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Albay boosts healthcare facilities, services in 720 villages

By Connie Calipay

LEGAZPI CITY --- Residents of 720 barangays in Albay province will soon benefit from the distribution of medical supplies and services by the provincial government.

In an interview, Lorena Quising, Albay provincial information officer, said this is part of Governor Edcel Greco Lagman's five-point development agenda prioritizing health care services for all Albayanos.

"The medical supplies are ready and will be distributed to the 15 towns and three cities in Albay this June. Every barangay will receive a blood pressure monitor, portable weighing scale, nebulizer and medicines. They will have access to the basic health equipment needed in every village. They don't need to go to hospitals just to know their blood pressure or if they need to use a nebulizer for asthmatic patients," Quising said.

She said representatives of the Barangay Facilities and Services Office (BFSO) under the Office of the Governor visited and conducted a consultation with different barangay officials to determine the needs of the villagers.

"Our barangay health workers (BHW) can get accurate data using the medical supplies. Documentation and reporting will be made easier and health services will be given immediately, particularly for far-flung barangays in the province," Quising said.

In a statement, BFSO on Barangay Affairs chief Divine Bañares said the supplies and equipment will provide quality health services to residents of the 720 barangays in the province.

"These donations will aid the operations of the health facilities, strengthen the health system, and be able to better respond to the health needs of the community," Bañares said. (PNA)


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