The 136th Malasakit Center at Labuan General Hospital in Labuan, Zamboanga City. This is the third Malasakit Center in the city, in addition to Zamboanga City Medical Center and Mindanao Central Sanitarium. LGH is also the 7th Malasakit Center in Zamboanga Peninsula and the 35th in Mindanao.
Go launched 135th Malasakit Center in Basilan General Hospital earlier that day. In his travel to Basilan, the helicopter he was riding encountered problems. Fortunately, no one was hurt and they landed safely.
In an interview on Sunday night with “Bisaya Time” anchors Noche Cacas and Edwin Duque over AM radio station DZRH, Go said he noticed the chopper descending rapidly and bouncing twice in the air, with the motor making a strange sound.
The pilot told him a tailwind was pushing the chopper down. He was able to regain control and landed the chopper safely. Go was able to attend the opening of the Malasakit Center without further incident.
Go said he was not afraid to die especially if it happened while opening a Malasakit Center that can help save the lives of others. He added that it is an honor to die in service of the country and any opportunity to contribute to the betterment of fellow Filipinos must not be wasted.
“So salamat po, salamat sa Panginoon, salamat kay Allah na binuhay pa po ako ngayong araw na ito. Marahil po’y marami pa tayong mission sa mundong ito.Tandaan natin minsan lang tayo dadaan sa mundong ito. Kung anumang kabutihan o tulong ang puwede natin gawin sa ating kapwa tao, gawin na po natin ngayon dahil hindi na tayo babalik sa mundong ito.
Go, who is also the Chair of Senate Committee on Health, authored and sponsored the measure which became Republic Act No. 11463, otherwise known as the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019.
The law mandates all hospitals administered and managed by the Department of Health and the Philippine General Hospital in the City of Manila to open their own Malasakit Centers. Other public hospitals may also establish their own provided they meet a standard set of criteria and guarantee the sustainability of their operations.
The center is a one-stop shop that puts together all concerned agencies under one roof to assist Filipinos with their medical expenses. Among the agencies that offer medical assistance are DOH, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
The Senator went on to extend his gratitude towards medical frontliners, saying, “Isa lang po ang pakiusap ko sa inyo. Huwag niyo pong pabayaan ‘yung mga mahihirap. Huwag niyong pabayaan ‘yung mga helpless, ‘yung mga hopeless.”
He then encouraged residents to participate in the national vaccination program, especially those who are part of the priority groups, as he reiterated that vaccines against COVID-19 are the key to the country’s return to normalcy.
“Mga kababayan ko dito sa Basilan at Zamboanga, may pakiusap lang kami ni Pangulong Duterte sa inyo, please lang po magtiwala ho kayo sa bakuna. Ang bakuna po ang tanging solusyon para unti-unti na tayong makabalik sa ating normal na pamumuhay,” said Go.
Go’s team then handed out grocery packs, meals, masks, face shields, and vitamins to patients and medical frontliners. Some beneficiaries also received new pairs of shoes or bicycles while others were given computer tablets for their children’s educational needs.
Furthermore, representatives from DSWD also granted financial assistance to indigent patients and rank and file hospital employees, including janitors and security guards. SOVEREIGNPH/AQP