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Daram town gets new doc

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan, Samar (10 November) -- Daram, an island town with 58 barangays is now rejoicing over the arrival for their new Municipal Health Officer, Christine Mabutin.

In a phone interview, Mabutin, who hails from Sta Margarita said she chose Daram among other offers of LGUs without doctors.

It is a health issue in Samar that only some 12 municipalities out of the 25 towns and one city have Municipal Health officers who are doctors, some of these also belong to the'Doctor to the Barrios' program.

Doc Christine added that she will still learn how to manage the municipal health office and orient herself in the health culture of Daramnons.

With her lean staff, Doc Christine said she will try to make the best out of what the municipality has.

"So far, there are plenty of medicines here," she stressed.

"I believe that Mayor Lucia Astorga id supportive of the health programs," the young doc said.

She said she sought the cooperation of those who immediately flocked to her clinic for consultation.

"Maupay unta kun magburublig kita, bas imaging malinampuson an aton programa poanlawas, kay biskan an oak paniguro kun diri kamo maduyog, magiging makuri ini," she said in the dialect. (tran: No matter how hard I work if you won't cooperate, then it will be difficult.)

Daram has had no doc for more than three years and Doc Christine's presence is considered a blessing.

"Maupay na ini nga may ada kami doctor, diri na kami magtinabok tabok pagpakonsulta," Winnie Aņez told PIA. (trans: I am glad we have a doctor now, we won't have to sail to the mainland anymore for consultation.)

Meanwhile, DOH-Representative to Samar bared that three new doctors from the'Doctor to the Barrios Program' maybe deployed to Matuginao, Talalora and San Sebastian.

This information was also confirmed by a health personnel from DOH 8, but she qualified the information by saying that it will depend on the local chief executives who requested if they will agree to the terms of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

After the scheduled meeting with the three mayors, that is only the time when the DOH can really say about the new assignments. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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