The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will inaugurate a new community health clinic in Dolores, Eastern Samar, later today Friday, March 10, 2017, providing quality health services to residents of the town and nearby municipalities.
The Dolores Community Health Clinic is a joint project of the PRC, Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERCA), Department of Health (DOH), and Dolores Local Government Unit (LGU), with the goal of alleviating human suffering through the “build back better and safer” program to improve the lives of Haiyan (Yolanda)-ravaged communities.
“This new clinic aims to build resilient communities in Haiyan-ravaged municipalities in Eastern Samar,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon. “Maternal and Child Care being two of the health services to be offered at the clinic, the new facility also aims to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, which are two of the organization’s Millennium Development Goals.”
Dolores, with a population of more than 40,000, has a shortage of health and medical care services, and the Dolores Community Health Clinic will make it easier for thousands of people to have access to medical services and blood service facilities.
The new clinic is the first PRC-initiated health facility in Dolores that offers maternal and child care, as well as basic diagnostic services, such as ECG, X-ray, and blood and urine medical procedures. It also offers out-patient medical consultation, blood services, and emergency services.
The clinic, which will service the municipalities of Dolores, Taft, Can-Avid, Oras, Sulat, Maslog, Arteche, and Jipapad, is a 432-square-meter, two-storey construction. On the first floor are the labor room and delivery area, OB-GYN ward, X-ray and ultrasound rooms, doctors’ clinics, triage, and waiting areas. The second floor is dedicated for blood collection, physical examination, reception and registration, supplies and storage, laboratory and cold storage, Phil Health office, and conference and record rooms.
“This additional center is an expansion of our life-saving humanitarian work that also strengthens our partnership with our donors and partners,” said PRC Secretary General Oscar Palabyab.
Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Republic of the Philippines Hamad Al Zaabi, Secretary General of the Red Crescent Authority of UAE Dr. Mohamed Al Falchi, Deputy Secretary General for International Aid Fahad Ali Binsultan, and other distinguished guests will be there for the turnover. The PRC will be represented by the Director of Blood Services, Dra. Christie Nalupta, and other PRC staff.
To date, the PRC and its partners have built 12 health facilities in Eastern Samar. Overall, PRC’s Haiyan Recovery Program has yielded a total of 38 health facilities in eight Haiyan-affected provinces.