Dr. Fernando Igrobay and midwife Genoveva Exala travel kilometers passing bodies of water via carabao cart to bring medical service to the poor Aeatas living in secluded areas in Zambales.
As seen on the Front Row episode titled #KlinikaDeKalabaw shared by GMA News; Igrobay and Exala, early in the morning, prepare the medical equipment and medicines that they will use in treating. They check the health of the carabao named Babun, too; their mode of transportation.
“Basta gusto mo ‘yung trabaho mo, masaya ka. Kahit na mahirap pa, gusto mo eh. Sana man lang may health center tayo kasi mga buntis ito at hinihiga ko lang sa upuan. S’yempre kailangan mayroon siyang privacy,” the midwife sharing her concern to their patients.
[If you like your work, you’re happy. Although difficult, you want it. I hope that there would be a health center for the pregnant’s privacy because we only sit them on a chair.]
The doctor said the area has already been reached by DepEd and DSWD as there’s already a Day Care center in it but sadly, no health center.
“Hindi ba tayo anak ng Diyos?” he asked. [Are we not sons of God?] Since the area has no health center, the two make use of vacant houses or an open area to treat patients.
“Doon kami nag-i-immunization, bakuna, pre-natal, nagkokonsulta rin kami ‘pag may mga sakit tapos family planning, ‘yung follow-up nila ng mga injectables, ‘yung pills nila para hindi sila mabuntis, kasi kung bababa sila hindi nila magawa ‘yun.
[We do immunization there, vaccination, pre-natal, consultation, family planning, follow-up of injectables, pills to avoid pregnancy, because they can’t go down.]
“Mahal ko ‘yung trabaho ko at ‘yun lang ‘yung way ko para makatulong sa kanila,” said the Exala who couldn’t stop her tears. [I love my job. That’s my only way to help them.]
“Nata-touch lang ako kasi nanay din ako, iba ‘yung feeling (sobs) kasi hindi lahat ‘yung nakain ko, nakain nila ‘di ba, hirap talaga, iba talaga ‘yung feeling mo kapag sila ang naseserbisyohan mo.”
[I am touched because I am also a mother. They’ve not eaten what I have eaten, it is really hard, the feeling is different when you are able to serve them.]
“Yung naaawa pag andun ka sa kalagayan nila lalo na pag may sakit, malayo, lalo kung maysakit, gusto rin nilang i-refer pero wala silang magawa dahil wala silang pera,” Exala added.
[Can’t help but pity them because if you are in their situation especially when they are sick, being so far, they want to be referred but can’t do anything for lack of money.]
Their journey is sure to touch hearts and perhaps will open more eyes to their need for assistance.
Watch the full video below: