(January 31, 2012) Lake Sebu, South Cotabato (Feb. 1) – Recognizing their potent role in the delivery of health services in the countryside, the city government continues to arm all Community Volunteer Health Workers in Tacurong with knowledge on how to be effective and reliable in their works, the latest of which is the training on first aid.
More than 120 Community Volunteer Health Workers from 20 barangay of Tacurong attended the three-day First Aid Training and Year-Round Assessment Program, which kicked off Monday, January 30, 2012 at Punta Isla Lake Resort, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.
Personnel of the City Health Office served as resource speakers in the lectures, which included proper response or first aid to injuries, drowning, convulsion, heart and other cases that require urgent attention.
The activity is an initiative of City Councilor Joseph Lechonsito, Chairperson of Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Health who acknowledges the important role of health workers as the first line of implementers of the city’s health programs.
Lechonsito said that medical records show that many accidents result to aggravation of injuries or even result to untimely death because of lack of knowledge on first aid. He added that residents in the barangays, who are far from hospitals, mostly fall victim to these circumstances.
With trained first aiders, patients who require urgent medical attention can surely be addressed while waiting to be transported to the hospital.
Aside from the various lectures on first aid, the LGU distributed copies of booklets on First Aid Guide, which are notably printed in Filipino for better comprehension and understanding.
Personnel from the Center for Health Development XII also arrived on the second day to give more inputs to the participants.
Meanwhile, Mayor Lina Montilla and other city officials, in showing their support to the health workers,  joined them in the open forum and committed to continue to bring to fore of their priorities the welfare of the volunteer workers. (LGU Tacurong-Information)