Yesterday, I had the great opportunity to refresh my Primary Health Care (PHC) knowledge and skills through the Primary Health Care Seminar organized by the Diocese of Baguio — Commission on Health Care. This was in coordination with Notre Dame de Chartres Hospital and Ministers of the Infirm. It was held at the Diocesan Formation Center, Maryheights, Bakakeng, Baguio City [beside the St. Louis University (SLU) extension for the School of Accountancy and Business Management].
The day-long seminar had three sessions, mainly:
- Primary Health Care Reaching the Grassroots (CAR Health Situation 2013)
- Primary Health Care on the Move [wound care and bandaging, Basic Life Support (BLS) via Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Gabay at Lunas Program]
- HIV Awareness
The first and third sessions were rendered by Rev. Rodolfo Dan Vicente Cancino Jr., MI., the Regional Coordinator of the Southeast Asia HIV & AIDS Catholic Network. On the other hand, the second session was rendered and supervised by the staff nurses of Notre Dame de Chartres Hospital (NDCH).
The seminar was a nice avenue to meet people under the same Diocese coming from different areas in Benguet and Baguio City. There were participants from Atok, Mankayan, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay. Of course, participants also hail from nearby La Trinidad (That’s us! San Jose Parish Church) and Baguio City (Cathedral).
I believe the topics on rendering primary health care to the grassroots level was very appropriate, considering that most of the participants hail from areas with limited access to basic medicines. As such, lectures on DOH-approved medicinal plants and their preparations would have been in order. It was also helpful that the nurses from NDCH conducted demonstrations and encouraged return-demonstrations on essential health care and emergency skills. Finally, the session on HIV Awareness was one of the best I have attended in years. It was straight-up, quickly-digestible, and easy-to-remember. Because of the said seminar, I now have a more steady knowledge and understanding of HIV, its transmission, and how to address it.
Values-based behavior-change is the best solution to HIV.
—Rev. Rodolfo Dan Vicente Cancino Jr., MI.
For future seminars to be conducted by the Diocese of Baguio — Commission on Health Care, we do encourage more specific health topics so as not to snowball information that will be too much to digest. Also, for seminar trainings focused on emergency responses, i.e., carrying, basic life support, and bandaging; it would be appropriate to allot more time / more days for these since conducting a demonstration and supervising a return-demonstration within just hours would not be enough.
We thank the Commission on Health Care of the Diocese of Baguio, Ministers of the Infirm, and Notre Dame de Chartres Hospital for the bulk of information they shared with us. We also thank the Diocesan Formation Center for catering to our needs. Lastly, we thank the San Jose Parish Church for giving us the opportunity to participate.
We’re definitely looking forward to future PHC seminars and a unified diocesan health care network.