2,385 benefit from ‘Salud Bikolnon’ program


DOH Assistant Secretary Nestor Santiago, Jr. (3rd from left) leads the ribbon-cutting at the opening of DOH 4th Salud Bikolnon Kids Plus at SM City Naga Activity Center. Also in photo are: Phil Health ROV RVP Orlando Inigo, Jr. (2nd from left), and DOH CHD Regional Director Dr. Ernie Vera (3rd from right). JRM-PIA5/Camarines Sur



NAGA CITY --- A total of 2,385 clients benefited from the 3-day Salud Bikolnon Fair held from October 3-5 at SM City Naga, here. The quarterly mobile health fair was brought by the Department of Health-Center for Health (DOH-CHD) Bicol here to allow patients from the neighboring Camarines Sur municipalities to avail of the government’s free health services. Patients and clients lined up at various health booths that were placed inside the mall to allow easy access for those who wish to avail the free health services such as the newborn hearing and metabolic screening which includes G6PD Deficiency Confirmatory testing, STI and HIV screening, safe motherhood and prenatal services where clients were given a chance to listen to health education. Ferrous sulfate medicines were also given to pregnant women. The health services offered were also for teenagers who want to seek family planning counseling and family planning services. A teen and family planning clinic booth was also set up at the venue for such services. Nutrition counseling and nutrition assessment were also conducted. Other services offered include the provision of Human Papilloma Virus vaccine, flu vaccine and Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine (PCV) and Health Emergency Services (HEMS) where there were lectures and practicum on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic first aid. There was also a package for non-essential communicable diseases like blood pressure assessment and adult nutrition counseling. Those who have oral health problems were also treated thru fluoride application, oral prophylaxis, atraumatic restorative treatment and tooth extraction. For elders, there were available Geriatric services like the provision and administration of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) where a total of 165 elderlies were served. PhilHealth personnel also offered their services like the processing of applications of new members, updating of members’ record, issuance of ID and MDR and responding to membership-related inquiries. With the DOH’s battlecry that “no one should be left behind in terms of health services,” Naga City Mayor Nelson Legacion believed that indeed everyone should be healthy and live happily “and that we can only achieve such goal if we have the necessary facilities and personnel to address the needs of our people.” “If we cannot access the resources required, there will be a gap that will open up the gates to more problems that are intricate and catastrophic to individual lives and to our society’s development. The city government of Naga, therefore, always commits itself to be reliable and dependable partner in the advancement of the health sector. We stand ready to assist in investing


A DOH personnel administers a medical check-up to a client at one of the Salud Bikolnon Fair Booths offering free services at the 3-day “Salud Bikolnon Kids Plus” fair, Oct. 3-5, 2019 at SM City Naga.

JRM-PIA5/Camarines Sur