February 24, 2024

DOH lead groundbreaking ceremony of 15M super family health center

By Glen S Ramos

DOH – Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco and Dagupan City Mayor Belen leads the groundbreaking of the super family health center located in Brgy Bolosan, Dagupan City on February 23, 2023

Dagupan City will have its own super health center (SHC) and will be constructed in Brgy. Bolosan as Department of Health – Ilocos Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco and Dagupan City Mayor Mayor Belen T. Fernandez led the groundbreaking ceremony of the facility on February 23, 2023.

The super family health center (SFHC) was funded through the general appropriations act (GAA) of 2021 and has a complete budget of ₱15M. It is the first super health center in Ilocos Region.

The center will be equipped with an OPD consultation, pharmacy, dental clinic, primary clinical laboratory,  radiology  services (x-ray, ECG, ultrasound) and a minor operating room.

Director Sydiongco said that there are 15 super health centers under the 2022 GAA and 18 for the 2023 GAA, a total of 34 SHCs. “These will all be funded through the health facility enhancement program (HFEP). Sila ang magsisilbing primary care facility sa mga komunidad dahil dito ay pwede ng magpagamot ang mga pasyenteng mayroong hindi malalang sakit at mabibigyan naman ng tamang referral ang mga pasyenteng nangangailangan ng espesyalista at mas mataas na antas ng pagpapagamot.”

“These centers will enable local government units to provide basic health care services and accommodate patients needing minor surgery, These will also serve as referral centers in the community for patients needing specialized health care services.”

The 1,720-square meter lot in which the super family health center will be built was donated by the city government of Dagupan through a Sangguniang Panlungsod resolution and the lot for its right of way was donated by philanthropist, Dr. Ashok Vasandani.

Mayor Fernandez expressed her gratitude to the regional office for the untiring support in the implementation of different health service projects for Dagupeños amidst economic and health crises. “This center will be a part of the city government’s goal to sustain the assistance extended to the community, most especially to the underprivileged sector, which have limited to no means of providing for their medical necessities and emergencies.”

“Health care is one of our top priorities and with the establishment of the SFHC, the residents of barangays Bolosan, Salisay, Mangin, Tebeng, Tambac and Mamalingling will be assured of quality and essential services.”

“We will equip our Super Family Health Center with able doctors, nurses and allied professionals as well as medical supplies and facilities. Itong groundbreaking ang umpisa ng ating mithiin upang mapalakas at madagdagan pa ang ating Unliserbisyo sa Kalusugan,” she emphasized. 

The city government of Dagupan will also provide a ₱1M budget for the inclusion of a birthing facility.