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Bong Go conducts monitoring visit of Malasakit Center in Roxas City

April 18, 2023 People's Journal 284 views

Bong GoSENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, personally checked on the operations of the Malasakit Center at Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital in Roxas City, Capiz.

In his speech, the senator reiterated his commitment to supporting efforts to enhance the delivery of public health services in communities.

“Isa talaga sa prayoridad ko bilang senador ay ang palakasin ang ating health sector. The more we should invest sa healthcare system dahil hindi natin alam kung ito lang ang pandemyang darating sa buhay natin,” he said.

“Kaya sa abot ng aking makakaya, asahan niyo na patuloy akong magsusulong ng mga programa na makakatulong sa mga mahihirap at makakapaglapit ng mga serbisyo ng gobyerno sa tao,” added Go.

The senator hopes that the services of the Malasakit Centers will continue, acknowledging the program’s tremendous impact in providing much needed assistance to millions of poor and indigent patients across the country.

A brainchild of Go, the Malasakit Centers program was institutionalized in 2019 under Republic Act No. 11463, which he principally authored and sponsored in the Senate during his first few months after being elected as senator.

Malasakit Centers are one-stop shops for medical assistance programs by concerned agencies, including the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, that aim to reduce patients’ hospital expenses to the lowest amount possible.

During the visit, Go also personally led the distribution of grocery packs, vitamins, masks, snacks, and shirts to 218 indigent patients and 666 frontliners of the hospital. Shoes and balls for basketball and volleyball were also provided to select beneficiaries.

Representatives from the DSWD also provided financial assistance to the qualified patients and 59 utility workers.

Meanwhile, Go also reiterated his commitment to supporting the establishment of more Super Health Centers across the country, considering how they can significantly help reduce hospital occupancy rates while bringing government medical services closer to the grassroots.

“Sa mga itinayo ng Super Health Centers, nakita namin kung gaano kalaki ang naitutulong nito sa komunidad lalo na sa rural areas. ‘Yun po ang layunin ng mga Super Health Centers, ang ilapit sa mamamayan ang serbisyong medikal ng gobyerno,” he said.

Through the collective efforts of fellow lawmakers, sufficient funds had been allocated under the Health Facilities Enhancement Program of the DOH for 307 Super Health Centers in 2022 and 322 in 2023.

DOH, the lead implementing agency, identifies the strategic areas where they will be constructed. In Capiz, necessary funds have been allocated by Congress for the DOH to construct Super Health Centers in Dumalag, Tapaz, Jamindan, Mambusao, Panay, Panitan, Pilar, President Roxas, Sigma, and Roxas City.

Services offered in Super Health Centers include database management, out-patient, birthing, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray and ultrasound), pharmacy and ambulatory surgical unit.

Other available services are eye, ear, nose, and throat (EENT) service, oncology centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation center and telemedicine, where remote diagnosis and treatment of patients will be done.

Concluding his speech, Go expressed his appreciation to the local officials who have demonstrated their unwavering dedication to serving their constituents.

He specifically recognized Governor Fredenil Castro, Vice Governor James Magbanua, Board Member Thea Faith Reyes, Mayor Ronnie Dadivas, and other local officials for their steadfast commitment to public service.

“Uulitin ko lang po, bukas ang aking tanggapan para sa inyong lahat. Tutulong po ako sa abot ng aking makakaya,” said Go.

After his visit to the Malasakit Center, the Senator also checked on the ongoing construction of the new building of the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital which he supported for funding the previous years.

As Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go likewise supported the construction of several river control structures, road rehabilitation along Iloilo East Coast to Capiz Road, and the road concretion along Maayon to Palagian Provincial Road.

On the same day, Go and his team visited other areas in Panay and Panitan towns to provide assistance to struggling residents and check on the construction of their respective Super Health Centers.

He then traveled to Bacolod City in Negros Occidental to conduct a monitoring visit of the Malasakit Center there and distribute aid to indigent residents. He also attended the Opening Ceremony of the Panaad Festival.