Tagbilaran City capacitates barangay responders

Barangay Health Emergency Responder Teams (BHERT) are the unsung heroes in this time of pandemic. They go out every day and risk their lives to make sure that we are safe. And it is just fitting that the City Government made sure they are protected and capacitated in the course of their work. Thus, a training was conducted facilitated jointly by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and the City Health Office. The training was the first in the series of barangay trainings dubbed as the “Strengthening BHERT’s Capacity during the COVID-19 Pandemic”. The module of ReachHealth-USAID was used in the training. Physical distancing was strictly observed as there were only 10 participants seated apart in the room. 

The activity covered important updates about COVID-19, reviewed the roles and functions of the BHERTs, and presented guidelines on Infection, Prevention and Control. CDRMM Gerard Lavadia and Chao Longjas, along with City Nutrition Officer Rey Delos Santos facilitated the lectures.

Emphasis was placed in understanding the role of prevention and control in the context of preparedness, readiness, and response against the infectious disease. The session also demonstrated various measures of prevention and control of COVID-19 appropriate to home settings. Various video presentations were also shown to clearly guide the BHERTS about proper handwashing, physical distancing, respiratory hygiene, home quarantine, isolation, cleaning, and disinfection. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap lauded the efforts of the CDRRM and City Health, “As much as we would like to protect our citizenry from being infected with COVID-19, we are also mindful of the welfare of our barangay health workers. Capacitating them to perform their tasks correctly is fitting, but enabling them to also protect themselves and their family is commendable. We appreciate and recognize the efforts of our CDRRM and City Health personnel for spearheading this initiative”, Yap said.