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Villar says palliative care program in Bulacan worth emulating
By: PPAO
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
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PLEDGE OF SUPPORT. Congresswoman Cynthia A. Villar together with the author of Pallative Care Act HB 5250 Congresswoman Linabelle Villarica sign the commitment of mutual support and cooperation to Palliative care during the first Regional Conference on Pallative Care held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium yesterday. Also in the photo are (L-R) Bulacan 1st District Congresswoman Marivic Sy-Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS – Congresswoman Cynthia Villar graced the first-ever regional palliative care conference held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium yesterday.

“Interesado ako na maisagawa din ito sa amin sa Las Piñas. Mahalaga na naibababa sa mga barangay health workers at iba pang mga volunteers ang kaalaman tungkol sa palliative care. Palliative care is a human right na hindi lamang para sa mga mayayaman kundi para din sa mga mahihirap,” Villar explained.

She said that she supports the Palliative Care Act HB 5250 that was authored by Congresswoman Linabelle Villarica of the 4th District of Bulacan and added that senior citizens should also benefit from this program.

“Talagang napapanahon ang pag-iingganya sa mga LGU, NGOs at iba pang ahensya ng pamahalaan na magsasama-sama upang pag-usapan kung paano pa maitataas at mapalalawak ang palliative care program. Dapat din nating siguraduhin na maabot nito ang mga matatanda o mga senior citizens,” she added.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that the event anchored on the theme, “Breaking Barriers: Ensuring Palliative Care as Basic Human Right,” aims to uplift the awareness of people on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients with cancer or AIDS.

“Inaasahan natin na mas mapapalaki at mapapaunlad pa natin ang palliative care sa lalawigan. Alam natin na ang Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ay nanagot sa kapakanang pangkalusugan ng bawat Bulakenyo. Kaya adhikain natin na mabigyan ng tulong at kaginhawahan ang mga pasyenteng may malubhang karamdaman at mapalaya sila mula sa sakit sa emosyunal, pisikal at espirituwal. At ito ay matatamo natin sa pamamagitan ng palliative care,” the governor said.

He added that he is grateful that a palliative care is already established in the province which is located inside the Bulacan Medical Center.

“Layunin din nito na maging abot-kamay ang serbisyo para sa kaginhawahan ng mga pasyente at pamilya na dumadanas ng malulubhang sakit. Bago pa nito ay naglaan na tayo ng isang clinic sa loob ng Bulacan Medical Center upang maging sentro ng Palliative Care sa buong lalawigan,” said Alvarado.

Executive Director Josie Nubla of PALCARE Hospice Foundation said that Alvarado is the first local executive in the country who has shown full support on the Palliative Care Program.

“Sa tulong ng ahensya ng pamahalaan, hangad namin na mapatatag pa ang palliatiave care program hindi lamang sa Bulacan kundi maging sa buong bansa. Nagpapasalamat kami kay Gov. Alvarado sa suportang ibinibigay niya upang maisakatuparan ang aming adbokasiya na matulungan ang mga pasyenteng nangangailangan ng ganitong serbisyo,” added Nubla.

She added that they are pushing for the enactment of the Palliative Care Bill which aims to include the palliative care in the health care system of the country, inclusion of palliative care in the public and private hospital services, and allotment of funds and trainings for health workers regarding palliative care program. ###

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