THE Department of Health recognized the cities of Caloocan and Valenzuela for their ‘excellent’ implementation of the newborn screening programs.
Valenzuela Mayor Wes Gatchalian and Caloocan Mayor Along Malapitan were gratified by the latest recognition their local governments had received from DoH.
But they said more credits must be given to their medical workers as well as hospital personnel since they were the ones that have been implementing the programs to the letter.
Specifically, the DoH’s Center for Health Development cited the Caloocan City Medical Center as an ‘Outstanding Facility’ for its excellent implementation of the newborn screening program.
Mayor Malapitan said the award received by CCMC highlights the city government’s efforts to establish a health care system that is people-oriented, free, and accessible.
He likewise encouraged his constituents to avail of the services being offered by the city hospital and health centers to fully utilize the health programs.
Given during the newborn screening recognition and awarding ceremony held at the Richmonde Hotel – Eastwood on October 10, 2023, the award, according to Mayor Gatchalian, shed light on the city’s dedication to ensuring the health and well-being of its residents.
“The recognition underscores Valenzuela’s meticulous approach to healthcare and its unwavering commitment to maintaining high standards in public health programs.”
Newborn screening is a vital healthcare initiative that aims to give every new-born the best possible start in life.
This systematic process involves testing infants for a range of potentially serious conditions shortly after birth, allowing for early detection and intervention.
The Valenzuela chief executive reiterated that the city’s commitment to excellence in newborn screening reflects its dedication to proactively safeguarding the health of its youngest citizens.
“By identifying and addressing potential health concerns early on, the city ensures that newborns have the opportunity for timely and effective medical care, setting the foundation for a healthier and brighter future,” he added.
These awards would serve not only as recognition of past achievements but as an inspiration for future endeavors, the former lawmaker-turned-Valenzuela mayor said.