A total of 39 members of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERTs) and other government employees of Tabuelan attended a post-training monitoring last November 9, 2020 at the covered court of Kanlim-ao in Tabuelan.
The participants came from barangays Kanlim-ao, Mabunao, Kantubaon, Villahermosa, and Kanluhangon. There were composed of 19 BHWs, 4 BNS, 3 nurses from the Nurses Development Program (NDP), 2 contact tracers and others barangay captains, barangay councilors and tanods).
The Visayas Primary Healthcare Services, Inc. organized the forum as part of the project supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on COVID-19 response.
The participants were trained on September 8 and October 19 on their roles and functions, infection prevention and control and risk communication and community engagement. Since then, they are expected to apply what they have learned during the training and there is a need to assess how much they have done so through a post-training monitoring activity.
The activity determined the composition and functionality of the BHERTs, monitored their performance on navigating and listing of contacts, monitoring and reporting of close contacts, monitored their information dissemination of COVID-19 related issues, and monitored how they have facilitated the delivery of continuity of access to essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There was a workshop composed of groups, with each barangay composing a group. Each group filled up a monitoring tool on the points of monitoring. Then, the leader of the group presented the results of the post-training monitoring tools and shared their eperiences with the plenary session regarding the performance of their functions as BHERTs. They also made action plans on how to improve their services.
The participants said that at first it was so hard for them because they did not really know well what to do about the COVID-19 disease. The topics helped them so that they were able to monitor their clients who were close contacts of COVID-19 patients. They were also challenged with the different reactions of the clients especially the locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who refused to undergo home quarantine. They explained to the clients until they were able to understand the importance of quarantine protocols. What they learned from the training were shared to their communities. They also disseminated information on COVID-19 to the communities and continued to exert efforts to deliver essential health services as barangay health workers and barangay nutrition scholars.
The participants said that there is more need to reach out to more individuals and continue to ensure that essential health services are continued in the communities. Additional information dissemination through the social media, leaflets and other means of spreading the information was also seen as the continuing need.