City scores high in Maternal care package

DAVAO City achieved a perfect score on maternal care package accreditation for 2013, according to the local government scorecard of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

The city also joins the ranks of other LGUs like Basilan, Sorsogon, Leyte, Tawi-tawi, Biliran, Santiago, Angeles, Puerto Princesa, Naga City, Bacolod, Cebu, Lapu-lapu, Mandaue, and Ormoc.

Other LGUs with 100% accredited MCPs are Tacloban, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Cotabato, General Santos, and Butuan.

Las Pinas, San Juan and Marikina, meanwhile, achieved a 110.53% performance rating from the DILG regarding MCP accredititation.

The DOH presented the data at the Mindanao Cluster Conference on Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (KP) Monday at the Grand Regal Hotel.

Meanwhile, LGU sponsorship for the city’s health programs was rated red which means low.

DOH regional director Abdullah Dumama Jr. said that the most persistent “red” ratings for the city were for tuberculosis and primary care packages.

The ratings were divided into three brackets: red, yellow, and green.

Dumama attributed the low ratings for tuberculosis cure rates and detection to several factors, including a change in denominators such as the inclusion of non-pulmonary TBs into the data.

The regional director said that figures for the previous year were higher.
In the case of primary care packages, the rating for 2013 came before Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte gave a go-signal for the accreditation of all health centers in the city for PhilHealth coverage.

“The data you saw were for 2013,” Dumama said. “We will see a better picture for 2014.”

According to the department, the LGU Scorecard is one of the components of a system developed to determine if health sector reforms have equitably and effectively achieved the goals in the health system.

The DILG has been implementing the LGU Scorecard since 2008. Scorecards are assessment reports of the general performance of major stakeholders presented in a visual manner.

It relates performance of the regional health units to internal and external performance benchmarks in a color coded manner that is easy to understand.

The purpose of the scorecards is to provide an accountability report to clients, to provide performance benchmarks that give a better understanding of key accomplishments of the stakeholder, and to provide a useful and convenient link to financing ,other consequences, and to priority actions.

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