Amid health challenges, DOH gets P14-B budget cut for 2019

The Philippines’ health division is ready to lose P14 billion in its annual budget for 2019, Health Secretary Francisco Duque confirmed Friday, amid the rising variety of measles instances within the nation. 

Speaking to radio DZMM, Duque mentioned the budget division had initially proposed to cut P31 billion from the health division budget, which was then slashed right down to P14 billion. “Malaki po ‘yan (It’s big),” he mentioned. 

He mentioned the Department of Budget and Management had identified that the health division nonetheless had pending tasks for completion together with the development of hundreds of barangay health stations. 

“We can’t blame DBM for making the budget cut because the condition is to clean up all those pending projects before adding to the budget,” he defined. 

Last yr, the health secretary blew the whistle on alleged irregularities within the P8.1-billion Barangay Health Station (BHS) Project envisioned to construct some 5,700 barangay health stations all around the nation. Only 270 items have been accomplished as of 2018.

House committee on health chairperson Angelina Tan earlier mentioned the Department of Health in 2015 permitted a P7-billion contract for constructing 5,000 BHS.

In the interview, Duque mentioned the health division is offering a listing of precedence tasks for its heath services and enhancement program together with hospitals that do not need sufficient tools and services which can be not less than 90 % completed. 

The DOH is at present preventing a number of measles outbreaks in Luzon and the Visayas together with Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Western Visayas, and Central Visayas,

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