Gov. Mangudadatu extends medical aid to jail inmates PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 July 2015 11:03

Inmates in the Maguindanao provincial jail benefited from Tuesday’s Eid’l Fit’r medical mission by volunteers from the office of Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu.

Lynette Estandarte, chief budget aide of the governor, said medical personnel had provided medicines and vitamin supplements to 179 inmates and more than 20 jail guards and administrative rank-and-file employees.

Many of the inmates were afflicted with respiratory ailments, skin diseases and hypertension.

“The provincial government wants to make these inmates feel that they are not being forgotten and that they deserve free health services too,” Estandarte said.

She said Tuesday’s medical mission at the provincial jail, located at the Pedro Colina Hill in Cotabato City, was part of Mangudadatu’s effort to rehabilitate the inmates and help them start life anew after serving prison terms.

Mangudadatu’s office had earlier issued a customized van to the provincial jail management which can shuttle inmates from the facility to courts when they are summoned for hearings on their cases.

Estandarte, concurrent in-charge of the provincial government’s rescue and emergency team, and her subordinates also provided the inmates with food and drinks during the outreach mission.

Mangudadatu’s office had applied for a loan from a government bank for the construction of a new, bigger provincial jail outside of Cotabato City.

Provincial jail warden Macapagal Blao said he is thankful to Estandarte’s group for embarking on the medical mission.