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DOH starts Cavite-wide orientation on BHWs' role under UHC

by Ruel Francisco
September 7, 2019

TANZA, Cavite - The Department of Health in Region IV-A has started its province-wide orientation of Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) in Cavite about primary health care at the community level and their responsibilities under the universal health care (UHC).

Themed “Sa UHC Walang Maiiwan, BHW ay Kailangan,” the two-day capacity building seminar held at Tanza Oasis Hotel on August 29-30 delved not just on its specific role, but includes basic training on health care, "including the preventive and curative aspect," said Chief Local Health Support Division Dr. Noel G. Pasion.

BHWs, considered as "navigators" under the UHC should know where to refer the patient which will help decongest government hospitals, especially the 2nd and 3rd level ones.

“Nakasanayan na natin na dalhin agad ang ating mga maysakit sa mga ospital at kadalasan na dahilan ay upang mabigyan ng magandang lunas ngunit sa ating mga Rural Health Units (RHUs) lamang ay kayang-kaya na itong gamutin lalo na kung ito ay hindi naman malubha,” Pasion said.

(We're used to bringing the sick directly to the hospital to get treatment but our RHUs are also capable to cure. especially the non-severe cases)

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During the seminar, Regional BHW Outcome Manager Kristine Mariel C. Villasanta stressed that under the UHC, barangay health workers will conduct the profiling of families in their respective areas in order for every family to have a health folder.

“Once a family has this health folder, a health professional or health facility can access a person’s health record, history of treatment and medications everywhere in the country. In, short, he/she can go to any health facility and request for treatment without repeating any procedure already done such as x-rays, blood tests as it is already recorded in the health folder," said Villasanta.

Under UHC, a system will be developed for the identification of those persons most needing medical attention and also to ensure that health care resources will be used to maximize improvements in health.

"It is a vital health care planning tool that will be used for families, communities, and populations," Villasanta added.

There are a total of 21,405 BHWs Region IV-A (Calabarzon) which is composed of the provinces of Cavite (2,182); Laguna (2,054); Batangas (7,686); Rizal (2,476); and Quezon (7,007).

The regional office will continue to conduct a province-wide orientation for all of the BHWs to update them on their functions and responsibilities under universal health care. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite with reports from DOH IV-A)

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