The Kalusugan Karaban, a flagship project of Governor Amado I. Espino III, recently provided health services amid the onslaught of monsoon rains to the mountainous Malico village in San Nicolas town inhabited mainly by the ethnolinguistic Kalangoya, an Indigenous Peoples tribe.
The farthest barangay of Pangasinan in its eastern part, Barangay Malico is endowed with a cold weather similar with, if not colder than, Baguio.
“Uray adayo kayo apo, makadanon iti serbisyo ti provincial government ti barangay Malico. (Kahit malayo po kayo, makakarating ang serbisyo ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan sa barangay Malico).
Hindi po namin kayo kinakalimutan at hindi namin papabayaan ang barangay na sakop ng Pangasinan,” Governor Espino told the residents of Malico on August 9 during the 210th edition of the Kalusugan Karaban, a roving health advocacy project of the provincial government launched in October 2016.
The medical service coincided with the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
With Governor Espino during the Kalusugan Karaban was his wife, Pangasinan First Lady Karina Padua-Espino, Pangasinan Police Provincial Office Acting Director Redrico Maranan, some provincial depetment heads, chiefs of hospital, and local officials from San Nicolas.
Onboard provincial buses and vehicles, the health services providers from the provincial government travelled for six hours from the Provincial Capitol in Lingayen town to the venue of the Kalusugan Karaban in Malico village.
Due to the ongoing rehabilitation of the Villa Verde Trail in San Nicolas town, the Kalusugan Karaban team took the other route via Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya to reach Malico village.
“First time atoy nga maaramid ditoy Malico ket agyaman kami Governor Espino ta inyeg mo tay tulong ditoy ayan mi. Salamat ti inted yo nga suporta ditoy (First time ito na mangyari dito sa Malico at nagpapasalamat kami kay Governor Espino sa dinala mong tulong dito sa amin),” Malico barangay captain Jaime Segundo said in expressing his gratitude to the provincial government for bringing the program in their village.
Uray kastoy kaadayo ayan mi ket ay-ayaten da kami gayam ditoy Malico (Kahit gaano kalayo ang lugar namin ay minamahal nyo kaming mga taga-Malico)” Segundo added.
Apart from the feeding program for the pupils of Malico Elementary School, Gov. Espino also led the distribution of rolls of olysset net or insecticide-treated nets to school administration; Gerry cans, hyposol and insecticide to barangay officials; sanitation hygiene kits to pregnant women; school supplies and slippers to school children and tokens to senior citizens.
The following are the health services provided in the mobile health caravan: medical and pedia consultation, free medicines after check-up, tooth extraction, supplemental feeding program, laboratory diagnostic examination – blood typing, RBS and urinalysis, TB control program – chest x-ray and exam, water sanitation service, lectures on health programs, dog vaccination and anti-dengue information drive. Added services are the following: haircut, eye refraction and pneumococcal vaccination for the senior citizens.
The Pangasinan Environment and Natural Resources Office distributed seedlings which were planted inside and around Malico Elementary School.
/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca (Photos by ACDC)