The Department of Health have spent almost P43 Billion for fast rehabilitation of Local Hospitals throughout the country since 2010, the said allocations are handle by the Local Government Unit assigned in the specific area.
According to Health Secretary Enrique Ona the agency already gives almost P43 Billion through its (HFEP) or Health Facility Enhancement Program which aims for affordable medical facilities for the poor Filipino patients.
The said facilities are currently not in the jurisdiction of DOH because it was already given to the LGU’s for maintenance and efficiency of usage, but still the department can help for its upgrading procedures.
In the current study of National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) 30% of Filipinos died without treatment or proper medical attention.
Ona noted “Our strategies are three-pronged as far as diseases are concerned. They are inter-related so they should all be pursued to achieve our goals,”
The primary preventions are focused on health and vaccination which includes knowing those persons who have diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease and high cholesterols.
Secondary prevention covers early diagnosis, requiring the presence of laboratory, X-ray, ultrasound, mammogram, colonoscopy, ultrasound and other diagnostic equipment.
The third prevention is early treatment and cure, which tends to require more medical facilities intended for Filipino patients.
Ona also added “Through all those years, the DOH was giving attention to primary prevention. It has neglected the secondary prevention and early curative. Hospitals were forgotten, there was inadequacy in equipment and doctors were lacking,”
The said HFEP program must be implemented in a more effective way to provide medical upgrade which is affordable for the Filipino poor patients.