In that talk, Dr. Jesus Canto, medical director of R1MC, would already know if the person really needs medical attention.
Now, Garcia is at the Intensive Care Unit of R1MC
after being fixed by Dr. Canto
The hospital will take care of you, for free," Dr. Canto
told the woman, in front of her
husband, when he
a visit, along with this writer.
launched the program because he
believes there are many people out there in remote barangays downed by illness in their homes and because of poverty are just waiting for death to liquidate them. He
believes that through this unique program patients in state of hopelessness, can still be saved if given the needed medical attention.
To date, there are over 50 people who have already texted Canto
and got the needed medical attention they needed for free. "Whether they are holders of PhilHealth Card or not as long as they are indigents, we serve them," said Canto who admitted his program is not a new one because he already it when he was president of the Pangasinan Medical Society in 1989.
That time, no mobile cell phone was in the market yet.So the people called up to avail of immediate medical attention.But at that time, Canto
was only able to afford one indigent patient per month. He
cited a small boy from Umingan whose parents sent a text.
Hospital personnel sought out the boy and his
parents in their home at the foothills of the Caraballo mountains.
It so happened the boy needed not be confined in the hospital.He
needed only some injections and medicine for his
An avowed Christian, Dr. Canto
said "reaching out to the poor -- saving life in every barrio" is a project that responds to the Lord's biblical passage that goes thus: "What you have done to my less fortunate brethren, you have done unto me."