Senior citizens in Cebu, who are suffering from cataract and other eye problems, will no longer have to worry about looking for treatment.
This, as the Cebu Provincial Government, through the Provincial Health Office, inaugurated the cataract care unit (CCU) and ophthalmology operating room at the Cebu Provincial Hospital (CPH)-Danao City on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
“Natuman na ang promise ni Gov. Hilario P. Davide nga libre ang ospital. Karon, ihatag namo ang maayong serbisyo nga libre,” PHO Chief Dr. Rene Catan said in his speech during the launch.
Aimee Gwen Amper-Derama, PHO eye disease focal person, said that the eye facility in CPH-Danao was already the third project inaugurated in a period of six months.
On Aug. 16 and 30, 2018, PHO held the launching and inauguration of the same facility in CPH-Carcar and CPH-Balamban, respectively.
Another cataract operating facility is set to be opened at the Bogo Provincial Hospital within the first quarter of this year.
For every eye operating room, the Province spent at least P1.5 million for the purchase of head lamp, slit lamp, operating microscope, keratometer, and biometrics machine.
Catan, who led the ceremonial ribbon-cutting and inauguration of the facility, said that the present state of provincial hospitals is not yet ideal, but the improvements of facilities and services showed a big difference compared to its condition years ago.
“We will be looking forward to a cataract-free Cebu,” said Dr. Prudencio Manubag, chief of CPH-Danao.
A cataract operation usually costs at least P50,000 to P100,000 when performed in a private hospital, but with the facility at the CPH-Danao, Manubag said it can be done for free.
After the program, at least 50 senior citizens were screened to determine who among them need immediate eye surgery. Among those who grabbed the opportunity to have their eyes checked was Ernesto Alerta, 64 and a retired businessman from Danao City; Ferdinand Hermoso, 53, of Carmen town; and Alejandrita Mansueto.
Dr. Elenita Gamolo, Department of Health 7 assistant regional director who attended the ceremony, congratulated Catan and the PHO.
The administration of Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale has placed the delivery of health and social services as the number one priority under their Six-Key Development Agenda.
The other five development agenda are countryside development; education and vocational training; environmental, climate change and disaster management; infrastructure, tourism and investment promotion; and law and order.