Governor Amado I. Espino III led the blessing and inauguration of the second mobile diagnostic and treatment clinic of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), and one more service vehicle for the Provincial Health Emergency Response Team (PHERT).
Assisting Governor Espino during the inauguration held on September 6 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center compound were: Pangasinan First Lady Karina Padua-Espino, Board Members Margielou “Orange” Humilde-Versoza and Vici Ventanilla, and several department and office heads of the province.
Provincial Health Officer Anna Maria Teresa de Guzman said the mobile diagnostic and treatment clinic features a digital x-ray, ultrasound, electro-encephalogram, laborary, and operating room intended for minor surgeries.
“This vehicle complements our health programs like the Kalusugan Karaban (KK), a comprehensive health advocacy flagship project of the provincial government which has been making rounds in various localities of the province,” de Guzman said.
The provincial health officer said far-flung villages of the province are prioritized by the provincial administration to be visited by the KK.
Now held twice a week, the mobile health program has served 868 villages clustered in 217 barangays in its 5th edition, bringing medical, dental, optical, and other services to Pangasinenses. Patients are given free medicine after consultation.
The service vehicle, on the other hand, will be used by the PHERT for health response, particularly during times of disasters.
Rev. Fr. Eduardo Inacay of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish – Bugallon led the blessing prior to the inauguration.
/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca (Photos by Neiza Ferrer & Cris Daniel Mendoza)