With the rising cases of dengue fever nationwide, community health workers (CHWs) in seven barangays in Medellin and one barangay in Daanbantayan conducted a series of health awareness of the disease in their communities.
The CHWs were trained by the Visayas Primary Healthcare Services under the project “Integrated Community-based Livelihood Project for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors in Medellin and Daanbantayan, Cebu.”
The areas include Barangays Kawit, Daanglungsod, Maharugay, Gibitngil, Mahawak, Dalingding Sur, and Antipolo in Medellin and Malingin in Daanbantayan.
Aside from dengue fever, the health education gatherings also included nutrition, hypertension, diarrhea, tuberculosis, and pneumonia.
Trained CHWs also conducted home visitations and treat common illnesses among their community residents such as cough, fever, colds, asthma, stomach ache and headache using herbal plants, water therapy, and acupressure.