Salute! Medical workers travel rough seas to provide COVID jabs in remote Cebu island

Published August 6, 2021, 8:00 PM

by Dennis Principe

Medical workers of the Rural Health Unit of the municipality of Medellin travel rough seas and scorching heat to provide COVID jabs in Gibitngil Island. (Medellin town FB Page/MANILA BULLETIN)

A group of medical health workers in Cebu did not mind the scorching heat and unsteady boat travel just to reach a remote but scenic island to administer COVID-19 vaccines to its residents early this week.

More than a dozen health workers of Medellin town composed of nurses and doctors from its Rural Health Unit travelled across rough waters for almost an hour by boat just to reach Gibitngil Island and set up a one-day vaccination program.

Dr. Oliver Gimenez said the vaccination hub at the covered court in Purok Pasil in the island barangay of Gibitngil provided vaccines to close to 250 island residents.

Medical workers of the Rural Health Unit of the municipality of Medellin travel rough seas under scorching heat then climbed half concrete – half limestone flights of stairs just to provide COVID jabs in Gibitngil Island. (Medellin town FB Page/MANILA BULLETIN)

“Everyone, everywhere should benefit from safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines especially those geographically, isolated and disadvantaged areas,” said Gimenez.

Gibitngil is an island barangay that is known for its impeccable coral reefs, long stretches of sand beaches and impressive rock formation that is mostly compared to Coron, Palawan.

Medical workers of the Rural Health Unit of the municipality of Medellin travel rough seas and scorching heat just to reach Gibitngil Island and provide its residents COVID-19 vaccines. (Medellin town FB Page/MANILA BULLETIN)
 
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