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Press Release/29 February 2020
 

Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) yesterday turned-over the second sea ambulance to the local government of Calauag, Quezon to serve patients from its distant island barangays. 

The second sea ambulance purchased by the department will be equipped with the essential medical equipment and emergency kits that will be used during health emergencies and even rescue operations in times of sea disasters.

 “Unti-unti mabibigyan natin lahat ng ating island municipalities ng sea ambulance dahil ito ang kailangan upang makapagdala ng agarang lunas sa mga may karamdaman na nasa malalayong isla at upang madala sila agad sa pinakamalapit na ospital at mailigtas pa ang kanilang buhay,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated in his message during the blessing and turn-over of the sea ambulance held at Calauag Port in Calauag, Quezon.

He added that the sea ambulance will also provide preventive health care services such as wellness visits and standard immunizations.:

"Ikakabit natin ang sea ambulance na ito sa referral system ng local na pamahalaan upang lalo pang matugunan ang mga pangangailangang pangkalusugan gaya ng facility-based deliveries dahil ito ang magdadala sa mga pasyente sa pinakamalapit na health unit o health facility.” 

“The system will provide access to GIDAs and will manage the delivery of health services in the island barangays,” Janairo explained. 

The cost of the sea ambulance is Php3,000.000 through a sub-allotment fund from the central office worth Php21,000,000 for the purchase of 7 sea ambulances in CALABARZON through the Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) which aims to provide medical transport in order for patients living in island communities to have access to quality health care services. 

Five more sea ambulances will be given this year to the island communities of Quezon to ensure the prompt delivery of basic health services and faster response to emergency patients. 

The blessing and turn-over ceremony of the sea ambulance was attended by also attended by 4th District Representative Helen Tan, and Calauag Mayor Rosalina Visorde and members of the Sangguniang Bayan.

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(Front row from R-L) 4th District of Quezon Representative Helen DL. Tan, DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo, DOH PHTL for Quezon Dr. Juvy Paz M. Purino and Mayor Rosalina O. Visorde poses on board the new sea ambulance that will serve patients in GIDAs of Calauag, Quezon during the blessing and turnover ceremony held on February 28, 2020 at the Port of Calauag, Quezon.

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 (From L-R) Mayor Rosalina O. Visorde with 4th District of Quezon Representative Helen DL. Tan presenting the new DOH sea to DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo and DOH PHTL for Quezon Dr. Juvy Paz M. Purino before the start of the of the blessing and turnover ceremony held on February 28, 2020 at the Port of Calauag, Quezon.

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DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo asures more health improvements for residents of GIDAs during the blessing and turn-over of the new sea ambulance for the municipality of Calauag, Queaon held on February 28, 2020 at Calauag Port in Quezon province.

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Health staff from the municipality of Calauag, Quezon takes the new sea ambulance for a test run after its blessing and turn-over held on February 28, 2020 at Calauag Port in Quezon province.

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The second sea ambulance of DOH-CALABARZON donated to the municipality of Calauag, Quezon on February 28, 2020. The Php3,000.000 sea ambulance was funded through a sub-allotment fund from the central office through the Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) which aims to provide medical transport in order for patients living in island communities to have access to quality health care services.