Cotabato City, Yesterday - The Ministry of Health initiated the turnover ceremony and signing of the Memorandum of Understanding of the sea Ambulance, Mobile Clinics, Tulong Medical Assistance, essential medicine, and Bemonc Drugs, sponsored by various Members of the parliament under the Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF) 2022-2023.
In a statement, Dr. Abdulhalik M. Kasim, Assistant Secretary of Health-BARMM expressed his thanks to the members of the Parliament who have been reinforcing the Ministry in the delivery of efficient, fast, and quality healthcare services. “This turnover and signing of MOU are a manifestation that Healthcare is a priority of the BARMM government.” he added.
Laxaman L. Bangcola, Director for Admin and Finance, underscored the need for collaboration, and urge the stakeholders to support the Ministry of health in its mission to provide sustainable and quality healthcare services.
Anisa Matuan, MOH Planning Officer and TDIF coordinator laid down the funds allocated to the Ministry of Health amounting to 150 million in 2020, 157 million in 2021, 171 million in 2022, and 201 million this year, which have been implemented in the BARMM-wide.
Meanwhile, Dr. Kadil M. Sinolinding Jr, chairman of the Committee on Health in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) was one among many other MPs who allocated funds and resources in support of the improvement of health sector in the region.
The Cotabato Regional Medical center, Cotabato Sanitarium, Amai Pakpak Medical Center, IPHOs of Maguindanao and Tawi-tawi, Zamboanga City Medical Center, Parang and Lamitan District hospital, Dr Serapio Montaner Hospital, and other Hospitals, LGUs and RHUs in the BARMM region have benefited from the said program.
Furthermore, the beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to the Ministry, and to the MPs for the Tulong Medical assistance and medical transport and supplies they received, emphasizing the enhancement of their capabilities to respond to medical emergencies, and alleviate their financial constraint.
The dedication and partnerships exhibited by the MOH, and MPs set a precedent for future collaboration, underscoring their shared commitment to creating a more accessible and reliable health services. With this joint effort, the Ministry hopes to inspire other stakeholders in the health sector to demonstrate support to the health and well-being of the Bangsamoro.
DAPITAN CITY - The Ministry of Health-BARMM under the COVID-19 Response Program honored its front-liners in the fight against coronavirus disease during its Program Implementatin Review and Exit Planning last December 4-8 2023 held at Dakak Park and Beach Resort in Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Sur.
In almost four years of battling with COVID-19, the MOH-BARMM front-liners from Provincial and City Health Office in BARMM reminisce with challenges and struggles faced during the pandemic and presented their accomplishments despite all the trials in order to safe guarding every invidual in the community from the unseen viruses.
Mohaima Pandita, Nurse II, COVID-19 Laboratory Network Assistanst Coordinator presented a COVID-19 data that as of December 4, 2023, in the Philippines, a total of 4,112, 293 confirmed cases with 66, 685 deaths were reported.
Meanwhile, in the entire BARMM, a total of 23, 667 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 787 death and 22, 839 recovered and 40 active cases.
In addition, Ethel Grace Aurelio, Executive Assistant V of MOH-BARMM delivered the written message in behalf of Dr. Rizaldy L. Piang, "Our endeavors amidst the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, every service rendered echoes the essence of responsibility entrusted to us,”.
“The Exit conference is not the conclusion but a transition. I expressed my sincere gratitude to every health workers, partners, and individuals who helped and play the role in trials of COVID-19. Your commitment serves as an inspiration for us, may our efforts continue to be guided by the light of faith, and may our service earns the pleasure from Allah Subhannahu Wa Ta'ala and the well-being of our community," she said.
Furthermore, Dr. Muhammad U. Candao, COVID-19 Laboratory Network Medical Coordinator stated that "Itong closing natin ay closing lamang ng program, pero tuloy parin ang ating trabaho. Ang mga na-identify nating gaps and solutions ay itutuloy natin upang matugunan ito,” Candao said.
“As much as possible hindi magwawakas ngayon ang ating trabaho. I hope we learned a lot and move forward sa new chapter ng ating pakikibaka not only for COVID but to all Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease sa BARMM,” Candao said.
The MOH-BARMM recognizes and awarded the exemplary and invaluable efforts of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) and City Health Office (CHO) during the response and vaccination campaigns in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Zamboanga City (Yesterday) -The Ministry of Health(MOH) led the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and official turnover ceremony of the two state-of-the-art sea ambulances worth 9.5 Million Pesos each to the municipalities of Lugus Sulu, and Turtle Island in Tawi-Tawi.
The vessels were sponsored by Deputy speaker Atty Laisa M. Alamia under the Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF) 2022.
The turnover ceremony was graced by the presence of key figures including MP Atty Alaisa Alamia, MP Atty Suharto Ambolodto, Philippone Navy Rear Admiral Donn Anthony Miraflor, as well as the Local chief executives of the two beneficiary municipalities.
The Minister of Health Dr. Rizaldy L. Piang has emphasized the Ministry's efforts and commitment to improving healthcare accessibility in all corners of the BARMM region.
Accompanying him were distinguished officials, including the Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Abdulhalik Kasim, the Director of Technical Services, Dr. Israel Fawadz , Planning Division Chief Anisa Matuan.
The sea ambulances, equipped with state-of-the-art medical facilities, will serve as lifelines for communities in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, where geographical remoteness and maritime settings often pose challenges to swift medical assistance.
The vessels are expected to play a crucial role in reducing response times during emergencies, thereby potentially saving lives and improving overall healthcare outcomes in these regions.
"Access to basic quality health services has always been close to my heart" said Atty. Alamia as she delivered her turnover message, emphasizing the need for accessible quality healthcare services, specially to Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs).
The strategic collaboration between public officials, the Ministry of Health, and the Members of the Parliament underscores the collective commitment to addressing the unique healthcare needs of communities in remote island settings.
As these sea ambulances set sail, they symbolize not only enhanced emergency medical capabilities but also a collaborative effort to ensure that no Bangsamoro is left behind in the pursuit of quality healthcare.
COTABATO CITY - Ministry of Health conducted a Pneumococcal and Influenza Vaccination on December 4 to 6, 2023 in Bangsamoro Government Center, Cotabato City.
The program was led by the Family Health Cluster under National Immunization Program, the activity originally aims to target 700 people but surpassed the expected number and now on their 1000+ and running. The cluster also received support from the City Health Office of Cotabato City and additional vaccines from Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) Maguindanao.
In a statement, Lyka Guro, Cold Chain Manager of Family Health Cluster, shared that this is the second time that they conducted the vaccination program after Bangsamoro Day last January 21 - 27, 2023.
“Kailangan nilang magpabakuna to protect themselves from diseases like flu, pneumonia. Iyan ang mga common these days dahil sa climate na din.” Guro added. “They need to be vaccinated to protect themselves from diseases like flu and pneumonia. Those are common these days because of the climate,”.
One of the vaccinees, Shannied Ali, a 37-year-old mother from Barangay Lugay-Lugay, extended her gratitude to the Ministry of Health for having such program and for having the vaccine available for the Bangsamoro people.
“Para sa akin, hindi delikado kasi galing dito. Maganda sa feeling. Yong kahit may sakit na darating feeling ko hindi ako tatablan agad. Thank you so much sa Ministry of Health.” Ali said. “For me, it's not dangerous because it comes from here. It feels good. Even if there is an illness that comes, I feel like I will be able to withstand it right away. Thank you so much to the Ministry of Health,”.
Moreover, the vaccines are also available to different Rural Health Unit until supplies last.