In line with the continuing implementation of the Universal Health Care Program (UHC), eligible and newly-hired 319 nurses and 98 midwives have gone through a series of orientation and training conducted lately by the Department of Health 12, Philhealth 12 and the Department of Social Welfare and Development 12. 
Participants listening attentively to the orientation.
Philhealth taught them about the purpose of having Primary Care Benefits with free consultation, laboratory services and medicines for asthma, gastroenteritis, UTI and URTI; the relevance of new case rates; the Millennium Development Goal benefits: maternity care, newborn care, TB-DOTS, malaria and HIV-AIDS packages including animal bite treatment, leptospirosis and Z benefits that covers breast and prostate cancer treatment, children’s leukemia and renal failure requiring kidney transplant at a No Balance Billing Policy especially for sponsored groups in support to the UHC. 

DSWD explained them about identifying poorest of the poor as top priority for free social services and the DOH for their specific roles and functions as members of the community health team in delivering the health care services to the people. 

This is to standardize the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the entire program, create network among them and strengthen their capabilities as health workers in the community. 

“Being one of the overseers in implementing this project, I will strictly monitor their output. They were specifically hired for the country’s constitutional mandate to make essential goods and social services available to all especially the poor… and they know that,” South Cotabato Provincial Health Team Leader, Dr. Louella Estember said. 

The Local Government Unit where they will be assigned shall exercise administrative and technical supervision over them and may provide additional monetary or non-monetary incentives like training opportunities, allowances for training, transportation, communication, meals and modest board and lodging whenever necessary. 

They are also assured with safety and security by the LGU on top of Philhealth and GSIS Group Personal Accident Insurance coverage provided by the DOH. 

In return, said midwives and nurses must abide with their respective professional Code of Ethics, RHU Rules and Regulations and the Code of Discipline and Rules and Regulations prescribed by the project. 

They must also conform and complete the learning and development plan prepared by the project, communicate with their immediate supervisors issues and concerns relative to their assignments and submit report as required. (Hanah G. Naanep)

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