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Councilor Jesus Canto of Dagupan City, formerly director of the Region I Medical Center, said it was during his watch that plans for the establishment of a drug rehabilitation was drawn.
Canto acknowledged that the initial funding of P40 million used in the construction of the project came from Congressman Jose de Venecia, Jr. of the fourth district of Pangasinan.
According to Canto
, the drug rehab center in Alabang is actually located in the middle of a commercial center and that some of these are in fact located in big subdivisions in Metro Manila.
They could not afford to buy medicines nor pay for the services of a doctor whom they need to consult or ask to perform medical operation for treatment of their various illnesses," the physician, Dr. Jesus Canto, head of the Region I Medical Center (RIMC), which was formerly known as the Don Teofilo Sison Memorial Hospital told The Manila Times."That is why I am urging our indigent provincemates to visit me at my house or my office and tell me about problems concerning their health so I would know how I could help them.They could also consult me through telephone calls or even through text messages." Canto
has already started visiting probable patients in their communities and the campaign is gaining headway.Asked on why he is leading a program that is not supported by any government agencies or private aid organizations in the province, Canto replied: "I have had so many blessings in my life that I feel it is high time for me to share my blessings by being compassionate, particularly to the poor."
Further medical operations on him could be risky as he
is now 4 years old," Canto
told The Times.Canto invited a specialist and three other doctors, who have been scheduled to perform a clinical operation on the boy at the RIMC.
The operation and the medicines would be provided for free for Vitorio.
said there are more indigent patients who have been contacting him for free medical consultation and treatment."That is why I am urging my colleagues in the medical profession to join me in undertaking this noble task of providing services to help our poor constituents," Canto
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Dr. Jesus Canto, chief of the Region I Medical Center, said bird flu is an ordinary viral pneumonia and there is no reason to fear it.
admitted that there is no cure for bird flu, like the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars), Canto
said there are precautionary measures to avoid being affected by the avian virus.
"There is a need to strengthen our body's resistance and to maintain a healthy lifestyle," he
advised the public to eat fruits with Vitamin C, vegetables, to have enough rest and do daily exercise.
Perhaps, a snappy salute if not a little word of recognition is long overdue for the untiring staff of the Dagupan-based medical center, led by Dr. Jesus Canto, who made this almost impossible dream come true despite the shortage of funds.Starting from nothing, the R1MC was carved out from the rubble of the Don Teofilo Sison Memorial Hospital, which was destroyed by a strong earthquake on July 16, 1990, said Canto, who was an administrator in private hospitals before he was sworn in as the R1MC director by Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit.
The youngest of the three existing medical centers in the Ilocos, R1MC
is a 300-bed capacity health-care facility, all of which are service beds, except one or two beds in every medical ward or clinical department, said Canto
, who assumed as director of R1MC
only on March 21, 2003.
"When we say service beds, it doesn't mean we give everything free to the patients.We classify them according to their economic status and those who are really indigents would not have to pay anything," Canto
said when he
took over the helm of R1MC
noticed that its image to the community and the entire province of Pangasinan was not so good, it lacked specialists and competent staff to handle special cases; it was sorely lacking in equipment.
Furthermore, its personnel were demoralized and perhaps needed some lessons in value formation to make them more effective and responsive to the needs of patients.He
tackled all these step by step, starting with the hiring of specialists so patients will have more confidence seeking medical help before acquiring modern equipment that can equal those that can be found in many advanced private health-care facilities.
"Now, we can give the same, if not better services than those being given by private hospitals and medical centers so the public will have no more reason to shun away from us," Canto
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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."