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DOH official lauds Davide’s competence, integrity

| by: Kelvin Cañizares

DOH, PhilHealth distribute 836 medical kits to LGUs

Historian and politician Lord Acton once said, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

For Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Janette Garin, the despicable effect of power has failed to extend its reach to Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III.

12779281_1057240810984488_4045516883660757208_o“There will always be many people who are competent. But it’s difficult to find somebody whose competence did not transcend into somebody whose head has swelled,” Garin said.

“He (Davide) stays simple and remains dedicated. And most importantly, every time he carries his name as the governor of Cebu, he always brings with him the ambiance of good governance and clean government. A government that you can be proud of; a government that works for you, thinks about you; a government that delivers; a government that does not only promise but also thinks of how to uplift the Cebuanos’ quality of life,” she explained.

Garin was the guest of honor in the turnover ceremony of medical kits under the DOH-PhilHealth’s Tamang Serbisyo para sa Kalusagan nang Pamilya (Tsekap) program on Mar. 22 at the Capitol grounds.

At least 836 medical kits were distributed to all 44 towns and nine cities of the province, including Cebu City. Each box contains a digital non-contact thermometer, blood pressure apparatus, glucometer set, dressing set and two units of nebulizers.

12891130_1057241100984459_7839725527688080216_oA big part of the health department’s endeavors is to ensure that its programs reach to the grassroots level and help health workers fulfill their day-to-day work by providing them with the necessary equipment, Garin said.

“The government should be helping you even with these little things because you are helping our country. That’s the very reason of the Tsekap package,” she added.

She promised more medical equipment will be given to the local government units (LGUs).

Aside from the medical kits, the DOH also turned over three mobile dental clinics to Cebu Province, Tuburan town and Mandaue City.

DOH Region 7 Director Jaime Bernadas said the initial medical equipment received by the LGUs is PhilHealth’s way of fulfilling its mandate to provide benefits to outpatients.

12377807_1057241270984442_986775407250758738_oAccording to Dr. Jennifer Gomez of PhilHealth, the articles included in the kit are designed to address the common health problems seen at the primary care level, adding that the Tsekap program aims to improve the “health outcome for Filipinos and increase financial protection”.

She said the Tsekap program is an expanded coverage of the primary care benefit package of the DOH and PhilHealth.

Davide welcomed the recipients from various cities and towns, including municipal health officers, barangay health workers and village chiefs.

Tuburan Mayor Aljun Diamante, president of the League of Municipal Mayors-Cebu Chapter as well as Mayors Rex Gerona and Bernard Sepulveda of Tabuelan and Borbon respectively, were present in the event.

Also, officials of the Provincial Health Office and those from regional offices of DOH and PhilHealth attended the ceremony.