ILOILO CITY, Dec. 30 The Department of Health (DOH) here urged all local government units (LGUs) to support their barangay health workers (BHWs) and their health facilities in the rural areas, especially for the 2011 service year.
DOH regional director Ariel Valencia said that there were many BHWs, some of which rely much on the financial support of local government units and local officials for their medical equipment, medicines and other health needs of the community, assigned in various areas of the region.
Valencia said that LGUs should be helping their BHWs as they served as their arm in extending social services to their constituents in the rural areas.
He also said that most of the BHWs had been serving their respective communities for years, without let-up. Moreover, the BHWs have been the health and information providers for expectant mothers, sick children, and the community, among others, for years. Their welfare must be protected as payment and gratitude for their unwavering support, he said.
Valencia reminded town mayors to include barangay health facilities and centers in their annual budget for next year as effective way to improve social services in the barangays, especially in areas where hospitals and municipal health centers are not accessible.
Valencia said there were more than 4,000 BHWs in the entire Western Visayas region. (PNA)