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More doctors needed to man 11 super health centers: CHO

THE CITY Health Office (CHO) urged more medical practitioners, particularly doctors, to fill the expected vacant positions in the planned 11 super health centers (SHCs) to be opened in Davao City. 

During the iSpeak forum on Jan. 18, Dr. Tomas Miguel Ababon, CHO head, said the establishment of the centers requires additional doctors and healthcare personnel to cater to patients, particularly in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas. 

“Nagapangayo mi og more doctors na mudungag, sa karon ang atoang doctor to population ratio kay one is to fifty to sixty thousand, so ubay-ubay pa pud atoang gikinahanglan,” Ababon said. 

Ababon said establishing the 11 super health centers aligned with their plan to divide the city into 18 health districts to achieve the ideal of one ratio of one doctor to 20,000 population. 

The SHCs, launched last Jan. 16, is a pet project of Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, the Senate committee on health chair. 

Presently, the SHCs in Los Amigos and Toril Proper were already established. A groundbreaking ceremony was also conducted in Dumoy and other SHCs will soon be established in Calinan, Catalunan Grande, Indangan, Paquibato, Tacunan, and Tibungco, Ababon added. 

Usual laboratory services such as x-rays, ultrasound, ECG, and blood chemistries, will also be available in SHCs. Birthing homes will also be made available. 

“Murag na-decongest pud gyud nato ang public hospitals specifically the Southern Philippines Medical Center,” he added. 



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