DOH-MIMAROPA LAUNCHES HEALTH CARAVAN FOR INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN ORIENTAL MINDORO
Press Release/October 30, 2017
Department of Health (DOH) – MIMAROPA (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) launched its health caravan for indigenous cultural communities and indigenous peoples (IPs) in Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro simultaneous with the opening and inaugural ceremony of the “Balay Mangyan Para sa Kaunlaran at Kalusugan” at Sitio Banti, Barangay San Roque on October 26, 2017.
“We would like to make basic health care services available and also culture sensitive. And most important is to ensure the sustainability of health care delivery among our indigenous communities in the region,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.
“Our indigenous communities’ concept of health and healing is similar to western modalities but with more emphasis on traditional healing which plays a significant part in their healing strategies,” he added.
It is for this reason that DOH-MIMAROPA employed indigenous staff at the “Balay Mangyan Health Center”, including a nurse, midwives and a staff to manage the facility. Funds for the improvement of the heath center came from the Health Facilities Development Project of the DOH.
According to Janairo, the number of indigenous patients attending the health center has increased knowing their health care is being managed and treated by their own within the community.
He also explained that IP’s have difficulties accessing appropriate primary health care services because they reside in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) which are often isolated due certain physical factors such as distance, transportation and even weather conditions. “Because of these, common illnesses like diarrhea, skin disease, vector-borne and infectious diseases and other health concerns including unsafe birthing practices in their community,”
“The objective of the health caravan is to bring health care services and provide the necessary health services, relevant information and commodities instead of obliging them to come down from the mountains or hike dozens of kilometers just to visit a health center in the municipality,” Janairo emphasized.
The caravan served 766 individuals including 70 families from various tribes of Mangyan in the municipality of Bulalacao. Health services includes blood testing and screening and medical check-up, sputum exam, vital signs taking and consultation. Medicines and vitamins for children, assorted groceries and food were also given to families during the event.
Janairo assured that the health caravan will be rolled out in all provinces with IP communities next year.
The IP Health Caravan was launched in observance of the Indigenous People’s (IPs) Month which is celebrated every October of the year. It is conducted in partnership with National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the Department of Interior and Local Government under the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2013-01 dated April 19, 2013. IPs comprises 13% of the national population.
Source Halcon Star Online, 2017-10-30 11:53:27