New ALAGA KA Barangay Health Station set to open in Brgy. Luya, San Luis, Batangas
One of the key factors for the poor health-seeking behavior of members of low-income and vulnerable communities is the lack of available and accessible health centers offering free and quality primary healthcare services.
In the Philippines, Barangay Health Stations (BHS) play a significant role in health campaigns and mobilizations at the grassroots level—and this exacerbates the situation particularly for Barangays with no present or active health center serving its communities.
However, in Luya, San Luis, Batangas, residents are hoping that the situation will soon turn with the construction of the new ALAGA KA (Alay sa Ginhawa at Kalusugan) BHS in the said area, which has been made possible through the joint efforts of Health Futures Foundation, Inc. (HFI), Sun Life Foundation, and Luya’s community stakeholders.
In preparation for its upcoming soft opening this year, Luya BHS is now being equipped with furniture, medical instruments, and supplies which will be used for its operations. Once completed, the BHS will soon be opening its doors to almost 4000 residents of Brgy. Luya and its neighboring areas.
To empower the communities, HFI capacitates community health workers and volunteers through its Community-based Health and Wellness Programs (CBHWP) aimed to ensure that quality and holistic primary healthcare services are given to all persons entering the BHS. Through community-led efforts such as health education and training sessions, the health-seeking behavior of Luya’s community members will presumably improve in due time.
Brgy. Luya is only 1 of the 8 target BHS construction sites for this ALAGA KA initiative. Overall, the project is expected to benefit 25,000 individuals, mostly from the far-flung barangays and marginalized communities.
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