Health Service Delivery
The VPHCS reaches out to marginalized communities in Cebu and Bohol to render free medical check-ups, dental services, dispensing of medicines, circumcision, physical examination of public elementary students and optometric services. These medical missions are done in coordination with people’s organizations, school-based organizations, colleges, development work organizations, local government units, and foreign- and locally-based funding agencies. Other parts of the Visayas regions are also served by the VPHCS.
After the earthquake of Oct. 15, 2013 hit Bohol and Typhoon Yolanda struck the Visayas regions in November 8, 2013, the VPHCS has been actively involved in medical missions and psychosocial support services for families affected by the two disasters.
Medicines are largely donated by charitable and support institutions and individuals here and abroad.
Physical examination of elementary students is done in selected schools as requested by the people’s organizations. This includes height and weight determination, visual acuity, urinalysis, dental check up and medical check-up.
The missions also serve as the practicum of community health workers trained by the VPHCS to render basic preventive, promotive and curative services. Patients who need to be referred to tertiary health centers for specialist care and laboratory work-up are assisted by the CHWs.
Medical doctors of the VPHCS also hold clinic in its office for patients coming from the communities who are referred by the CHWs. Development workers from other non-government organizations are also attended to in the clinic. Patients who need to be further evaluated and managed are referred to physicians, dentists and other health professionals who render their services for a minimal free or at no cost.