Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte: As we continue to adapt to what we call the new normal today, the Department of Health, together with the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte led by Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza Dimaporo, continues to work on ways to provide services to all especially in the development of our healthcare services in the province. The Department of Health (DOH) Region X, led by Dr. Jose R. Llacuna Jr, recently turned over the new Provincial Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility (TTMF) and a service vehicle intended for Kapatagan Provincial Hospital last November 17, 2021, at KPH Anenex Maranding, Kapatagan.
 
“Today, I declare that the Kapatagan Provincial Hospital is an epitome of the strategy of DOH to meet the challenge of COVIF 19 following the PDITR (Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate) scheme towards new normal”, Dr. Llacuna said.
 
Under Memorandum 2020-0186 of the DOH states that all LGUs shall be encouraged to establish and operate TTMFs to cater to contact/possible, suspect, probable, and confirmed COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms. This TTMF can occupy up to 23 patients with electric fans, tables, and chairs.
 
Rd Llacuna expressed his appreciation for the dynamic and active support of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte, led by Governor Dimaporo, to fulfill various health care programs for the people.
 
“For the longest time since devolution, the LGUs like the Provincial Government of this province, are our most able and reliable partner in implementing healthcare strategies. Thank you for always being there to help us, especially for your cooperation and coordination.” RD Llacuna added.
 
As she shared her COVID 19 experience, Vice Governor Maria Cristina Atay asserted in her message the importance of having a conducive isolation facility.
 
“We had a good stay in our isolation facility, from the amenities to the services provided by our health workers. If the treatment and experienced is the same for all patients, I am delighted and proud for our province”, Vice Governor Atay said.
 
Governor Dimaporo expressed her sincere gratitude to the Department of Health through RD Llacuna for the constant support given to the province of Lanao del Norte.
 
“This project is very timely, especially now that we have closed our MCC isolation facility because we have very few positive cases. But I’m hoping that the number of positive cases in the province will no longer increase, especially I’ve seen many people are already coming out with their children”, Governor Dimaporo said.
 
Governor Dimaporo appeals to everybody to be still more mindful in practicing standard health protocols such as wearing face masks and observing proper hygiene. In her message, the Provincial Chief Executive stated that DOH would also give another 10M worth of allocation for a Super Health Center intended for the Municipalities of Munai, Sapad, and Tagoloan.
 
“As we continue our lives in this new norm, I am hoping that everyone can be vaccinated. This is not a cure. It will only serve as our additional protection not to be severely affected when we test positive for the virus. Let us protect each other by being vaccinated and through sharing the factual, right information,” Governor Angging added.
During the turn-over ceremony, RD Llacuna also gladly shared with everyone the news that the Senate had already approved the budget for the DOH.
 
“We commit to continue our efforts to collaborate with LGUs to serve our people,” RD Llacuna added.
Dr. Remedios Fernandez, the Chief of Hospital of Kapatagan, assured the DOH and Governor Dimaporo for their consistent service to their clients and to take care of the facility entrusted to them.
 
SP Board Member Harris U. Ali, the Committee Chair on health and Sanitation, Dr. Marujeta Isabel L. Open, the PHO Acting Head, and Dr. Jovette Guinal, PDOHO -Region X, were also present to witness the remarkable event. PIO-LDN