By Jezza Nepomoceno
ILOILO – A policy guideline booklet on Hospital Public Health Unit (PHU) will be launched today (April 14) as part of the continuing reforms anchored on a vision to make the hospitals “real hospitals for the poor”.
The launching, which will be led by Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., Provincial Administrator Raul Banias and officials from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), starts at 2:00 PM in Casa Real de Iloilo.
PHU is a service area in 12-province run hospitals responsible for its public health programs and shall link, align and network with the rural health units for a responsible health care service delivery.
The formulation of the policy guidelines on the engagement of the provincial and district hospitals and rural health units strengthens and enables an effective hospital referral system.
It is an undertaking for the Iloilo Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas Health System Strengthening Project of KOICA which aims to improve, among others, the maternal and neonatal healthcare in Aleosan District Hospital in Alimodian, Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan and Dr. Ricardo S. Provido Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Calinog.
The project site for PHU also involves the rural health units of Alimodian, San Miguel, Leon, Calinog, Bingawan, Batad, Balasan, Estancia and Carles.
The policy booklet is made possible following a series of consultation workshops and conferences among the chiefs-of-hospital, chief nurses, medical officers and specialists; PHU coordinators of the provincial and district hospitals; municipal health officers, public health nurses and rural health midwives; municipal mayors and their representatives and duly guided by the technical representatives of the Provincial Health Office; Hospital Management Office and the Department of Health Regional Office 6.