BARMM gov’t prioritizes health system improvement

By APIPA P. BAGUMBARAN

PRIORITIZING HEALTH SYSTEM: Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Murad Ebrahim shares in an episode of Network Briefing News that the BARMM government would prioritize strengthening the health system in the region amid the Covid-19 pandemic. (PIA Lanao del Sur)

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–Strengthening the region’s health system is one of the priorities of the Bangsamoro government, Chief Minister Ahod Murad Ebrahim said.

During the June 6 episode of Network Briefing News, Ebrahem said the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in terms of its health system.

“Nakita natin na yung mga hospitals natin ay hindi masyadong upgraded. Nakita natin that we lack medical personnel and facilities, especially in our far-flung areas tulad ng island provinces,” he noted.

[We have seen that our hospitals are not upgraded. We see that we lack medical personnel and facilities, especially in our far-flung areas like the island provinces.]

As such, he said they are now focusing on further improving health facilities and medical services which was previously declared by the Bangsamoro government as one of its priorities.

Aside from the health system, the chief minister further said they would also give more attention to the delivery of social services after discovering at the height of the pandemic that many of the Bangsamoro are suffering and struggling.

Ebrahem said they already extended a very comprehensive ‘ayuda’ program and were able to reach out to many Bangsamoro even those outside the Bangsamoro areas. The provision of social services, he said, would continue to ensure that no Bangsamoro is left behind. (APB/PIA-10 Lanao del Sur)

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