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lastmile mariveles

by:  MARIA ROSARIO GRACIA M. GAMET, RN
       Health Education & Promotion Officer III

For this year, Bataan General Hospital adopted Mariveles District Hospital for the project, Last Mile: Saan Mang Sulok, Kalusugan ay Maabot, Adopt-a-Hospital strategy. The activity was held last November 12, 2018 at Mariveles, Bataan. The goal of the program is to improve access to health services in hard-to-reach areas and to cater to populations that have not received sufficient health care in the past. Last Mile is a project of the Department of Health implemented through Bataan General Hospital with the objective of improving access to health services in LGU hospitals by providing technical assistance and services. This partnership will provide a more sustainable and long term delivery of health services to underserved communities, especially in unreached populations.

Mariveles District Hospital is a 75 bed - health facility being operated by the Provincial Government of Bataan. It is about 53 kilometers away from Balanga City and provides primary health care to 150,000 residents and workers of Bataan Freeport Economic Zone. With its soft opening last September 2018, the facility initially provides OPD and ER services, pharmacy, basic laboratories, dental services and Animal Bite Treatment Center.

The Bataan General Hospital team composed of 11 doctors, 2 dentists, 5 nurses, 1 pharmacist, and 5 admin personnel visited the area and provided basic health services such as medical consultation & management, dental & minor surgical procedures, ante-natal & post-natal care and other health services.

A total of 391 clients were provided with various health services. Forty five percent (45%) of the clients were provided with medical services and 15% (59 clients) were provided with pediatric health services. For dental services, 67 clients (17%) had consultation at the DOH dental bus and were provided with different dental services such as oral examination and extraction. In addition ophthalmology services were also provided to 45 clients (12%) and 33 individuals undergone minor surgeries. All patients were provided with free medicines.