CITY OF MALOLOS – Secretary Francisco T. Duque III of the Department of Health commended the leadership of Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado especially his efforts in giving thrust to health programs during the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the 200-Bed Capacity Extension Building of Bulacan Medical Center held in its compound here, earlier today.
“Ang mamamayan ng inyong lalawigan ay napakapalad dahil nakikita natin na malalim po sa kanyang puso at kaisipan ang kalusugan ng kanyang mamamayan. Napakahalaga po ng extension hospital na ito dahil kanina, ibinulong sa akin ni gobernador na punung-puno na ang inyong Medical Center sa kasalukuyan at kinakailangan na mapalawig ang kanyang kakayahang makapagbigay ng mataas na antas ng serbisyong pangkalusugan mula po sa ating ospital,” Duque, the guest of honor, said.
He added that other public servants should imitate Alvarado because valuing the health of the people also means having a healthy community, which is the key to having a progressive province or municipality.
Duque, Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel R. Fernando led the capsule laying and groundbreaking rites of the three-storey BMC extension with 5,817 square meters floor area to be built and designed by Nation Star Development Corporation.
Alvarado said that the additional building of BMC is the answer to the increasing number of Bulakenyos who need quality yet affordable medical services and explained that the present 300-bed capacity of BMC is no longer enough to cater the underprivileged Bulakenyos.
Aside from this, the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB) will also upgrade the district hospitals in the province. The Plaridel Extension Hospital Infirmary will soon be operational and the Bulakenyos await the final construction of the Ospital ng Pandi and the district hospitals of Obando and Angat.
After the program, Alvarado toured Duque in the BMC and showed him the modern facilities of the hospital such as the Intensive Care Unit, Oncology Unit, Dialysis Center, Eye Center, Optical Coherence Tomography or ‘3D Eye Scan’, CT scan, and 2D Echo among others.
The health secretary also vowed to find ways to provide for the aid requested by the PGB, which will help in the delivery of services of BMC and Public Health Office to more than three million Bulakenyos.
Duque also called on the public to help them protect the health insurance fund of PhilHealth Insurance by monitoring frauds or false claims as well as policing crooked professional medical practitioners.