TACLOBAN CITY – Eight rural health units in Leyte will be rehabilitated by the Second Leyte Engineering District (2nd LED) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) through funds provided by the Department of Health (DOH).
Under the Health Facilities Enhancement-Program (HFEP) of the Department of Health (DOH), this ensures the construction, upgrading, enhancing, equipping of all necessary healthcare facilities particularly in the barangay.
In Leyte’s second district, a total P 25 million in budget is given for the rehabilitation of rural health units in Capoocan, Jaro, Pastrana, Burauen and Carigara.
2nd LED District Engineer Carlos Veloso assured that the rehabilitation of these facilities will promptly be undertaken and are right on track of projected date of completion.
Facility design will also take into account climate change impacts.
Veloso said that just like the way they have built schools, buildings for the RHU will also be designed to withstand strong winds and heavy downpours during the typhoon season.
When supertyphoon “Yolanda” devastated Leyte in 2013, many RHUs in municipalities were damaged which made healthcare delivery critical to all affected communities.
The rehabilitation of these RHUs will for more healthcare facilities for children and the elderly, consultation rooms, minor surgery and treatment rooms, pharmacy, dental clinic, labor room, breastfeeding area and birthing clinic, among others.
The facilities enhancement program of the DOH builds rural health care infrastructure in the selected districts to a level such that they have the physical capacity to address the service requirements of the National Health Program (NHP).