COTABATO CITY — OIC Health Minister Dr. Amirel Usman led the turn over ceremony of three (3) health facilities worth Php10.9-million to the Municipality of Parang in Maguindanao on Monday, November 23.
The facilities included a newly upgraded Parang Rural Health Unit (RHU) with improved halfway home, pathway, and staff house total worth of Php3.9-million, and newly constructed GT Biruar Barangay Health Station and Nituan Barangay Health Station amounting to Php3.5-million each.
Usman said he was thankful to have been given a chance to be the OIC Minister of Health. “Despite a short time, we have done a lot of things in the health sector,” he said, citing the recent appointment of over a hundred midwives in the province.
Ministry of Health (MOH) also recently inaugurated on Nov. 18 a newly-constructed operating/delivery building, 15-bed capacity medical ward, and a motorpool building in Datu Odin Sinsuat District Hospital of the same town.
“(Our) field workers such as midwives, nurses, medtechs, and others should be given priority and attention,” Usman said, emphasizing that the MOH will work hard on appointing additional healthcare workers across the BARMM for them to enjoy the incentives and benefits of a regular employee.
Usman also said the MOH will work on having the health workers keep their own bank accounts so that they can directly receive their salaries without having the burden to travel to Cotabato City.
“Ang mabilising pagbibigay ng sahod ay isa rin sa ating mga pagtutuunan ng pansin, upang hindi na maantala at magkaroon na ng mabilis at madaliang proseso sa pagsasahod ng ating mga manggagawa,” Usman said.
Meanwhile, Municipal Health Officer Dr. Abdulrahman Biruar said: “We are grateful to the MOH-BARMM for their support and giving away the three units of health facilities. Because of these, we will be able to perform quality services to the constituents of Parang.”
Vice Mayor Adnan Biruar, who represented Mayor Cahar Ibay, committed to continuously support the programs of MOH and ensured the facilities will be efficiently taken care of. (Bureau of Public Information)