Thursday, May 26, 2016

Legazpi starts yearly checkup of pre-schoolers in its 70 villages
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, May 25 (PNA) -- This City Health Office has started giving health services to the pre-school children in the 70 barangays here.

City Health Officer Fulbert Gillego said in an interview Wednesday that the city’s professional doctors, pediatricians, medical technologists, dentists, pharmacists and nutrition officers have started rendering medical services to the city villagers as part of bringing health care services closer to the people.

The health services activity is part of the city's yearly Sagip-Kalusugan Program with a holistic approach involving free medical check-ups, laboratory examinations, urine examinations, feeding activities, chest X-ray, de-worming and vitamin supplementation which aims to reduce malnutrition cases in the community.

The medical services aimed at preventing children from being victims of tuberculosis, asthma, skin disease and other dangerous infectious illnesses, Gillego said.

He said Sagip-Kalusugan was conceptualized in 2007 during which the recorded malnourished cases were 16 percent of the total population of children in this city.

Through this program, however, malnutrition was reduced to only 6 percent or less than 1,000 children posted in the first quarter of 2016.

Aside from this yearly Sagip-Kalusugan project, the City Health Office has also conducted a monthly regular monitoring and holding of Operation Timbang for pre-school children in the community to make sure they are always in their proper weight, Gillego said.

He said his office also conducts nutrition education for all mothers as part of promoting nutritional guidelines that include proper way of breast feeding, infant and child feeding, responsible parenthood, maternal and child health care. (PNA) FFC/FGS/EPS/CBD