Also at the Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital
ORMOC CITY-Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go led in the launching of Malasakit Center at the Ormoc District Hospital, making it the country’s 37th such facility.
The neophyte senator led the opening of the center on July 5, was joined by Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, Michael Diño and Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto.
“I know how hard it is to get sick nowadays. That is why improving our medical services throughout the country is my priority,” Go said during the occasion.
Early on that same day, Sen.Go also led in the opening of a Malasakit Center at the Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital in Borongan City and was welcome by provincial officials led by Governor Ben Evardone and Rep. Maria Fe Abunda.
Malasakit Center is a program under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to establish one-stop shops in government-run hospitals to hasten the delivery of free medical services to indigent patients.
Under the program, poor patients are assisted in availing medical services and financial assistance provided by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Philippine Amusement and Games Corporation (PAGCOR), Department of Health (DoH), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Patients can avail P50,0000 maximum of assistance but will depend on the assessment of the social workers.
All Filipinos are qualified to avail medical assistance from Malasakit Center.
Patients are to use Malasakit Unified Form inside the center for all agencies to avoid redundancy of filling up the same information all over again.
The only qualification is that you are a Filipino. You do not need to present anything else.
Vice Gov.Loreto said that this project is very helpful especially to those in need.
“I just hope that all district hospitals in Leyte, such as the Baybay District hospital, Hilongos District Hospital and the Leyte Provincial hospital, will have their Malasakit Centers, too” Loreto said.
(LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)