Blasting that Surigaonons deserve only the best quality health care service, Assistant Provincial Administrator Arlene Felizarta started the ball rolling with Brgy. San Juan covered court, this city, as the first stop and pilot center last May 17.

Surigao City Mayor Ernesto ‘Estong’ Matugas and Punong Barangay Susan Galinea joined Gov. Francisco ‘Gob Lalo’ Matugas in initializing the Governor’s Clinic on Wheels to more or less 50 qualified beneficiaries.

Anchored on the battlecry “Marajaw na Panlawas sa Malamboon Surigao” the initiative was fleshed out during the culmination program of the 120th Founding Anniversary of One Surigao.

Felizarta disclosed that the laudable endeavor shall lay the first stone for free saliva-based antigen test to all concerned.

Be that as it may, Felizarta remarked that starting from January 1 up to May 14, the Provincial Health Office has recorded a surge of active COVID-19 cases.”

Just this week, we have 139 cases in the province. What can we do to help the sick Surigaonon,” quipped Felizarta, a licensed physician by profession.

That same day, Gov. Matugas issued a public advisory that ‘if the magnitude of fresh cases remain to swell within a week, he will be constrained to convene the provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and after a systematic evaluation, shall place the entire province under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) if need be.’

“Those who will be caught for not following the health protocols shall be apprehended and prosecuted in accordance with existing local ordinances and national laws,” warned the 79-year-old Governor.

Saying that the provincial leadership has activated it’s epedimiology and surveillance center, Felizarta explained the need to expand the universal access to physical consultation, medicine distribution and government-funded hospitalization for the grassroots and margins of society.

Tawag Konsulta program, according to Felizarta, has gained support from the medical community.

As such, Felizarta said that the Governor’s Clinic shall take into account the patient referral system, citing incorruptible collaboration with cutting-edge facilities namely – the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao and the Vicente Sotto Memorial in Cebu City.

Hatud-hinabang and prelisting of indigent patients identified by barangay LGUS shall also take precedent, added Felizarta.

“COVID testing shall be done to insure our safety, as a precautionary measure,” said Felizarta.’

Physical distancing, constant wearing of facemask and handwashing etiquette prior, during and after registration shall be strictly observed,’ maintained Felizarta.

CTTO by: JUN PARADA