One of these barangays is Jaclupan in Talisay City.
The province’s medical missions are always basic to ordinary people in the barangays, services not within their reach because of poverty and they do live in far-flung areas.
Pediatric services for babies and children always top the busiest table during the medical missions.
There were 200 babies and children served in Jaclupan.
The crowed swelled by mid – day as Jaclupan folk realized it was their first medical mission.
Dental services also served 125 patients, both young and adults, mostly tooth extractions.
Senior citizens, 80 of them, came to complain of knee and other joint paints and hypertension .
And fast becoming popular to beneficiaries is free haircut from the province’s partner, Salon da Rose.
Haircut is free for all, young and old alike, men and women.
Ninety two men, women, and children kept the Salon’s 15 hairstylists busy.
Dr. Manuel Purog leads the team of doctors, dentists, and nurses from the provincial health office who tirelessly serve the impoverished constituents of the province .
The medical-dental-laboratory missions are never complete without the feeding program for all who seek medical attention.
Vice Governor Agnes Magpale maintains her visibility during these missions because she explains to provincial constituents why there are medical missions.
Health being Gov. Hilario Davide III’s priority agenda, thus, the medical missions which are the preventive aspect of health care, says the vice governor.
She told Jaclupan folk the doctors will examine them for cholesterol, blood sugar level, hypertension, and ailments they may have because such health concerns can still be checked and prevented from becoming more serious.
The Davide administration may have taken the big steps to improve provincial hospitals, upgraded some to district status but nothing gives Davide and Magpale great pleasure at seeing their constituents stay healthy and kept out of hospitals.
In Naga, two barangays, Tangke and Poblacion Sur, availed of dental services, with 29 of them listing up for tooth extraction.
Thirty seven senior citizens came to complain of knee and other joint pains and high blood pressure.
Some 86 mothers signed up for pediatric consultations, their babies checked for fever and minor discomforts.
Seventy five adults listed up for general consultation.
Free haircut is fast becoming popular among the rural residents.
Also at the Naga medical mission, the Salon scissors were busy snipping here and there with almost 100 non-paying customers from the two barangays.
Of course, the Vice Governor’s staff prepared another round of 3 large pots of sumptuous rice porridge or lugaw enough for everyone.
Here in Naga, Magpale gave credit to the provincial board for supporting the medical mission.
PB Yoly Daan hopes to make herself visible in support of Gov. Davide and Vice Gov. Magpale, hopes to accompany them even if its out of her jurisdiction.