BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Occidental Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez wants the reorganization and review of the Third District Inter-local Health Zone (ILHZ), to work on more proactive ways to further improve coordination and collaboration in the delivery of primary health care services.
This developed as Benitez rallied ILHZ to work of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) his District Office, with support of the Provincial Government and all 3rd District local government units put up to coordinate and better manage response to medical needs of the populace.
Benitez, who convened members of the North Central Negros ILHZ, including Dr. Mary Ann Maestral, hospital chief of the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital and the zonal action officer, for a meeting on August 12 at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City, pointed out the possible resurgence of COVID-19, urging the need to ensure that quality and equitable health care services continue to be accessible to all.
Victorias Mayor Javier “Javi” Benitez, who also attended the meeting, underscored the need to review what had been done during the pandemic and take a better look at new challenges.
Mayor Benitez also noted the need to share best practices and help augment health care programs to address real issues in healthcare.
At the same time, he assured the body of full support and assistance of the Victorias City Health Office for the groundwork in activating the organization.
The ILHZ of the Third District is one of the six (6) inter-local health zones in Negros Occidental mandated by the Department of Health and supported by the Provincial Government, which was established to ensure coordinated operations of several health providers and facilities, so primary health care is efficiently delivered to a common population and limited resources for health services are better managed.
The organized ILHZ is composed of the local chief executives, chairpersons of committees on health, members of LGU local health board with the health officer, Provincial Health Office and Department of Health representatives.
Among those present in the meeting were Dr. Girlie Pinongan, head of Provincial Government Hospital Operations Department, Talisay City Health Officer Dr. Joy Gladys Guanzon. Silay City Executive Assistant for Health Dr. Krisna Sharin Barnuevo, Murcia Councilor Hernan Alintana and Health Officer Dr. Raymond Maguad, and EB Magalona Health Officer Dr, Edmundo Janeo.*