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DBM releases funds for health infra, medical equipment

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By Chino S. Leyco

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released the funding for the implementation of several infrastructure projects and the purchase of medical equipment being implemented by the Department of Health (DOH).

In a statement, the DBM said that about P2.6 billion were disbursed to the DOH central office to support various projects and programs for barangay health stations (BHS), rural health units (RHU), and local government unit (LGU) hospitals.

The budget should also finance DOH hospitals, other health facilities, and beneficiary national government agencies under the 2019 health facilities enhancement program (HFEP), the DBM said.

The HFEP is a national program that assists government healthcare facilities in providing quality health care, the budget department said.

According to the DBM, HFEP aims to help attainment the Philippine Health Agenda through the “allocation of capital outlay for the procurement of health infrastructure, medical equipment, and land outlay for selected DOH hospitals.”

Through the HFEP, health facilities and hospitals will be upgraded and provided with appropriate medical equipment and enhanced infrastructure, leading to a high quality and accessible health care delivery system.

Aside from the P2.6 billion for the HFEP, the DBM previously released P627.5 million to DOH-CO last month covering the funding requirements for the purchase of 251 ambulances chargeable against the 2019 HFEP.

The ambulances will be deployed to various DOH hospitals and medical centers, LGU hospitals, urban health centers, RHUs, provincial, city and municipal health offices, and BHSs.

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