Iloilo to hold 1st Health Summit

ILOILO – The provincial government, in partnership with the Department of Health and Zuellig Family Foundation, will hold its first health summit come October 7 in historic Casa Real.

The gathering of key health officials in 43 local government units here aims to strengthen the health systems in inter-local health zones of the province for better delivery of basic maternal and child care services.

This summit is expected to produce integrated responses to sustain the gains of Health Leadership and Governance Program (HLGP), a three-year USAID-assisted program which aims to improve the health outcomes of 54 poor provinces, including Iloilo, and 609 municipalities and cities in the country.

The program, which started in 2013, uses effective leadership and good governance, health system development and community participation to create impact on achieving the Millennium Development Goals on health —reduce child mortality (4), improve maternal health (5) and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases (6).

During the training on module 1 for Provincial Leadership and Governance Program (PLGP) last July, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. shared his vision of making the 12 province-run hospitals here “real hospitals for the poor”.

The governor proved his commitment by investing close to a billion combined government funds and grants in upgrading these government hospitals since 2010 under his Health Efficiency Assurance through Reform and Transformation (HEART).

Provincial Administrator Raul Banias also adapted the Hospital Scorecard learned from the PLGP’s ongoing practicum in two of the province’s catchment hospitals — Iloilo Provincial Hospital (IPH) and Sara District Hospital (SDH).

The two hospitals underwent assessment, monitoring and coaching using the Hospital Scorecard with the 7 Comprehensive Emergency Maternal Obstetrics and Newborn Care (CEMONC) indicators as basis on April and May, respectively.

Within three months, the two hospitals showed improvements on its scorecard. Among these significant changes were the implementations of five of the seven CEMONC indicators (obgynecologist, medicines, point of care, no balance billing and blood bank) for IPH and written policies for SDH.

As of August, the PLGP team in Iloilo is still undergoing practicum for Module 1.  There are still two modules left for the program before it ends in 2016. JAN


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