2011 PAGASA Awardee: LGU Dumalag Rural Health Unit

Team Members: Ana Mae F. Belasoto, Marcel S. Enate, Joselito F. Frio, Perla F. Fadriga, Marina L. Deloso, Connie F. Felongco, Epifania F. Funa, Berdita F. Falsis, Francis Noela F. Feren, Elvira F. Febrada

From the beginning, the Rural Health Unit of Dumalag, Capiz, entrusted with taking care of the health of people, has strived to go the extra mile to uphold public health.

Led by Dr. Ana Mae Belasoto, the team consists of motivated health care workers driven by excellence. The rural health unit’s accessible, quality and efficient health care services for the residents of Dumalag, Capiz led to increased percentage of facility-based deliveries, zero maternal deaths since 2006, and programs geared towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals to reduce child mortality and to improve maternal health. Massive information, education and communication activities on the programs and services of the rural health unit ensured that people are knowledgeable on the health services available to them such as newborn screening, implementation of TB-DOTS, and Botika ng Barangay, among others.

“There were a lot of gaps and concerns that we encountered when we started to campaign to mothers and the community about the benefits of delivering babies at our health facility,” Dr. Belasoto says. From the challenges and passion, the group has learned that quality health care services should be availed by everyone, that basic information about these services must reach the people in the grassroots. With this, they knew that massive information and education campaign would be an integral part in the delivery of health services.

Dumalag RHU is the first RHU accredited by PhilHealth to offer Maternal Care Package (MCP) in theProvinceofCapiz. Also, the group was able to sustain all best healthcare practices it began thru regular monitoring and evaluation of their programs.

The group believes that a servant hero is one who serves with dedication and compassion. “Hindi nagbibilang ng pagod at oras basta makapaglingkod nang mahusay at magaan sa loob.”

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