Lingayen –The provincial government has reaffirmed its commitment and full-support to the Universal Health Care – High Impact Five (UHC-HIF) strategies, a Department of Health’s support to attainingMillenium Development Goals (MDGs) on reducing maternal and infant mortality, control of infectious diseases, among others.
This came up as Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr., on behalf of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr.,rallied stakeholders of the health sector during the High Impact Five (HI5) Summit held at Mahogany Farm in Dusoc, Bayambang and saidthat the provincial government puts premium to the delivery and promotion of health care services to Pangasinenses.
Vice Governor Calimlim said that the present provincial administration has taken bold steps to ensure quality health care in Pangasinanallocating28 percent from the province’s annual budgetfor health care programs and projects.
“Ganitokatindiangpagbibigayng provincial government ngatensyonsakalusugan because we believe that with a healthy population, we will have a healthier future,” Vice Governor Calimlim stressed as he added that the large amount is maximized for the development and upgrading of hospital facilities, provision of state-of-the-art hospital equipment and training of health care providers.
Assistant Secretary Enrique A. Tayag, who represented DOH Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin during thesummit, urged the stakeholders to advance efforts for the implementation of HI5 strategies which promote maternal care, infant care, care for children under five-years; HIV/AIDS prevention; and enhancement of service delivery network.
HI5 strategies are implemented to enforce the attainment of MDGs 4 (Reducing Maternal Mortality), 5 (Reducing Child Mortality) and 6 (Control of Infectious Diseases).
DOH Asst. Sec. Tayag, who asked the stakeholders for continued support to HI5 strategies, said that projected goals for UHC must be achieved by June next year.
“Gusto natinhumabaangbuhaynatin at magingmalusogkungkayatdapatmagkapit-bisigtayo para ang HI5 ay maisakatuparan at hindisapapellamang,” Tayag pointed out.
Meanwhile, Provincial Health Officer Anna Maria Teresa de Guzman noted that Pangasinan has already attained MDGs 4, 5 and 6 as reflected by reports cards that were regularly released by the PHO in Local Government Units (LGUs) in the province.
The LGU scorecards, de Guzman said, has indicators which calibrate the extent of effectiveness and efficiency of various programs of the PHO.
“All our markings in the LGU scorecards are on yellow and green and we do not have red marks. This means that we have achieved our targets” she explained.
In support to De Guzman, Rachel Rimando-Magalong, DOH Provincial Director, cited that all health programs of the PHO that were also supported by Rural Health Units (RHUs) in the province have been aligned with programs of the DOH.