Needy and remote areas of North Cotabato assured of improved health services

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Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza assured Monday that her administration will continue to provide greater access to better health services, especially in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA).

Speaking to various government officials and other stakeholders for her 100 day report here, she said the provincial health office had carried out sensitization programs in 72 barangays from July to September, benefiting more than 13,000 patients.

“[We employ] a health concept within everyone’s reach by providing better access to better health services and improved medical facilities, even in remote communities, and by intensifying preventive measures against infectious diseases,” Mendoza said.

She said they continued rolling out mobile vaccination in the 18 cities, reaching the most remote areas and offering incentives of PHP 200 per person vaccinated or boosted.

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has disrupted social and economic development, it has underscored the need to strengthen the mental well-being of Cotabateños.

“The sudden deaths of families, friends and colleagues due to Covid-19 and lockdown measures have heightened feelings of loneliness, isolation, turmoil and anxiety as millions of people have been quickly forced to adapt to new realities and make drastic changes to their way of life. ,” she says.

Mendoza said she also made sure to focus on mental health management through counseling and health education to reduce the stigma of mental disorders and provided medication. maintenance to targeted patients in several rural health units in the province.

“With the assurance that all Cotabateños benefit from efficient hospital care services, our eight public hospitals have received thousands of inpatients and outpatients from different municipalities/cities during the last 100 days of our administration,” he said. she adds.

Mendoza said provincial health programs also greatly encourage people in the marginalized sector to access affordable and efficient health services under the “no-pay billing policy.”

She also thanked the frontline medical line and essential workers who have shown selflessness in continuing to provide the services needed to keep Cotabateños fed and safe, especially during the pandemic. (NAP)

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