92 percent of Filipinos covered with health insurance

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By Claro A. Lanipa (ALT/CAL/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY, 19 Oct (PIA) – Ninety two (92) percent of the total population of our country is now covered with the government’s health insurance program, this according to Department of Health Provincial Office head Dr. Agnes E. Fernando.

“About 45.4 million of those enrolled are indigents and 5.8 million are senior citizens,” Dr. Fernando said during the recently concluded orientation on health and program updates of the Duterte administration for newly elected Sangguniang Panglungsod chairmen committee on health held at Guillermo Hotel here.

Under the Duterte Health Agenda, the battlecry is “All for Health, Towards Health for All,” she emphasized.

On the other hand, the DOH has strengthened its support by providing medical supplies and equipment to 2,862 Barangay Health Stations (BHS), 2,626 Rural Health Units (RHUs), 685 local government unit hospitals and 70 DOH hospitals nationwide, Fernando reported.

Meanwhile, some 111,799 health workers through the National Deployment Program (NDP) for nurses were deployed from 2010 up to the second quarter of 2016, according to the lady doctor.

On the attainment of health related programs and Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the following were recorded: increase in fully immunized children, increase in skilled birth attendance, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) remains at <1% or less than one percent, increase in tuberculosis (TB) case detection rate and treatment access rate, increase in number of malaria-free provinces which include Zamboanga del Sur, and decrease in smoking prevalence.