LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The Kalusugan Karavan (KK) of the provincial government of Pangasinan has served over 4,000 residents in various barangays of Mangatarem, Bugallon and Labrador this second week of November.
The health caravan being implemented by the Provincial Health Office is intended to bring quality health care services and other support projects to the grassroots level.
The health caravan dubbed “Pagkalusugang serbisyo, Organisado ng Goberyno handog para sa Inyo (POGI), which is led by PHO chief Anna De Guzman and Pangasinan First Lady Karina Padua-Espino, has visited Pangascasan in Bugallon on November 8; Bogtong-Silag in Mangatarem on November 9 and Uyong, Labrador on November 11.
In her inspirational messages delivered in the three areas, the First Lady acknowledged the role of key players for grassroots development, as she stressed that the health caravan is a way of Governor Espino “to reach out and provide services to communities.”
“Nagpapasalamat po kami dahil sa binibigay ninyo na mainit na kooperasyon upang maging matagumpay ang programang pangkalusugan ng pamahalaang panlalawigan,” Mrs. Espino said.
The Pangasinan First Lady also led the feeding program, and giving of school supplies and slippers for the school children.
Aside from the medical and dental services, and free consultation offered to the locales, ollyset rolls or treated nets were also distributed to public schools in Bugallon, Mangatarem and Labrador during the health caravan.
The roving tesm also handed over blankets to senior citizens, maternity kits to pregnant mothers and other tokens to other barangay residents.
Pet owners also availed of free anti-rabies vaccination for their dogs courtesy of the Provincial Veterinary office.
Present to extend support to the health caravan held in separate locations, were: school heads of host elementary schools, Bogtong-Silag barangay captain Aguedo Petaca who represented Mangatarem Mayor Ramil Ventenilla; Bugallon Mayor Jumel Espino; Uyong, Labrador barangay captain Leonardo Fernandez and Labrador Mayor Dominador Arenas.
The health caravan launched on September 23 is now a regular health program of the provincial government.
By Dexter A. See