THE Department of Health - Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) launched the first sea ambulance in the region to cater for patients in far-flung island communities and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas in the province of Quezon.
Dr. Eduardo C. Janairo, DoH regional director, said the DoH purchased the sea ambulance and donated it to the rural health unit of the municipality of Panukulan in Quezon and will serve the Polillo Group of islands which lies on the southeast part of the province.
Janairo said the purchase of the sea ambulance was made possible through a sub-allotment fund from the central office worth P21,000,000 through the Health Facilities Enhancement Program which aims to provide medical transport in order for patients living in island communities to have access to quality health care services.
“We still have to furnish the needed medical equipment and emergency kits that will be placed inside the sea ambulance and we will endeavor to acquire them immediately in order to complete its emergency care services.” he said.
“Isang parte lamang ito sa implementasyon ng ating universal health care system at hindi lang ito para sa mga pasyenteng nangangailangan ng agarang pagpapagamot sa ospital. Magbibigay din ito ng preventive health care services at kailangan nating lagyan ito ng mobility o referral system mula sa lugar ng pinagyarihan ng insidente hanggang sa makarating ang pasyente sa pinakamalaipit na RHU o ospital at pabalik sa kanyang bahay at napakaimportante po nito, ang mobility through sea ambulance at isa ito sa palalakasin natin through primary care service,” the health official added.
Janairo said patients from the island communities that will be transported by the sea ambulance will be directed to the Claro M. Recto Memorial Hospital (CMRMDH), a 25-bed capacity health facility located in Infanta town.
“Lahat ng RHU ng Polilio Island ng Quezon ay ikakabit natin sa mainland hospital at uunahin natin ang RHU ng Panukulan at kung may mga pasyenteng nangangailangan ng mas mataas na antas ng paggamot, gagamitin natin ang telemedicine upang maka-access tayo sa mga espesyalista na nasa Maynila,” he added.