The city government of Makati has provided immediate medical assistance to thousands of residents through its pilot primary health care facility operating 24 hours, seven days a week.
Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay said the 24/7 services recently made available at the Palanan Health Center provided much relief to residents, especially to working parents with young children because they no longer need to take time off from their day job to bring a sick child to the doctor.
“It appears that our main objective of easing the burden of working parents is being met by the all-hours medical services in Palanan Health Center open to all residents. We will continue to monitor its operations so that we can develop a template for adoption later in other select health centers in the city, especially in the second district,” Binay noted.
The center has six doctors, 10 nurses, six midwives, three nursing aides, two utility workers and two security guards, working in shifts, provided by the city government.
Majority of the center’s patients were toddlers and preschoolers.
Based on the latest report of the Makati Health Department (MHD), the patient workload of the 24/7 health center from its opening in August last year to January 11, 2015 reached 5,244, including 678 medical inquests.
Children aged zero to 12 years old made up the bulk of patients at 1,581 cases. Consults for senior citizens aged 60 and above reached 759 cases during the same period.
Acute Upper Respiratory Tract Infection topped the list of cases seen in the facility. Among the top 10 cases were urinary tract infection, pneumonia, acute gastroenteritis, hypertension and bronchial asthma.
The facility offers basic health services such as general outpatient consultation, well baby immunization, prenatal check-up, family planning services, minor surgery and re-insertion of indwelling catheter. It also provides basic laboratory services such as platelet count, urinalysis, fecalysis and gram staining. The health facility has an in-house pharmacy and an ambulance for patient transfer.
To receive free medical services and free medicines, residents should present their updated Yellow Card (Makati Health Plus Card) or PhilHealth Card.
As of December, there were over 120,000 Yellow Card holders, which add up to around 300,000 qualified beneficiaries of the program including dependents. Entitled to subsidized health care at the city’s 27 barangay health centers, three lying-in centers, and Ospital ng Makati are city residents, city government workers and immediate dependents, and national government employees based in Makati such as public school teachers, policemen, firemen and judges.