BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar, July 14 (PIA) - The Department of Health (DOH) and in partnership with the provincial government and the Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital (ESPH), headed by Dr. Salvador Evardone, launched the DOH Surgical Caravan on July 10, 2017 at the ESPH.
The Surgical Caravan dubbed: “ToDOH Alaga, May Tsekap na, May Operasyon pa."
The Surgical Caravan is the DOH’s response to President Rodrigo Duterte health care agenda of providing free check – ups and quality health services to the Filipino people especially to those who need it most.
It aims to enhance the service delivery of hospitals run by local government units through the technical assistance of DOH hospitals and intensify health service provision for the poorest of the poor to help alleviate their medical woes.
The caravan that offers operations, ranging from minor to major cases for free to indigent constituents in need of surgical procedures is currently underway at the ESPH till July 14.
Almost two hundred beneficiaries from all over Eastern Samar were pre-identified and profiled for the surgical caravan during check-ups conducted by the different RHUs.
DOH-Provincial Officer Dr. Jean Marie Egargo bared that the caravan is an offshoot of the Philippine Health Agenda (PHA) – Checkup program aimed to deliver provision of medical intervention, in line with PHA guarantee of Service Delivery Networks wherein health care providers are organized to ensure the public of an easy access to high quality services regardless of financial capacity to pay.
DOH-8 as well as LGU-Eastern Samar collaborated for fund/resource sharing, P1-M from DOH and P500,000 from the provincial government.
Philheath- Local Health Insurance Officer (LHIO)Borongan, Ms. Josephine Mosquisa, stressed that all surgical procedures done during the caravan shall be compensable with Philhealth while laboratory and diagnostic procedures, drugs, medicines, supplies, professional fees may also be covered by DOH.
DOH-run Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center and San lazaro Hospital facilitated the surgical operations by bringing in additional general surgeons, health consultants, and physicians.
Meanwhile, Eastern Samar Lone District Representative Ben P. Evardone stressed the importance of convergence in addressing the medical needs of the poorest of the poor. He assured the transportation service for patients referred to Manila. (ajc/SDC/PIA8-E. Samar)