With the alarming number of crimes related to drug addicts lurking in our country, the government made its move to find solutions and fight crimes and help addicts to find their way back to a healthy life.
The Health Unit together with the Municipal Police Office joined hands to help keep our Municipality HEALTHY and SAFE.
The Municipal Police Office submitted names of drug addict who surrendered to their office and are willing to undergo rehabilitation. The role of the health team is to do screening test to grade the level of addiction to classify whether they need a higher course of rehabilitation in a higher facility.
Scheduled screening test was made, and we, the medical students were thought and trained by our MHO to do the job.
Let’s help keep our Municipality HEALTHY and SAFE!
Just as committed as our colleagues in medical school, the Team NB shares the passion of the school towards community health. We are being prepared and trained to be the doctors bound to help the society through health literacy and health awareness aside from saving lives through the clinical aspect. Another very important good news was chosen by the team to deliver to the community.
We conducted multiple lectures entitled “Cervical Cancer and its Screening” to selected schools in the municipality. So far, we have covered were Camul Elementary School, Tampiisan Central School, Tampilisan National High School and the Jose Rizal Memorial State University-Tampilisan Campus. The said lecture also promoted the free Cervical Cancer Screening of Tampilisan Rural Heath Unit. The aim of the lecture was to increase the uptake of cervical cancer screening through the recently launched Visual Inspection of the Cervix using 4% Acetic Acid (VIA) screening. We were happy and overwhelmed by the positive feedback that we received from all the teachers in every school as there were many teachers, more than what we expected, who listed for appointments. In a nutshell, we dream of unity of all women, not just in our barangay, but all over the world, and fight like a girl, to end the deaths of women caused by cervical cancer.
The free health services offered by the government can be maximized if everyone will be educated of its implementation. And that is where our challenge lies as doctors for the community, to educate and achieve health for all.
The risk of high blood pressure increases with age, but getting some exercise can make a big difference. And for hypertensives exercise can help you control it.
Regular physical activity makes the heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. If the heart can work less to pump, the force on the arteries decreases, lowering one's blood pressure.
Becoming more active can lower one's systolic blood pressure by an average of 4 to 9 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). That's as good as some blood pressure medications. For some people, getting some exercise is enough to reduce the need for blood pressure medication.
But to encourage exercise is not easy! There were two factors that made the task difficult:
Even the simple task of going up the LRC 4th floor makes us gasp for air and none of us 8 can run the to save our lives. It was a real struggle to make the whole" change comes from our self" a reality. But we did. Because our degree depends on it. So we force ourselves to get our butts moving.
Problem 2: The people in our community believe their walks home are considered exercise.
We concede that they are correct. But walks are not enough for our hypertensive patients. And we all know the boredom we usually associate with the word exercise. So we thought, how do we make it fun for them?
Aerobic activity can be an effective way to control high blood pressure. Zumba means moving fast and having fun! Zumba is generally an hour-long class and the great thing about it is that you can pick your intensity level because there are several options to choose from in each track. Zumba is fun, fun, fun! We made sure that the people in our community can relate to the songs/beat. We led the Zumba too! They saw us jumping and shaking and gyrating and making hilarious "waka-waka" steps. They heard how loud our laughters were, encouraging them to join in the fun.
We conducted the Zumba every Saturday's and Sunday's. Everyone was invited, especially the hypertensives. The turn-out was a great success. Not only did we fight hypertension. We also established a fun strong friendship with our community.
Watch out world, there's now a new breed of Zumba dancers in New Barili!
As the world moves towards the age of advanced science and technology, everyday life became more convenient and less physically demanding. As with everything else, though it may be advantageous, it also has its own drawbacks when not put into right use.
Humans, as the main recipient of these advances have already tasted its pros and cons. Though life became easier, it also became shorter as many lifestyle diseases have become more prevalent. One of these is the Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and current data shows that 1 out of 5 Filipinos have DM. In line with these, the medical students of Barangay New Barili conducted a DM awareness lecture activity with senior citizens as its target population due to them being identified to be a higher risk population. The said lecture includes the basic definition of DM, the risks attributed to acquiring it, its signs and symptoms, the screening procedures available and the preventive measures.
