By Heidi Nicodemus
The Department of Health (DoH) has lauded the province of Rizal for having one of the best hospital health care system in the country during a three-day collaborative planning workshop on quality management for city, rural and barangay health units held at the Ramada Hotel in Binondo, Manila last October 3 to 5, 2018.
“It is very important that health workers in the community will have to complement the level of health care system in the hospitals to reduce the overload of patients. Patients must patronize rural health units because they are the frontline in providing patient care,” DoH CaLaBaRZon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) regional director Eduardo Janairo said in an official statement.
“It is for this reason that the regional office created the health facility operations and development unit to provide facility, equipment and technical support to rural health units and to ensure their capabilities to provide primary care to their respective areas,” Janairo added.
Health officers assigned in the different regions have aspired for all rural health units throughout the country to become diagnostic centers because of their potential to improve patient care and help limit unnecessary expenses.
As of 2017, there are a total of licensed 26 birthing homes, 17 TB-DOTS Centers, 12 Animal Bite Treatment Centers (ABTC), one Maternity Care Package (MCP) provider and one clinical laboratory in Region IVa.
Janairo emphasized that the regional office has the responsibility and obligation to extend support including human resource in order to ensure that every rural health unit will be functional and properly equipped.
“Patients must go to their nearest health unit and not to a distant hospital which can be costly with regards to transportation and other expenses,” he said.
“This is the time to present to us your dreams and aspirations including your plans on how to improve community health care in your area. Let us join hands and together we can provide greater service to our people,” he likewise encouraged.
With a total population of 2,284,046, the province of Rizal consists of 13 municipalities namely San Mateo, Cainta, Taytay, Angono, Morong, Binagonan, Rodriguez, Teresa, Tanay, Baras, Cardona, Pililia, Jala-Jala and one city, which is Antipolo.