Thursday, October 9, 2008

October 2, 2008
Lingayen, Pangasinan

LINGAYEN - Gov. Espino thanked the Pangasinan mayors led by Mayor Ramon Guico, president of League of Mayors of the Philippines including the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, non-government organizations (NGOs), chiefs of district hospitals, health stakeholders and provincial department heads for attending in the summit.

“The idea of gathering here is for us to be involved in health development efforts for our province. I am putting my priority to this along side with peace and order as I firmly believed this is the easiest way we can do for Pangasinan to be able to serve our constituents,” he said.

He added that “our province has been longing to become industrialized, best manufacturing province or best IT province, but perhaps we can also make our province of Pangasinan a most healthful province to its inhabitants.”

While noting the limited financial and human resources as common identified health gaps in most municipalities, Gov. Espino expressed optimism that health services could be effectively delivered to its target constituents “without spending too much.”

He pointed out that “teaching children the proper personal hygiene, giving them tips to prevent dengue disease, sending them to health centers for immunization, teaching the mothers the right nutrition for their children, and to ensure that every pregnant woman is seen by a health worker are the simple basic health services that require no funding.”

“Before we think of big things to spend, let us first think the very practical, pragmatic and sensible things that we can do so that we could be able to deliver the most needed health services for our constituents. Let’s start with the basic, and make simple things become our foundation,” Espino stressed.

“At bago natin isipin ang ating ganansya, isipin muna natin kung paano mapabuti ang ating serbisyo,” he added.

However, Espino made an appeal to the mayors, vice mayors and Sangguniang Bayan to augment the appropriation fund for health services.

As for the province’s counterpart, Espino pledged a minimum of two ambulance for each community hospital and additional laboratory equipment for district hospitals.

Espino said that six months from now, the provincial hospital in San Carlos City would be competing with other hospitals in the province as it will soon be equipped with high-end medical equipment.

He added that the province is also embarking on an air-conditioned birthing rooms in rural health units to encourage pregnant women to choose health care facilities over the traditional home birth to ensure their safety.

The BHWs, according to the governor, would also be given radio communication igadgets for easy transport of their patients to district hospital or provincial hospital in case of emergency situation.

In her message, Vice Gov. Primicias also thanked all the participants of the two-day summit especially the United States Agency for International Development, the European Commission, DOH, LGUs and other health coordinators.

“Let us not let this day be forgotten. Let this day be marked as a significant turning point in the health program of the province of Pangasinan. Let such commitment be in our hearts as we go back to our respective units after this event,” she said.

“And from this day forward, let us usher in the glory days for healthier Pangasinenses,” she stressed. (Merly R. Tibalao/PIO)

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