Panganiban RHU tops 2nd Health Excellence awards
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posted 1-Jul-2019  ·  
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The Rural Health Units of Panganiban took three major awards for the implementation of health programs, topping their counterparts in last week’s 2nd Catanduanes Health Excellence Awards.

Acting Governor Shirley Abundo joined Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Hazel Palmes and Department of Health (DOH) OIC-provincial team leader Lilibeth Pabico in awarding trophies and checks to three Panganiban RHU staffers: Public Health Nurse Rusola Jacob as best program implementer for Family Planning Program, Medical Technologist Maria Teresa Cabrera for National Blood Voluntary Services Program, and Rural Sanitary Inspector Joel Aquino, for WASH/Environmental Health and Sanitation Program.

Taking 2nd spot with two awards each in the category are Pandan RHU, with RHU Public Health Nurse Saul Sanchez (TB Program) and the RHU itself (Nutrition Program) as awardees, and Virac RHU, which earned the feat as best implementer for the Child Health and Women’s Health Programs.

Winning the same awards for outstanding program implementation were Baras RHU Public Health Nurse Ana Arnate (Disease Surveillance) and Bagamanoc RHU (Rabies Elimination Program/Municipality with Lowest Animal Bite).

The other awardees are:

Non-Government Organization (NGO) Partners – Philippine Association of Medical Technologists, Inc. (PAMET) Catanduanes Chapter for the Voluntary Blood Services Program; LGBT BeauRAC for STI/HIV-AIDS Program; Philippine Dental Association (PDA) Catanduanes Chapter for Oral Health; the Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Federation, Barangay Health Workers (BHW) Federation, and Barangay Service Point Officers (BSPO) Federation; and, the Nancy P. Chua Medical Dental Foundation, Inc.

National Government Agencies – DOLE, DSWD, the Judiciary, PNP, DSWD, DTI, TESDA and Malinao Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (MTRC) as partners in the Community-Based Treatment and Rehabilitation Program; DepEd as partner in the School-Based Health Programs; and, PIA as partner in Health Promotion.

Given trophies for their roles in disease surveillance and public health programs were Catanduanes Doctors Hospital, Inc. (CDHI), Immaculate Heart of Mary Hospital. Inc. (IHMH), Dr. Maria Teresa Arcilla, and Dr. Joselito Urgel.

Stakeholders recognized for their particular program contributions were: Jay Taniegra, Adolescent Health and Development Program (AHDP) teen partner; Magandang Buhay Club of San Miguel RHU as patient support group for non-communicable diseases; PNP San Miguel Staff Sgt. Annaliza Balin, CBTRP stakeholder; Dr. Felix Ma, Venia Gapaz, Dr. Maricel Nuyda and Dr. Angel Albert Lamban, for the National Tuberculosis Program; Dr. Gibson Gabitan, Salvacion Cervantes and Dr. Angel Albert Lamban, for Mental Health Program; Wilma de Belen, for Nutrition Program; its media partners Radyo Pilipinas, Catanduanes Tribune, Bikol Peryodiko, Radyo Kaamigo, and Padaba FM; and, provincial accountant Sonia Villaluna, provincial treasurer Marilou Vargas and provincial budget officer Neña Guerrero, for LICT.

For best hospital performance, the Eastern Bicol Medical Center received a trophy and cash for registering the highest Newborn Screening Coverage; Caramoran Municipal Hospital, functional TB-DOTS hospital facility; Juan M. Alberto Memorial District Hospital, Red Orchid Hall of Famer; Pandan District Hospital, employee-centered hospital and best in NVBSP; and, EBMC, Rabies Elimination Program.

Chosen as best PHO program coordinators were: Dr. Magdalena Martinez (Rabies Elimination), Engr. Leo Armand Gapaz (Health Emergency Management Staff), Daisy Flores (Disease Surveillance), Ira Pamela  Bilo (Family Planning), Marites Curativo (Nutrition Program), Celia Romano (HIV/AIDS),  Evelyn Haban (NVBSP) and Nelida Pereyra (AHDP).

Special awards were given to Dr. Elva Joson of Virac RHU as best municipal health officer, PaViBa as best Interlocal Health Zone, midwife Nilda Matienzo of Virac RHU for longevity in service (43 years).

In her message, Acting Gov. Abundo said the awards is just the provincial government’s way of sharing the honor when it won the DOH’s Magayagaya Award in December 2018 and in recognizing dedicated health personnel who help save lives of the people.

She likewise appealed to the DOH to ease the stiff standards it set for provincial health facilities, saying it has proven difficult to comply particularly with the required manpower complement.

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