Bangsamoro MOH Minister Rizaldy Piang Brings Health Care Closer to BARMM Residents


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Bangsamoro Health Minister Rizaldy L. Piang, MD. (Credit: MOH)

COTABATO CITY (SDN) — “Health is wealth” is a proverb taught to school children to impress upon them the importance of taking care of one’s body.

The proverb connotes also that health is a person’s greatest wealth, thus soaking up the timeless proverb would instill at a young age the importance of being healthy.

In relation with this, the World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a complete state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” (Credit: Wikipedia)

And taking care and maintaining one’s health is a responsibility of each person. On the other hand, each person, especially the poor, needs the help of the government to do this, particularly in matters of education, medicine needs, and hospitalization.

That’s exactly the reason — helping the poor — the Philippine Congress passed the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law, Republic Act No. 11223, and signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in February 2019.

To implement the UHC Law, the government also has to provide the physical manifestations of each concern and responsibility to the citizens of the Republic.

One of the four new Barangay Health Stations (BHS) the MOH built. (Credit: Tabang)

“Physical manifestations”, simply said, refer to hospitals, clinics, health centers, health stations, among others.

So, over at the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the Ministry of Health (MOH) headed by Minister Rizaldy L. Piang, MD, the MOH has been constructing Barangay Health Stations (BHSs) to get health care closer to residents.

The MOH, one of the Bangsamoro government’s primary agencies, just recently inaugurated four BHSs, each built at a cost of Php2.5 million, plus another Php500,000 to populate the centers with the necessary equipment and tools.

Beneficiaries of the centers are Barangays (villages) Kakal and Kapinpilan, Ampatuan, Maguindanao del Sur. They were funded under the Special Development Fund (SDF) from the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM) Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim.

Credit: Tabang.

The two other BHS are in Barangay Manindolo Datu Paglas, and Barangay Muti, Guindulungan, both of Maguindanao del Sur, funded under the Tiyakap Bangsamoro Kalusugan Program (TBKP).

MOH brings health care closer to poor residents

Piang, a son of the late Philippine National Police (PNP) officer Datu Abdul Piang, former chief of police of Buluan, Maguindanao del Sur, cited the health stations’ vital role in the life of the communities.

“This is a great milestone for us to be of help and for the BHS to be inaugurated today,” he emphasized. He led the inauguration of the four health stations on January 11, 2023.

“Our constituents here in Ampatuan will no longer find it difficult to go to distant RHUs (Rural Health Units), or hospitals as they already have BHS available here to cater to their health care needs. There is someone here who will look after them,” the Bangsamoro health chief said.

Piang’s director for Operations, Dr. Tato Usman, commended the Bangsamoro government’s fidelity to the health care needs of its constituents. He said the MOH is aware of the valuable efforts of the BARMM government led by Ebrahim in putting up the health stations in the region’s communities.

“Napakaganda po nito dahil kumpleto na po ang mga gamit at mayroon na ring mga health personnel na syang mamamahala at magbibigay ng health services sa ating mga residente,” said Usman.

(This is really nice because it is already complete with equipment and there are health personnel who will manage the health stations and provide health services to the residents.)

Meanwhile, the MOH has adopted the Department of Health’s (DOH) Healthy Pilipinas communications program with its own version dubbed Healthy Bangsamoro.

As a localized version, Healthy Bangsamoro that “a envisions a healthy behavior is the easier choice for everyone, every time and everywhere.”

The DOH had created a website of Healthy Pilipinas aimed at helping “the majority of Filipinos get access to accurate information” and also fight fake news and disinformation. (/)

(Source: Ministry of Health)

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