More health services are coming to indigent residents of South Cotabato with another partnership forged between the provincial government and non government organization.
According to the provincial government’s official website, Mahintana Foundation Inc., a foundation funded by the Dole Philippines, has agreed to provide a initial of at least P1.7 million worth of surgical and medicine packages intended for poor residents in the area.
These packages are available at the Health Plus Shop in a Shop (HPSIS) inside the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital, in this city.
Provincial health officer Dr. Rogelio Aturdido said that the initiative aims to give better health services for poor patients who often lack financial resources to pay for surgical resources.
Initially, available packages with complete set of medicine at the HPSIS were for surgical cases of appendectomy, caesarean section, and other obstetrics cases.
“We hope that we can cover 22 more surgical cases in the next months,” Aturdido was quoted as saying.
These packages are priced much lower than those available in most pharmacies in the area.
But patients who are beneficiaries of local government - sponsored PhilHealth indigency program need not pay a single centavo to avail of the surgical and medicine packages because the cost will be charged against their PhilHealth insurance.
“With the medicine packs in place, our poor patients no longer need to purchase medicines outside the hospital and then wait for PhilHealth’s reimbursement that usually take 45 days to two months to process,” Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. said in an interview with local reporters at the project launching.
“We need all the help that we can get and we are very thankful to have Mahintana helping us out in our aim to provide better and quality health services to the poor,” he added.
With the Mahintana operating a pharmacy inside the provincial hospital is a great advantage to the provincial government, Pingoy said, because 70 percent of its net income will be returned as rebate to the hospital and can be used for repairs and upgrading of the health facililty.
Mahintana Foundation has been a partner of the provincial government in many of its initiatives for the poor. Other projects that the Foundation is involved in are the supplemental feeding for day care children and the poorest of the poor, and the construction of chairs and tables for public elementary and high school in the area.
Rey Gabaldon, project manager of Mahintana Foundation said they will continue to help in uplifting the lives of the poor in the province.
He said the HPSIS inside the provincial hospital will be opened 24 hours. They also plan to replicate the surgical and medicine package project in other provinces. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12)
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