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Less than a month after the inauguration of its new building, the Rural Health Unit, headed by the Municipal Health Officer Dr. Michael-Vince Castelo, have successfully attended to the deliveries of a baby boy and 2 baby girls. One can easily remember Dr. Castelo being emotional during the inauguration, which everybody attributed to his dedication to Dolorenian Service. His dedication was somehow rewarded a few days later when the first two babies he, and the RHU, attended to were named after him.
Vince Michael Pacapac Co, was born January 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm with a birth weight of 3.5 kg. Vince Michael and his mother, Reyna Rose Pacapac Co, now hold the distinction as the Dolores Rural Health Unit’s First Baby and Mother respectively.
The second delivery would happen on February 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm. Michaela Venice C. Bulda would become Dolores RHU’s Second Baby (and First Baby Girl) with a birth weight of 2.9kg. Michaela’s mother is Emma Claro Bulda.
Claurita Faye Dalligos, Dolores RHU’s 3rd baby, was born February 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm with a birth weight of 2.8kg. Her mother is Evangeline Ariota Dalligos.
Vince Michael, Michaela Venice, and Claurita Faye, and their mothers all received prizes (Cash and Certificates of Distinction) from Mayor Robert Victor G. Seares, Jr. and the Local Government Unit of Dolores. A simple awarding ceremony was conducted at the Rural Health Unit this afternoon.
Dr. Michael Vince Castelo, the Municipal Health Officer, was teary eyed as he delivered his speech. Not only was he celebrating his birthday (January 15), his biggest accomplishment was about to be inaugurated. For the first time in the history of Dolores, a new building to serve as the Rural Health Unit, complete with a birthing facility, laboratory, dentist room, nurses quarters, and soon to be PhilHealth accredited has been put up.
Construction of the 1.5 Million Peso building plus 1 Million Pesos worth of Equipment were funded by the Department of Health through the Health Facility Enhancement Program. The Japan International Cooperation Agency also donated another 1 million peso worth of equipment which include a delivery table, examining table, recovery bed, blood pressure apparatus for adult and pediatrics, resuscitation bags for adult and newborn, gooseneck lamp, an air conditioner and a generator among others.
Assisted by Dr. Castelo, SB Lito Cortez, SB Sesy Seares, PHO EPI Coordinator Tita Turqueza, and Rev. Fr. Emilio Cortez, Mayor JR Seares performed the ceremonial Ribbon Cutting. In his message, he credited the carpenters and the engineers who have tirelessly given all their effort since construction began Mid-October last year. He expressed confidence in the RHU continuing to become more productive and that additional funding coming from the PhilHealth’s Capitation Fees will be arriving for the RHU once the RHU acquires its Philhealth Accreditation.
Rev. Fr. Emilio Cortez performed the Spiritual Blessing of the building through prayer and sprinkling of Holy Water.
Pics of the Event can be found at our Facebook Page.
With most of the previous batch of RNHeals about to reach the end of their contract next month, the Department of Health deployed another 12 nurses to Dolores for the 4th batch of Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Services Program(RNHeals).
Like previous batches, the trainee cum employees are given a 1 year contract with 8,000 pesos monthly allowance plus additional benefits that may be extended by the local government.
This batch’s roster are the following, all residents of Dolores:
1. Harmony Cristie V. Gonzalo
2. Charmane Jae C. Tesoro
3. Regency Mae R. Lachica
4. Naisa Kristel T. Talledo
5. Louise Mae M. Insigne
6. Dette Heizel Granada
7. Ashley L. Biccay
8. Lorie May V. Buenavista
9. Sheryll Anne C. Ballacillo
10. Grethel Joey A. Agaid
11. Aubrey C. Avero
12. Mark Jude A. Gapuz
The 12 nurses started their first day of duty at the Rural Health Unit last January 7, 2013.
For some reason, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) really loves Abra. They have been putting up projects in different municipalities, sponsoring seminars, trainings, and workshops for our doctors, nurses, and midwives, all geared towards uplifting the health system and the health status of the people.
This time, JICA partnered with the Philippine Health Insurance Company (PhilHealth) to train Barangay Kagawads, Barangay Health Workers and other Focal Persons who are in constant interaction with the community to serve as Advocate of Knowledge Officers (AKO).
The goal is for the members to be informed of their benefits, registration, contribution and availment procedures. However, the corporation’s human resource would not suffice to reach out to the millions of people it covers. With trained AKO Officers, the information is available within the community.
The training will equip participants with the right amount of information needed to assist members, beneficiaries and even potential members in navigating their way thru PhilHealth’s membership programs and benefits.
Pictures of the Event can be found at our Facebook Page.