THE Cagayan de Oro City Government will pour most of its budget this year to improving and providing the best health services.
After the groundbreaking of the city-owned rehab, City Mayor Oscar Moreno bares his plan to build another rehabilitation clinic inside the city jail in Lumbia village, and a mental hospital for the mentally-challenged persons in the city.
He said there is a need to build a rehab clinic inside the jail, where 80 percent of its inmates are facing drug-related cases.
"There must also be a rehab program inside the jail, it is how our penal system should work, one reason is retribution, to make the criminal realize that what he did was wrong, while the other one is, rehabilitation, so that when he or she comes out of the jail, he or she would be a better citizen," he said.
"Kinahanglan tagaan pud nato ug facility ang Lumbia nga conducive sa rehabilitation. Lisod man kaayo nga imong mga inmates dadto naa lang sa salog over loaded, overcrowded. Imbis nga ma i-rehabilitate sila, imo hinoong gi-harden ang kriminal," he said
Aside from the city jail's rehab clinic plan, Moreno said the plan to build the city's own mental hospital will push through.
In the past years, City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) chief Teddy Sabuga-a said the city has been transporting its mentally-challenged persons to Davao City for treatment because of the lack of facility here.
Sabuga-a said the number of mentally-challenged individuals have been rising, and that it is also becoming risky to transport them for about seven to eight hours to reach Davao City.
To temporarily answer the need, the City Government last year signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) of Davao City in June last year.
The MOU allows the city to transport mentally-challenged persons here to Davao City for treatment.
Another way is the launching of telepsychiatry where psychiatric assessment and attention is provided through telecommunications and video conferencing.
In this way, the city would no longer need to send the patients to other cities to have them checked by the doctors personally.
But Moreno said this has not worked 100 percent, saying that the results are still way productive if a patient and doctor meet and talk face-to-face.
Both projects would start within the year and will be hopefully used next year.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 05, 2017.