GINGOOG CITY, Misamis Oriental (PIA)–To further bring affordable quality public health services to the people of Gingoog in support of the Universal Health Care (UHC) act and COVID-19 mitigation and recovery initiatives, the Local Government of Gingoog City is now constructing its first-ever health testing laboratory which is slated to finish in November of this year.
“We target na by the month of November ay mabuksan na ito, makaka-access dito ang lahat ng Gingoognons for easy and accesible healthcare system. We started this para maka-pagprovide ng basic healthcare services katulad ng x-ray, ECQ, ultrasound, at iba pa,” said Gingoog City mayor Erick Cañosa during the Network Briefing News with Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, September 15.
(We are hoping to finish it by November so Gingoognons can have an easy and accessible healthcare system. We started this so we can provide basic healthcare services such as x-ray, ECQ, ultrasound, and more)
By intensifying its health care capabilities, Cañosa said they aim to not only provide their people a better quality of life but also curb out the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 through early detection.
With Gingoog City being one of the first few cities in the country experiencing the COVID-19 Delta variant, the LGU has made it its priority to accelerate its healthcare services with financial support from the national government and social support from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10 during its Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) status.
“We have 33 patients na admitted sa hospital and we have 200 patients na nasa barangay and city isolation units. We have three isolations ng city na equipped wtih basic needs ng patients. Siniguro ng lokal na pamahalaan na maibigay ang pangangailangan nila,” he added.
(We have 33 patients admitted in our hospital and we have 200 patients in the barangay and city isolation units. We have 3 isolations of the city equipped with the basic needs of patients. The local government made sure that their needs were met)
In addition to the construction of their Health Testing Laboratory, the LGU has also intensified its COVID-19 information and vaccination drive to counter inaccurate information and rally its citizens in getting safe, effective, and free COVID-19 vaccines.
Despite experiencing setbacks caused by the COVID-19 Delta variant, the mayor said Gingoog City stands steadfast in its recovery as it rallies its citizens to get free, safe, and effective vaccinations against the contagion, as of September 17, Gingoog city now has 1,889 cumulative cases with 233 active cases, 78 fatalities, and 1,578 recoveries. (VPSB/PIA-10/Misamis Oriental)