Makati health center gets DOH license as primary care facility
MANILA, Philippines — The Makati City Government on Friday said the health center in Barangay (village) Palanan has been given a license to operate as a primary care facility by the Department of Health (DOH).
“Palanan 24/7 will serve as the model for other barangay health centers in Makati to make health services more accessible to Makatizens,” said Makati mayor Abby Binay in a statement.
The Palanan Health Center is Makati City’s first 24-hour health center.
Established in 2014, the health center serves local residents when other health centers are closed by 5 pm.
The clinic has a clinical laboratory and pharmacy, providing dental services, maternal and child care, immunization, nutrition counseling, communicable and non-communicable disease prevention and control, reproductive health and family planning, tuberculosis prevention and control, minor surgical procedures, and elderly care.
“Primary care facilities are essential, particularly in times of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, because these centers provide the most inclusive, accessible, affordable, and efficient approach to enhancing people’s health,” Binay said.
Binay said Makati is currently upgrading two health centers in Barangays Pitogo and Tejeros to obtain licenses from the DOH to operate as primary care facilities.
“We are planning to upgrade other health centers soon so these can operate as primary care facilities,” she said.
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