The Department of Health – Central Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH-CVCHD) turned over one unit of Land Ambulance to the municipality of Larena to further boost the town’s vigilance to medical crises and delivery of health services to the community.

Dr. Jonathan Neil V. Erasmo, Local Health Support Division Chief and Ms. Jennifer C. Remollo, Development Management Officer (DMO) V – Negros Oriental and Siquijor Province personally delivered the Land Ambulance Unit to LGU Larena and led the Ceremonial Turnover and Signing of the Deed of Donation (DOD) on Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

The Type 1 Land Ambulance Unit is supplied with complete medical equipment, instruments, and accessories such as an automatic external defibrillator, nebulizer, portable suction machine, examining light, heavy-duty stethoscopes for both adult and pediatric patients, an aneroid sphygmomanometer, folding stretcher, scoop stretcher, oxygen cylinder, two cellular phones for both the ambulance and the hospital/base, intra-vehicle intercom, among others.

Mayor Cyrus Vincent Calibo, Vice Mayor Jan Dean Villa, Municipal Health Officer, Dr. Susan Jojie Villa, along with the Sangguniang Bayan Members and Dr. Zella Maye G. Samson, DMO IV for Siquijor Province were present to receive the donation.

“I’m very grateful that Larena has finally received its ambulance unit with complete equipment. Daghang salamat, DOH Region 7. Personal gyud nilang gi-deliver ang ambulance dire sa atong lungsod. This will further expedite patient transfers, especially for those who live in remote areas where immediate medical services are needed,” Mayor Calibo said.

During the turnover ceremony, Dr. Villa said that she’s grateful to DoH for granting the town’s first Type 1 Land Ambulance, which is a part of Larena RHU’s Local Investment Plan for Health (LIPH).

“This will definitely improve the delivery of our emergency services,” Dr. Villa said.
Larena RHU has been providing free medical transport services to all patients. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, all incoming Larena travelers were personally picked up by RHU personnel from the port to the municipal post-travel isolation facilities to ensure all returning residents’ convenience and safety.

Presently, patients admitted at the Provincial Hospital are also given free medications by RHU Larena upon request. Prescribed medicines are also directly brought to the patients admitted at the Provincial Hospital in Caipilan, Siquijor.

📷 Cindy Bonachita