10, 597 clients avail free hospitalization in South Cotabato

Koronadal City—In its bid to have “Tama kag Maayo nga Serbisyo,” the Provincial Government of South Cotabato stressed the fast and immediate delivery of assistance to indigent families and individuals in crisis.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) assisted free medicine and hospital care to 10, 597  South Cotabatenos from January to  June of 2022.

Sonia Bautista, PSWD Officer-In-Charge, said the Crisis Management Division program ensured that South Cotabato constituents access to hospital care and medicine assistance for hospital expenses incurred during confinement is readily available.

“Right at the Capitol gate guards are aware of the requirements and assist the clients,” Bautista said the system in seeking medical and hospital assistance is in place.

The province allocated funds for burial, medical, and hospitalization. The province also entered agreements between private hospitals in and outside of South Cotabato to accommodate ailing residents who need higher level of hospital care.

Meanwhile, Bautista stressed that PSWDO validated at least 300 patients  for free dialysis last July 20. Out of these patients, 71 clients are undergoing the sessions at the Dialysis Center at the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital.

“As of July, the center can accommodate eight clients per day since shifting of employees is still unavailable,” Bautista said.

PSWDO noted that the center will implement three shifting starting September to accommodate three clients per machine.

Bautista announced that there are 48 families who received emergency shelter assistance because of the recent natural disaster. In Tboli, the province assisted 100 families for relocation.

“We are focus to serve the public the fastest possible time,” she added.