Press Release/09 August 2018

Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo began his rounds of inspection of health facilities at the local communities in the region starting with the local government of Mabini, Batangas to ensure that health services, resources and amenities are available and ready to provide health care to residents 24/7.
“We have to make sure that the health needs of the people in the community are given proper attention and that basic health needs are obtainable at the local level. This will also prevent patients from seeking health care from distant health facilities. It is cost effective and can also save lives,” Director Janairo stated during a meeting with local health officials at the municipal health unit.
“These facilities must be well-maintained and complete with basic health supplies and medical equipment needed to provide basic health care service to patients. It is also equally important to evaluate the skills of our health human resource and provide them training if needed,” he added.
The Local Government Code of 1991 devolved health services to local government units including the provision, management and maintenance of government health facilities such as district hospitals, provincial hospitals, RHUs and BHS.
There are a total of 211 rural health units in CALABARZON - 39 from Cavite; 42 in Laguna; 50 – Batangas; 36 – Rizal and 44 in Quezon. A total of 77 local government hospitals – 15 from Cavite; 15 in Laguna; 15 – Batangas; 14 – Rizal; and 18 in Cavite. There is one DOH-retained hospital namely Batangas Medical Center.
Director Janairo also visited the Rural Health Unit and the Mabini Community Emergency and Ancillary Hospital project which is still under construction for several years now due to budgetary cuts and assured local officials that the regional office will provide support for the completion of the facility.
The community hospital will cater to residents of three municipalities, namely Mabini, Bauan and Tingloy Island once it is completed.
“The major clients of government health facilities are the poor, and it is important that health facilities must not suffer neglect due to the inadequacy of health budgets because it is particularly to the them who need the services the most,” he emphasized.
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DOH-CALABARZON Director Eduardo C. Janairo (center), with Batangas PHTL Dr. Elizabeth V. Sario discusses with Dr. Melanio Ramir P. Beloso (left), Municipal Health Officer of Mabini, Batangas the importance of the Hyperbaric Chamber not only for the decompession sickness brought about by scuba diving but by treating other conditions such as serious infections, bubbles of air in the blood vessels, and wounds that won't heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury. 
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One of the unfinished structure of the Mabini Community Emergency and Ancillary Hospital project which was stopped due to budgetary cuts and delay in the release of funds. The construction of the health facility started six years ago. 
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DOH-CALABARZON Director Eduardo C. Janairo (center), with Dr. Melanio Ramir P. Beloso (left), Municipal Health Officer of Mabini, Batangas visited the Mabini Community Emergency and Ancillary Hospital and assured local government officials that the facility will get support from the regional office during his first round of health facility inspection in the province on August 1, 2018.