THE DoH-Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), along with officials of the local government of Lumban, Laguna, led the groundbreaking ceremony for the establishment of a new two-story Rural Health Unit building in Bgy. Lewin in Lumban.
Dr. Eduardo C. Janairo, DoH regional director, said the new RHU for which the groundbreaking was recently held, will replace the old health center, which has been in service for almost three decades without support coming from the regional office.
“It was only recently that we received a request from the LGU for a new RHU building to upgrade the existing one. With the passage of the Universal Health Care Law, we can now upgrade more government-owned and operated hospitals and health facilities to accommodate the growing number of patients and attend to all types of emergencies,” he stressed.
Janairo said residents of a community received almost all their medical care from government health facilities because it is free.
“This is the reason why it should not be under-manned and under-resourced. They should always meet the demands of their patients from consultation to treatment,” he explained.
The regional office has initially turned over P5 million for the immediate construction of the health facility which is estimated to cost about P15 million.
Janairo assured residents that the regional office will allocate more funds, including resources for the equipment needed to modernize and improve health care services for the residents.
The construction and improvement of Lumban RHU is implemented through the DoH-HFEP with the main goal of improving the delivery of basic, essential as well as specialized health services. The facilities will be upgraded to make them more responsive to the “needs” of the community, to provide Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) and Comprehensive Emergency and Newborn Care (CEmONC) services to the population, and to strengthen the health service delivery network.