HUNDREDS of Isabela town residents have availed themselves of various health services during the medical mission initiated by the Municipal Government at its auditorium on Sunday, March 17.
Mayor Joselito Malabor said residents from different barangays were recipients of medical services like free consultation, dental check-up, circumcision, as well as free medicines, among others.
Malabor said the Municipal Government tapped some private and public hospitals in the province, which sent their doctors, nurses and other medical staff for the medical mission.
Among these hospitals were Bacolod Adventist Medical Center, South Bacolod General Hospital and Medical Center, Riverside Medical Center, some Capitol-run district hospitals, and rural health units of Hinigaran, La Castellana, Himamaylan City and Binalbagan.
“We targeted at least 1,000 beneficiaries of different ages, from children to senior citizens,” he said, adding that the medical mission is very timely as the health of many residents is affected by the extreme heat.
“The health of our constituents is one of the top priorities of the Municipal Government,” Malabor said.
Some barangays of the town are already experiencing water shortage, which is also affecting the residents’ health, thus, the town is planning to hold another medical mission next month.
Malabor, meanwhile, is seeking clarification from the 52nd Infantry Battalion regarding the alleged memorandum it issued by “high command” prohibiting its military personnel to provide services during the medical mission.
“They (army) are supposed to provide services like dental, medical, massage and circumcision,” Malabor said.
“We will seek clarification about the memorandum reportedly issued on Friday, which I have not personally received,” he said. “We need to be clarified if this is already part of the election ban period.”
“I hope activities like medical mission will not be affected as these are basic health services not infrastructure projects,” Malabor stressed.