Bong Go lauds Super Health Center groundbreaking in Besao

March 4, 2024 People's Journal 87 views

UNDER the leadership of Mayor Bryne Bacwaden, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, commended the local government unit (LGU) of Besao, Mountain Province, for their efforts to improve access to government health services within their communities.

At the groundbreaking of the Besao Super Health Center, Go underscored the importance of providing essential healthcare services, especially in remote and underserved regions, and elaborated on the objectives of Super Health Centers in fulfilling these basic health needs.

“Ipagpatuloy natin na ilapit ang serbisyong medikal sa ating mga kababayang mahihirap na walang matakbuhan, lalo na sa malalayong lugar,” said Go.

“Para sa mga mahihirap nating kababayan, napakaimportante po nito dahil iyan po ang kanilang lalapitan po talaga, itong mga government health facilities natin. The more we should support it, the more na mag-invest po tayo sa ating healthcare system,” he added.

The Super Health Centers will offer various healthcare services, including database management, out-patient, birthing, isolation, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray, ultrasound), pharmacy, and ambulatory surgical unit. Other available services are eye, ear, nose, and throat (EENT) service, oncology centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation centers, and telemedicine, through which remote diagnosis and treatment of patients are made possible.

Through the collective efforts of the Department of Health (DOH) led by Secretary Teodoro Herbosa, LGU, and fellow lawmakers, sufficient funds have been allocated under the DOH for the construction of 307 Super Health Centers in 2022, 322 in 2023, and 132 in 2024. A total of five Super Health Centers were funded in Mountain Province.

Known as Mr. Malasakit for his compassionate service, Go extended his assistance to individuals seeking government-backed medical support. He highlighted the availability of Malasakit Centers in the province, situated at Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital and Bontoc General Hospital.

These Malasakit Centers were institutionalized under Republic Act No. 11463, principally authored and sponsored by Go. According to DOH, around ten million indigent patients have benefitted from the 159 Malasakit Centers established nationwide.

“Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat. Hindi ko sasayangin ang oras na ibinigay ninyo sa akin. Magtatrabaho po ako at tutulong po ako sa inyo sa abot ng aking makakaya dahil bisyo ko ang magserbisyo sa inyong lahat,” he ended.

Go’s office also attended the groundbreaking of the Besao District Hospital on the same day, which Go supported as chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance.