DOH releases P10-M for Davao blast victims

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Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial on Tuesday said the Department of Health (DOH) has released P10 million in assistance for hospital expenses of victims in the Friday night Davao City blast.

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“I made an order to our finance people to release P10 million to the Southern Philippines Medical Center and to the regional health office in Davao to attend to the needs of the patients outside [the hospitals],” Ubial told lawmakers during a budget hearing on the DOH’s P144-billion proposed budget for 2017.

“When I was regional director in Davao, I had a memorandum of agreement with all the private hospitals in the area, and we provide services and we cover the cost for all victims of terrorism and conflict in that regard. We will now do that on a nationwide scale,” she said.

The hospitalization assistance was released on Monday, according to the Health secrtetary.

She announced plans to assist not just the Davao blast victims but other victims of terrorism.

A bomb exploded at the Davao City night market, leaving 14 people dead and 70 others wounded.

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