COTABATO CITY, May 13 (PIA)-- More indigent patients in Maguindanao will now have the chance to access immediate financial and medical assistance with the opening of a Malasakit Center at the Cotabato Sanitarium Hospital (CSH) in Sultan Kudarat town on Tuesday, May 11.
Senator Lawrence 'Bong' Go, who authored the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019 for the poor, spearheaded the opening of the 109th Malasakit Center in the country at the said hospital. During the activity, Go said that the goal is to ensure that indigent patients won't go home without paying any hospital bill.
"This center is to make you feel that you are not forgotten by President Rodrigo Duterte," Go said.
He emphasized that the center would receive a monthly P3 million fund from the Office of the President to further help the poor and indigent patients. During his visit, Go also distributed food packs, bicycles, and computer tablets to healthcare workers.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop that brings together agencies such as the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for easy access of patients needing medical assistance.
Meanwhile, Maguindanao Governor Bai Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu noted that the newly-opened facility is the second Malasakit Center in the province. The first was inaugurated in December of 2019 at the Maguindanao Provincial Hospital in Shariff Aguak town.
"We thank much the President and Senator Go for these two facilities currently attending the needs of the indigents," Mangudadatu said.
For his part, CSH chief Dr. Ibrahim Pangato Jr., said that the Malasakit Center will be a big boost to the hospital's efforts to continue giving the best quality health care they can offer while maintaining the low balance billing.
Currently, CSH has an actual bed occupancy of 80 beds and is manned by 270 personnel. (LTBolongon-PIA Cotabato City)