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Trainings for Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) of San Remigio, Cebu

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A total of 92 members of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) from 20 barangays of San Remigio were trained under the ReachHealth Project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on COVID-19 response.

The project aims to provide technical assistance to the local government units of San Remigio, Bogo City, Medellin, and Tabuelan to implement various capacity-building activities  to support community-based COVID-19 response efforts to delay, contain the transmission of COVID-19, and mitigate the effects of the pandemic in their localities.  The Visayas Primary Healthcare Services, Inc. (VPHCS) implements the COVID-19 response project.

On September 14, 15, one batch consisted of the BHERTs from Barangays Poblacion, Hagnaya, Punta, Toong and Looc.  Another batch consisted of BHERTs from Barangays Lawis, Dapdap, Libaong, Tambongon and Kayam. On September 16, 17, one batch consisted of the BHERTs from Anapog, Lambusan, Busogon, and Sab-a. Another batch was comprised of BHERTs from Barangays Bancasan, Mano, Gaway-gaway, Batad, Argawanon and Canagahan.

All four batches were comprised of Nurse Deployment Project (NDP) nurses, Rural Health Midwives Placement Program (RHMPP) midwives, barangay health workers (BHWs), barangay captains, barangay councilors, barangay tanods and barangay nutrition scholars (BNS).

All four trainings were held in the San Remegio Cultural Center and Leisure.

The first day topics covered the following, namely; basic information about COVID-19, DILG and DOH policies regarding BHERTs, composition of BHERT, roles and functions of BHERT, forms to be filled up by the BHERTs regarding contacts, guidelines in conducting home visits for BHERTs, infection prevention and control (IPC), and risk communication and community engagement (RCCE).  The second day topics were “Addressing Gender-based Violence during COVID-19 pandemic”  and “Adolescent concerns.”

The resource persons and facilitators for the four batches of trainings included Edgar Gahisan, Lora Manigos, Irish Ramirez, Erlinda Posadas,  Jerhald Agcang, Lourdes Geolin, and Armel Pontillas. They are all staff members of the VPHCS.

The VPHCS coordinated with the Mayor’s office and the Association of Barangay Councils under President Antonio Villamor to organize the trainings


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