Catbalogan City organizes a unified barangay health force

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 024 series of 2014 issued by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan “ESTABLISHING THE STEP UP HEALTH WORK FORCE AND ADOPTING A SET OF MEASURES AND SYSTEMS TO ENSURE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT IMPLEMENTATION OF ALL PROGRAMS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE HEALTH SERVICES AT THE BARANGAY LEVEL”, a training was organized by the City Health Office last March 12, 2015 at Cocina de Cabral among Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), Barangay Health Workers (BHW), and Community Health Teams (CHT).

The STEP UP FOR HEALTH WORK FORCE is the Work Force that shall be the leg workers of the City Health Office in ensuring the implementation and monitoring of all the programs set forth by the Department of Health such as but not limited to Maternal Neonatal and Child Health and Nutrition Program, TB Control Program, Leprosy Control Program, Schistosomiasis Contol Program (for endemic barangays), Family Planning Program, and Environmental Sanitation Program.

The City of Catbalogan, Province of Samar, recognizes the need to train, organize and deploy STEP UP HEALTH WORK FORCE as the key enabling mechanism that will help break barriers to health care use and will direct assistance to underserved families of this city by helping them navigate or find their way through the health system, as well as to unify and solidify the health work force at the barangay level, specifically, by performing key functions:

(a) facilitating enrolment and availment of PhilHealth benefits to improve financial risk protection;
(b) linking families to health providers and services, including access to emergency transport and communication systems;
(c) understanding the risk and transforming health needsd to effective demand;
(d) ensure implementation of Health programs of the Department of Health at the barangay level.

Succeeding trainings of the City Health Office for the said unification are scheduled on March 19 and 26 to cater to other barangays.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon)

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