CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, Oct. 18 (PIA) - The Department of Health (DOH) - 2 launched "Ang Kalusugan at Ang Pamilyang Pilipino, Masaya at Organisado" (AKAP MO) program to bring health services closer to the public.
The launching was conducted at 3K Hotel in Santiago City attended by health officers and workers, representatives of regional line agencies and local officials across the region.
Dr. Rio Magpantay, DOH -2 regional director said the AKAP MO program aims to assist the Local Government Units in establishing an organized system for primary health care in the communities with high magnitude of poverty and involve all stakeholders especially the local chief executives in building a supportive environment that prioritizes health in the community.
He said the AKAP MO program strenghtens the capacities of health workers to assist in identifying every family's health needs in order to provide appropriate health services and empower them to seek appropriate services and make well informed decisions on health.
The AKAP MO program has four interventions: barangay health leader; barangay health champion; barangay health day; and barangay health pondohan.
Under the 'barangay health leader' intervention, the program aims to capacitate leaders including health workers to support mobilization of health activities through community health organizing while the 'barangay health champion' intervention aims to select and recognize champions in health that will serve as a model for replication of best practices and a basis for improvements in policy developments.
On the other hand, the 'barangay health day' intervention aims to directly provide health services needed and identified by the poor families in the region while the 'barangay health pondohan' intervention aims to assist in building sustainable livelihoods for the poor communities and address financial challenges in accessing quality health care.
"The AKAP MO program targets to reach the 135, 824 identified poor households or 772, 004 family members listed on the National Household Targeting System - Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)," Magpantay said.
The health official urged all health workers in the region including government partner agencies and local government officials to support the DOH in bringing the health services in the communities region-wide. (MDCT/MGE/PIA 2-Isabela)