To achieve its goal of providing better health services for all Cebuanos, the Cebu Provincial Health Office (PHO) in partnership with the Department of Health Region (DOH) 7 launched Kapit Bisig Para sa Kalusugan Pangkalahatan High Impact Five (Hi-5) last Oct. 19-23.
The program is a medical-surgical caravan that focuses on maternal health care, infant health care, child care, HIV-AIDS, and service delivery network. It aims to produce the greatest improvement in health services in the province.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Cynthia Genesolango said that Kapit-bisig Para sa Kalusugan Pangkalahatan is the first medical-surgical caravan in Cebu province that will be done simultaneously by DOH in collaboration with the LGUs.
“This the very first surgical caravan in the province and it was initiated by DOH Secretary Janette Garin under the Aquino Administration as part of delivering health services to Filipinos,” Genesolango said.
In Cebu, three local government units (LGUs) are part of this caravan, including Sta.Fe in Bantayan Island, Dalaguete and Tuburan.
With the help of the Cebu Provincial Government, the medical-surgical caravan was considered successful, according to Genesolango.
“The Cebu Provincial Government spent for everything, including the PhilHealth membership, food for the visiting surgeon, accommodation, and the laboratory screening for the patients,” she said.
Around 12 recipients (11 major and 1 one minor operations) from the municipality of Dalaguete underwent an operation in Cebu Provincial Hospital-Carcar.
Some of the cases were thyroid, hernia, fistula in anus, pterygium, and excision.
“Wala jud ko ikagasto sa ako operasyon. Maglisod jud ko ug paopera kay ang ako sweldo igo ra intawn sa pang-adlaw-adlaw nga panginahanglan. May gani niabot ni nga opportunity sa akoa nga maoperahan jud (I have no funds for an operation. My salary is simply enough for my family’s daily needs. It is a fortunate thing that this opportunity for an operation arrived),” said Maria Fe Mañosa.
She said that the program really helped indigents like her. She considered the surgery the most precious gift that she received in her whole life.
The recipients from Sta. Fe underwent their operations in Cebu Provincial Hospital-Bogo while Tuburan recipients were operated in Tuburan District Hospital.
“Gi-prioritize jud nato ang mga indigents ani nga program apan wala nato gi exclude ang uban nga makaapil ani pero we are just prioritizing theindigents (We prioritized the indigents for this program),” said Genesolango.
She added that this is the first wave of the surgical caravan and it will be followed in December 2015 and February 2016.
“Wala pa tay gi-identity unsa nga sunod nga mga LGUs. Most likely, ang DOH ang mo-select kung unsa nga LGU ang next recipient (We haven’t identified the next LGU recipients. Most likely, DOH will be the one to select),” she said.