Legarda lauds DOH for COVID-19 response in Antique

Published June 22, 2021, 11:35 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda has lauded the services extended by the Western Visayas regional office of the Department of Health (DOH-6) to Antique province in responding to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“This health crisis calls for a stronger and more effective healthcare system. The provincial and local governments cannot do this on their own,” said Legarda, who represents the lone district of Antique.

As of June 21, there are 591 active COVID-19 cases spread across 18 towns of Antique province.

Legarda closely coordinated with the DOH-6 and the Antique provincial government under Governor Rhodora Cadiao for funding allocation for the upgrading of health facilities.

Among the health facilities benefited from the DOH Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) is the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital (ASMGH) in San Jose de Buenavista, the provincial capital of Antique.

Aside from ASMGH, the DOH-6 also released funds for the expansion of the rural health units (RHUs) and barangay health stations (BHS) in the 18 towns of the province.

Legarda noted that Antiqueños were also able to access medical assistance for their hospitalization, laboratory fees and medicines through the DOH Medical Assistance for Indigent Patients (MAIP) program available in the nine hospitals across Antique.