Catholic school expands health program in coastal villages

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Aquinas University of LegazpiBy Anecia L. Bailon

LEGAZPI CITY, 28Aug2013 – The Aquinas University of Legazpi College of Nursing and Health Sciences (AUL-CNHS) here has expanded its health intervention program in the coastal villages in this city as part of its nursing students’ curricular requisite on community-related learning experience.

In the implementation of its diverse activities and programs, the AUL-CNHS uses the Community Organizing Participatory Action Research approach through people empowerment by mobilizing them to develop their capability and readiness to respond and take action on their immediate needs towards solving the long term problems.

From academic year 2009 to 2013, the AUL-CNHS students provided health intervention services and implemented programs in Barangay Lamba as their adopted barangay with a total population of 1,209 distributed into 249 households.

The programs and activities implemented in Barangay Lamba include feeding of 40 0-6 year old malnourished children which were weighed and identified during the “operation timbang” activity, establishment of herbal garden per purok (sub-village) and continuous health education to mothers, youths and elderly.

These also include lectures to barangay health workers and barangay nutrition scholar on concerning basic health programs of the Department of Health for the sustainability and proper monitoring as well as assisting the city health workers on expanded program on immunization and related activities.

Currently, the AUL-CNHS has identified the coastal village of Dap-dap as the newly adopted barangay where the provision of health services and implementation of health programs will be extended as part of its community extension program.

This barangay has an estimated 341 children with ages 0-71 months old. (PNA)

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