Three Capiz Health Units Bag DOH National Award
Panitan and Tapaz health units were conferred the National Achiever’s Award by the Department of Health because of their high performance in the newborn screening (NBS) program for children.

The Dumalag town Rural Health Unit (RHU), however, was conferred the National Exemplary Performance Award in same program by the DOH.

This is already the second time that the Dumalag RHU has been given the same recognition at the national level because of its consistent exemplary accomplishment in newborn screening.

The first recognition was awarded in 2009 for its consistent exemplary performance in NBS for two consecutive years 2007 to 2008, Rural Health physician Dr. Ana Mae Belasoto said, stressing that the Dumalag was the only RHU in the country to receive the Achiever’s award in that year.

“We were recognized by the national government for our active role in helping the government in improving the health of Filipino children through the NBS,” she said.

In 2009, the town’s NBS accomplishment reached 96 percent while a 99 percent accomplishment was recorded last year, Belasoto said, adding that in the first six months of this year, 98 percent of their newborn children were already subjected to the NBS.

She said that the intensive campaign especially among parents as well as the strong support of their local government unit headed by Mayor Lilia Castro were cited as among the key factors behind the success of the program.

Belasoto pointed out that the in-house management of the NBS funds ensured the continuous supply of logistics while the increase of PhilHealth coverage and reimbursements likewise increased the utilization of NBS services.

“Attaining a high coverage in any program like in the NBS is difficult but with team efforts, commitment and dedication towards a true public health service, it can be done,” she concluded.
(JSC/JBG-PIA6 Capiz)