DOH gives city government P1.2M medical equipment PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 June 2012 14:01

Mayor Celso Lobregat and City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos yesterday received on behalf of the city government some P1.2 million worth of medical equipment for distribution to lying in clinics converted as Basic Emergency Maternal Obstetric and Neonatal Care (BEMONC) Centers.

DOH-9 Regional Director Teogenes Baluma personally turned over the equipment during simple rites at the City Hall frontage yesterday noon.

The equipment turned over included 6 microscopes, 6 fetal dopplers, 4 dental instruments, 6 weighing scales, 5 cervical inspection sets, 14 units examining light, 20 mechanical beds, 12 units manual resuscitator with mask adult and mask neonatal and 6 weighing scales for infants.

Mayor Lobregat expressed elation and gratitude for the donation of the equipment saying that it will complement the city’s continuous campaign to improve maternal care services.

Dr. Agbulos will assign the equipment to the 6 lying in clinics or BEMONC centers spread out in the key barangays in the city.

Dr. Baluma said the equipment form part of the typical assistance for rural health units and intended to accelerate quality health services. Funding for the equipment came from the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

The DOH director stressed that the donation of equipment and other programs are in line with the government’s thrust to decrease maternal death. “Part of our activities to decrease maternal deaths is for health centers to be transformed into safe birthing centers”.

Dr. Agbulos for his part said the donation from the DOH will help upgrade the equipment presently deployed in the wellness centers or lying in clinics, most of which were newly constructed or rehabilitated by the city government recently.

The acceleration of health services is in line with the city government’s thrust of having “un ciudad sin enfermedad” (a disease-free city). — Sheila Covarrubias