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Catamco revives 14-year inactive health board

September 24, 2020 - Thursday 8:09 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image HEALTH BOARD. North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco reviews documents on health issues during Tuesday’s (Sept. 22, 2020) meeting of the provincial health board that had been idle in the past 14 years. She reiterated that health remains a top priority of the provincial government. (Photo courtesy of North Cotabato PIO)

COTABATO CITY – North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco has reactivated the provincial health board that had been idle in the past 14 years to promptly address the health concerns of North Cotabateños.

Dr. Eva Rabaya, North Cotabato head of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), said the board had become inactive and had not been functioning as an advisory body though its members have been performing their tasks at their level.

However, for Catamco, the board must function, especially now that the country is in the midst of the battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

"This is very important as we are all in the midst of a pandemic. The province is fervent in the continuation of its health protocols for Covid-19," Catamco said during Tuesday’s health board meeting.

Rabaya explained the importance of the board, saying it would serve as a recommending body to the provincial government relative to the health concerns of its constituents.

During Tuesday's meeting, she shared with the reconstituted board the pillars of health covering service delivery, financing, regulation, governance, accountability, and transparency.

The board also approved the immediate procurement of anti-venom vaccines and anti-rabies medicine as cases of snake and animal bites have increased in the province.

“Likewise, cases of measles should also be looked upon in the province,” Rabaya said.

Another resolution endorsed to the provincial board was the establishment of a new district hospital in Banisilan, North Cotabato.

“We need to prioritize that this board should be functional,” Catamco said, adding that the health of North Cotabateños is a top priority of her administration. Edwin Fernandez