provincial Health office disclosed its priority programs for 2010 making health services responsive and accessible to Antiqueños.

Dr. Zoilo Bernardo Tubianosa, Provincial Health Officer said that PHO envisions a healthy Antiqueño in the new Millennium thus quality health services should be equitable, sustainable and accessible to all.

Among the priority programs are health facilities enhancement, wider coverage for immunization and reduction of maternal and infant deaths.

"Our focus this year is to comply with the requirements of the Department of Health on the licensing of Angel Salazar Memorial Hospital (ASMGH) in which facilities need upgrading and enhancement to maintain its status as a tertiary hospital," said Dr. Tubianosa.

Sources of funds for the upgrading of ASMGH are from 20% Internal Revenue Allotment of the Provincial Government of Antique and assistance from DOH.

"We need to modernize our hospitals so that PhilHealth and private health insurance beneficiaries could also claim corresponding benefits because the status of hospital has bearing on the kind or amount of health insurance we can get", said the source.

For immunization, we have high coverage of Expanded Program on Immunization for the past years and we want to maintain or even reach a higher percentage to cover more children especially in remote and far flung areas, said Tubianosa.

PHO is also putting priority to zero maternal and infant death this year. Upgrading of health facilities and hiring of more health workers to be assigned in far flung areas can help increase the percentage of mothers giving birth to health clinics or being attended by health personnel.

Other priority of PHO according to Tubianosa is the masterlisting of health workers both private and public which includes, doctors, nurses, midwives, medical technologist, secretaries, barangay health workers and other individuals in the health sector for Influenza A H1N1 immunization. We need to immunize the health workers against AH1N1 since they are the frontliners.

Tubianosa appealed to local officials and the people to be cooperative of the health programs so that the vision of having a healthy community in the new decade can be achieve. (PIA) [top]

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