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Health services in Samar take a new turn

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (February 5) -- Health services in Samar has taken a different turn these days.

Recently, the so called Hospital Assistance Project in Samar (HAPS) made the rounds of Samar district hospitals for consultation bringing with them specialists from the fields of OB gyne, pediatrics, ophthalmology, EENT and internal medicine.

The team, led by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Dulce Cernal, was in Calbayog District Hospital while today, it is in Gandara.

Ms. Felecita Borata, Chief of Technical Services, stressed that it is not a medical mission, but a real consultation where the drugs are maximized.

She added that unlike in medical missions, drugs are dispensed with sporadically, here only patients who needed the drugs are given.

"It is sad to note that our constituents have lost trust in their hospitals and stopped patronizing them," a beleaguered Borata faced the media.

If the practice won't be interrupted, constituents would be visited at least twice a month for a follow up on the treatment, Borata enthused.

Samar's state of health services has declined in the past few years such that the hospitals were downgraded in terms of services.

It was that bad that a national TV production depicting Samar's health service called it "Mona Lisa" hospital where patients literally "lie there and they die there".

The 'resurrection' of a renewed zest to upgrade Samar's health services stemmed from the assumption of Acting Governor Jesus Redaja.

Redaja then vowed to focus on agriculture and health in his limited term of 90 days as the real governor Milagrosa Tan will be re assuming her post on February 11, 2009.

With this project and the benefits, HAPS team is confident it would earn the support of whoever sits as Samar governor. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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