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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Nat’l gov’t funding helps improve healthcare in Maripipi, Biliran

MANILA – Aside from help in its COVID-19 response and vaccination drive, the healthcare system in Maripipi, Biliran is also expected to significantly improve with the help of national government funding to build a new hospital and health office for people in need.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin M. Andanar interviewed Maripipi Mayor Joseph Canonoy Caingcoy today, September 21, during the Network Briefing News and talked about the government’s initiative to establish a new hospital and health office, citing that these would be essential and beneficial for the people of Maripipi.

“I am so happy na ang Maripipi, kahit isang small island, ay napapansin ng ating national government for the general interest of the people. [I am so happy that Maripipi, despite being a small island, is being noticed by our national government for the general interest of the people],” Mayor Caingcoy said.

He also said that the assistance of the government, through a P25 million peso funding, aims “for accessible, quality health care service to the people”.

As of now, the first building of the emergency care treatment hospital in the said town is already completed, while the second building will probably be finished before the year ends.

Mayor Caingcoy also shared that the hospital will house a female ward, male ward, pediatric ward, and isolation ward.

In addition, the new Rural Health Office, where policymaking meetings are to be held, is now operational as part of the aggressive fight against the spread of COVID-19.

“Mayroon kaming weekly meetings para ma-prevent namin ang Delta variant and para sa iba pang COVID-19 programs. [We have weekly meetings to prevent the Delta variant and for other COVID-19 programs],” he added.

Maripipi LGU is also eyeing to construct an evacuation center and isolation facility for possible and suspected cases of COVID-19.

Other infrastructure projects in Maripipi are Maripipi Municipal Fitness Center, New Municipal Building, Maripipi Seaside Park, and ongoing road-widening projects.

For the vaccination program of the municipality, the island of Maripipi is at 24 percent out of its 70 percent target for population protection.

The local executive said that the main concern in the inoculation drive is the availability of COVID-19 vaccines.

Maganda ang aming pag-aadminister, only the availability of supply ang [kailangan]. [Our administration is good, only the availability of supply is [needed]],” Mayor Caingcoy said.