17 barrio doctors in Metro Cebu for APEC events

TO serve in medical teams for international events in Cebu, the Department of Health (DOH) 7 will field some 17 “doctors to the barrios” during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings.

The doctors—who are designated in far-flung areas of Cebu, Bohol and Negros—will be pulled out from their assignments to augment the three DOH medical teams, said Ligaya Moneva, health education and promotion officer of DOH 7.

Moneva said they will be asked to report to the APEC sites in shifts of from one to three days.

u201cThose that work as the sole doctor in their areas will not stay for long,” Moneva said, stressing that the primary obligation of these doctors are still patients in their assigned areas.

The barrio doctors work on two-year contracts. DOH assured that regular doctors and local health officers are still standing by so as not to disrupt the delivery of health services in remote areas.

u201cThey’re always our priority but this is an extraordinary situation because of the APEC. The doctors are expected to go back to their areas after their shift,” Moneva added.

In addition, at least two doctors will also represent each of the following government-retained hospitals in the region: Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Eversley Childs Sanitarium, Talisay City District Hospital and Saint Anthony Mother and Child Hospital in Cebu; Don Emilio del Valle Memorial Hospital in Ubay town and Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital in Tagbilaran City in Bohol.

Moneva said that last Monday, health preparations were already in order, including the identification of referral hospitals and ambulances.

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