CITY OF MALOLOS- Bulacan Gov. Daniel R. Fernando and Dr. Corazon Flores, Regional Director from the Department of Health Central Luzon for Health Development, signed the Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of Medical Assistance Program for Bulakenyos yesterday during the ceremonial signing dubbed as “Seremonya ng Paglagda sa Kasunduan Medical Assistance Program Para sa Bulakenyo” held at Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium here.
Senator Risa Hontiveros witnessed the signing along with Bulacan Vice Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, Provincial Administrator Antonia Constantino and some of the chiefs of government hospitals in the province.
“Yung partnership ng PGB at ng DOH na aking sinaksihan ay ‘yung medical assistance program ng DOH. Ang pwede pong maka-avail dito ay ‘yung mga mahihirap at walang access masyado na mamamayan ng lalawigan ng Bulacan sa mga health services ng DOH at ang proseso ay tulad pa rin po ng dati, gagabayan po kayo ng PGB particularly PHO,” Hontiveros said.
The said program will allocate certain funds for government hospitals in Bulacan that will help eligible patients who are seeking consultation, rehabilitation, examination or otherwise confined in government hospitals, regardless of room category as determined by the DOH, which will help them attain the zero-bill policy that is currently being implemented.
“Bagaman ito pong programang pinirmahan ngayon ay institutionalized program ng DOH, masaya akong nasuportahan ko na madagdagan ang resources dito para tulung-tulong, bayanihan para madiretso ang access sa medical services sa mga Bulakenyo,” the senator added.
Meanwhile, Fernando expressed his appreciation for all the support and aids that the province has been receiving.
“Simula pa lang po ng sumiklab ang COVID-1, nakita natin kung paano tayo nagkaisang lahat at napagtagumpayan nga po natin ang 2020 pero nasurpresa nga tayo nitong 2021 nitong mga variant na ito. Salamat sa ating sama-samang pagsisikap, mahaba-haba pa po ang laban subalit tayo po ay ‘di dapat panghinaan ng loob. Patuloy po tayong lalaban ‘di lang sa virus na ito kundi sa lahat ng banta laban sa ating kalusugan at mga buhay,” Fernando said.
Based on the MOA, the PGB shall ensure availability of medicines, medical supplies and other health care services in provincial and district hospitals while the hospitals are responsible to facilitate the implementation of approved medical assistance to eligible patients, ensure availability of medicines, medical supplies and other health care services needed by the eligible patients, and ensure that in no case shall the grant of assistance to eligible patients be delegates and/or transferred to a non-government organization or similar organizations among others. ###