Quick fix of health facilities now in full swing – DOH

TACLOBAN CITY – Immediate rehabilitation of damaged health facilities are now in full swing in Eastern Visayas with a total funding of Php322 million, said Department of Health (DOH) regional director Jose Llacuna.

More than half or 60 percent of identified projects are now ongoing and 40 percent are now on its preparation phase or bidding process.

“The entire budget requirement for quick fix has been downloaded already. We expect to complete all projects by the end of 2014,” Llacuna said.

The “quick fix” initiative has listed 34 towns in Leyte, nine towns in Eastern, three towns in Samar and two towns in Biliran as recipients.

It aims to restore the functionality of damaged health facilities to cater the growing demand for health services in typhoon-stricken areas.

The amount is on top of the Php1.2 billion budget approved for rehabilitation of wrecked health facilities in the three Visayas regions.

“By 2015, we hope to complete the construction of bigger, better and safer health facilities,” Llacuna added.

Along Yolanda’s path, the health sector incurred Php1.2 billion damages. Of this, Php702.76 million was recorded for health facilities and Php274.86 million for equipments.

The health department reported that 1,229 facilities were destroyed by fierce winds and storm surge. About 219 are not functional and 233 are completely damaged.

Of the 1,229 damaged facilities, 991 are barangay health stations, 153 rural health units, 68 locally-managed hospitals, seven city or district health centers, six retained hospitals, three private hospitals and a municipal health office. (PNA)

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