CANLAON CITY, Negros Oriental, Oct. 17 (PIA) -- The provincial officer of the Department of Health (DOH) Negros Oriental disclosed that he will meet with the officers of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to discuss measures to address the deficiencies at Canlaon City District Hospital so that it will pass PhilHealth accreditation.
DOH Provincial Officer Dr. Socrates Villamor said during an interview with media in response to the issue which came out during the "Dagyawan sa Barangay: Talakayan ng Mamamayan" forum held Oct. 9, 2019.
Dagyawan sa Barangay is an activity led by the Negros Oriental Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NOTF ELCAC) together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to provide an avenue for dialogue between the barangay leaders of Canlaon City and heads of government line agencies on possible interventions to address the root causes of insurgency.
Barangay leaders here raised that their own hospital is not accredited with PhilHealth, which they wish to be resolved soon to ease their concern on medical expenses.
"Mura man na medyo complicated ang issue ana kay wala kuno sila matagae ug PhilHealth accreditation kay I think wala pod sila matagae ug license sa DOH as infirmary - the hospital itself kay murag naa deficiancies (This is issue a bit complicated. They don't have a PhilHealth accreditation because the hospital itself was not given a DOH license as infirmary due some deficiencies)," Villamor explained.
The DOH provincial officer assured that he will look into this and check with their licensing office to find out the defects of Canlaon City District Hospital.
After this, he will meet with PHO officials since the hospital is under their jurisdiction.
"Kung mahibalo na mi ana, we will talk with PHO kay under man na sa province sa hospital. Siguro we will discuss with them on how to find some solutions para mabalik sila sa license plus mabalik sila sa Philhealth (Once we find out the deficiencies, we will talk with PHO because the hospital is under their supervision. Perhaps we will discuss with them some solutions so that hospital can get its license and Philhealth accreditation back)," Villamor added.
Meanwhile, Villamor turned over pieces of hygiene kits and other medical logistics to the 12 barangay leaders of Canlaon City as part of their health support interventions during the Dagyawan.
Part of these include treated mosquito nets for dengue prevention and blood pressure testing apparatuses which they can use in their health centers.
"Mga initial lang to siya na panghatag sa DOH. Although nanghatag sad mi ug logistics sa main City Health Office. Naay coming na mga tambal kay usa man na sa ilang mga mulo na gamay ra ug lacking ang medicines sa ilang barangay health station so mo-augment lang mi especially sa vaccines and maintenance medicines (These are some initial logistics provided by DOH. We regularly turn over logistics to the main City Health Office. We will also deliver new boxes of medicines in response to their requests. They raised here that their barangay health stations lack medicines. We are here to augment especially on the provision of vaccines and maintenance medicines)," Villamor explained.
The health official acknowledged that medical and health concerns would always come out during consultation as they are priorities in the far-flung barangays.
He also noted that issues related to health concerns were also discussed during the Dagyawan sa Barangay in Guihulngan City last month.
"Mao gyud nang common kaayo didto sa Guihulngan kanang lack of medicines. Naay uban equipment ang ilang gi-request. Ang ikatulo, kanang naay uban health facilities nga wala mahuman (This is a common issue in Guihulngan. Some raised the lack of medicines. Others request for equipment. The third concern is the unfinished health facilities)," Villamor told members of the media.
He said DOH is already looking into measures to resolve this and one strategy they are eyeing is to download the remaining budget to the local government unit so they will complete the construction of the health facility.
Villamor clarified that DOH has funds for the construction of health facilities in the barangays under its Health Facilities Enhancement Program but the problem arises when the contractor would abandon the project and leave the structure unfinished.
DOH has already imposed a sanction to these contractors by terminating the contract and putting them on the black list to bar them from participatin in future biddings of construction projects of the department.
On the other hand, DOH also conducted a medical mission in Brgy. Bayog on the same day as part of the Caravan on Basic Services organized by NOTF ELCAC and the Office of the Presidential Adviser to the Visayas (OPAV).
This is part of their strategies to reach out to communities affected by insurgency and deliver to them basic government services. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)