Bohol under Gov. Edgar Chatto has kept earning accolades, this time for health governance which is considered to be a consistent challenge to a leadership that truly engages with the people.
The Department of Health (DOH) awarded Bohol as the top performing provincial LGU on increased budget allocated to health during the Regional Health Summit in Cebu City last week.
The province was also cited six times for varied specific accomplishments, including the translation of national programs to the LGUs in achieving what the DOH calls “All for Health Towards Health for All.”
The DOH specially recognized Bohol for environmental and occupational health, renal disease prevention program, and HIV program.
The province’s barangay health workers (BHWs) performance-based incentives landed among the top three programs for the BHWs in Central Visayas.
In lieu of Chatto, his wife, Bohol First Lady and Balilihan Mayor Pureza Veloso-Chatto, received the seven awards along with the capitol health cluster coordinator and governor’s chief of staff, Liza Quirog.
They were accompanied by program coordinators Dr. Harold Gallego, Machi Caliao and Mila Israel, all of the Provincial Health Office (PHO).
The awards were given by DOH Reg’l. Dir. Jaime Bernadas during the summit held at the Grand Convention Center-Cebu.
LOON HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION
Meanwhile, on top of the health infrastructure projects for fast implementation is the construction of the entirely new Loon district hospital, one of the 10 hospitals run by the provincial government.
Quirog said during the weekly media forum Kita ug Ang Gobernador on Friday that the construction of the P80-million, 100-bed facility will start soon.
Earlier at the Provincial Health Board meeting led by Chatto, it was reported thatthe project already secured the highly necessary permit pertaining to the geological safety of its site.
The new hospital must have long been built after the 2013 great Bohol earthquake had it not been for the failure of all previous project locations to pass the expert geo-hazard and safety investigations.
The project is part of Chatto administration’s hospital modernization program, which was severely affected and seriously interrupted by the mightiest tremor ever hitting the island-province.
Another initiative of the province is to evaluate what ailments may be considered for inclusion in the Philhealth benefits to save the poor patients from the burden of doctor’s professional fee.
Quirog said the governor and the health board have been aggressive to also establish a far more responsive and effective health service delivery clustering and networking of areas in the province.
Local leaders, as long as they are capacitated properly, can address essential concerns, Chatto said during the DOH-7 and PHO conference on Provincial Leadership and Governance Program (PLGP) with Bridging Leadership for Public Health also last week.
There is an invaluable connection between the leaders and the health workers, the governor said, stressing it is the “synergy in everything we do.”
After all, knowing the problem is the first step to solution, Chatto said.(Ven rebo Arigo)