LINGAYEN--- Dr. Ana De Guzman, provincial
health officer said that despite the number of emergency and other medical
cases involving the Palarong Pambansa athletes and delegates, the Provincial Health
Office and other response teams were able to provide fast and immediate medical
attention to patients.
Some 800 patients were properly attended in the
medical stations at the playing venues and billeting areas, and at the mini
hospital inside the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center and at the Pangasinan
Provincial Hospital including other provincial government hospitals.
Most of the emergency cases were minor injuries
suffered by players in athletics, basketball, baseball and football such as muscle
cramps, body pain, fractures, sprain, abrasion and laceration.
Due to the sweltering heat of summer, cases of
hypertension among coaches and game officials were also listed. A coach
underwent operation due to acute appendicitis.
In a related development, De Guzman clarified that the
dengue virus that afflicted the 12 year old lawn tennis player from Region 10
(Bukidnon) was not acquired in Pangasinan.
She said the boy was already afflicted with dengue
even before he arrived in the province.
The provincial health officer said the boy who was
treated at the PPH has recuperated and has been discharged from hospital
The injured gymnastics athlete Mico Paolo Federacion who
suffered from fractured bone in his hands during a practice was also operated
at the PPH.
There were also three cases of chicken pox among the
athletes of Region 11 while a 14-year old male athlete from Region IV-B in
Palawan had mumps.
According to Dr. De Guzman, officials and parents from
the various regions where the treated athletes came from hailed the provincial
government for the quick and systematic medical response procedures.
Dr. Jesart De Vera, a municipal health officer, reported
that various sectors had recognized the province’s efficiency and reliability
of its medical services.
“This is the first time that we have a very organized
referral system,” he said.
Jumel Miller, a sports director at the Systems Plus
College Foundation in Angeles City said “as a parent, I am very impressed with
the fast and immediate service of the medical team of Pangasinan even as he
said there is a feeling of security that his child is well taken care of.”
As this developed, Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. has
reassured the safety of the Palarong Pambansa athletes and delegates as
response teams manned by the Bureau of Fire Equipment, Philippine Coast Guard,
Philippine Red Cross and all provincial hospitals are continually deployed in
strategic areas since the national athletic games started on May 6.
Gov. Espino said the emergency response teams,
supported by 40 ambulance units have been strategically positioned in all the
playing venues and the billeting areas.
He said the Palaro secretariat has also established
close coordination with private hospitals for fast lane service for
athlete-patients in cases of emergency and the local government units on the
use of their hospital facilities.
He likewise assured the athletes of free medical
services from the provincial government hospitals in Pangasinan. (PIO/Angeline