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Duterte renews vow to improve healthcare in PH


By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte reiterated his promise to improve government hospitals to be able to deliver better services that will cater to the needs of the Filipino people.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay program held at the Patio Milagros Minitel and Resort in Dimasalang, Masbate on January 9, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO


“I reiterate this administration’s resolute commitment to enhance and strengthen the operational capabilities of government hospitals to cope with the healthcare and medical needs of the Filipinos, especially the poor and the marginalized,” Duterte said during the groundbreaking ceremony of the

San Lorenzo Ruiz General Hospital in Malabon City Tuesday.

The construction of the new hospital in Malabon City will expand the 10-bed capacity of San Lorenzo Ruiz Women’s Hospital, the city’s existing hospital.

The new San Lorenzo Ruiz General Hospital will have a bed capacity of 200, and will serve people Malabon and patients coming from adjoining areas like the CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela) area and Bulacan.

Recognizing the valuable efforts of the people behind the initiative, the President said it would surely help thousands of Filipinos, particularly those who could not afford paying for expensive medical bills.

He also vowed to prioritize health services for the poor.

“I will guarantee you na uunahin ko talaga ‘yang medisina sa lahat. Iyan ang pinakamahirap ‘yang makita ko … iyong tao na…dala lang sa reseta, hindi niya malaman kung saan niya kunin [ang pambayad] (that I will prioritize medicine for all. That’s the most difficult thing I see because people have prescriptions but don’t know where to get money for it). But at least during my term,” Duterte said.

Duterte also expressed his confidence that doctors and allied medical professionals would be his administration’s steadfast partners in the mission to provide high-quality healthcare by remaining true to their Hippocratic Oath.

“I also enjoin all health workers to observe the Code of Conduct and Patient’s Rights to the best of your ability. May you continue to provide accurate, responsive, and compassionate medical care for our people,” he said.

The President likewise rallied the support of the country’s local leaders to join hands with the national government in ensuring timely delivery of health services to the poor.

“Together, let us make the Philippines a better nation — a country that empowers its citizens and a society that allows them to grow, prosper, and lead healthier and comfortable and productive lives,” Duterte said.

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