TACLOBAN CITY – Some 3,907 patients were served by the MASA Health Service Unit of the city government under Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez during the first quarter this year.
The number includes 1, 400 adults and 1697 pediatrics.
The health unit, which was started during the incumbency of former Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez, is located on the second floor of the Tacloban City Supermarket and caters to the health needs of indigent residents of the city.
Among the health services offered by the office are community visits, pre-natal check-ups, HIV testing, drug dependency examination and physical examinations.
Consultations were also made on patients with upper respiratory tract infection, hypertension, bronchial asthma, urinary tract infection, and pneumonia, among others during the same period.
From January to March, the unit also conducted health education to its clientele on tuberculosis management and prevention, dengue; lifestyle modification, proper use of antibiotics and oral health.
It also conducted medical missions in Barangays 98 Camansihay, 106 Sto. Nino, 77 Bañezville, 105 Suhi, 97 Cabalawan, 3 Upper Nula Tula and Living hope Christian Church as part of the “Barangayan” Caring Giving and Reaching out Program.
‘Labs ko an Lawas ko’, a healthy lifestyle advocacy program of the MASA also led a number of activities like zumba, BMI CBG testing, and medical consultation.
MASA is a priority program of Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez that seeks to improve healthy lifestyle, prevent diseases and alleviate the suffering of indigent Tacloban residents through its different programs and services. (HENRY JAMES ROCA/CIO)