The Department of Health recently visited the isolated municipalities of Cuyo, Agutaya and Magsaysay including its island barangays to provide health services to residents, monitor on-going DOH projects and assess existing health facilities requiring renovation and improvement.
DOH Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said they wanted to ensure that medical facilities and services in these areas were available.
“Health services in these areas are critical because of their remote location that is why medical services, medicines and health facilities must be equipped and improved to handle health care,” Janairo said.
Based on the 2010 National Census on Population, the municipality of Cuyo has a total population of 21,847, Magsaysay with 10,885 and Agutaya with 10,422.
During his visit to Agutaya, Janairo assured the residents they will provide an emergency vehicle that can be used in transporting a patient from the barangay to the nearest health facility.
A Community Volunteer Health Worker’s Local Health Conference was held in the three municipalities wherein the regional office provided 400 Barangay Health Workers (BHW) Kits, 35 Buntis Kits and 70 School-based Immunization Kits, including one Ultra-Violet (UV) Misting Machine to be used in eliminating dengue-mosquitoes in the island.
A total of 130 senior citizens were vaccinated with flu vaccine in Agutaya.
Janairo also turned over six mountain bikes to each of the three municipalities to be used by health workers in their delivery of basic health services in the community especially those in far-flung areas.
“These can provide faster and more efficient means of transportation and are also useful as a commuter vehicle”.
The bikes are equipped with baskets where a BHW can place his/her possessions. Aside from the kits, first aid medicines and a vest for easy identification of the BHW were also provided.
“We will continue our series of BHW Local Conference to upgrade the skills and competencies of both old and new health workers in the region for them to be able to gain more knowledge on primary health care including duties and responsibilities in the community as primary service providers, maternal and child health, disease prevention and control, intensive family planning, Philhealth information dissemination, oral health and basic education on first aid during emergencies,” Janairo said.