The Dr. Jose Rizal District Hospital in Rizal, southern Palawan, is now accessible to provide health and medical care to residents of the town, particularly senior citizens and indigenous peoples. (Photo courtesy of the Palawan Provincial Information Office)

The Dr. Jose Rizal District Hospital (DJRDH) located in Barangay Punta Baja, Rizal in southern Palawan is now open to serve the health and medical needs of residents in the area and nearby towns effective January 21.

Vice Governor Dennis Socrates said the access to health services is now closer to the people of Rizal, including indigenous peoples (IPs) and senior citizens.

“Ngayon po ay marami na ang makaka-access ng maayos at mabilis na serbisyong medikal kasama na ang mga karatig munisipyo (Many residents, including those living in nearby towns, can already access the medical services that it will provide),” Socrates said during the inauguration of district hospital on January 21.

Vice Governor Dennis Socrates (second from left, second line) and Rizal town Mayor Norman Ong (in a shirt with red sleeves) during the inauguration of the Dr. Jose Rizal District Hospital in Barangay Punta Baja on January 21, 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Palawan Provincial Information Office)

An estimated P127 million fund was spent by the Department of Health (DOH) and the provincial government of Palawan to construct the DJRDH. The DOH also gave P40 million for the purchase of its medical equipment.

The local government of Rizal, on the other hand, donated a four-hectare lot for its construction.

It has an isolation building, material recovery facility building, mortuary, powerhouse building or motor pool, elevated water tank, and other electric machines.

Currently also under construction are hospitals in Cuyo, Coron and Bataraza due for completion this year.

In 2018, the provincial government and DOH inaugurated new hospitals in Aborlan and Narra towns and rehabilitated the Southern Palawan Provincial Hospital (SPPH) in Brooke’s Point and Roxas Medicare Hospital in Roxas town.

Meanwhile, 500 residents of Rizal benefited from the medical and surgical mission conducted by the North Texas Association of Philippine Physicians (NTAPP) together with doctors from the provincial government.

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