THE Department of Health said it will roll-out its latest health program and out-patient benefit packages to ensure that poorest 20 million in the country will receive the health services needed in the first 100 days of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
“We will seek out the poorest and we will provide checkup and drugs if they are needed,” said DoH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, referring to the program called TSeKaP, or Tamang Serbisyo Para sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya.
Ubial said that in line with that goal, the DoH ensure that the poor are given priority and the necessary access to medical examinations so that their health problems are provided the proper treatment at health facilities.
Ubial added that to do that effectively they did some coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development so that they could properly identify the poorest needing health services.
DSWD has the list in its data-based through an official list of indigent families, formerly called National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.
The list was obtained in a survey of the poor and near poor in 2015 by finding where they are so that other government agencies, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations implementing programs and services for them can design the services and intervention to ensure that the underserved will be served and to avoid over-serving and duplication that can lead to neglect of others needing the services.
“Right now all the regional offices are working with DSWD because they have line list already of the poorest and we will ensure that within the next 100 days all the poor will have basic checkups,” she said.
She said that the services would not stop in checkup alone as they ensure the creation of the necessary network to address the particular health concern and connect them to the health facility. PNA
As an example, she said those with hairlip and tumor problems will be provided with the necessary operations.
On the aspect of physical examination she mentioned that basic tests on CBC (complete blood count), blood tests, urinalysis, fecalysis, blood sugar and blood pressure check-up will be provided among the poor.
To ensure that the poor will be connected to the health facility, they will ensure that the said poor will leave its contact number upon subjecting her/him to the free physical exam test provided under ‘TSeKaP’ package.
She also revealed that in the next 200 days, DOH would zero in unmet need for family planning for all Filipinos in support to the Duterte health agenda wherein the battle cry of DOH is “All for Health, towards Health for all” achievement.