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Healthcare inspired by Cuba reaches Surigao del Norte

Matugas                                                                                                        Skeptica

The Surigao del Norte provincial government is rolling out its Cuban-inspired health-care system, touted as the first in Caraga region, in remote and island-villages of the province on Saturday (Sept. 23).

Patterned after Cuba’s polyclinics, the provincial government is set to deploy mobile clinics specializing in medical and dental health, said Gov. Sol Matugas .

The mobile clinics, Matugas said, would also serve as pharmacies.

“The one that works in Siargao and three mainland towns in Surigao del Norte with budget will be provided by both provincial and national governments,” said Matugas.

According to Matugas, the Cuban health system is worth adopting because Cubans have one of the world’s highest life expectancies at 77 years as cited by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The polyclinic is the centerpiece of the Cuban health system.

Matugas said no less than Health Sec. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial will personally lead the program launch come Saturday.

Surigao del Norte pioneered Botika sa Barangay and Panambay sa Barangay (Pharmacy and delivery of public health services, all barangay-based) in 1998 when it was still time of then Governor and former Rep. Francisco Matugas.

Under Panambay Sa Barangay Program, patient beneficiaries are given free medical consultations, free medical and dental treatment and receive free medicines from the provincial government.

Upon assuming office in 2006, the lady governor launches her pet program HEALS priority development agenda called H.E.A.L.S acronym for Health, Environment, Education, and Employment, Agriculture, Livelihood and Good Service and Sanitation. By Ben Serrano

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