Senator Bong Go with Bulacan Gov. Daniel Fernando and Vice Gov. Alex Castro explaining the roles of the Super Health Centers to the peopls in the community under the health care program of the government. Photo by Anton Luis Reyes Catindig

CITY OF MALOLOS–Senator Bong Go groundreaks on Wednesday the first Bulacan Super Health Center as fourteen others in different towns and cities in the province will also be constructed until next year.

Go who was guest of honor in Bulacan’s 21st Gawad Galing Barangay awards said the SHC’s in Bulakan, Pandi, Guiguinto, San Miguel and City of San Jose del Monte will also be constructed this year while that of in Obando, Paombong, Plaridel, Marilao, Baliwag, Angat, San Rafael and San Ildefonso will be constructed in 2023. 

Go, Senate Health and Sports Committee chair said the Super Health Center is a medim type of a polyclinic, a little smaller than a hospital but bigger than rural health units which will be a basic treatment and medical facility for people in the municipalities. 

“They are projects under the Department of Healrh which later will be turned over to the local government unit (LGU) with birthing services, dental, emergency, laboratory,etc,” he said. 

The purpose he said is to reach the people in the far flung barangays so that they will no longer need to travel to the capital town for their medical needs.

“The more we have to invest now in the health services to our people dahil kulang na kulang talaga sa mga ospital lalo na para sa mga kapos palad nating kababayan,” he said. 

Gov. Daniel Fernando said the provincial government will run and manage the hospital for free services to the people. Together with Damayan Filipino and Kapitolyo sa Barangay, more indigent residents can be benefited of the needed medical treatment and support. 

Dr. Hijordis Marushka Celis, Bulacan Health Officer and Bulacan Medical Center Director said the Super Health Center is part of the Universal Health Care Law or the RA 11223, also referred to as Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP), which “provides for every Filipino of the highest possible quality of health care that is accessible, efficient, equitably distributed, adequately funded, fairly financed, and appropriately used by an informed and empowered public”.

Celis explains that under government hospital care, the basic medical needs must already be addressed at level 1 and 2 hospitals and only diseases that require  medical attention by tertiary or level 3 hospitals can be treated in huge provincial or regional or national level hospitals.