DOH seeks justice for barrio doctor killed in hit-and-run

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 08 2019 09:59 PM

The Department of Health (DOH) is seeking justice for the death of a volunteer doctor struck by a speeding vehicle in Santiago, Agusan del Norte Thursday night. 

 

Dr. Zuriele Arambulo was serving under the "Doctor to the Barrios" initiative of DOH, a program which deploys physicians to far-flung and disadvantaged areas.

"We are saddened that another physician impassioned to serve the Filipino people has been taken at a time when there is a dire need for public health workers in underserved and remote areas of the country," the DOH said in a statement Friday.

The 28-year-old doctor was crossing the street to her home when she was hit by a speeding SUV. The driver, who has yet to be identified, drove away from the scene right after the crash.

Arambulo was brought to a nearby hospital but was declared dead on arrival. 

"The DOH is appealing to the driver of the vehicle to own up to the accident and surrender to the authorities."

According to DOH, Arambulo graduated from the Cebu Institute of Medicine in 2017 and passed the licensure exam the following year.