Caloocan opens two health centers
Caloocan City Mayor Dale Gonzalo “Along” Malapitan led the inauguration of the two health centers located at Phase 9 and Phase 10, Barangay 176 in the city on Sept. 29. according to a report by Manila Bulletin.
The city government provided the facilities in the health centers, including a minor surgery area, recovery room, examination and consultation room, and a breastfeeding area for mothers and their children.
Mayor Malapitan said that constructing healthcare centers is part of the city government’s objective to provide medical services to the residents, such as medical checkups and minor surgeries.
“Bahagi ito ng ating hangaring ibaba sa bawat komunidad ang serbisyong medikal para maging mas accessible para sa lahat (This is part of our desire to bring medical services to every community to make it more accessible for everyone),” he said.
“Ngayon, hindi lang check-up o reseta ang matatanggap niyo dahil mayroon na rin tayong inilaan na kagamitan para sa minor surgeries (Now, you will not only receive checkups or prescriptions because we also have dedicated equipment for minor surgeries),” Mayor Along added.
The centers will offer a range of services, including overall health evaluation, vaccines and immunization, pre-natal check-up, dental check-up, and free vitamins.
City Health Department (CHD) officer-in-charge Dra. Evelyn O. Cuevas recognized and emphasized the hard work of the local government in providing quality healthcare for all.
She also assured everyone that the city government would continue facilitating the services to more barangays in the future.
“Simula lang po ito ng ating pagnanais na mapalakas ang larangan ng pampublikong kalusugan sa Caloocan. Alinsunod po sa bilin ni Mayor Along, palalakasin natin ang mga health center ng bawat barangay para hindi na kinakailangang lumayo ng ating mga kababayan upang makatanggap ng atensyong medikal (This is just the beginning of our desire to strengthen the field of public health in Caloocan. In accordance with Mayor Along’s order, we will strengthen the health centers of each barangay so that our citizens no longer have to travel far to receive medical attention),” she said.
According to the city government, Barangay 176 has over 260,000 residents, making it the most populated barangay in the Philippines.