Sarrat town inaugurates new RHU building

SARRAT, Ilocos Norte — A newly-constructed two-storey rural health unit was inaugurated on Monday to provide better health care services to local residents here.

Located at the eastern part of the old municipal hall or approximately 8 kilometers from Laoag City, the new RHU is equipped with laboratory, pharmacy and dental clinic.

To improve maternal and new born health, the facility also provides neonatal, post-natal and pediatric care through a specialized labor and birthing room for pregnant women, including geriatric care for adults.

In support to the National TB Program (NTP) to address tuberculosis which remains as a major public health problem in the country, the Sarrat RHU now provides a short-course treatment and care to patients diagnosed with tuberculosis.

“Healthcare is the most important aspect of a productive, cooperative and enlightened society,” said Dr. Myrna Garvida, provincial representative of the Department of Health.

The health center is open on Monday to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In case of emergency, RHU workers may also render services at night.

Worth PHP6.3 million, the building is a convergence project with PHP2.8 million counterpart from the Sarrat local government, PHP2.5 million from Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and PHP1 million from the Department of Public Works and Highways through the implementation of the so-called Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB).

Attended by about 100 guests and visitors, town mayor Edito Alberto Balintona led a simple ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. today. Other guests include Provincial Administrator Wendell who represented Governor Imee R. Marcos, DOH representative Myrna Garvida and Municipal Health Officer, Dr. Jennifer Bueno-Valdez. PNA/