DAGUPAN CITY – The city’s Diagnostic Center and Lying-in Clinic, which will provide free health services like free X-Ray, Echo Cardiogram (ECG), Ultrasound and blood test with a four-bed birthing station is now under construction beside the City Health Office (CHO) at Barangay Herrero-Perez.


The construction of the Diagnostic Center and Lying-in Clinic is through the auspices of the Department of Health (DOH) when it allocated P10 million for the construction of the facility under the agency’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP).


In addition to the P10 million from the DOH, the city government will provide an additional P3 million to procure equipment for the facility while Senator Riza Hontiveros will give P2 million to further equip the center with state-of-the-art health apparatus.


“We are thankful to the DOH for providing our city with this facility under the agency’s HFE program. We are also glad that aside from this health facility, the agency will also assist us in facilitating the prompt procurement of the needed equipment for the center,” said Mayor Belen T. Fernandez who led the groundbreaking ceremony on February 13.


Fernandez was joined by Herrero-Perez Punong Barangay Levy Tirao Sr., City Administrator Farah Marie Decano, Dr.Sheila Sabado of the CHO, Leah Aquino of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Legal Officer Victoria Cabrera, Engineer Jane Rosario of the City Engineering Office, the CHO physicians and employees, and the city’s community health nurses.


The center is expected to be completed after four months to complement the unli-serbisyo of Mayor Fernandez under the Alagang Balon Dagupan program of the city. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Feb. 15, 2017)