The Sangguniang Panlungsod approved on 3rd and final reading last Wednesday the proposed ordinance creating a local help desk for Cancer Patients under the City Health Office that will coordinate with concerned agencies to serve the needs of patients.
Authored by Vice-Mayor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino and Councilor Edgar Lentorio Jr., the proposed ordinance aims to provide basic steps on how cancer patients can obtain assistance from concerned agencies of their health care needs.
The proposed ordinance establishing a cancer help desk will be submitted to Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo for his approval and implementation.
Among the functions of the cancer help desk are (1) coordinate the needs of clients to concerned agencies such as laboratory, travel/transport & financial needs; (2) Assist clients in referral to appropriate professionals such as Psychologists or Medical Consultants; (3) Refer to Barangay for assistance in their daily needs for those living alone or without family support; (4) Provide moral support thru strengthening existing support groups and organizing more of such groups and (5) Monitor health status and medical needs through home visits.
Councilor Agustin Miguel Perdices, SK President Renz Macion, Councilors Michael Bandal, Bernice Ann Elmaco and Rosel Erames are co-authors of the proposed ordinance.