Guv reaches out to leptospirosis patients in Olongapo City-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The strong health advocate that she is, Governor Lilia Pineda reached out to leptospirosis patients confined at the James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital (JLGMH) in Olongapo City.
During last Wednesday’s visit where she was accompanied by Lubao Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab, Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Dr. Leonita Gorgolon and Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino, Governor Pineda checked on the remaining 69 patients, including seven children, confined at the JLGMH and provided them much needed assistance like medicines and a supply of various blood types.
"Pampanga gets help from many government and private entities when there is a crisis or calamity in the province. It’s time to give back to our neighbors in Olongapo City," Pineda said.
Hospital Director Dr. Jewel Manuel disclosed that two patients were in critical condition as of October 16. He added that more than 650 patients were confined and treated at the JLGMH during the leptospirosis outbreak, after massive floods hit Olongapo and nearby Subic in Zambales about four weeks ago. Some 12 individuals have since died of the disease.
Paulino, for his part, expressed gratitude for the support of Governor Pineda.
“Actually, last week the governor and her children already sent us help. The help is overwhelming and very much appreciated,” said Paulino.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 18, 2013.