• Cagayan health facilities upgraded

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    TUGUEGARAO CITY:  A total of P560.20-million worth of health facilities have been constructed for the past four years all over Cagayan Valley under the Hospital Facility Enhance Program (HFEP) of the government, according to the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD).

    HFEP official Engr. Victorino Maningas said the program aims to improve the health service facilities from the barangay level up to the end referral hospitals.

    ”We do this by enhancing their facilities and bringing them nearer and accessible to the public,” Maningas said.

    The DOH-CHD said of the 228 new health facilities, 98 were completed in 2010 with a budget of P136.74 million. The following year, 96 were finished costing P335.35 million and in 2012, 20 were completed with a budget of P77.36 million. Last year, P10.75 was spent for 14 facilities.

    Maningas said the exact number and the fund allotment for facilities improvement this year has not been validated.

    ”We already submitted the proposal to our central office but we are waiting for the approval before revealing the prioritized projects,” he said.

    Maningas said the projects are either newly constructed, rehabilitated or expanded which include provincial and district hospitals, government hospitals, rural health units and barangay health stations.

    “We hope that through these efforts, we will be able to improve the delivery of health services we are giving to people and to meet our millennium development goal targets on health concerns,” Maningas said.

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