The activity was successful as it was met with much enthusiasm from the audience. To further extend the service, the medical students also offered a free FBS screening prioritizing but not limited to the senior citizen population of the community. This service can be made possible of course with the support of the Rural Health Unit of the Municipality of Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte. Active lifestyle was also promoted thus a monthly Zumba session has been included to the agenda of the senior citizen’s monthly meeting.
In order to make the most out of this new technology inclined era, we must put extra effort and pay a few sweat to protect ourselves from being a victim of these advances and become its privileged recipient instead.
First stop after we went back to our community immersion is the hypertension and diabetic summit—a program hosted by the Rural Health Unit to bring awareness and improve the knowledge and practices regarding hypertension and diabetes.
2 guest speakers from our batch were invited by our dear MHO to discuss on the said topics. Registered hypertensive and diabetic individuals from the municipality were all present and attentive during the program.
One of the highlight of the program was the district ZUMBA dance contest. All 20 barangays were divided into 4 districts; each has 5 barangays under it. They all came up with creative, graceful, and entertaining dance move.
They were also entertained by sweet music and melodious voice from our RHU staff and the medical students. And everybody danced to the groove of “Dahil sayo” Zumba dance craze.
At the end of the day, we all had a good time and learned new knowledge from the event. See you HPN-DM summit 2018!
It was a beautiful Sunday morning, as residents from all 7 puroks of New Barili gathered at the basketball court for the quarterly barangay assembly. All 8 of us were busy running about preparing the necessary materials for this exposure’s last activity.
10 o’clock and everything was set and two-time Ideal Farmer of the Year awardee Mr. Larry Lumosad started with his lecture on composting. He eagerly shared the benefits of composting and its role in aiding not only in solid waste management but also the health benefits of using soil with compost materials in planting. Furthermore he discussed the different kinds of composting and how they are applied. This gave the residents an idea that there are more than just one to choose from and there is a method that is suitable for each of their households. He went on discussing that his farm has been using such methods in organic farming and has yielded crops that are safer for human consumption. He concluded with the message “ habits that have been formed by years of practice may not be easily replaced but with determination we can make new and better ones.. it will never be easy but it will be well worth it”
Overall it was another, fun and successful endeavor and we hope that the residents of New Barili were able to take home the lessons that have been imparted and put them to practice.
Mary Midette Repolidon
A communal garden has long been a dream of the group for the barangay. This project, we believe, will address malnutrition among families by enabling them to serve and eat healthy meals using homegrown organic vegetables. It will also allow them to cut their expenses by growing their own food.
That way, they can spend their money on other necessities such as healthcare.
The benefits of a communal garden is likely to extend beyond food security and health. Family and social relationships can also be strengthened since the members of the community provide advice and support to help overcome challenges and all receive the benefits the gardening project offers.
During our last exposure, the Garden NB Ni Bulilit was started. It was made possible through the efforts of the mothers of the children in the Daycare Center. The garden is located just within the grounds of the daycare center. The mothers are now able to utilize the vegetables that have grown in the garden. However, the area allotted for the garden was quite small to add a few more crops with nutritive value.
We presented the proposal for an extension of the communal garden to the barangay council, wherein it will be able to provide not just for the daycare, but for the entire community as well. They expressed full support of the project. The barangay captain allotted a piece of land, approximately ¼ hectare, where the vegetable garden can be cultivated. It is located behind the daycare.
The Department of Agriculture shared the same enthusiasm as the barangay council when we presented to them our proposal. They gave the barangay some seeds for free namely okra, bell pepper, carrots, and radish. They also gave assurance that once the stock of new seeds will come in, they will also give these seeds to the barangay. We tapped the help of EastWest seeds, which provided some additional seeds such as mung beans, kangkong, and tomato seeds.
The next step towards starting the communal garden would require the knowledge of an expert at farming. Fortunately, the barangay’s nutrition scholar was also an agriculturist and she suggested that the Rural Improvement Club, which she is a member of, can take charge of cultivating the land and taking care of the garden to ensure its sustainability. So, we met up with the group and they assured us their cooperation and willingness.
A communal garden may seem like a simple project, but it goes a long way towards eliminating malnutrition and allowing avenues for livelihood among families in our beloved community.
Adzu-SOM Level 4