Posted on: Wednesday November 20, 2019


BHWs in CamSur gather for their annual general assembly
With the theme, “Barangay Health Workers, Sama-sama tungo sa Kalusugang Pangkalahatan,” thousands of BHWs from all districts of the province gathered for the 19th Annual General Assembly Confederation of Barangay Health Workers on November 19, 2019 at the Capitol Convention Center.

  

Updates on the Philippine Public Health Association (PPHA) were discussed and BHWs who are not yet part of the organization were encouraged to join. PPHA is a non-profit organization of public health workers, dentists, nurses, midwives, BHWs, and other health-related workers. The association aims to upgrade the standard of public health services, promote and protect the rights and interests of its members, and help solve public health problems.

BHW Partylist Representative Angelica Natasha Co graced the event and discussed the institutionalization of the welfare of the BHWs. Co recently filed House Bill 3985 or the BHW Act of 2019, which aims to recognize the rights and roles of BHWs, strengthen and systematize their services, and upgrade their incentives and benefits.

Moreover, the house bill will grant security of tenure, health insurances, meal and transportation allowances, and income generating livelihoods to BHWs. The BHW Partylist has been providing medical assistance, burial assistance, and TESDA and DOST Collegiate scholarships to those BHW members in need.

  

During the event, Midwife II Zenaida Manzano was also recognized as the new BHW Provincial Coordinator, who will handle a total of 4,556 BHWs in CamSur.

Technical Division Head Eric Fernando, DMD, shared, “Together with the private sector, BHWs are a necessity to successfully cater to the four aspects of health, namely, family planning, early child care and development, nutrition, and immunization.”

The event is part of the provincial government’s goal to protect the rights of its health workers and to promote health and wellness programs for its constituents.

As the frontline of primary health care, BHWs are recognized for their vital role in barangay health and wellness. Their works include the provision of basic maternal, newborn, and child health services. BHWs also participate in community meetings, assist on health center activities, help in the conduct of feeding programs, educate people on nutrition and immunization, monitor health programs, and dispense family planning services.

 

Written By: Annalyn Gallego

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