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PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 01, 2012


16,531 patients served in Cagayan’s public health services to poor communities

by Oliver T. Baccay

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan. 1 (PIA) –- A total of 16, 531 individuals from the poor communities of Cagayan province benefited from the series of medical and dental missions conducted by the provincial health team, in partnership with different medical organizations.

With the thrust of reaching out to sick poor constituents in the far flung communities, who cannot afford hospitalization, the program was linked with various medical associations who are willing to conduct free medical, dental as well as other health programs to the hard-to-reach areas.

Carlos Cortina of the provincial health office said in the series of community medical services conducted by the health team of the province, 9,028 were given medical attention while 1,536 underwent dental prophylaxis and tooth extraction.

These were from the depressed barangays of Penablanca, Iguig, Amulung, Alcala, Pamplona, Lasam, Rizal, Amulung, Sta. Praxedes, Buguey, Piat, Enrile, Baggao, and Lallo.

Aside from these, the team has also conducted medical services to provincial jails in this city, Aparri and Sanchez Mira, which benefited 1,007 inmates who were given medical services.

Agbiag partylist Rep. Patrick Antonio had conducted also a medical-surgical mission, together with members of a medical foundation from Manila who were experts in plato-plasty and cheiloplasty wherein 35 patients underwent cleft lip and palate operations.

Earlier, the Cagayan North Association Inc., USA, a non-profit organization of Cagayanos based in California, had also served 4, 567 patients during the medical consultation, dental and surgical services. Some of them were operated of goiter and mass, cleft palate, nasal polyps and gall stones.

Gov. Alvaro Antonio said the medical services will not stop until there are people who need the medical services of the provincial government, in collaboration with the different non-government organizations who have the heart of serving the poor communities.

He also expressed his gratitude to the foundations and organizations for the unwavering support and big heart of reaching out to the people in the hard-to-reach areas. (TCB/OTB/PIA-2)

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