Zambo City unites for Hi-Impact 5:Beng reaffirms commitment to health PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 11:54

by Sheila Covarrubias

 

Mayor Beng Climaco Tuesday reaffirmed her commitment to public health as she led Zamboanga City residents in reciting and signing the pledge of commitment for the implementation of High Impact (Hi5) strategy to strengthen universal health care programs.

This, as the mayor together with District II Cong. Lilia Nuno, Department of Health Assistant Regional Director Ruby Constantino and City Health Officer Rodelin Agbulos formally opened the Hi5 Summit and launching of the program at the Astoria Regency Tuesday morning.

“The City Government’s priority is security, health and education. Thank you to all of you for supporting our health advocacies and thank you for working very hard to ensure delivery of quality health services to our people,” the mayor told barangay officials, nutrition scholars, health workers, parents, hospital administrators, LGBT peer educators, volunteers and participants to the Summit.

She cited the significance and the impact of the Hi5 strategy which covers maternal care, infant care, child protection, HIV-AIDS prevention and service delivery network, on the overall health care of the residents of the city.

The mayor called on all sectors attending the Summit to continue working together to ensure the efficient and effective implementation of the Hi5 strategy.

Congresswoman Nuno for her part expressed continuous support to health programs as she cited her recent health-related endeavours to include the distribution of blood pressure apparatus to health workers in both Districts 1 and 2.

Dr. Agbulos, who spearheaded the conduct of the Summit, presented a comprehensive report of the city’s accomplishments and initiatives in terms of health programs covering all aspects.

ARD Constantino read the message of Health Secretary Janette Garin during the program and at the same time commended the local government for its efforts to ensure the health protection and safety of the residents.

DILG City Director Taha Arakama likewise acknowledged the city’s efforts and challenged the barangays and the concerned sectors to work harder to strengthen health advocacies in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

Councilor VP Elago, who chairs the Council committee on health, gave the closing message and called on all participants to keep the momentum in the implementation of the health programs. — Sheila Covarrubias