GAB, DOH agree on free medical examinations for professional boxers
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 16, 2017 12:46 PM
According to the latest statistics from the Games and Amusements Board, there are 1,054 registered professional boxers in the Philippines.
Some good news from the world of Philippine boxing, as the Department of Health (DOH) and the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to offer free medical examinations for applicant and professional boxers in selected DOH-accredited hopitals all across the Philippines.
The MOA was signed on Tuesday, August 15th.
Depending on the need or situation, the coverage includes neurological tests, MRI and CT scans, ECG, X-Ray, Hepatitis screening, drug testing, complete blood counts, urinalysis, and others.
The MOA also states that additional services such as eye exams, HIV screening, and neurological clearance may also be provided to boxers who are competing for world championships, should the need arise.
DOH secretary Paulyn Ubial confirmed that the budget will come from the DOH's medical assistance fund.
With around 1,054 professional boxers in the Philippines according to the latest data recieved from GAB, this breakthrough will be a big help, provided that not a lot of these professional pugilists are well off, and as GAB Chairman Baham Mitra pointed out, the battery of tests required by these prizefighters can prove costly.
Aside from the medical requirements, GAB Chairman Mitra is also appealing to the Department of Tourism to help the country's boxers by waiving their travel tax, have shorter cues in Immgration, and allow one representative from the Philippine Embassy.
This will also help greatly, given that many of the country's professional boxers also compete outside of the Philippines.