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“Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic” inaugurated by Mayor Honey at JJASGEN

Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic
Mayor Honey Lacuna accompanied by JJASGEN Director Dr. Merle Sacdalan and (trailing behind) the mayor's trusted companion, barangay chairperson Evelyn de Guzman. (JERRY S. TAN)

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna inaugurated a new unit called, the “Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic” at the Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital (JJASGEN).

Lacuna, who was accompanied by her constant companion, barangay chairperson Evelyn de Guzman, said the new unit will serve as a venue for a healing opportunity via the ‘Complementary and Alternative Medicine’.

“Ito ang unang libreng acupuncture clinic na magbibigay-serbisyo sa mga Manilenyo lalo na dito sa ikatlong distrito. Ito ay bilang pagkilala at pagbibigay halaga sa alternatibong pamamaraan ng panggagamot gaya ng acupuncture, ventosa, therapeutic massage at iba pa,” the lady mayor said.

She added: “Binabati natin ang ating Hospital Director, Dr. Merle Sacdalan-Faustino, sa kanyang sigasig at pagpupursige upang mabigyan ng holistic health services ang ating mga kababayan.”

The new unit, Lacuna said, forms part of the numerous actions being undertaken by the city government toward swiftly achieving her vision for ‘Magnificent Manila’ come 2030.

“Pinagsusumikapan natin na maging katangi-tanging pangunahing lungsod na nagpapatupad ng pinakamataas na antas at pinaka-de kalidad na serbisyong medikal,” Lacuna, a doctor, stressed.

In her message, the mayor also expressed gratitude to the Department of Health through Undersecretary Gloria Balboa, the Philippine Academy of Acupuncture headed by Dr. Tan Cho Chiong and the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care under Dr. Annabelle Pabiona De Guzman as well as Congressman Joel Chua (3rd district) and the third district City Councilors present, whom she called upon to never get tired of supporting the city and being part of its efforts to make its populace healthy.

She likewise cited the efforts and dedication of Faustino and all the staff of the JJASGEN in serving specially the third district residents of Manila.

Lacuna announced that the city government has already begun the implementation of an orderly and effective referral system for patients, pursuant to the Universal Health Care.

In the established system, Lacuna cited the huge role that the barangays, health centers and six city-run hospitals, including the JJASGEN, play to make the said system work efficiently and fully.

According to the mayor, this was complemented by the enhancement of the capacity of the city’s 44 health centers and the provision of basic, necessary equipment that would enable them to conduct basic laboratory, ultrasound and ECG, as she expresed optimism that in the coming days, even x-ray may also be done already in the health centers.

“Magsisilbing prayoridad sa Magnificent Manila ang pangangalaga sa kalusugan ng bawat Manilenyo, at titiyakin natin na ito ay maisagawa at maipagpatuloy sa mahabang panahon. Dito mahalaga ang ibayong pagtutulungan ng lahat na kabahagi ng health cluster at ang mga stakeholders, kabilang ang mga pribadong indibidwal at samahan,” Lacuna underscored.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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