June 25, 2024

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DOH opens two BHS facilities in Ilocos Norte

By Glen S Ramos

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Inauguration of the Tabtabagan Barangay Health Station with (DOH) Undersecretary of Health for Universal Health Care (UHC) Health Services Cluster Area 1 – Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire and Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco together with Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Cecilia Araneta-Marcos and Banna Mayor Mary Chrislyn Abadilla

DEPARTMENT of Health (DOH) Undersecretary of Health for Universal Health Care (UHC) Health Services Cluster Area 1 – Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire and Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco together with Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Cecilia Araneta-Marcos and Banna Mayor Mary Chrislyn Abadilla led the opening and blessing of the Barangay Health Station (BHS) in Barangay Tabtabagan and Brgy.Binacag in the town of Banna in Ilocos Norte on March 14, 2024. 

Usec. Vergeire said that the DOH will provide every community in the country access to health through health centers and barangay health stations which will offer essential primary care medicines and services. 

“We have to ensure that everyone in the community needing health care will be given free health care treatment and every primary health care facility can render primary care services to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate illnesses and diseases safely and effectively,” she stated. 

The two BHS facilities were funded by the DOH Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) through the General Appropriations Act of 2022 with an approved budget of P1,614,653.87 million for the BHS Tabtabagan and P1,945,094.65 for the BHS Binacagan. 

The regional office also provided one set of BHS package each for the facilities which includes a dressing cart, minor surgical set, mechanical bed, spine board, EENT diagnostic set, weighing scale with BMI calculator, weighing scale for infant, fetal doppler and examining table, medicine cabinet, and instrument cabinet.

Director Sydiongco said that the opening of the Banna BHS will strengthen the delivery of essential primary care services in the community including nearby municipalities. 

“A BHS must be able to provide community-based rehabilitation services including preventive, regulatory, medical care services at the community level including general consultations, dental services, maternal health, family planning, nutrition, immunization, laboratory examination health promotion/education, environmental sanitation services, communicable/ non-communicable disease control”. 

“Hindi kailangang lumayo ng mga pasyente upang makapagpagamot, napaimportante na sa community level pa lang ay mabibigyan na sila ng pangangailangang pangkalusugan,” Sydiongco added. 

The establishment of BHS facilities is anchored in one of the DOH’s 8-Point Action Agenda, “Bawat Pilipino Ramdam ang Kalusugan”.