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DOH launches first rural surgery program in CALABARZON

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna (PIA) --Surgical services in rural communities will now be possible after the Department of Health - Calabarzon Center for Health and Development launched its first rural surgery program at the Mabini Community Hospital (MCH) in Mabini, Batangas.

The rural surgery program is part of the CO-OPERASYON Rural Surgery Program, a pilot program of the DOH 4-A, in collaboration with the University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) and the Municipal Government of Mabini.

“Initially, UP-PGH will be providing minor surgical operations at MCH, and for patients needing major surgery, we will send them immediately to PGH,” UP-PGH Director, Gerardo Legaspi, said of the program which aims to bring the much needed surgical operations to treat those residing in far-flung areas.

Aside from providing additional healthcare services to the community, UP-PGH will also deploy three (3) resident surgeons who will provide essential surgical operations at MCH, an 18-bed capacity local government hospital which opened last July 1, 2020.

“With the leadership and support of the UP-PGH, we can be assured that this project will be sustained to help all people requiring various kinds of surgery in distant communities will be provided and taken care of,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said during the official launch of the program.

Aside from surgical services, Janairo said the said facility will also eventually provide specialized medical services such as internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics and-gynecology (OB-GYN).

OIC Regional Director, Dr. Paula Paz Sydiongco, said the DOH 4-A allotted a P10-M initial fund for purchasing medical equipment, supplies and facilities.

“Habang wala pang surgical ward, ang community hospital ay gagamitn muna ang mga available rooms upang maumpisahan ang proyekto. Habang inaayos pa natin ang facility upang makapag-accomodate ng maraming mga pasyente, pansamantala munang mga minor surgical operations ang gagawin dito,” Sydiongco said.

Residents were also assured that all surgical operations in the MCH will be free of charge, as they will be covered by PHILHEALTH, UP-PGH, and the regional health office. (PB/DOH 4-A)

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