Photo credits: Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation

Medical supplies have been distributed for the third year in the indigenous community of Barangay Malitub, Bataraza in response to their immediate need of medication and health maintenance.

Simbil Adjimin, community organizer, said that the turn-over of medical supplies on August 21 will help the residents to lessen the cost of transporting the patients for minor illness such as stomachache and headache.

“Nagkaroon din ng turn over ng gamot na nakapondo rin sa SDMP (Social Development and Management Program), like pangunahing gamot para sa diarrhea, sakit ng ulo, basic need lang yong hindi na kailangan i-hospital, para sa mga bata at matatanda. Malaking tulong sa kanila kasi halimbawa sa mga sakit ng ulo na kaya bigyan ng gamot, hindi na nila kailangan pumunta sa hospital, makakatipid sila,” he said.

Aside from the turn-over of medicine, the residents also had a health awareness program to inform and orient the indigenous people (IPs) regarding the increasing number of malaria cases in the area.

He said that the IPs were oriented by rural health officers (RHO) of Bataraza on how to have safe potable water and to practice using mosquito nets.

“Dapat kapag tag-ulan, magkulambo tayo. Sinasabihan na sila mag-iwas pero yon pa rin ang napa-practice nila  kaya kami nagkaroon ng health awareness. Sinama namin yong RHO para mabago yong pananaw nila, na ma-correct natin para makaiwas sa mga sakit at mag-decrease ang Malaria,” he said.

He said that it is the first time that Brgy. Malitub had a health awareness activity as it is one of the far-flung areas in the town.

Elders and youth also participated in jingle making contest and cooking contest to promote proper nutrition.

He said that the activity is allotted from the SDMP of Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) aimed to strengthen the heath sector of 168 households in Brgy. Malitub.