Covid-19 Cluster Clinic (Photo by Davao City Information Office)
Inauguration of the Mental Wellness Center for the Homeless (Photo by CIO)
Los Amigos Molecular Laboratory (photo by IOC)
Marilog District Hospital (Photo by CIO)
In an effort to strengthen Davao City’s health care sector for its constituents, the city government, under the leadership of outgoing Mayor and Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio, has prioritized a number investments in the field of health during its consecutive elections. tenure for the past six years.
Some of the important health projects were continued during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, namely the Covid-19 cluster clinics, the mental well-being center, the intervention center for children with special needs of Davao and Davao Public Hospital.
Covid-19 cluster clinics
As part of Davao City’s Covid-19 response, the Local Government Unit (LGU) has partnered with Reach Health-US Agency for International Development (USAid) to construct the Covid-19 Cluster Clinics (CCC ).
It aims to provide 24/7 service to Dabawenyos coronavirus related needs. The first CCC was in Dona Vicenta Village but eventually moved to Sta. Ana Health Center. The city government plans to continue expanding the clinics.
At present, the CCC in Calinan is 95% complete and another in Tibungco is in progress.
Mental Wellness Center
The Mental Wellness Center for the Homeless was also materialized at the height of the pandemic to address the problem of street dwellers with mental health issues who may be exposed to Covid-19.
The center, which cost 26 million pesos, is located in the complex of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) – Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and was inaugurated on January 21, 2022.
The facility houses rescued street pumpers where they receive food, clothing, shelter and medical care tailored to their needs. In the facility, patients can also participate in different activities like music, arts, games and sports to develop their skills.
Apart from this, the Mental Wellness Center also serves as an outpatient counseling center for Dabawenyos who need psychiatric care.
During the inauguration of the center, the vice-president-elect expressed the hope that the center will help raise awareness and fight the stigma associated with mental health.
“The establishment of the Davao City Mental Health Center for the Homeless is a welcome initiative by the local government, not only to provide a comfortable refuge for our homeless and mentally ill residents, but also to combat the stigma surrounding health mental health and community awareness,” said Duterte-Carpio.
Davao City Special Needs Children’s Intervention Center
On the other hand, the long-awaited Davao City Special Needs Intervention Center and Davao City Public Hospital were finally given the go-ahead this year after suffering setbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 19.
During his State of the City address on March 17, 2022, Duterte-Carpio said the Special Needs Response Center began construction with a budget of 70 million pesos.
This one-of-a-kind center will provide free early intervention, special education and occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy programs to children and youth with special needs.
“With more and more children being diagnosed with special needs and given the prohibitive cost of therapies and intervention programs, we continued to establish the Davao City Special Needs Children Intervention Center “Duterte-Caprio said.
Due to be completed next year, the center will house special facilities including a physiotherapy room, an aquatherapy pool, an occupational therapy sensory gym and a speech therapy room.
Davao City Public Hospital
In order to expedite the construction of Davao Public Hospital, the Mayor issued Executive Order No. 41 of 2021 establishing an Executive Committee (Execom) and Technical Working Group (TWG) to oversee the project.
Currently, the LGU has allocated a budget of P250,000,000 to start the development of the land of the city hospital, which will be built on the land of the University of the Philippines-Mindanao at Barangay Mintal.
It will be a level III training and Covid-19 response hospital that will provide services for all kinds of illnesses, diseases, injuries and deformities.
Other health initiatives
Another hospital was also opened during Duterte-Carpio’s tenure. Marilog District Hospital received its operating license from the Ministry of Health in February 2021 and has a capacity of 0 beds, 14 medical wards and 73 medical and non-medical staff.
These are just a few of the important projects that Duterte-Carpio has invested in Davao City’s health sector to provide better services and treatment to Dabawenyos of all ages.
But the outgoing mayor has also built other key health facilities, including the construction of 84 health centers and essential Covid-19-related projects that complement the city’s overall effective response to the pandemic.
These are the Los Amigos Davao Laboratory approved by the Department of Health (DOH) to process RT-PCR swab tests and the P12 million Davao City Crematorium for proper handling of the remains of the victims. of Covid-19.
The mayor also established the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force led by the mayor herself, which oversees the city’s Covid-19 response, from enforcing safety and security measures to facilitating the deployment of the vaccination.
Toward the start of his second term as mayor in 2017, Duterte-Carpio expanded the existing Lingap Para sa Mahirap program into a one-stop medical assistance called Pagkalinga sa Bayan.
The Davao LGU’s Lingap Para sa Mahirap is financial aid for hospital bills and medical services, while the Pagkalinga sa Bayan combines aid from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Department of Social Welfare and Development ( DSWD), PhilHealth, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) and the Lingap program.
“We initiated this because patients and their families have to go to different offices to apply for financial aid,” the mayor told the inauguration of the Pagkalinga sa Bayan at SPMC in 2017.
According to the mayor, thanks to the ingenuity of the Pagkalinga sa Bayan of Davao LGU, the program has been replicated nationwide as Malasakit centers.
In 2021, four Lingap satellite offices were opened at Marilog District Hospital, Bunawan District Hall, Toril Gym and Paquibato Proper Barangay Hall. In November of the same year, the online and contactless Lingap platform for inquiries and applications was launched via Facebook.
Some of the assistive and medical services that may be acquired under the Lingap program include hospital, funeral and funeral assistance, medical and laboratory procedures, maintenance medications, prosthetic sensory and visual aids, reconstructive surgery for orofacial cleft and other special cases.
Control assistance for inpatient, outpatient and emergency patients is also included.
These projects and programs were carried out by the LGU despite the threats of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Over the past six years, the city government has implemented several investments and initiatives to improve the health sector in the city. This has allowed the Dabawenyos to have better access to quality health services.