PALO, Leyte- The management of Schistosomiasis Control and Research Hospital (SCRH) expressed their gratitude for the assistance extended by the Joint Support Group of South Korean Military Force or Araw Force.
The Korean group rehabilitated structures of the hospital that were damaged during the onslaught of supertyphoon Yolanda on November 8, 2013. The Araw Forces was supported by the Presbyterian Churches of Korea and the 546 Engineering Battalion of the Philippine Army in repairing the damage facilities of the hospital, this town.

Present during the August 21 turn-over were Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla, Colonel Chulwon Lee of Araw Force and Dr. Charlemagne Escape, chief of hospital of the SCRH. The SCRH, now a general hospital, does not only caters to individuals who are suffering from schistosomiasis but now offers pediatric and psychiatric ward, Escape said. Since the hospital provided general medical services to the people like in pediatric, at least two pregnant women are giving birth in the hospital a day reason the repair of the facility is necessary, she added.

Aside from the repair that the Araw Forces provided, the national government through the Department of Health, provided P5 million fund to immediately repair the vital structures of the hospital. The DOH will also provide fund for the construction of the comprehensive emergency management of new born care, added Escape. Also during the turn-over ceremony, the pastors from Presbyterian Church of Korea turn-over three laptop computers to the management of the hospital. The SCRH is the second hospital that was repaired by Araw Forces after they repair the Leyte Provincial Hospital that is also in Palo. (ROEL T.AMAZONA)