A total of 154 preschoolers of the Little Bamboo Foundation availed of free medical check-up last July 11-13, 2016.
The Little Bamboo Preschool is run by the Little Bamboo Foundation, a non-government organization. It is located in 10th Street, Blessed Sacrament Compound, North Reclamation Area, Barangay Tejero, Cebu City. The children are scholars of the foundation. The children’s families live in very poor conditions in the pier areas. The students belong to nursery 1, nursery 2, and preparatory classes.
The medical check-up was done to have a medical profile of the 3 to 5 year old preschoolers so that early detection of medical problems can be addressed accordingly. The services also included weight and height determination, urinalysis, eye check up and dental check-up. The team was composed of the staff of VPHCS, pediatrician Dr. Lilia Hernandez, and teachers and personnel of the foundation.
The medical check-up is supported by the LandsAid, a humanitarian aid organization in Germany which is supporting a project of the VPHCS in three barangays in north Cebu.
On October, there will be medical, dental and optical services for 173 children ages 6 to 10 years old (kinder to Grade 4) who are in public schools who are also scholars of the foundation.
From July to December 2016, there will also be a feeding program of milk and one main meal a day for the 154 preschoolers with the LBF preparing the meal and monitoring the growth of the children. The 154 children will also be given deworming agents once in July and once in December 2016. They will also be given vitamins daily in class. Each kid will also be given a toothbrush and toothpaste and dental hygiene will be ensured. They will also be given slippers.
In October, other scholars – 74 preteens (ages 11 to 12 years old) and 78 adolescents (ages 13 to 18 years old), will be given a seminar about adolescent reproductive health by speakers from the VPHCS.
All the services are funded by the LandsAid.