MANILA, Philippines-The Department of Health launched this Thursday the “Primary Care Day” in collaboration with the local government units of Lubao, Pampanga for the provision of comprehensive primary care services.
During the launch, a primary care van donated by the Global Fund through the Philippine Business for Social Progress (GF-PBSP) was transferred to the Center for Health Development of Region III, which was used to treat residents of various primary care services, consultations, immunization and nutrition for infants, provision of free medicine, screening and diagnosis of common communicable and non-communicable diseases, and health education and counseling on risk factors and diseases
The Primary Care Day launch is the first of many primary care service delivery activities initiated by the DOH to highlight the importance of investing in primary care and reshaping the current specialist-centered health system to recruit more focused prevention strategy.
It was also launched to emphasize the important role of Local Government Units as the main architects of local health systems anchored in primary care.
“Investing in primary care means advancing equity. A reliable primary care system affords more of our kababayans the opportunity to access health services that they would otherwise not be able to enjoy under a health system that prioritizes high-cost specialist care,” sabi ni DOH OIC-Secretary Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire.
“Taking this to heart, we call on all our local government units to step up and fulfill their role of implementing primary care. The DOH is behind you–we will not stop until every Juan and Juana is enabled to lead fulfilling lives unbothered by health problems and the costs that accompany them,” dagdag pa niya. Jocelyn Tabangcura-Domenden
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