DAYANGHIRANG VOWS QUALITY HEALTH CARE FOR POOR

Congressman Nelson Dayanghirang says he will sustain and strengthen the significant gains and initiatives achieved by Governor Malanyaon’s administration in order to further forge an enduring mainstream of opportunities, and continue to produce benefits especially for the poor.

Congressman Nelson Dayanghirang says he will sustain and strengthen the significant gains and initiatives achieved by Governor Malanyaon’s administration in order to further forge an enduring mainstream of opportunities, and continue to produce benefits especially for the poor.

City of Mati, Davao Oriental— Liberal Party gubernatorial candidate Nelson Boy Dayanghirang says his administration “will always have gentle hands and compassion” for the poor as he vowed to give top priority to the delivery of quality health care services for the poor.

“As a leader, I treat my people as the real wealth of our community, and as a matter of personal principle, I will champion the creation of an enabling environment for my people to enjoy a long, healthy and creative lives. You know, environments conducive to disease have significant negative effects on the economic performance of the province,” says Dayanhirang.

He says good governance and team work for a worthwhile vision has made it possible for his “strong ally,” incumbent Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon, to attain “extraordinary achievements” that makes a difference in the lives and fortunes of the less privileged.

“Governor Malanyaon’s administration have already made significant gains particularly in her health program. We are looking toward long-term changes so that whatever gains from reforms and initiatives we achieved will forge an enduring mainstream of opportunities, and continue to produce benefits especially for the poor. It will take a great deal of work and our collective willpower to get these done, and it will mean valuing prudence and long-term goal-setting. We will craft and implement concrete solutions that would ensure people’s access especially to health, education, water, sanitation, and secure shelter, among others. We will engage in concerted efforts to remove the constraints experienced by the poor to enable them to take advantage of growth opportunities,” says Dayanghirang.

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Cong. Dayanghirang, who is also a staunch advocate of quality health care, wants to continue Gov. Malanyaon’s health programs for the poor.

“The Department of Health has awarded the province, under the leadership of our energetic Governor Cora Malanyaon, for its outstanding public health programs, lauding it for transforming our status to become a model province with the lowest rate for malnutrition. Indeed, what Governor Malanyaon did is she is setting the bar higher for her successor. And I will take that challenge to heart. There is now a massive public expressions of gratitude for her successful health care program that have significantly improved our people’s access to quality health care,” says Dayanghirang. “I will not do the bare minimum required of my job as a public servant. I would always go the extra mile to spread the health for my people. You know poor health contributes a lot to impoverishment. And years of healthy or productive life is lost due to illness.”

Dayanghirang pointed out the cost of chronic illnesses suffered by many of the marginalized poor that involves direct monetary costs in mitigating and managing recurring sickness and the opportunity cost of lost schooling or work for the ill or those who care for the sick. These costs, he says, can have long-term implications on a poor household’s economy. And this concern, having a soft spot for the poor, is the driving force behind Dayanghirang’s strong resolve to give top priority to the delivery of quality health care services for the poor.

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However, recalling her campaign promises in 2007 polls, Governor Malanyaon, who is now on her last term in office, says: “Words alone are worthless. Our love should not be just words and talk. It must be true love which shows itself in action.”

In less than a year after assuming her post, Governor Malanyaon has first decongested the old provincial hospital by building a sprawling out-patient department building. And what followed next have pleasantly stunned everyone including the chief of the Department of Health.

Making true her campaign promise to transform the decrepit provincial hospital into a first-class public hospital for the poor, Governor Malanyaon used the huge mandate from her people by changing institutions that stood in the way of an effective response. She took the bold and unprecedented step by making under-investment in public health care services a thing of the past.

She proudly unveiled one of her biggest signature achievements: a new, modern and bigger Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center, a 200-bed capacity hospital with state-of-the-art medical equipment.

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“I am so impressed. This is a product of a genuine collaboration between very enlightened local executives and the Department of Health. It is not uncommon to see run-down hospital buildings in the provinces. It is also not uncommon to see government hospitals lacking in the necessary equipment as well as staff complement. You can see that change has started and I am so happy and proud to see that it is starting in your province,” says the former secretary of the Department of Health Enrique Ona who graced the opening of the new hospital. He added: “I have been a witness to your commitment to health care, and so I can confidently say that the people of Davao Oriental are in good hands.” With the acquisition of new equipment and recruitment and training of better-qualified staff, the hospital is now capable of performing all procedures except those that are extremely specialized.

A province of more than half a million people and is geographically isolated from the economic center of Mindanao, many of Davao Oriental residents especially those living in far-flung villages have succumbed to sickness and died without having seen a doctor. A very limited access to doctors and hospitals explains the high mortality rate then among the poor communities in Davao Oriental even though it has five government-run hospitals spread across the province of ten municipalities and one city. For a long period of time, all the five public hospitals in the province have all been under-funded and over-stretched, and as a result, many communities were severely underserved by run-down government hospitals seriously lacking in equipment, medicine and facilities. By Ferdinand Zuasola

 

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