CHO intensifies medical services PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 13:37

By CLAUDINE UNIANA

The City Health Office continues to conduct medical missions in keeping with the city government’s thrust to promote the health and general wellbeing of Zamboangueños.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos yesterday apprised members of the local media on the various programs initiated by his office to ensure Zamboangueños have access to basic health and medical services as well as information.

The office spearheaded a cyst removal medical mission at the Crispino M Paragas Memorial Hospital in Barangay Quinipot last Saturday, May 28. The undertaking was in partnership with the Zamboanga City Medical Mission in observance of the Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

To improve maternal health and reduce the incidence of maternal and child mortality in the city and in line with Safe Motherhood Week, a Mother’s Class was also conducted at the Putik Health Center on May 25 exclusively for pregnant mothers, encouraging them to breastfeed their babies.

CHO, together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), on May 25 also deployed personnel to conduct field surveys in areas affected by acute gastroenteritis (AGE), including barangays Zone III and Sta. Barbara. A forum on the increase in AGE cases was also conducted at a local hotel.

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH), a program that promotes washing, sanitation and hygiene among school-aged children, was pre-launched at the Sinunuc Elementary School on May 25. Agbulos assured that the program will also be implemented in other schools and daycare centers.

In addition, the health office is developing information, education and communication (IEC) materials in preparation for a workshop on clean water and good health slated for this week. The said training is in collaboration with the Zamboanga City Water District, the Office of the City Planning and Development Coordinator, USAID-Mindanao and USAID Be Secure. — Claudine Uniana