Province, USAID hold 4-day workshop for health workers

September 20, 2009 at 1:20 am Leave a comment

LINGAYEN — The province through its provincial health office and in coordination with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted a four-day workshop dubbed as Health Program Implementation Review last September 1-4 in Baguio City.

Held in two separate batches, the workshop was participated in by chief of hospitals of the different inter-local health zones (ILHZ), district nurse supervisors, and public health nurses and health providers in the rural health units. Other participants include municipal health officers, planning officers and budget officers.

The PIR workshop was designed to assess LGU status of health service delivery based on priority health programs components of the Fourmula One or F1 for Health which includes family planning, maternal and child health care, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases like avian flu, HIV and AIDS.

Pangasinan is one of the F1 rollout provinces in the country that benefitted from the P3-B grant under the European Commission’s Health Sector Policy Support Programme and the USAID’s five-year technical assistance on Strengthening Local Governance Project (HealthGov).

In his health care program thrust, Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. has prioritized the upgrading and improving of health facilities in 14 government hospitals including the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital which resulted to the increased of bed occupancy rate

In addition, the Philhealth enrollees has significantly increased to 96,762 as of June 2009 compared to only 26,005 in year 2007 which made Pangasinan a Philhealth universal coverage awardee.

To complement these achievements, the province with the USAID assistance conducted a workshop for all hospital workers, rural health workers in order to come up with an integrated provincial acceleration plan to improve the health services delivery at the local levels.

This will encourage the Philhealth card holders under the province’s sponsored program to use the health care facilities, said Dra. Ana de Guzman, chair of the technical working group on PHIC.

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