LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Dasol Mayor Eric Verzosa thanked Governor Amado ‘Pogi’ I. Espino, III for bringing the fourth leg of the Kalusugan Caravan of the provincial government to barangay Eguia in his town.
“Ang hiling ng ama ng ating lalawigan ay ang magtulong-tulong tayong lahat para maiangat ang antas ng kalusugan sa Pangasinan,” said Mayor Verzosa, who lauded Governor Espino’s care and concern for his constituents by bringing health services closer to them.
Leading the mobile health caravan conducted by the Provincial Health Office in Eguia Elementary School (EES) on October 14, Provincial First Lady Karina Padua-Espino extended the message of the governor to Pangasinenses: “This (the Kalusugan Caravan) is the governor’s way of helping everyone of you.”
Mrs. Espino led the supplemental feeding program as well as the distribution of dignity kits to pregnant mothers, school supplies to EES pupils and complimentary kits to the elders.
The townspeople also availed of free-of-charge medical check-up, dental services and chest x-ray services. Free medicines were also dispensed. Dog owners also took advantage of free-of-charge vaccination for their dogs.
Diagnostic laboratory tests on hemoglobin, blood sugar, blood typing and urinalysis were also offered while information education campaign on maternal health, child care and family planning was also extended to participating couples.
Meanwhile, Provincial Health Officer Anna Maria Teresa De Guzman said that the mobile health caravan that is now conducted twice a week forms part of the health development thrust of the provincial administration.
De Guzman added that the rabies vaccination which is provided for free is an intervention strategy of the provincial government to lessen, if not totally terminate, the number of rabies cases in the province.
Along with De Guzman, Western Pangasinan District Hospital Chief Susan Merino, Dasol Community Hospital Chief Eugenie Guiang and Assistant Provincial Health Officer Cielo Almoite were also present during the mobile health caravan.
Local leaders of Dasol to include Vice Mayor Sadong Bernal and Eguia Village Chief Orlando Quinitio were also present during the health caravan to express support to the activity.
By Dexter A. See