KOICA revisits remote hospitals in Iloilo 

ILOILO – The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) sent two of their construction managers here on Monday to revisit the recipients of their Iloilo Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA) Health System Strengthening Project.

These two construction managers were Joon Bahng and Su Chan Lee of Hanyang University and Hyundai Asan, an arm of South Korean conglomerate Hyundai Group, respectively.

According to Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, the two managers will monitor the status of the upgrading of Dr. Ricardo S. Provido Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Calinog, Aleosan District Hospital in Alimodian and Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan.

They made their site visit on Tuesday. Prior to it, Bahng and Lee first met with the chiefs of three hospitals – Drs. Edgar Castaños of DRSPSMDH, Paz Calopez of ADH, and Eduardo Diaz of JMCDH – Provincial Engineer Gracianito Lucero, and Hospital Management Office personnel to finalize the details of engineering design for each hospital.

The renovation and upgrading of the three hospitals is expected to commence on October this year and will be finished by next year.

The US$7-million Iloilo GIDA Health Strengthening Project will also improve the maternal and child health index of the province by enhancing the access to basic healthcare services in rural health units of Alimodian, Leon, San Miguel, Calinog, Bingawan, Balasan, Batad, Estancia and Carles.

KOICA has started the delivery of the basic emergency maternal obstetric and newborn care (BEMONC) equipment for the nine rural health units last month. #2014News




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