DPWH completes 10 rural health units in Catanduanes

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The Department of Public Works and Highways has completed a total of 10 rural health unit (RHU) projects in the Province of Catanduanes.

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said that with the completion of the projects, “delivery and access to primary health care will improve in Catanduanes.”

In a report from DPWH Region 5 Director Virgilio Eduarte, P33.86 million was earmarked for the construction of the said barangay health stations in several municipalities in Catanduanes.

According to the DPWH, the health stations are located in Barangay Buenavista in the Municipality of Bato; Barangays Villa Aurora and Tambongon in the Municipality of Viga; Barangay Sicmil in Gigmoto; Barangay San Vicente in Bagamanoc; Barangay Dariao in Caramoran; Barangay San Isidro in San Andres.

“Funded under the Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) of the Department of Health (DOH), each health station was built with persons-with-disability (PWD) friendly ramps, a sufficiently ventilated and well-lit treatment room, sanitary area, midwife office, receiving area, pantry, porch, and separate toilet for male and female,” the department said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Bato RHU II in the Municipality of Bato and Virac RHU I and II in the Municipality of Virac include provisions of a family planning room, dental clinic, laboratory, Municipal Health Officer room, records room, drug room, induction room, and TB DOTS room.

“The construction of these facilities in Catanduanes is just a part of DPWH’s commitment to build necessary infrastructure to improve the precision of health care services in the country,” Secretary Villar was quoted as saying.