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3rd Super Health Center to open in Mati City

The start of 2024 has not been merry for the family of Pagnausan in Barangay Mati City, Davao Oriental, as anxiety trickled in, with their 10-month-old son experiencing persistent coughing.

Having no hospital in their village, the family traveled 25 kilometers away from their house on January 3, boarding a “bao-bao” vehicle to reach the nearest private health institution. The 30-minute ride was dreadful for Arbeth Pagnausan.

After a thorough examination, doctors told Pagnausan that his son had pneumonia. They were advised on its proper treatment and were prescribed medicine.

Even with medicines, Pagnausan still saw no manifestation of improvement in their child’s health. On January 5, they again embarked on another 30-kilometer journey to Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center, where they decided to have their child admitted for observation and treatment.

After days of staying in the medical center, their son got cured of pneumonia and was sent home by the doctors.

Arbeth Pagnausan (in yellow shirt) with her 10-month old son talks to a health worker during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Super Health Center in Barangay Dawan, Mati City. (MLU photo)

Present Health Facilities

Pagnausan told the Philippine Information Agency in an interview that, as of now, their barangay only has a health center and a birthing facility.

These facilities serve their village, which has a total of 1,490 families, or around 5,700 individuals.

According to her, currently, when one needs treatment for common diseases like fever, cough, and colds, the attending nurse will get vital information and forward the same to the doctor. Usually, when the patient visits the health center in the morning, the doctor’s prescription will be available by around 1 p.m.

If the health center has the medicines prescribed by the doctors, the patient will not be paying for it; otherwise, they will be buying them from private pharmacies.

Pagnausan said that if the patient needs to be subjected to laboratory tests, he or she will have to travel by bus or bao-bao and will spend around P35 to P50 per person per ride to reach the nearest hospital.

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go (center with no cap) leads the groundbreaking ceremony of the Super Health Center in Barangay Dawan, Mati City on January 26. (Photo: SBG FB)

Groundbreaking of a Super Health Center

Upon knowing that a Super Health Center will be constructed just beside their block, Pagnausan is optimistic that soon they will no longer travel kilometers away to avail of free and more advanced medical services.

“Mas tipid ni ug dili na kaayo mi mabalaka pa kay duol nalang ni (This is more economical and less worry (in times of sickness in the family) since the facility is just nearby,” Pagnausan said.

On January 26, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go led the groundbreaking ceremony of the third Super Health Center in Barangay Dawan, Mati City.

Together with the senator were his son Christian Lawrence Go, Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Stephen Paul Uy representing Governor Niño Uy, Mati City mayor Michelle Rabat, San Isidro mayor Angel Go, Cateel mayor Emelou Malanyaon, Lupon vice mayor Santos Alonzo, Jr., and actor Philip Salvador.

According to Go, the center will be a medium polyclinic that will provide medical, dental, and laboratory services.

“Pwede pa ni butangan og dialysis puhon sa LGU or unsa man klaseng serbisyo medikal pwede pa mahatag sa katawhan (The local government unit can add dialysis services soon or any other medical services that the people might need),” Go added.

The Super Health Center in Barangay Dawan is the third of its kind to be built in Mati City. The other two are in Barangay Central and in Barangay Dahican.

The senator said that around 12 Super Health Centers will be established in the province of Davao Oriental.

On the sidelines of the program, Pagnausan is so thankful to the government and to Senator Go for bringing health services closer to them.

“Pasalamat jud mi kay gidulit sa among tugkaran ang kining facility (We are thankful that this facility was brought right to our doorstep),” she said. (MLU/PIA Davao Oriental, with photo from Senator Bong Go Facebook page)

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go assures assistance to a resident in Barangay Dawan, Mati City during the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Super Health Center in the said area. The resident has a laceration in her forehead due to a falling coconut. (MLU photo)

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