During his visit, Dr. Osotimehin handed over to local authorities in Palo, Leyte, in the company of Secretary of Health Dr. Enrique Ona, the first of two “hospitals in containers” to be provided by UNFPA in the region. These temporary facilities, introduced for the first time in the Philippines, are specifically designed to provide emergency obstetric care, including caesarian sections.
“By providing these temporary units, we support the Government as they begin the process of rebuilding its health infrastructure,” explained Dr. Osotimehin. The second unit will be placed in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, where the main hospital was completely destroyed during the typhoon and is still awaiting to be reconstructed.
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