Super Health Center to rise in Romblon
JAVIER JOE ISMAEL
The Manila Times
SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, continues his commitment to strengthening the health care system and bringing medical services closer to those in need as he joined the groundbreaking ceremony of a Super Health Center (SHC) in the town of Romblon on Thursday, March 16. In his message, Go explained that these centers would be turned over by the Department of Health to the local government once completed, allowing them to improve and expand services based on the community’s needs. Go’s initiative of establishing SHCs aims to make basic health services more accessible to Filipino patients, especially in the countryside. These centers are equipped with database management, outpatient, birthing, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: X-ray, ultrasound), pharmacy, and ambulatory surgical unit, among others. Other available services include eye, ear, nose, and throat service, oncology centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation center, and telemedicine, where remote diagnosis and treatment of patients can be done. By bringing these essential health services closer to their communities, Filipinos can easily access health care services, leading to improved health and well-being. As cited by Go, a healthy community is essential in having a more productive citizenry. During the event, Go also acknowledged the collective efforts of the local government to support the initiative, led by Romblon Rep. Eleandro Madrona, Gov. Jose Riano and Vice Gov. Armando Gutierrez, among others. Apart from Romblon town, Go also supported the construction of more SHCs in the province, particularly in Calatrava, Magdiwang, San Andres and San Jose. On the same day, Go participated in the founding and liberation anniversary celebration of Romblon, followed by distributing aid to indigent residents in the town. As vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, he also inspected the 3-story building and ambulance that were built and procured with his support in the past years. Later in the day, Go also conducted a monitoring activity at the Malasakit Center in Romblon Provincial Hospital in Odiongan.