By Analou De Vera
In a bid to support the rehabilitation of Marawi City and surrounding areas, the Department of Health (DOH) recently turned over two vehicles to the Marawi City Health Office and Lanao del Sur Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO).
“The vehicles will be used to deliver more efficient community health services in the province. DOH is set to turn over six more units to improve patient access to health care,” the DOH said in a statement.
The DOH said that two local health units are also to be constructed in Marawi City, which will be funded through the Emergency Assistance for Reconstruction and Recovery of Marawi (EARRM) project of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The DOH said that the two local health units will be equipped with “essential medical equipment and supplies, to ensure access to essential health services for the affected population.”
“[The] DOH is confident that Marawi City, including other affected areas such as the Municipality of Lumbayanague, will be able to rebuild anew and come out stronger than before, with the assistance of our government and key development partners like ADB,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
“[The] DOH never left us since the start of Marawi Siege by providing support to health care operations including the administration of fund assistance from various development partners such as the Asian Development Bank,” said Lanao del Sur IPHO Provincial Health Officer Dr. Alinader Minalang.