Wednesday, 23 October 2019

BHWs face of PLGU in villages

MAASIM, Sarangani (September 30, 2019) – Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon has underscored the contributions of Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) in the province not only in terms of health, but also in social services, and peace and security.

“You know in the last five years, kamo tanan ang nag-contribute sa seguridad sa probinsya,” Solon told attendees of the 5th Provincial BHWs Congress on September 19. It was organized by the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU).

In fact, there were more or less 30 reports from the BHWs with regards to illegal logging, illegal drugs, and armed conflicts that have been taken action, according to the governor.

“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)

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