DOH vows more assistance to barangay health workers
POSTED: Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
CALAPAN CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) will provide more support and assistance to all barangay health workers (BHWs) in MIMAROPA (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan) Region for them to effectively carry out their delivery of basic health services to the people.
This was vowed by DOH-MIMAROPA Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo during the last week’s 3rd Community Volunteer Health Workers Convention held at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum, Palawan.
As an initial hand-out, Janairo turned-over 20 utility bicycles to be used by BHWs in their delivery of basic health services in the community especially those in far flung areas where transportation is limited.
“We are identifying more areas in the region where we can provide simple but essential means of transportation for our BHWs to reach distant communities faster and more efficient. These bicycles will be the initial provision and we are looking to distribute more bicycles with sidecars to transport patients, boats or water ambulance and even horses in the mountainous areas of the provinces,” Director Janairo stated.
Janairo added that the bicycles are useful as a commuter vehicle and they are also equipped with a basket where a BHW can place his/her belongings. Aside from the bicycles, a BHW Kit with Blood Pressure Apparatus, first aid medicines and a vest for easy identification of the health worker will be given.
Currently, there are 13,765 BHWs serving in eight (8) provinces of MIMAROPA with 239 males and 13,538 females. Oriental Mindoro has the largest number with 3,571; Palawan with 3,294; Occidental Mindoro with 2,360; Romblon – 1,879; Marinduque – 1,421; Calapan City – 480; San Jose – 458 and Puerto Princesa City with 302.
According to Janairo, the DOH regional office, in coordination with the local governments of MIMAROPA will aim to deploy more BHWs in all barangays in its provinces. “We will continue our series of BHW Training Course to upgrade the skills and competencies of both old and new health workers in the region to be able to attain the 1:20 ratio, meaning, one heath worker per every 20 households.
Each BHW must be knowledgeable about Primary Health Care such as duties and responsibilities in the community as primary service providers, maternal and child health, disease prevention and control, intensive family planning, NHIP or PhilHealth, oral health and basic instruction on first aid during emergencies, the DOH official assured.
The target BHWs is 28,202 for a total population of 2,820,248 in the whole region. A total of 234 BHWs were already trained from March to May 2014 and are now deployed in six municipalities in the province of Marinduque and 14 municipalities of Oriental Mindoro.
A BHW is a volunteer health worker who has undergone a BHW training program accredited by government or non-government organization and accredited by the Local Health Board of the province.(By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)