MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The synergy with a tremendous public health implications has been consummated. In a cooperative venture that could dramatically change the health service delivery infrastructure this year, the University of the Philippines Education System, through the UP Manila-Philippine General Hospital, is making this happen.
UP-PGH is decidedly one of the government’s best machineries to efficiently and optimally deliver public and community health care services to millions of underprivileged and underserved Filipinos.
Thus, acting Health Sec. Janette Garin, in remarks during the signing of a memorandum of agreement forging institutional partnership between the Department of Health and the UP system for the procurement of modern life-saving equipment for PGH patients, called on all UP officials and employees to share their expertise, knowledge, skills and influence with the entire country, specifically to improve health-care delivery.
“One of the priority health programs of the administration of President Aquino is to optimally improve the health condition and situation of the Filipino people by providing financial assistance to various health and medical-related programs. Today, through this MOA, we witness the rebirth of the re-energized DoH-UP system partnership in improving the lives and health of millions of Filipinos,” Garin said.
The MoA means a P150-million financial component for the procurement of life-saving equipment for PGH patients, enhanced health human resource, and capacity-building in healthcare, research, training and policy development.
“The UP system is widely recognized, and rightfully so, for the wide breadth and deep scope of intelligence, knowledge, skills and influence of its officials, leaders and members to almost all the facets of our national and social life. The UP students’ slogan of ‘serve the people’ is most significant and resonant to all of us workers at the DoH, Garin, a former congresswoman, said.
“We, workers at the DoH, support the UP system’s activities and projects, which immensely contribute in solving the country’s problems. Let me address now the UP Manila community, famous for being the Health Sciences Center. Let us be active partners in improving health care delivery to the entire country. Let every Filipino in need of health care in every barangay, near and far, feel the power and influence of UP Manila as the Health Sciences Center,” she stressed.
In her response, UP Manila chancellor Carmencita Padilla said the renewed DoH-UP system partnership is a challenge to the entire UP community to meet head-on the current and potential issues and concerns of the country.
“The partnership is not only between the DOH and the UP system. It is between the UP system and the Filipino people,” Padilla said.
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…and the DoH in particular, in giving much-needed medical and health services to the Filipino people through the decades.
“To the best of our abilities and despite our limitations, we continue to deliver health care to the disadvantaged patients needing immediate and sustainable medical services,” she added.
“Today’s signing of the memorandum of agreement is another milestone in the partnership that will benefit not only the Philippine General Hospital but also the national health system,” the lady UP official siad .
Annually, the PGH attends to more than 500,000 patients, many of whom are underprivileged.
As of 2013, PGH has almost 11,000 trainees composed of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals.
– DFF, Medical Observer