Cuban-style health sys­tem to roll out by Fe­bru­ary

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The said pre­ven­tive health sys­tem is in re­sponse to Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s call for “health ser­vices for the masses.”

With this direc­tive, the pro­vin­cial govern­ment through its Pro­vin­cial Health Of­fice (PHO) is tap­ping all of the Mu­nic­i­pal Health Of­fices to search for those in need of the health ser­vices and bring the needed so­lu­tions to them.

The PHO will also be send­ing off buses with spe­cific fa­cil­i­ties to reach those in far-flung places. There will be four women’s health unit mo­bile buses, one mo­bile x-ray, one mo­bile eye clinic, one mo­bile blood test/ ECG, and one mo­bile phar­macy.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr. Jose An­to­nio Rivera, PHO-OIC, they are tar­get­ing all of 505 vil­lages within this year.

“We will bring ser­vices like breast can­cer screen­ing, cer­vi­cal can­cer screen­ing, re­spon­si­ble par­ent­hood, x-ray, hema­tol­ogy sec­tion, ECG, eye exam and free eye­glasses, tu­ber­cu­lo­sis mon­i­tor­ing/ spu­tum test, hear­ing aid from Starkey Foun­da­tion, and urine tests for grade school­ers. This is to en­hance the preven­tion of dis­eases and to avoid get­ting more com­pli­ca­tions,” he said.

He also added that the ru­ral health units play the piv­otal part in the sys­tem.

Gov­er­nor Pineda said that she wants all the Ka­pam­pan­gans free of all sick­ness be­fore her term ends.

“I want this as my legacy too. I want the Ka­pam­pan­gans to re­mem­ber me for this,” she added.--

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