AKSYON SA KALUSOGAN. Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapiña hands-over the key of the brand new patient transport vehicle to Punong Baranggay Deofel Rollan of Kimamon in a turn-over ceremony held on September 4, 2021 at Barangay Kimamon Covered Court. Photo by Santo Tomas MIO

SANTO TOMAS, Davao del Norte—The municipal government of Santo Tomas headed by Mayor Ernesto Evangelista has turned over a brand new unit of patient transport vehicle (PTV) to Barangay Kimamon in keeping true to its mandate to improve the quality of life and bring public health services faster to the residents of the said barangay. 

The purchase of the brand new PTV was realized through a counter-parting scheme to improve the Barangay emergency medical response system. It would complement the services being provided by the Barangay Kimamon Safe Birthing Facility and Barangay Health Center funded by the Department of Health (DOH) under the “Aksyon Sa Kalusugan” program and was built under the Evangelista administration.

According to Mayor Evangelista, the brand new PTV is expected to efficiently help Barangay Kimamon in terms of transporting the patient from the incident site to the emergency room of the receiving hospital for definitive care, transferring the patient to another hospital for further diagnosis and treatment purposes, rendering emergency medical care and life support to sustain the stability of the patient in transit to and from the hospital.

Evangelista added that the brand new PTV is equipped with life-saving equipment such as an oxygen tank, first aid kit, wall mount blood pressure apparatus, ambubag for adult and pedia, minor surgical kit, stethoscope, spine board with bracket, among others. 

The ceremony was held on September 24, 2021 at the Barangay Kimamon Covered Court led by Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapiña and other municipal officials under the Executive Branch. 

Barangay Kimamon Safe Birthing Facility

Under the Evangelista administration’s “Aksyon Sa Kalusugan” program, the establishment of the Barangay Kimamon Safe Birthing Facility aims to provide a safe and sustainable birth centre to give mothers and their children access to health care providers. 

The Barangay Kimamon, Safe Birthing Facility is expected to provide efficient and effective basic services and facilities that will upgrade the quality of community life that includes health and social welfare programs and project on primary health care, maternal and child care, child and youth welfare, family and community welfare, women welfare, elderly and disable person welfare, nutrition services and reproductive health and family planning.

To ensure the smooth implementation of the program, Mayor Ernesto Evangelista has assigned a full-time midwife in the person of Ms Rowela Naungayan to oversee the facility’s operations and the performance of the various health and maternal services offered by the birthing facility. 

Evangelista said it is the primordial responsibility of Santo Tomas LGU to ensure the safety of infants who will be borne, the mothers who will give birth and the health of newborn infants in Barangay Kimamon. 

More ambulances for barangays in 2022

Meanwhile, Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapiña emphasized the importance of corrupt-free governance on delivering effective health care services cannot be overemphasized. 

“Good governance facilitates better allocation and efficient use of available resources including better and effective targeting of priority population groups for intervention.,” Lapiña said.

Lapiña added that part of the Evangelista administration’s plan in 2022 was to acquire more ambulances for different barangays and improve the barangay’s emergency medical response system. ###