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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Health Secretary Garin spearheads launching of Hi5 in Naga City

By: Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Aug.6 (PIA) --- Under the theme “Sa Tuwid na Daan, Kalusugang Tuloy-tuloy para sa Pamilyang Pinoy,” Department of Health Sec. Janette Loreto-Garin joined the medical staff and personnel of Bicol Medical Center in formally launching the Universal Health Care High Impact 5, here recently.

As the Aquino administration pushes for a more accessible health services to the Filipinos across the country, particularly those in far-flung areas, various health programs have been put in place to ensure that those with lesser access to social services can now avail of the said benefits.

Hi5 services include programs on Maternal Care, Infant Care, Child Care, prevention and elimination of HIV/AIDS and Service Delivery Network. These programs specifically the reduction of child mortality, improved maternal health and combatting HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases are part of the Philippine’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG) which will be assessed this year.

Garin in her statement addressing BMC employees reiterated the government’s call to make health care services sustainable, particularly in the provincial outskirts where health facilities and services seemed a luxury.

“Tertiary hospital gets congested that’s why under the Aquino government we are instructed to allow LGU hospitals to filter some cases and empower rural health centers so that only special cases will go to the government hospitals.  Along with the launching of Hi5, we are also expecting that more and more health services will be accessed by our constituents.”

BMC Medical Center Chief Efren SJ. Nerva said that the launching of the newest health program under the Aquino administration is a turning point in the history of health care.

 “We feel privileged that it is under our administration that this significant turn took place. This will surely complement our goal to achieve the MDG as part of the Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (KP) in realization of the Aquino health agenda. In pursuit of better health outcomes, BMC aims to make health services accessible to more patients, particularly the indigents,” Nerva stated.

 Nerva humbly presented some of BMC’s projects which are expected to solve some health concerns of the Bicolanos.  One of which is the opening of the Human Milk Bank (HMB) which is dubbed as the first in Southern Luzon.  The establishment of HMB is pursuant to Republic Act 10028, the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009; RA 7600 and the Rooming-in and Breastfeeding Act of 1992.

 The establishment of HMB endeavors to lessen if not totally eliminate cases of infant mortality in the city.  The city government of Naga under the headship of Mayor John Bongat supports the program by continuously conducting seminars for pregnant women to teach them about breastfeeding and infant care, among others.

 Some of the highlights of Secretary Garin’s visit include the unveiling of the Alagang Pinoy kiosk (ER lobby) , the ceremonial Launching of HPV immunization and the introduction of Kuya Doc and Ate Nars, underlining the Alagang Pinoy brand and serving as ambassadors of DOH hospitals for patient-centered care.

 Department of Education (DepEd) Sec. Bro. Armin Luistro and DSWD Sec.Dinky Soliman also graced the said event.  (AAN/LSMacatangay, PIAV/Camarines Sur)

 - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861438838602/health-secretary-garin-spearheads-launching-of-hi5-in-naga-city#sthash.w8hUeeBN.dpuf

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