DOH to build P10-M health center in Naga
By Jason B. Neola
The Department of Health (DOH) is constructing a health center in Barangay Concepcion Pequeña, Naga City that will allow the government agency’s Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) to work in the city.
Called the Naga City Super Health Center (NCSHC), the project, once becomes operational, will provide all the basic health needs including specialized health services at the local level.
HFEP aims to improve public health facilities across the country by constructing new public health facilities and upgrading and rehabilitating the existing ones such as barangay health stations, rural health units/urban health centers and town hospitals
HEALTH CENTER The front view of the computer-generated image of the proposed Super Health Center to be constructed in Barangay Concepcion Pequeña in Naga City. The Department of Health said once operational, it can provide all the basic health needs including specialized health services at the local level. JBN/HC CEPPIO
Mayor Nelson Legacion said the NCSHC, classified as primary health care facility, will be constructed in Barangay Concepcion Pequeña and will provide services by way of networking and collaborating with the Naga City Hospital, the City Health Office 2 in Barangay Sta. Cruz, the P550 million 200-bed capacity Naga City Medical
Hospital 2, which is undergoing construction in Barangay Balatas, and the Our Lady of Lourdes Infirmary in Barangay Carolina.
The partnership in the operations between the Super Health Center and other medical institutions or primary hospitals in the city will help realize the objective of the HFEP, which calls for a holistic and life cycle medical services to the public.
He said the NCSHC will have an initial manpower complementation of a resident doctor, a nurse, a midwife, and administrative personnel. “It shall be equipped also with x-ray and ultrasound machines, a pharmacy, ambulance, and other modern medical equipment,” the mayor said.
Under the program, Super Health Centers built across the country offer basic health services including database management, outpatient, TB dots, birthing, and ambulatory surgical unit. Other available services are EENT (for eyes, ears, nose and throat), oncology centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation center.
Aside from the P10 million funding from DOH, the city government will also allocate P2 million as supplemental fund to meet the needed project cost as indicated in the program of works.
Dr. Rey Millena, provincial DOH officer, said that he thanked the city government of Naga for accepting the challenges that it will face once the health center which is mandated to extend an all-inclusive healthcare services becomes fully operational.
“We should be thankful that our local officials in the city, spearheaded by Mayor Legacion, are true to their commitment in providing healthcare services to their constituents the best way they can, considering also the situation that it has to hire new doctors, nurses, midwives, and other hospital personnel,” the DOH official said.