Angeles City intensifies healthcare programs amid pandemic

ANGELES CITY, March 29 (PIA) -- The city government continuous to bring programs that would improve the delivery of healthcare services in Angeles despite challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting said they have always believed that a healthy nation is a strong one.

"Giving priority to the health of every Angeleno has been the cornerstone of the present administration. That is why we would like to commend the health workers and the personnel of the City Health Office who continue to face danger everyday as they go above and beyond the call of duty just to be of service to their kababayans," Cabigting said.

Among these is the revitalization of the six rural health units in the city and the provision of free medicines to Angelenos.

"A total of 3,887 marginalized Angelenos have received free medicine assistance delivered via door-to-door delivery in 2020. That is a first in Angeles City. Our RHUs have also served total of 13,301 medicines, while the City Hall’s Medicine Dispensary Unit has provided 9,176 medicines as of January 2021," the vice mayor said.

Cabigting added that free vitamin supplements and deworming vaccines were also administered to more than 4,000 children in the city.

"We also put up the Puso Center, a 3 in 1 clinic, to provide better and affordable medical services to all Angelenos. To date, the Puso Center has served 3,728 patients, performed 32 minor surgeries, and have given anti-rabies vaccines to 6,077 Angelenos," she said.

Meanwhile, when it comes to senior citizens, about 3,510 have also availed of the anti-flu vaccination, while 2,693 senior citizens have been administered anti-pneumonia shots.

For children, Cabigting said the city continues to face other diseases such as rubella, measles, and polio that threaten society.

"We also focused on our door-to-door Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio campaign. With the hardwork of our City Health Office employees, Angeles City recorded the highest number of vaccination in the whole of Region 3, with 43, 392 vaccinated during the first wave, while 47,052 were given the same vaccine on the second wave," she said.

She also shared that the city government is in the process of securing PhP600 million loan from financial institution to purchase vaccines for COVID-19 in order to ensure everybody’s health and safety against the disease. (CLJD/MJSC-PIA 3)