KOICA completes turnover of BEMONC equipment

ILOILO – The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has completed the delivery and installation of basic emergency obstetrics and newborn care (BEMONC) equipment in nine select rural health units here.

The BEMONC equipment worth P14.7-million aims to improve the maternal and child health index of the province by making healthcare available in rural health units of Alimodian, Leon, San Miguel, Calinog, Bingawan, Balasan, Batad, Estancia and Carles.

The provision of this equipment is actually part of the KOICA’s commitment thru the Iloilo Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA) Health System Strengthening Project

Just this Monday (October 27), KOICA’s Project Field Manager Yon Hee Yang, together with Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and Vice Governor Raul Tupas, turned-over the BEMONC equipment in Carles.

Defensor stressed that they will forever be grateful to the government of South Korea for their generosity and for helping them make the most basic maternal and newborn health service accessible to the poor.

The governor added that the project will eventually prevent maternal and neonatal deaths due to poor healthcare.

Meanwhile, KOICA will likewise deliver the material and equipment for comprehensive emergency maternal obstetric and newborn care to three remote hospitals here starting October up to December.

All of it is part of the US$7-million grant that will expand and modernize the delivery of healthcare services in Aleosan District Hospital in Alimodian, Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan and Ricardo S. Provido Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Calinog.

So far, Yang said the bidding process for the construction design of the three hospitals started last October 17 in their field office in Manila.

The bid registration formally opened on October 28 and the bidding process is expected to end by November 19.

The negotiation and awarding of contract, on the other hand, is set on November 26, while the contraction phase will commence come December.

Aside from improving the healthcare here, KOICA will also provide US$10-million assistance to revitalize the fishing industry in areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

This project will be known as the “Northern Iloilo Comprehensive Fishery Rehabilitation and Development”.

It will cover the reconstruction of the ports landing quays and causeways and berthing and servicing piers of Concepcion, Carles and Estancia.

It will also involve concrete revetment, trading halls, refrigeration facilities and plug-in, and improvement of the administration buildings.

It has also livelihood components such as mariculture, aqua-silviculture, seaweeds farming, development of fishery products and shell crafts. #2014News




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