BARANGAY health workers and barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) in Cebu Province will undergo training on traditional and alternative medicine next year.
Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia announced this during the distribution of barangay workers’ cash incentives in the northern town of Liloan in the third week of December 2021.
“So mga barangay health workers, BNS, dako kaayo mo’g papel niini (Barangay health workers play a crucial role). Ibalik nato ang kinaraang paagi nga karon nakita nato epektibo batok niining Covid-19 og sa bisan unsa’ng sakit (Let’s go back to the old ways, which have proven effective, especially in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 and other ailments),” she said.
The Provincial Government will tie up with the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) for the training.
Under Republic Act 8423, or the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act of 1997, PITAHC is mandated “to improve the quality and delivery of health care services to the Filipino people through the development of traditional and alternative health care and its integration into the national health care delivery system.”
The PITAHC’s mission is to lead in the “research and development, promotion and advocacy, and development of standards on traditional and complementary medicine” and ensure its “accessibility, availability, sustainability and integration into the national health care system.”
At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Garcia encouraged Cebuanos to boost their immune system by eating healthy and to include more fruits and vegetables in their diet. She also encouraged them to drink juices made from fresh lemonade and turmeric.
The governor also started the SugBusog program, which urged Cebuanos to plant vegetables in their backyard so they can be productive while stuck at home during the health crisis.
After the successful first phase of SugBusog, the program was institutionalized in each local government unit and barangay with a budget allocation from the Capitol for the setting up of nurseries. / PR