Provincial and district hospitals will no longer have to worry about the lack of vehicle when transporting medical supplies and other items from the Capitol in Cebu City.
This concern has already been addressed.
The Cebu Provincial Government, under the leadership of Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale, turned over 15 emergency rescue vehicles (ERV) to the chiefs of hospitals in a ceremony held at the Capitol Basketball Court on Friday, Oct. 26.
Each Mitsubishi L300 van costs P865,000, or a total worth of P12.975 million for the 15 vehicles.
Health is listed as the number one in the Six-Key Development Agenda of the governor.
In his speech, Davide said that the new ERVs will help improve the services of the hospitals.
“Niadto man gud sa atong naobserbahan, usahay ang ambulansya kargahan og mga supplies pud. For this one, inyoha na gyud ning magamit when you come here to get your supplies,” said Davide in his speech.
Davide said that the Capitol is also planning to acquire more ambulances early next year because there are some hospitals that are still using old ambulances.
He assured the hospital heads that the Provincial Government will continue its efforts to improve the mobilization needs of each provincial and district hospitals.
“Please make sure lang pud nga di nato kalimtan ang tinguha nga we give the best quality care to our patients in our provincial and district hospitals,” said Davide.
Magpale, in her speech, said the distribution of ERVs is a fulfillment of one of the promises of the governor to prioritize health in his administration.
“Nituo kami sa yangongo sa katawhan nga number one priority gyud ang panglawas sa Sugbuanon,” the vice governor said.
“Sayod ko nga manganhi mo mosakay mo sa ambulansya unya kinahanglanon ang ambulansya unya moingon gigamit man ni doktor to follow-up papers, to get the supplies ug unsa pa diha. Karon, that has been addressed. Like I said the vision of the governor is to make life easy also for you the chiefs of hospitals, as well as your employees. Dawata kini,” she said.
In return, the heads of hospitals expressed their gratefulness for the new vehicles, saying that these will help them in improving the hospital operations.
“Nalipay kaayo mi kay sauna among gamiton pagkuhag supplies multicab nga karaan unya maguba… Maayo kay di na sad angay kinahanglan ambulansya gamiton,” said Dr. Feleus Bascon, chief of the Dr. Jose Ma. V. Borromeo Memorial District Hospital in Pinamungajan.
Dr. Olivia Dandan of Cebu Provincial Hospital-Balamban also shared the same problem when it comes to getting and transporting supplies from the Capitol. She said she is happy with their new vehicle.
“Dako og tabang sa amoa bitaw kay kanang ang atong mga supplies labi na sa mga probinsya daghan kay ming mga supplies kuhaon. Maglisod baya mi usahay nga kanang wa mi magamit unya atong ambulance ang priority nato patients baya dili baya supplies. Karon perti gyung dakoa sa tabang niani. Mura siya og hulog sa langit,” she said.
Provincial Board Member Raul Bacaltos, Dumanjug Mayor Efren Guntrano Gica and Provincial General Services Office Chief Jone Siegfried Sepe also attended the event.
Bacaltos reminded the hospital heads to take care of the vehicles.