“Gusto nako i-continue nato ang information dissemination nato,” Solon added.
In the IRR of RA 1883, the BHWs’ function as community organizer includes being the disseminator, linker, and record keeper. BHWs are the ones maintaining regular communication with community leaders and professional health workers, providing linkage between the community and local health agencies, and keeping records of the work activities on health.
They are also considered to be the frontline service providers during emergencies in the community level.
According to Lizette Lim, project manager of the BHERT or Barangay Health and Emergency Response Team project of the Sulong Sarangani program, in the previous years, BHWs were trained with basic life support and basic first aid as they respond to emergencies and even calamities like earthquakes and flashfloods in the community.
In the congress conducted on September 19-20 at Maasim municipal gym, some 1,000 BHWs from the seven municipalities of Sarangani gathered and participated in the activities and lectures prepared for them.
Also, Lim said the main purpose of the congress is to update BHWs on the latest trends on health like the Universal Health Care which is soon to be implemented in the province.
“Kaya tayo nagpa-lecture para malaman nila kung ano yung role nila especially yung referral system pagdating nila sa kanilang community. They have to be updated on that kay sila ang naa sa grassroots level,” Lim added.
Lim said the first best practice of the BHERT project for the BHWs in Sarangani is the support of the provincial government, headed by Governor Solon, Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta, and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members. (Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)