BALON DAGUPAN NEWS
THE city’s Diagnostic Center and Lying-in Clinic is now open to serve Dagupeños following its blessing and inauguration on May 16.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, Liga ng mga Barangay president Dean Bryan Kua and Dr. Ophelia T. Rivera led the ribbon-cutting ceremony that formally opened the center located beside the City Health Office in Barangay Herrero-Perez.
The new center, funded by both the city government and the Department of Health, will offer free diagnostic services such as Ultrasound, X-rays and electrocardiograms (ECGs) to all Dagupeños.
Mayor Fernandez (center), DOH Provincial representative Castillo (right), City Health Officer Dr. Rivera (left) and Vice Mayor-elect Kua (center, 2nd row), formally open the Dagupan City Diagnostic Center and Lying-In Clinic beside the City Health Office. (CIO photos by Jojo Tamayo)
Its a lying-in clinic that will be open 24/7 for birthing mothers and can serve eight to nine birthing mothers who can stay in the center from 24 to 48 hours post-delivery.
The two-storey building features multiple rooms including separate areas for diagnostic services, a laboratory, an animal bite treat area, labor and birthing rooms, examination room and two wards.
Mayor Fernandez said the establishment of the center is in response to most requested health services by Dagupeños
“Ito yung araw-araw na inilalapit ng mga tao sa atin. And our vision is to provide the health services that our people need. That’s why we want to thank the DOH for working with us for this project,” said Fernandez.
Dr. Rivera said the city is partnering with radiologists, gynecologists and obstetricians in the city in providing the needed services to Dagupeños.
“We’re very lucky here in Dagupan, because through the leadership of Mayor Belen, these health professionals will be helping us in our diagnostic center,” said Dr. Rivera.
She added that the Rotary Club of Dagupan will donate a $35,000-worth of hearing equipment that detects hearing problems of newborns and allows early diagnosis at an early age.
In the same occasion, the city also released ‘green cards’ to some 200 indigents and pregnant mothers in the city. The green health cards will entitle each owner to all services offered in the center and other services in the City Health Office, for free.
“We are targeting to give health cards to at least 20,000 Dagupeños. There will be no exemptions. Our vendors, our tricycle drivers and our indigents will all be receiving their own green cards. Aside from this, all of our employees, both regular and job-order, can also avail of free medical check-ups during their birthday,” added Fernandez.
Councilor Dennis Canto considers the diagnostic center and lying-in clinic as one of Mayor Fernandez’s greatest programs and will be one of her many legacies in the city. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)
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