[In the news] GenSan upgrades village health centers -MindaNews
MindaNews » GenSan upgrades village health centers.
By Allen V. Estabillo
August 14, 2012
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 August) – The city government has embarked on the rehabilitation and upgrading of its 26 barangay health centers to provide better health services to local residents.
Dr. Edgardo Sandig, City Integrated Health Services Office (CIHSO) chief, said the move is part of the local government’s ongoing efforts to improve the capacity of local health centers and personnel in addressing basic health concerns, especially those involving children and maternal health.
“This is anchored on the city government’s commitment to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health among residents,” he said.
Sandig said the two health concerns were among the eight Millennium Development Goals that 189 members of the United Nations, including the Philippines, had pledged to achieve by the year 2015.
As part of the program, the health official said five barangays – Tambler, San Isidro, Tinagacan, Mabuhay and Katangawan – initially received a grant of P7.5 million or P1.5 million each for the repair and rehabilitation of their health center buildings and facilities.
He said the funds were sourced from the Department of Health’s facilities enhancement program.
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