Committee on Health approves proposed creationof National Center for Geriatric Health
The House Committee on Health has approved proposals to create the National Center for Geriatric Health, which shall provide a full range of healthcare services, including primary care, wellness services and behavioral healthcare to senior citizens and other older members of the country’s population. ep. !ufranio !riguel, ".#. $%
#istrict, &a 'nion(, committee chairman, directed the committee secretariat to consolidate the approved measures, namely House )ill %*+ authored by him and H) %+- filed by ep. osenda /nn 0campo $1
#istrict, "anila(. !riguel said the approval was a great move on the part of the panel and e2pressed hope the proposal will be enacted into law during the 31
Congress. 45t’s wonderful. 6ho is not e2cited about it7,8 he said. epresentatives from the #epartment of Health $#0H(, #epartment of 9ocial 6elfare and #evelopment $#96#(, :hilippine "edical /ssociation $:"/(, :hilippine College of Geriatric "edicine, :hilippine Charity 9weepsta;es 0ffice $:C90(, :hilippine /musement and Gaming Corporation $:/GC0( and senior citizens e2pressed their support for the proposal during the committee hearing. !riguel said the proposed creation of the National Center for Geriatric Health $NCGH( is in line with the mandate of the 9tate to protect and promote the right to health of every <ilipino by ma;ing =uality and ade=uate health care available and accessible to everyone, especially to the underprivileged senior citizens and older persons. 4The NCGH shall focus on the medical needs of senior citizens and older persons, and shall be the first of its ;ind in the :hilippines. 5t will ensure the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging members of the population, as well as improve research and studies on the diseases of older persons. This facility will enable senior citizens and older persons who are most vulnerable to diseases to avail of much needed specialized health care,8 !riguel said. He further said the proposal encourages the active involvement of the private sector and other members of the public sector to help in the fulfillment of this mission. 0campo said as a tribute to the country’s elderly citizens, having served and contributed to the society in the prime of their life, it is only fitting to establish a hospital which primarily provides geriatric health services.
NR # 3394BMARCH 3, 2014