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PIA Press Release
2008/11/25

Davao Oriental submits Health Investment Plan to DOH

By Neela G. Duallo

Mati, Davao Oriental (25 November) -- Still relentless on improving the delivery of health services to the people, Davao Oriental Provincial Health Office has submitted its health investment plan for the province to the Department of Health.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Risuldo Maliantad explained that the province is now waiting for the DOH's response to the proposal.

"The health investment plan includes the upgrading of the Davao Oriental Provincial Hospital, and the four district hospital in the Province, and upgrading of the facilities," he said.

He explained that improving the district hospitals would decongest the influx of patients coming to the Provincial Hospital everyday.

Also by improving the facilities, it will boost the illness prevention efforts being pursued by the Provincial Health Office.

"We also envision that the rural health units and the district hospitals will be Phil-Health accredited so they can be of service to more and more people," he added.

The array of activities for the Provincial Health Office was also incorporated in the health investment plan.

"We are waiting for their approval of those activities. We will eventually know which of those activities were approved. With the approval is the budget appropriated for the said activities," Malintad explained.

Malintad also furthered that everything in the hospital is not for free.

"We will be assessing the patients. If they are capable of paying, we will ask them to pay even half of their bill, or give donation, depending on their capacity. We need to do this because the proceeds will be part of our local income already included in the expected income of the Province," the Health Officer disclosed.

For this year, Malintad divulged that he targets an income of P25-million and as yet, the target is not yet attainable.

"But we will try our best to meet the target by the end of the year," he furthered.

The submission of the health investment plan is in consonance to the thrust of the provincial government to upgrade and fast track the delivery of health services to the people.

Earlier, Gov. Corazon Malanyaon imparted to the members to the League of Municipalities-Davao Oriental Chapter that it's entirely a different accomplishment when lives are saved because of the health programs of the government.

"We were able to get the trust of the people because of our focus in health services, which we are really committed to do wholeheartedly," she assured. (PHO-PIA XI) [top]

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