PostHeaderIcon Health Plus Program’s Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan benefits 437 beneficiaries in Brgy. Small Margus, Sarangani Province

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Despite the overbearing heat, beneficiaries arrived in the venue and lined up early in the morning to avail the following services: (clockwise from top left) cholesterol & RBS screening; ABI testing; ear cleaning; free eye glasses for senior citizens; dental services; and received free cintronella-based spray for anti-dengue

The recently conducted Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan (LBK) held on September 7, 2017 has served around 437 beneficiaries residing in Brgy. Small Margus, Glan, Sarangani Province. Mahintana Foundation, Inc., through its Health Plus Program, partnered with the Province of Sarangani, through its Provincial Health Office, to bring health information and services to geographically isolated and disadvantaged communities targeting pregnant mothers, fathers and their children. As a kick-off event for the Health Plus Program’s celebration of its 10th year implementation, this initiative was also organized to help promote health consciousness that will further raise the knowledge and understanding of the public about health, wellness and nutrition.

The LBK team led by Ms. Margie Managuit, Health Plus Program Manager, travelled to the remote area of Brgy. Margus early in the morning to bring health services to its identified constituents. These services include:  (a) medical consultation; (b) dental services; (c) prenatal services; (d) laboratory services (e.g. hematocrit level monitoring, cholesterol & RBS, Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) screening, blood typing, hepatitis & syphilis screening, urinalysis); (e) Filariasis rapid diagnostic tests; (f) TB screening and diagnostics; (g) ear cleaning services; and (h) Implanon insertion/removal as a birth control method. Also, pregnancy kits composed of calcium carbonate, adult and newborn diapers, cotton buds, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste were given to pregnant women.

Moreover, to combat mosquito bites, olyset nets and citronella-based spray for anti-dengue were distributed to the beneficiaries. Senior citizens were also able to avail of free reading eyeglasses.

Despite the overbearing heat and humidity, the medical doctors, nurses, and dentists situated in the activity grounds, voluntarily extended their assistance and encouraged the individuals to practice health care-seeking behaviors and to demand for quality health care services. Community health teams, staff and health workers were also assigned in different stations and mobilized to assist in various tasks.

The LBK activity was successfully conducted in collaboration with and support from PAMET, PHISMET, Reservoist Marines, Barangay Local Government Unit of Small Margus, Rural Health Unit of Glan and the Philippine Dental Association (PDA). The project’s main franchisor, National Pharmaceutical Foundation and suppliers (e.g. Zydus Pharmaceuticals, MBE Pharma, United Laboratories, Sannovex Pharmaceuticals, Berovan Marketing, EuroMed Laboratories, Metrodrug, Medprix, Innogen Pharmaceuticals, and Oxford) also rendered their services and provided medicines distributed for free to the beneficiaries.

Dr. Arvin Alejandro, Integrated Provincial Health Officer (IPHO)-Sarangani, reiterated the commitment of the Province of Sarangani to health promotion and thanked all those who helped and participated in the event, especially Mahintana, for their partnership in the delivery of health services to the people of Brgy. Small Margus and its nearby barangays. He was filled with gratitude and pleased by the presence of most of the poorest members of the community, especially those that don’t get the chance to have regular check-ups, that through this event, they underwent free medical consultations and were made aware of healthy practices.

The Mahintana LBK team together with Dr. Arvin Alejandro, IPHO-Sarangani and health care providers and volunteers from the Province of Sarangani

The Mahintana LBK team together with Dr. Arvin Alejandro, IPHO-Sarangani and health care providers and volunteers from the Province of Sarangani

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