‘Senior citizen ward’ to rise at ZCMC PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 14:39

The city government under the leadership of Mayor Celso Lobregat will enhance the facilities and further improve its health services to the senior citizens of the city by constructing a state-of -the-art “Senior Citizen Ward” at the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC).

The amount of P2.4 million has set aside for the purpose and its implementation will immediately commence right after the City Engineer’s Office issues the notice to start the project anytime this month, according to  City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos.

Agbulos said the thrust of the present administration is to make it sure that the residents would benefit the basic health services intended for them especially the poorest of the poor.
As planned, the Senior Citizen Ward (SCW) will have a 20-bed capacity with complete medical equipment manned by veteran physicians and newly hired nurses of the CHO.

“The putting up of the Senior Citizen Ward will for sure encourage our senior citizens to regularly have their consultations and avail the services that the government is offering for them,” Agbulos said.

Aside from it, the local government unit, upon recommendation of the CHO chief, has appropriated sufficient funds for the renovation of old and dilapidated barangay health centers and the construction of new ones in some areas.

For instance, health centers in Barangays Sta. Catalina, Mercedes, Manicahan and many other communities are undergoing major repair so to really improve the delivery of health services to the constituents.

The Lobregat administration, through CHO and other line agencies like the PCSO, Western Mindanao Command, the Rotarians and etc. has been strengthening their free clinics program in the far flung barangays.

“We would like to express our sincere appreciation to many of the civic organizations in the city for being supportive to the program of the government. Their untiring support has encouraged us to do better in extending our assistance to the poor residents in the communities,” CHO Agbulos said. — Jimmy Villaflores