Halfway houses for cancer patients from provinces considered by Manila LGU

Halfway houses for cancer patients from provinces considered by Manila LGU

The Local Government Unit of Manila has a great plan that could benefit a lot of people, not only of the nation’s capital but those of the provinces.

Manila would like to build half way houses for those patients coming from the provinces and goes to the capital seeking medication, they may temporarily stay for them to minimize their transportation expenses.

As per Manila City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan this project will cater to cancer patients, and that the intention behind this project is to strengthen the city’s health facilities.

Manila Mayor ISko Moreno
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“Our plans include building Speciality Centers for diabetes, halfway homes for Cancer patients, and Women Wellness Centers,” Pangan said during a consultation with Manila city health officials.

“We are also planning to create Super Health Centers with Vertical Housing for our employees,” he added.

The benefits of the halfway houses are to provide the patient and patient’s relatives a much lower transportation costs and an ease in ease of movement for a quicker recovery period, as commuting to and from Metro Manila has proven to be both stressful, time-consuming, and extremely difficult.

Manila Mayor Isko Morena clarified that for the project to be successful it would need the help and cooperation of both the sectors from private and the public.

“Kaya ako nag a-assess (That is why I am assessing).  I govern with data. I want to utilize whatever is here to spend it efficiently and so that the city government will be guided accordingly,” Moreno explained.

“I encourage each and everyone of you, it’s high time to collaborate. I want to declog our hospitals. I want the people of Manila to trust our health centers. ‘Yun ang pangarap natin, ibalik ang dignidad ng mga health centers (That is our dream, to bring back the dignity of public health centers),” he added.

LGU Manila  is also studying the possibility of creating new facilities for diabetes patients and women’s wellness centers, plus the integration of public health care in the city’s educational institutions like the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM).

“The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila has opened its School of Public Health. We need to go out to the communities, together we can establish an effective health system for the city,” PLM President Noel Leyco said.

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