Far flung barrio gets free medical, dental services

IMG_5784A far-flung barangay in Catmon benefited Capitol’s free medical and dental services last Tuesday, March 25.

Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, who went there, said the province knew what the barangay needs. She explained that health services and agriculture are the primary concerns of their constituents. This was based on the consultation with the stakeholders last year.

“Ang katong mga bukid sama niini sayod kami nga maglisud pagkanaog ang mga katawhan. Mas nindot manang atong gituman kanang preventive health care… Mao kana nga aktibo kaayo kami sa maong serbisyo (We know it’s difficult for you to go down. It is better to prevent sickness than cure it… That is why we are so active),” she said.

Tabili Barangay Captain Dante Demana thanked the province for the help.

He said Tabili is located some 12 kilometers away from the town proper. It is also 33 kilometers far to its nearest health facility in Damolog, municipality of Sogod.

Around 300 patients availed of the health services which include X Ray, cholesterol and random blood sugar testing as well as dental extraction.

Demana admitted that he gives utmost consideration on health services.

He said he even requested for an ambulance to transport their patients even just to Sogod.

“Nag request nako ug ambulance niadto pang past administration, pero wa may niabot. Ni request sad ko sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, wa say niabot (I requested an ambulance during the past administration as well as the PCSO but nothing has arrived), he said.

He added, “Karon nagsultianay mi Atty. Ramil Abing (the governor’s chief of staff) ug ingon niya nga gi-process na ang mga papeles (Now, we talked with Atty. Abing and he said they have already processed the papers).”

Currently, they used motorcycle to transport their patients. “Usahay madisgrasya pa tungod kay nagdali. Ang mangalanak, maka-anak na sa wa pa moabot sa ospital,” the barangay captain said.

He further stated that four (4) barangays in its neighborhood will also benefit from the emergency vehicle. Xerxes Alkuino