By Mielmia Marie T. Baquiran
For the second time, “”Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan: Kalusugan Pangkalahatan on Wheels” or LBK-KP caravan rolled off to the province to provide health services to thousands of Cagayanos, this time in the town of Solana. The event was held on February 26, 2013 in the town’s municipal gymnasium.
The event started with a “kalesa-cade” around the municipality, followed by an opening program which was led by the host municipality. A press conference was also conducted simultaneous with the medical consultation among the constituents.
The LBK-KP is a nationwide health promotion campaign aligned with the government’s agenda of providing universal access to quality health care among Filipinos. It is a program lodged under the Department of Health, through the National Center for Health Promotion (NCHP). It aims to promote health services on antenatal care, facility-based deliveries, newborn and child health and nutrition and family planning.
The caravan is likened to a fiesta wherein the townspeople come together to enjoy a variety of health promotional activities like interactive exhibit, health classes, storytelling sessions and games for children, and an entertainment show for the waiting clients.
LBK-KP features a customized bus, which serves as a mobile clinic for women and children. The bus, which costs P7 million was donated by Victory Liner and was refurbished with the support of United States Agency International Development (USAID). The bus has a waiting area for patients, consultation rooms and an area where mothers can lie down during prenatal check-up.
A total of 400 families (or about 1,500 individuals) were given medical attention during the LBK-KP event. The Provincial Health Office doctors and nurses headed by Dr. Marcos Mallillin and Dr. Carlos Cortina, were also among those who served during the caravan. Free medicines were given to the patients. These were provided by LGU Solana, DOH and the Provincial Government of Cagayan.
According to Dr. Leticia T. Cabrera, Medical Specialist IV of DOH Region 02, LBK-KP as a health intervention, and which carries the theme “Walang Iwanan sa Biyaheng Kalusugan,” underscores the need for a strong partnership among the agencies and stakeholders to achieve a “kalusugang pangkalahatan” for all. She lauded the support of Mayor Meynard Carag, the mayor of Solana in accepting the challenge to bring LBK-KP in his town.
Meanwhile, Mayor Carag extended his gratitude to DOH and NCHP for choosing Solana as the second town to receive the services of LBK-KP. “I would like to thank all the people who have contributed to the success of this event in our municipality. This caravan is a great venue to help promote the importance of health among the people and I have to thank DOH for choosing our town as a recipient of this nationwide endeavor,” Mayor Carag added.
The LBK-KP first came to the province late last year in Lal-lo where a total of 2,000 individuals were served.
Ma. Olivia B. Pascual, Board Member of the 1st District and the Chair of the Committee on Health, revealed the great impact of LBK among the people of Lal-lo. “The health activity has seen the impact among the members of the family, especially among fathers. Fathers are now more participative in health issues of the family, especially during pregnancy period of their wives. This change in behavior, therefore signifies that indeed LBK-KP is a great intervention in educating the people on health concerns. Afterall, the involvement of the whole family and the community is needed in the achievement of a comprehensive health care” she added.
The LBK-KP was first launched in 2011 in Capas, Tarlac. Since then, it has visited different areas in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The caravan has travelled to over 18 areas and serving nearly 38,000 people. Over 1,800 pregnant women and 8,000 children received prenatal and child services on the bus.