THE Ministry of Health on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOH-Barmm) has turned over Tuesday, May 18, 2021, several units of ambulances, medical equipment, and financial assistance to various recipients under the Bangsamoro Transition Authority’s Transition Development Impact Fund (TDIF) project.

Dr. Bashary Latiph, MOH minister, said the project is an initiative of the Members of the Parliament, which is aimed to boosting the quality of health care services and addressing the gaps and challenges in Barmm’s health services.

Latiph said the assistance include 20 units of ambulances intended for different local government units, rural health units, and hospitals across the five provinces of Barmm and 63 villages in North Cotabato.

“Ambulance service is one of the vital health services for the delivery of before and after hospital care to a sick patient or to an injured patient resulting from an emergency or disaster,” Latiph said.

The recipients of the assistance in Maguindanao include the following: Datu Blah Sinsuat Rural Health Unit (RHU); Parang Local Government Unit, Amanah Birthing Clinic and Medical Services in Sultan Kudarat; Moro Islamic Liberation Front-Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces general headquarters and Dental Department Clinic at Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat; South Upi Municipal Hospital; Rajah Buayan RHU; Datu Odin Sinsuat RHU; Datu Piang RHU; Sultan Kudarat RHU; Guindulungan LGU; Parang-Iranon District Hospital; Datu Piang LGU; Pagalungan RHU; Sultan Kudarat RHU; and Kudal BHS in Pagalungan.

The other recipients include Masiu RHU in Lanao del Sur; Hadji Mohammad Ajul RHU in Basilan; District Hospital in Parang, Sulu; Integrated Provincial Health Office in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi; and Office of the Administrator of 63 villages in North Cotabato.

“I assure our dear partners from our various end-use hospitals and health care facilities that the Bangsamoro Government will stand by your side in our quest towards [...] a region that manages health as an important component towards a sustainable development,” Barmm Chief Minister Ahod B. Ebrahim said.

Meanwhile, the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center has received close to P2 million in financial aid under TDIF’s Tulong Medical Assistance where indigent patients will have greater access to health services and avail themselves of free needed medicines and medical procedures.

Barangay Health Workers also received kits that would keep them capacitated in their functions in their communities. (SunStar Zamboanga)

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