Transfer of rural doctors to Cebu City suspended

first_imgDefensor disclosed that last Sunday, June 28 the DTTB doctors went to his office to appeal for help to stop the Cebu mission. ILOILO City – The Department of Health has temporarily suspended the planned transfer of rural doctors from Visayas to private hospitals in Cebu City in light of the critical situation of coronavirus infections there. Director Marlyn Convocar of the Department of Health Region 6 says the deployment of rural doctors from Visayas to private hospitals in Cebu City has been “temporarily held in abeyance” until issues and concerns are settled with all concerned physicians and other stakeholders. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Convocar also said she is prepared to follow the decision of DOH-central office in relation to Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.’s appeal to retain DTTBs in Iloilo province.  These DTTB doctors and PRDP members were supposedly scheduled to be sent to Cebu City today. On Sunday, Western Visayas’ rural doctors under the DOH Doctors to the DTTB program was the first to issue a statement decrying the order deploying them to Cebu City beginning tomorrow to help unspecified private hospitals there. However, Convocar said they will be meeting all DTTBs and PRDP members first to hear out their concerns. Meanwhile, Iloilo Association of Municipal Health Office Inc. (IAMHOI) was among the latest group of doctors who joined the call to pull out the planned deployment.  Convocar clarified that the identified doctors set for transfer are “Rural Health Physicians and not OIC-Municipal Health Officers – which means their respective municipalities will not be left doctorless and health care services will continue.”center_img Director Marlyn Convocar of DOH Region 6 confirmed the suspension on Monday. “Kon ano ang concensus sang group then we will bring that up to Manila (central office). Once we done that, we would know kon san-o sila i-deploy,” Convocar added. This prompted Defensor to make an appeal, too, to National Task Force for COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. to spare doctors in Iloilo province.“Yesterday I made a personnel appeal to Secretary Galvez because our COVID-19 cases here are rising so sabi ko to spare the DOH physician here in Iloilo from deployment to Cebu City and he texted me that he will help us,” said Defensor.According to Defensor, the transfer of DTTBs would reduce the capacity of health facilities in every local government units (LGUs). She said the deployment of 25 Doctors to the Barrios (DTTBs) and 14 members of Post Residency Deployment Program (PRDP) to Cebu City will be “temporarily held in abeyance” until issues and concerns are settled with all concerned physicians and other stakeholders. Headed by their president Dr. Sally Ticao from the Municipal Health Office of Oton, Iloilo, IAMHOI issued a statement opposing the move.“IAMHOI recognizes the current need of Cebu for human resources for health to respond to this COVID-19 pandemic however, we believe that this move of transferring the currently deployed DTTBs is not the right approach to address this problem,” IAMHOI said.“The different municipalities of the Province of Iloilo are also responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and currently doing all their efforts to prevent the spread on the communities. The DTTBs who are to be pulled and re-assigned are already essential part of the public health system, respond to the COVID-19 crisis in their respective municipalities. If the primary objective of the DTTB deployment in these municipalities is augmentation to the health workforce to address the public heath need, their pull out would deprive these municipalities’ their much needed services. Pulling out these DTTBs in their current assignment would greatly impact the COVID-19 response in their respective areas,” it added. On June 26, the DOH-6 received the directive from its central office assigning rural doctors to Cebu City. In a statement, DTTB doctors expressed concern over DOH’s preparation for such deployment. They were informed about being pulled out from their current assignments in various municipalities only on Friday, June 26.These doctors are to be stationed in Cebu from June 30 to Sept. 5 in four batches of 10 doctors for each batch of deployment. Each batch’s duty period is two weeks.It was the DOH Undersecretary for Field Implementation and Coordination Team for Visayas and Mindanao Abdullah Dumama Jr. who ordered the deployment.The barrio doctors raised the following concerns:* no proper consultation was conducted* no detailed guidelines and protocols to protect them were provided* the deployment contradicts the thrust of the DTTB Program“The absence of proper communication justifying the temporary reassignment of rural health physicians serving in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas to serve in private hospitals in Cebu City is a clear violation of the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers,” according to the doctors.Section 6 (c) of the magna carta (Republic Act 7305) stated: “A public health worker shall not be transferred and/or reassigned, except when made in the interest of public service, in which case, the employee concerned shall be informed of the reasons therefore in writing.”/PNlast_img read more

Fire at Brook Hill

first_imgFive area fire departments responded to a blaze at Book Hill Golf Clubhouse, north of Brookville.  Franklin County Dispatch got a call in the noon hour Saturday, reporting a golf cart on fire under the deck.  Brookville Fire Department initially responded and found a fire that was said to be electrical in nature and involving utilities.  Cedar Grove, Sunman, Blooming Grove and Liberty departments provided mutual aid.  There were no injuries.  Damages include extensive roof damage, roughly half the deck on the rear of the facility gone, and a total loss of the contents of the basement including golf carts.  However, the golf course was able to open as normal on Sunday.last_img

This Week’s Favorite Features – Veterans Day In Olympia

first_imgWhile our daughters practiced on the soccer field, another mom and I would run a 4.5 mile loop.  I despise running.  I look for any excuse to skip, even tempted to admit “I just don’t want to” rather than generate some ache or pain that would prevent me from the trek.  My friend though, never had a complaint, no matter if it was 90 degrees at 6pm or pouring down rain.  She was always at our meeting spot, with her shoes laced, ready to go.I share this story because Heather is a soldier’s wife.  Her stories about what she has sacrificed for her husband’s military career strengthen and remind me that my complaints are so petty.  She is a strong woman, able to hold her family together during uncertain work assignments and deployments.  But, she would never tell you that it was a sacrifice.  She would turn, smile and say simply “it’s what we do” – a deep belief system that I have seen replicated among other military families.This weekend, when we show gratitude for the men and women serving in our military, I am also giving thanks to Heather (and other military spouses and parents) – for being the support staff that makes soldiers strong.  Thanks, Heather, for lifting me up when I would rather sit on the curb.  Your dedication to your own family pushed me on. Facebook19Tweet0Pin0 Here is a summary of articles written about JBLM and our military community.All-American Dogs Foundation Trains Service Dogs For Olympia’s Wounded VetsAaron McCarthy and Jeanmarie Kautzman founded All-American Dogs Foundation, located in Olympia.  The foundation is a growing program that provides highly-trained service dogs to wounded soldiers.With ‘wear blue: run to remember,’ Army Widow Honors Fallen Husband, Battles GriefOriginally published last November, this story continues to inspire and motivate readers.  Co-founder Lisa Hallett has continued to expand ‘wear blue’ into new communities, creating a mechanism for people to honor, remember and grieve fallen soldiers.Culinary Superstar Guy Fieri Shakes Up The Kitchen At Madigan Army Medical CenterAbout a week ago, culinary icon Guy Fieri was spotted around Olympia – Fish Tale Brewery, Buck’s Spice Shop, Darby’s.  He also spent some time with culinary specialists at Madigan, sharing his tricks but also listening to stories from military members stationed locally.Saint Martin’s University Extended Learning Division Brings Exceptional Education Opportunities To Non-Traditional StudentsThis article shares stories about Saint Martin’s unique distance learning campus on JBLM.  As of 2010, more than 4,000 military affiliated and other non-traditional students have graduated from Saint Martin’s University.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a story, send us a note at [email protected]  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.last_img read more