By Roi Lomotan
DAUIN, Negros Oriental (PIA) – Silliman University Marina Mission Clinic (SUMMC) recently launched its Health, Emergency, and Life Support (HEALS) Project to boost its emergency assistance services to residents in the barangays under their coverage area.
SUMMC-HEALS project aims to provide 24/7 emergency assistance through trained call-takers who will convey guidance over the phone on what to do immediately while emergency assistance is coming.
“The HEALS project came to be conceived as a way of trying to connect people of the community to Marina Clinic through mobile assistance. It allows the family of the patient through the barangay health worker or barangay health volunteer to try to take instructions while the ambulance or health assistance is coming,” Prof. Emervencia Ligutom, Director for Extension, said during the launching.
“That way we believe we will be able to save lives. This is an affirmation of SU’s service mission through the years,” Ligutom added
Silliman University President Dr. Ben Malayang III, who was present in the launching, said this idea of connectivity was conceived to ensure the healing hands of the clinic can extend to the other health professionals in Dauin and surrounding communities.
Dr. Malayang also cited that electronic communication has a potential power to get people engaged and involved.
“This is the first stage, we will want to secure a good connectivity to our barangay health and family health care volunteers. Maybe through this, they can actually deliver more services in their community if they have the assistance of the professional from Marina,” Dr. Malayang said.
In support to this, telecommunications company Smart Communications turned over 30 units of mobile phones to SUMMC officials.
These will be handed over to different barangay health workers to be used as a communication tool for the emergency assistance and advice line services.
Smart Communications Senior Manager for Public Affairs – Visayas and Mindanao Atty. Maria Jane Paredes spearheaded the turnover of the mobile phones.
In her message, Atty. Paredes diclosed that Smart Communications is happy to support the program and explained that the mobile phones distributed are 2G phones that can do text and call services.
Atty. Paredes noted that health programs is one of the pillars of the outreach projects of the telecommunications company.
Aside from emergency assistance, SUMMC HEALS project also aims to provide quick referrals to necessary emergency responders such as police, fire department, and local Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) in case there are other emergencies.
SUMMC HEALS Project Development Coordinator Novee Mestrecampo explained that call-takers are trained to identify if the case reported to them are medical or non-medical concerns.
For non-medical concerns, the call takers will forward it to the local government unit or to the concerned responding agencies. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Dec. 28, 2016)