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More health programs reach Kalinga

Tabuk City (12 June) -- The province of Kalinga is expected to receive more health development projects this year with the commitment of about P22 million worth of programs and health facilities from the national government.

Kalinga Governor Floydelia Diasen revealed this during the Kapehan sa Kapitolyo recently.

According to the lady governor, the provincial government just granted the Kalinga Provincial Hospital (PHO) its request for an ambulance.

According to Diasen, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III just issued a marginal note for the PCSO to grant the province another ambulance to be given to a district hospital here and has also endorsed the P7 million SARO for the upgrading of the PHOs life support equipments.

In addition to said health support programs, the province she was likewise granted by the Center for Health Development regional office (CHD-CAR) the amount of P750,000 for the purchase of medicines for the PHO's Botika ng Probinsiya.

Diasen also underscored the allotment of P15 million for the implementation of the Healthy Start Feeding Program in public school Day Cares after the MOA signing held last May 13, 2009. Said health program is spearheaded by the Provincial Social Welfare Office (PSWDO).

Under the Formula 1 (F1) program of the DOH, Kalinga she said was also included through the sponsorship of the Japan International Cooperating Agency (JICA).

As a recipient of the Garantisadong Pambata 2009 program, Kalinga was also able to attain an accomplishment 97.6% in the Vitamin A supplementation and 95% rating for the provision of deworming doses during the April 2009 implementation. The provision of Vitamin A was made possible through the sponsorship of Helen Keller International (HKI) in partnership with the Chartered Bank and the DOH.

Covered under the Global Fund Malaria Component (GFMC) project, the 95 barangays of Kalinga was allotted with long-lasting insecticide-treated nets to eliminate malaria in highly endemic areas here.

Aside from said projects, Kalinga was also a recipient of several pro-poor program of the Arroyo Administration in its goal to reduce poverty through the delivery of basic services especially in the poorest areas of the province towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals target of the country. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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