INTRODUCTION

Santa Cruz, officially the Municipality of Santa Cruz,  is a 1st class municipality in the province of MarinduquePhilippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 54,692 people.

The municipality of Santa Cruz in Marinduque is best known for its main attraction, Maniwaya Island. Along with the island, the town also boasts several caves, waterfalls, and historic sites. Among its best spots are the Kawa Kawa Falls, which gets its name from its pan-shaped base.

Santa Cruz is also known as one of the three areas affected by the Marcopper tragedy, a fracture in the drainage tunnel of Marcopper Mining Corporation’s Tapian pit spilled more than 1.6 million cubic meters of toxic mine tailings, flooding villages and poisoning the Boac River.

As early as March 1998, too, then President Fidel Ramos had declared a state of calamity in four Sta. Cruz barangays near Calancan Bay — Botilao, Ipil, Lusok, and Camandugan — due to the high incidence of heavy-metal poisoning among the children there.

A data report in 2008 showed that in these same barangays, the prevalence rates of illnesses considered to be symptoms of heavy-metal poisoning far outpace national figures. In fact, the four barangays have influenza and hypertension prevalence rates that are some eight times that at national level — 4,283.96 per 100,000 population for influenza and 4,079.96 for hypertension, compared to the national prevalence rates of 435 and 522.8, respectively.

Through its incumbent mayor, Hon. Marisa Red-Martinez, her search for health solutions led to this partnership between the Municipal Government of Santa Cruz Marinduque and RemediPlus Solutions Company.

The Municipality of Santa Cruz aims to:

(a.) extend  rural health unit services coverage in underserved areas thru telemedicine;
(b.) provide rapid diagnostic services accessibility to the people of Santa Cruz;
(c.) to provide access to a wide range of medical specialists who are otherwise unavailable within the locality;
(d.) to provide telemedicine / tele-consultation services to the people of Santa Cruz as a cost-effective alternative to face-to-face consultations;
(e.) and to establish telemedicine as a cost-effective “first contact approach” for those seeking consultation and treatment from medical specialists and medical institutions outside of Marinduque.

Remediplus Solutions Company on the other hand, provides the comprehensive telemedicine solutions and doctor specialists to bridge the gap between the community health needs and medical specialists.

Furthermore, this partnership documents the applicability of the Remedi Kit into the Philippine setting.

IMPORTANT LINKS

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

MEDIA

Telehealth-enabled Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

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