‘SUPER health centers’ will soon rise in each of Manila’s six districts.
This, it was learned, is what the city government of Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna hopes to offer to the underprivileged residents so as to encourage them to avail of the healthcare services being offered to them for free.
Moreno said that based on plans presented by Manila health department (MHD) chief Dr. Arnold ‘Poks’Pangan at the first health cluster meeting held yesterday, the said ‘super health centers”will have the usual consultation, laboratories and animal bite clinic, among others. Present were the directors of the six city hospitals and heads of health centers, lying-in clinics as well as the city’s doctors and nurses.
In his presentation of the project that was approved by Moreno, Pangan explained that the yet to be built centers –two or three per district— will each house a diabetes clinic, a halfway home for cancer patients, cough center (COPD, asthma), autism and cerebral palsy clinic, women’s wellness center, adolescent counselling clinic, treatment hub for HIV/AIDS patients and a mental health clinic.
Pangan added that still according to plan, the centers will also have a one-stop shop for some city transactions in an effort to ease congestion at the Manila City Hall.
Moreno meanwhile asked those in charge of hospitals and health centers to come up with specific, updated data regarding the types of illnesses, volume of patients per illness and all other details regarding those they attend to on a daily basis, including health issues that are ‘seasonal’.
‘If you have the specifics, good for you. If not, either you are out or you have no control of your office. We need these data to guide the city government as to the kinds of supplies that should be purchased relative to caring for the health of Manila residents,’ the mayor said.
Moreno cited the importance of getting the most out of the people’s money ‘dahil sayang ang pera pag di nagkatugma ang mga binibiling gamot sa tunay na kailangan ng mga tao.’