Fri. May 27th, 2022
The City of Manila was a recipient of SM Foundation first “super health center” with a one-stop shop polyclinic that provides: medical consultations, dental services, elderly and PWD care, diabetes and hypertension clinic, immunization, prenatal and post-partum care, adolescent care, IDOTS Clinic (attending to drug susceptible TB), RTDL (or Rapid TB diagnostic laboratories) and a 24/7 lying-in clinic.

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go announced that the way for the establishment of super health centers across the country has been cleared to improve the access of Filipinos to government health services, particularly in rural areas.

The senator said that the budget for the creation of some of the centers has already been allotted totaling PhP3.587 billion budget for the construction of 305 Super Health Centers in the 2022 budget of the Department of Health.

PhP2.031 billion dito ay para sa infrastructure at P1.556 billion ay para sa equipment,” clarified Go.

The super health center is a medium version of a polyclinic and an improved version of the rural health unit, constructed with a land area of 514.3 square meters as initially planned.

“As chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, I continue to look for solutions to problems in the delivery of effective healthcare to our people. One of the pressing issues that needs to be addressed is the lack of accessible medical services in the countryside,” Go explained.

“The aim of these centers is to give Filipinos better access to the healthcare services provided by the government, most especially in faraway places where it is needed the most. Through this, Filipinos will not have the need to go to big hospitals in towns or city centers,” he added.

Go reiterated the need to establish the said medical facilities, noting that the public needs convenient access to quality healthcare services with or without a pandemic.

The construction and equipping of these centers will be under the Health Facilities Enhancement Program of the Department of Health.

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