Negros Oriental has maintained its endeavor to improve the health and other services for its residents under its banner program on health, education and environment, livelihood programs for peace and development, amid the Covid pandemic.
In his year-end report, Gov. Roel Degamo said that during the enhanced community quarantine, the provincial government has allocated substantial funds for response and relief operations in terms of food supplies and other logistical support needs.
The include the assistance extended to over 150,000 individuals from the three congressional districts in the province.
Degamo said of the 23,235 in-patients catered to by the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, 10,423 have availed of financial assistance through the Malasakit Center.
The province has budgeted P47.5 million to set up a 34-room isolation facility that has been serving around 451 Covid-19 suspected and confirmed patients, and a molecular laboratory that has already performed 2,798 tests, to date.
The laboratory services or swab testing is still free for the public, he added.
He said that immunization programs, especially among children and other health programs, are continuing on a provincewide scale amid the pandemic, vaccinating more than 10,000 children. The province also introduced pneumococcal vaccine to 1,916 senior citizens, and influenza vaccine to 4,451 senior adults.*PIA