Delivering health services is among the top priorities of the 6-point development agenda of Gov. Hilario P. Davide III. Holding free medical missions give the Cebuanos the opportunity of availing of services, medicines and supplies for free.
In 2014, the province of Cebu spent P2,827,295.84 for medicines and medical supplies alone,. This is not to mention salaries and wages of personnel, fuel and other expenses. Dr. Manuel Purog of the Provincial Health Office divulged this.
As mandated by the Local Government Code, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) shall assist the Governor in formulating and implementing efficient, effective and economical health services program for the people in the local government units (LGUs).
Holding of free medical and/or dental missions in the different LGUs of the province is a regular monthly fare of the office year-in and year-out.
In 2014, the office held a total of 72 such missions, which include dental extraction, filling and treatment. Laboratory examinations for random blood sugar (RBS), blood typing (BT) and cholesterol were administered and X-ray examinations were done. Operation Tuli (free circumcision) for young boys is done during vacation time.
In the first half of the year, a total of 14,257 registered for the medical missions; 681 had dental extraction; 16 had dental treatment; laboratory services had 335 patients for random blood sugar and 284 for cholesterol testing; and 591 young boys underwent circumcision.
These missions were held in Lawaan (Alcantara), Kawasan (Aloguinsan), Langtad (Argao), Poblacion & Sta. Lucia (Asturias), Dobdob (Badian), Maigang, Pancil and Poblacion (Barili), La Paz (Bogo City), Bolinawan & Poblacion (Carcar), Puente (Carmen), Tabili (Catmon), Poblacion and Tugbongan (Consolacion), Mangako (Ginatilan), Tayud (Liloan), Salmeron (Malabuyoc), Cabancalan (Mandaue City), Lipata, Poblacion & Ward 3 (Minglanilla), Busay (Moalboal), Tupaz and Tutay (Pinamungajan), Langin & Poblacion (Ronda), Poblacion (San Fernando), Ampongol, Calumboyan, Mohon, Pansoy and Poblacion (Sogod), Talavera (Toledo City), and Poblacion and Linao (Talisay City).
In the second half of the year, a total of 16,639 residents registered for medical consultation, 1,487 had dental extraction, 278 had dental treatment, 1,083 had random blood sugar testing, 814 had their cholesterol count checked, 73 had electrocardiogram, seven had X-ray check-up and 21 volunteered for blood-letting.
These missions were held in Poblacion (Alcoy), Cebu Technological University and Barangay Linut-od (Argao), Mantalongon (Barili), Laracosa (Badian), Poblacion & Poblacion 3 (Carcar City), Capitol Social Hall, Cansaga, Garing & Poblacion (Consolacion), Poblacion (Compostela), Bakhawan (Daanbantayan), Mantalongon (Dalaguete), Danao City, St. Mary’s Academy – Poblacion (Oslob), Cabancalan & Paknaan (Mandaue City), Camp 7 & Guindarohan (Minglanilla), Basdiot and Poblacion (Moalboal), Camugao (Pinamungajan), Esperanza (Poro), Poblacion (San Francisco), Poblacion (San Remegio), Pansoy (Sogod), Managase (Tabogon), Poblacion (Tabuelan), Dumlog, Jaclopan and San Isidro (Talisay City), Loay (Toledo City), and Puertobello (Tudela).
In one of the missions late last year held in St. Mary’s Academy, a private secondary school in Poblacion, Oslob which is run by the RVM Sisters upon the request of the alumni officers, residents Teofila Lagahid and Hilaria Friolo summed it up by saying that the medical mission is a big help to the residents especially seniors and children because of the presence of doctors and dentists who listened to their concerns, examined and diagnosed ailments and prescribed medicines which were in turn given for free by the PHO pharmacists.
Then alumni association President Estrella D. Cabales thanked Gov. Hilario Davide III for granting her request for the medical mission. She would have wished for the mission to cover the entire town but she realized the scope may be too huge so she just concentrated on the Poblacion since it is where the school is located.
Former association president Salud M. Luna and SMA RVM Superior and Finance Officer Sister Ma. Corazon J. Llarenas chorused in thanking the honorable governor for extending the medical mission as it is a big help to the people of Poblacion, Oslob especially the poor.
Llarenas further believed that ”it is the love of God which was behind the conceptualization of the project and its realization as it is a big help to the Oslobanons.”