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SM Foundation refurbishes 2 South Cotabato health centers

SM Foundation revamps 2 South Cotabato health centers, boosts community health

Continuing its mission of boosting local healthcare services, SM Foundation has recently completed the refurbishment of two health centers in South Cotabato.

The Polomolok East Community Clinic and the Baluan Rural Health Unit in General Santos City have undergone extensive renovations, bringing quality healthcare closer to vulnerable communities, particularly those in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA).

The refurbishment project of the foundation’s health and medical program aimed to upgrade old facilities and expand services while ensuring adherence to Department of Health guidelines. Both health centers feature redesigned interior and floor plans, enhancing patient safety, ensuring confidentiality, and optimizing operational efficiency.

The foundation included a multifunctional waiting area, hydration and nebulization areas, upgraded conference rooms, and improved lighting and ventilation throughout the facilities. The foundation also included comfortable waiting areas with televisions for information, education, and communication initiatives. New signages have been aptly placed to provide better guidance to patients and health workers.

The rehabilitation ensured that the centers’ services would be well-carried out. Examination areas now feature more tables, comfortable seating. A dedicated play areas for children and breastfeeding area, equipped with air conditioning, a refrigerator for milk storage, and a comfortable couch, has been added to support new mothers.

Privacy during examinations has been ensured with the installation of privacy screens. The centers also boast an improved counseling area for tuberculosis patients and additional exhaust systems in the laboratories. New furniture and appliances have been provided throughout the facilities. These improvements are made to encourage the local community, especially residents of GIDA areas, to take care of their health.

SM Foundation demonstrated its commitment to innovation and sustainability through the implementation of rainwater harvesting systems in the facilities. It also launched SM DigiKonsulta, an initiative that equips health centers with devices for virtual consultations, further enhancing patient access to healthcare services.

Meanwhile, the pharmacy services of Polomolok’s community clinic have been enhanced with a ready supply of essential drugs with the support of the Mahintana Foundation.

Complementing the healthcare initiative in South Cotabato, the SM Foundation also rolled out medical missions in nearby Baluan Gym and Cannery Covered Court.

By bringing modern, well-equipped, and welcoming health facilities closer to vulnerable communities, the Foundation aims to improve health outcomes in the country, one health center at a time.

Believing in the importance of accessible healthcare for all, SM Foundation upgrades health centers in vulnerable communities, complemented by medical missions. Since 2002, SM Foundation has revitalized 204 health and wellness centers, collectively benefiting over 6,000,000 patients.

To learn more, visit www.sm-foundation.org

Written by Village Connect

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