The Visayas Primary Healthcare Services, Inc. taps and mobilizes volunteers of doctors, nurses, dentists, medical and nursing students and other health workers to render services in community-based health programs.
They serve as resource persons for community activities such as basic health skills trainings (BHST) for community health workers (CHWs), health education and information for residents, and health programs. They mentor CHWs as they provide basic primary health care services and health information to their residents and mobilize their communities to launch and sustain health programs such as control of respiratory and diarrheal diseases, nutrition, immunization, environmental sanitation, family planning, control of dengue fever, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and tuberculosis.
Many volunteers have joined our various medical missions in various areas in Cebu and Bohol. The missions rendered free medical check-ups, dental services, dispensing of medicines and circumcision. These medical missions were done in coordination with people’s organizations, school-based organizations, colleges, development work organizations, local government units, and foreign- and locally-based funding agencies. Other parts of the Visayas regions including Negros Oriental were also served by the VPHCS where we had volunteer health workers joining us.
In Bohol, the VPHCS through its Bohol Program Coordinator Dr. Grace Molina has organized the Students Alliance for Community Health Service (SACHS) primarily composed of nursing students from the University of Bohol and Holy Name University. They were active in joining the many community-based health programs of the VPHCS in several parts of Bohol.
We also have a pool of specialists of various fields who receive patients referred to them by our CHWs, who are provided with the necessary medical care with no or very minimal professional fees.