Government to focus on establishing Super Health Centers—DOH Official

Government to focus on establishing Super Health Centers—DOH Official

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. inspected the site where the Clark Multi-Specialty Medical Center will be built in Pampanga, demonstrating his administration’s commitment to upgrading the country’s health facilities.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), the public can expect more of these facilities in the future.

“The President’s priority is the establishment of what we call Super Health Centers,” Usec. Eric Tayag, DOH, said.

The administration will focus on the construction of multiple specialty hospitals to serve remote and far-flung areas, not only in Metro Manila but also in provinces across the Philippines.

“The President wants our fellow Filipinos to no longer worry about lacking health facilities, especially considering the impact this has had during the pandemic,”  Tayag added.

Currently, we only have 17 specialty hospitals, most of which were established during the time of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr.

In March, President Marcos issued Executive Order 19 to establish a new Heart Center in Clark, expediting the process of building Super Health Centers there.

 “In Clark, there will be a new Heart Center, Kidney Center, Lung Center, and Children’s Medical Center,” according to Tayag.

If the government establishes new hospitals, there should also be new nurses, doctors, and medical and non-medical staff to operate them.

However, the problem is that many healthcare workers are currently choosing to work abroad.

Therefore, the DOH is calling on nurses.

DOH urges Filipino nurses to serve the country

“We have coordinated with the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) and Philippine Nurses Association (PNA). Many have completed their nursing education and passed the board exams, but the question is, where are you?”  Tayag said.

“Where are you? Our country needs you.

Come to us because we have been waiting for you for a long time,” Tayag said.

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