Provincial Board (PB) Member Peter John Calderon signed 2 memorandum of agreement (MOA), on behalf of Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III, on August 10, 2014 last Monday, with the Department of Health for the implementation of health programs targeted towards the poor, as reported by Sun.Star. These programs will be implemented with the combined efforts of the Cebu Provincial Government, barangay health units, rural health units (RHU), provincial hospitals and Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC). At the signing was also Dr. Gerardo Aquino Jr, Chief of VSMMC, representing the hospital.
The 2 Memorandum of Agreement
One of the MOAs was about the “Cebu Province hospital modernization program.” The goal of this program is to provide the underprivileged with “quality health services and facilities through ‘proactive inter-hospital linkage on drugs, medical supplies, specialty training for health personnel, specialized diagnostic/laboratory procedures, provision of manpower for medical-surgical-dental mission/outreach activities, and other services considered necessary,’” as stated in Oscar Pineda’s article in Sun.Star.
This creates a new system of procurement and distribution of medicines among the provincial government hospitals. The government will purchase medicines from the VSMMC and provincial hospitals will tap the Capitol for medical supplies, shortening the process because it eliminates the need for bidding. VSMMC will also accept the return of any unused medicines.
The second MOA was for the implementation of linkages between hospitals as part of their program, Kapit Bisig para sa Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (KB para KP) which is meant to improve much needed medical services in provincial hospitals such as HIV/AIDs prevention, maternal and infant care. Specialists coming from different hospitals will visit these provincial medical hospitals and perform the required services such as surgery and also provide any needed supplies and equipment. In addition to these, this the program guarantees that certain laboratory services, post-operative care and the appropriate government health benefits will also be provided.
These programs are for the underprivileged but priority will be given to families belonging to the said social class and are listed in the national household targeting system (NHTS), an information system of the poor and the location of their residences.
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