IBA, Zambales –—A mobile hospital equipped with a full complement of X-Ray, electrocardiogram, and ultrasound machines, and reportedly the first to be commissioned by a provincial government in the country, was launched here on Tuesday for the benefit of poor patients in remote villages of Zambales.

      Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. unveiled the fully-air conditioned hospital bus, along with a smaller dental-clinic van, as he launched his mobile clinic program here that sought to bring government health care services closer to the people.

      “This is a very important aspect of the Zambales health care delivery system because it makes public services accessible to virtually everyone in the province,” Ebdane pointed out during simple inauguration rites at the Capitol grounds the other day.

      “If the patients aren’t well enough, or are too poor to go to the hospital, then we will bring the hospital and the doctors to them,” he added.

      The two mobile health care facilities received their proverbial baptism of fire also on Tuesday, as the governor immediately dispatched them after their blessing to Palauig town where government and volunteer medical personnel were undertaking a medical outreach project under the sponsorship of Ebdane’s son, Rep. Jun Omar Ebdane of the Second District of Zambales.

      In unveiling his mobile clinic program, the governor said that his goal of providing an efficient health care system to every Zambaleño is now being realized. He said the mobile clinic program is the next logical step to take after his administration refurbished facilities at the three government hospitals in the province, installed new CT-Scan, X-Ray and ultrasound equipment at the provincial hospital, and brought in a total of eight ambulances from private donors since November last year.