PIA News Service - Sunday, June 24, 2012

Red Cross chapter to hold "bingo-for-a-cause"

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 24 (PIA) -- In time with the 8th Biennial Chapter Assembly slated July 27, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter will be holding a "Bingo-for-a-Cause" on July 7 at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center here.

The 8th Biennial Chapter Assembly is anchored on the theme “Philippine Red Cross @ 63: 24/7 Service to Humanity.”

According to PRC Chapter Administrator Teodoro Cairo, each ticket will cost P500, which includes one snack and five bingo games.

“The Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter, with its board of directors and members, has been doing this kind of initiative annually for fund raising. Through this, the PRC could be able to extend more help to the public with these resources,” said Cairo.

It was learned that as of June 22, 823 tickets were already dispatched while 177 tickets are still available at the Red Cross office here.

The Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter calls on the public to support and take part on this activity. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


LGU-Agusan del Norte regularly upgrades health facilities

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 24 (PIA) -- The provincial government is regularly upgrading its health facilities to ensure residents of the province access to quality health services.

This was assured by Gov. Erlpe John Amante in a speaking engagement held here recently, saying that through the Dept. of Health’s (DOH) Health Facility Engagement Program (HFEP), the first phase upgrading of the provincial hospital has been on-going.

He added that the province has invested a total of P3.15 million for the additional upgrade and rehabilitation of these facilities.

Amante also said other facilities in the prime health facility were also upgraded like the rehabilitation of the provincial hospital’s emergency room, water tank and pipelines, chapel and paining of exterior wall and the construction of waste septic vault.

Further, Gov. Amante said as one of the recipients of a grant from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion International Para el Desarollo) or the AECID Phase II project, Rural Health Units in the municipalities of Kitcharao, Jabonga, Santiago, Magallanes and Cabadbaraan City were identified as recipients of the grant.

He added that included in the grant are projects of Construction or Expansion of Barangay Health Station in recipient-barangays. “The overall project cost of the AECID grant is close to P15.5 million,” Amante said.

In order to support saving lives, the governor said the Provincial Hospital’s Blood Collection Unit conducted 27 bloodletting sessions and collected 692 units of blood from various donors.

“With our partnership with the Philippine Red Cross who collected 1,337 units, a total of 2,029 units were made available last year,” the official said. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Agusan del Norte LGU intensifies health program

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 24 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Agusan del Norte is intensifying its health program to provide a wider base of its constituents with proper health care.

According to Gov. Erlpe John Amante, the Sagip Kalusugan sa Barangay (Save Health in Barangay) program was able to serve a total of 46 barangays and provided 15,520 beneficiaries with free medicines and dental services.

Gov. Amante also said residents of the province also availed the Philhealth Indigency Program, which provides the means for families to access hospital services at least cost.

The chief executive of the province added in 2011, the province has enrolled over 25,000 families and allotted some P7,792,260 as counterpart for the coverage.

Further, local exec stressed that in terms of local health system, the provincial government has been focused on its vision of a healthy, productive, empowered citizenry equitably enjoying quality preventive, curative, and rehabilitative health services in a clean and healthy environment.

Similarly, the official said, the province has been keeping up with its mission to provide adequate, competent, and committed personnel to deliver quality services to the people of Agusan del Norte.

“The current ratio of rural physicians in Buenavista, Nasipit, and the city of Cabadbaran is already within the national standard of 1:20,00. Our midwife to population ratio of 1:4,000 is better than the national standard of 1:5,000,” Amante said.

Meantime, Amante said the reduction of maternal deaths to five in 2011 compared to 12 in 2010 or a maternal mortality rate of 0.66 per 1,000 live births and the decrease of morbidity rate demonstrated the results of the province’s efforts of promoting good health.

The official further stressed the province has also continued to provide services that ensure safe pregnancy and delivery for women in facilities of standard quality.

He added a total of 6,245 pregnant women have visited the province’s health facilities and availed of ante-natal care services, and about 85 percent of the pregnant women were assisted by skilled birth attendants during their delivery.

“Deliveries in our health facilities reached 75.2 percent in 2011. This increase is attributed to the presence of birthing facilities with trained personnel in our Rural Health Units and Barangay Health Centers,” Amante said.

These, according to the Guv, are among the measures which were identified by the provincial government in an effort to provide and promote proper and good health to Agusanons.

With this development, the official extended his gratitude to health personnel of the provincial hospital and the provincial health office for these achievements. (RER/PIA-Caraga)