Cotabato BHWs to hold 2-day congress

AMAS, Kidapawan City (MindaNews/07 November) — Around 2,500 barangay health workers (BHWs) from the 17 municipalities of Cotabato will convene for a two-day congress at the Cotabato Provincial Capitol Gymnasium on Nov. 11-12.

The congress, which is held annually, aims to recognize the health workers’ contribution in promoting and maintaining health services in the villages.

BHWs serve as front liners of the health department’s and the provincial government’s programs particularly among pregnant women and young children.

Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza said she wanted to upgrade the skills of the BHWs in improving service delievery, disaster preparedness and other health programs of the provincial government.

Mendoza said she will send at three lecturers on these topics, namely Bernadita Merin and Elly Nebrija of the Community Health Team and Disaster Preparedness of the Integrated Provincial Health Office, respectively, and Lani Babulon from her office.

Meanwhile, the provincial government sent 12 Lumad youth leaders to the Adolescent Health Camp held at Onbana Convention Center in Pampanga City late last month.

The activity served as training ground for youth leaders from different provinces who will act as peer educators in disseminating government health programs including those that concern adolescence and responsible parenthood.

One of the tasks of peer educators is to educate the youth on the negative bad effects of early or teenage pregnancy.

Based on the recent study conducted by DOH 12, the region has a relatively high rate of teenage pregnancy. (Geonarri Solmerano/MindaNews)