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Editorial

Health care services

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Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
NINFA R. LEONARDIA
Editor-in-Chief & President

CARLA P. GOMEZ
Editor

GUILLERMO TEJIDA III
Desk Editor
PATRICK PANGILINAN
Busines Editor

NIDA A. BUENAFE

Sports Editor
RENE GENOVE
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
Advertising Coordinator

CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
Administrative Officer

One of the parameters of the quality of life of people is the accessibility of health care service. Medical assistance must be assured in times of emergency and distress. There is no greater frustration than when one is denied medical assistance, especially when the situation involves not only one individual, but also one’s family members.

Thus, the trailblazing effort of the Negros Oriental government in striking a deal with a foreign private company in ensuring the delivery of health care through the provision of modern medical equipment has been met with great enthusiasm by Negrenses. Through the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, which serves clients not only from the province and neighboring islands, but also from Mindanao, patients are now assured of an efficient, accessible, and affordable health care delivery.

The partnership with Himex Corporation is being regarded as the prototype of a model network between a public and a private entity, with the objective of improving the health situation of a locality and addressing the medical needs of the people. What is noteworthy is that the province did not spend a single centavo in the state-of-the-art equipment provided by the corporation, like a brand-new CT scan, digital x-ray and radiofluoroscopy machines, including the renovation of the provincial hospital’s radiology room, which would cost a total of P54 million.

It is heartwarming that Himex Corporation takes to heart its social responsibility by going into partnerships with government, with the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital being the first LGU hospital it has helped. Other government hospitals it has assisted are the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila, the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center in Marikina City, and the Our Lady of Porzunciola Hospital in Samar.

If only for this endeavor, redounding to the benefit and welfare of the people and moreso, in the area of health which is very important, other corporations could emulate their example. A healthy and safe people, after all, makes them more productive and efficient.*

 

 
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