Lolo Sergio, 98, a farmer and a resident of Barangay Cansaloay, a remote mountain barangay in Oslob town flaunted to his friends a handful of medicines and vitamins he received from the Cebu Provincial Capitol health staff.
He was one of the 400 individuals from Barangays Cansaloay, Can-ukban, Manlum and Canang-caan who availed the medical services at the Medical-Dental Mission held last August 11 at the barangay’s multipurpose center.
Barangay Cansaloay’s elevation is about 500 feet above sea level. The neighboring barangays are few kilometers ahead.
Although the rough and bumpy road is accessible to four-wheel vehicles, residents usually travel by a “habal-habal” which would take about 45 minutes to an hour ride from the main road.
Most of the residents had less access to basic medical care due to poor accessibility and poverty.
Beaming with delight, Lolo Sergio said “karon pa gyud ko nakaapil or nakasulay ug medical mission sa tibouk nakong kinabuhi. Ug dili lang mga tambal akoang nadawat, aduna pay libreng tupi.”
“Nalipay gyud ming tanan. Salamat kaayo sa inyong pag-ari ug serbisyo,” he added.
Cansaloay Barangay Chief Acelino Baguio who was elated by constituent’s feedback, thanked the Cebu Provincial Government for conducting the activity.
“Sukad-sukad sa akoang pagkabata, wa pa gyuy nahitabong medical mission sa bukirang barangay, kasagaran adto ra gyud sa lungsod. Sa lungsod baya kay crowded kaayo ug ang problema ani nila, kay wala sila maanad ug init ug dili na sila makapaabot, manguli nalang sila. Mao na paningkamutan gyud namo tanan diri, mga opisyales sa lungsod ug sa Probinsiya sa Sugbo nga ma serbisyohan ni sila. Karon natuman gyud ang medical mission,” Baguio said.
Baguio also said a health and birthing center would soon rise in Brgy. Cansaloay through the help of Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Department of Social Welfare Services’ (DSWD) Kalahi-CIDSS Project.
Boost preventive health care
The Cebu Provincial Government is boosting its efforts to improve health services through preventive health care to isolated, impoverished and underserved communities since 2013 as mandated by Gov. Davide.
Preventive services include free consultations and laboratory tests, distribution of free medicines as well as counseling and education to help take care of their health.
Added services include free haircut by the Salon de Rose hairstylists and a feeding activity.
Free eye check-up, reading glasses consultation and urinalysis will be added in the offered services starting next month.
Vice Governor Agnes Magpale stressed that preventive services can find health problems early, treatments that work best, and can prevent a person from getting certain diseases.
Dr. Manuel Purog of the Provincial Health Office said respiratory infections and diarrhea were common among children in the barangay while few senior citizens were found to have hypertensive heart disease and diabetes.
Oslob Mayor Jose Tumulak, Provincial Board Member Tata Salvador and other barangay officials were also present in the activity. (Heart Rizarri)