Pampanga to adopt Cuba’s health system

Pampanga Gov. Lilia ‘Nanay’ Pineda is eyeing the adoption of Cuba’s healthcare system in the province of Pampanga.

The governor announced this during the Orientation-Briefing on the Different Roles of Nanay Community Workers (NCWs) recently at the Lubao Gymnasium attended by some 1,065 ‘nanay community workers’ from Guagua, Sta. Rita and Porac.

The governor said the provincial government will focus on crafting pro-active health programs that will focus on preventing people from getting diseases rather than curing them.

Former president and now Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was also present during the event, said the lady governor wants to pioneer the healthcare system in the province.

“During the meeting of Pres. Duterte in Davao, he instructed his health secretary to replicate Cuba’s healthcare system in the country. Gov. Pineda told me that she wants to pioneer the 100 percent household checkup in the province before its implementation in the national government,” Arroyo added.

The Cuban health system was recognized worldwide for its excellence and its efficiency. Its programs focus on preventing people from getting diseases rather than treating them after they get sick.

Gov. Pineda said 100 percent of the households in the province should have their home service check-up administered by the doctors from the provincial government to ensure that every kabalen is healthy.

The lady governor also called on the NCWs to work as partners of the Capitol when it comes to its health programs.

“The ‘nanay community workers’ was organized to assist barangay health workers and officials to make sure that your constituents are free from cancer, and other health problems. You will also assist doctors in the conduct of home service checkups in every barangay,” the governor added.

Gov. Pineda said she is mulling to visit Cuba to study the country’s healthcare system.

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