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LOOK: 2nd DOH sea ambulance operates in Calauag, Quezon

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH)-CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) turned over the second sea ambulance to the local government of Calauag, Quezon Friday, February 28, to serve patients from its distant island barangays.

BRAND NEW. From left, Mayor Rosalina O. Visorde with Quezon 4th District Representative Helen DL. Tan present the new DOH sea ambulance to DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo and DOH PHTL for Quezon Juvy Paz M. Purino.

Photo from DOH-CALABARZON

The DOH said the sea ambulance would be equipped with the essential medical equipment and emergency kits that would be used during health emergencies and even rescue operations in times of sea disasters. 

TEST RUN. Health staff from the municipality of Calauag, Quezon take the new sea ambulance for a test run after its blessing and turn-over.

Photo from DOH-CALABARZON

“The system will provide access to geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) and will manage the delivery of health services in the island barangays,” DOH-Calabarzon Director Eduardo C. Janairo said during the blessing and turnover of the sea ambulance at Calauag Port. He added that it would also provide preventive health care services such as wellness visits and standard immunizations.

TURNOVER. Quezon 4th District of Representative Helen DL. Tan, DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo, DOH PHTL for Quezon Dr. Juvy Paz M. Purino and Mayor Rosalina O. Visorde onboard the new sea ambulance.

Photo from DOH-CALABARZON

The sea ambulance costs P3 million. DOH gave the first sea ambulance to Panakulan, Quezon in September 2019. DOH says 5 more sea ambulances will be given this year to island communities of Quezon to ensure the prompt delivery of basic health services and faster response to emergency patients. – Rappler.com