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Agusan Norte gov bares modern monitoring facilities for dengue, other dreaded diseases

By Robert E. Roperos

Butuan City (21 June) -- "We are now well-equipped to monitor dengue and other dreaded diseases with the establishment of the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU)," thus said Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante during his State of the Province Address (SOPA) held here recently.

Highlighting his administration's accomplishments in health services, Gov. Amante said the province has attained national health recognition for the local support health facilities. "All Regional Health Units (RHUs) are Out-Patient Benefit (OPB) package accredited. Two National Care Package accredited RHUs and five TB DOTS Center are PhilHealth accredited," he said.

During the year-end review, the governor reported that the Provincial Hospital was able to serve 71,962 patients. "This figure is above the benchmark bed capacity for tertiary hospitals. To expand hospital services, our mobile hospital also rendered a total of 7,486 medical, dental and surgical outreach programs for far-flung areas," Gov. Amante said.

Also, in the same year, the provincial government was able to provide Php 6.9 million as a counterpart fund for the PhilHealth Universal Coverage of 5,960 families. As a result, 2,896 member patients were served in the provincial hospital and in return, the province received a total of Php 16.1 million in reimbursements or what is known as the Capitation Fund from the PhilHealth, it was gathered.

Further, Gov. Amante presented that the health outreach program saw the increase of the Botika ng Barangay (BnB). As of 2009, 56 BnBs were already operating throughout the province. Seven of these BnBs have already met the national target ratio of 1:2 barangay.

"We are also happy to report that these village level pharmacies have posted an aggregate Return on Investment of 42%. For this, three outlets were awarded Best Performing Botika ng Barangay," the governor said.

The accomplishments presented by Gov. Amante are among his administration's thrusts in combating poverty which is one of the biggest problems that the country is facing at present, although Agusan del Norte is not included in the list of the poorest provinces nationwide. (PIA-Caraga) [top]

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