The Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) has served a total of 650 patients during the conduct of its initial “Island-wide Medical and Dental Mission” last May 24-28, 2021 in the island of Tingloy in the province of Batangas.
According to OIC- Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco, the program will target patients from remote islands of the region and provide them the essential medical and health services they need.
“Karamihan sa ating mga pasyente sa region na nakatira sa mga isla ay kulang ang kakayahang makapunta sa pinakamalapit na ospital na kadalasan ay nasa malayong kabayanan at kailangan pang tumawid ng dagat upang makapagpagamot at makakuha ng kinakailangang gamot para sa kanilang mga karamdaman,” Sydiongco stated.
“Ang programang ito ang magiging daan upang makapagbigay at makapaghatid tayo ng mga kinakailangang serbisyong pangkalusugan sa ating mga kababayan sa tulong ng ating mga LGUs na sumasakop sa kanilang mga komunidad,” she emphasized.
Patients from Tingloy were provided with various medical and health services including medical consultation, dental, circumcision, prescription of medicines, laboratory services (dip stick urinalysis and random blood sugar screening) and prenatal ultrasound.
The “Island-wide Medical and Dental Mission” was conducted by the DOH-CALABARZON’s Health Accessibility and Innovation Development Unit (HAIDU) and Oral Health and Dental Unit, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Health and Batangas Medical Center in coordination with Tingloy LGU and the office of Hon. Raneo Abu represented by Dr. Maria Reina Abu.
Sydiongco also added that the regional office has distributed washable face masks for the residents and minimum health standards were observed during the conduct of the five-day activity. (Glen S. Ramos/Benjamin F. Cuaresma)