After implementing CLTS in the community of Molos, Tampilisan, a monthly follow-up will be done for 6 months from November 2017 to May 2018. In this phase, households without sanitary toilets will be followed-up. The number of households with sanitary toilet and rate of open defecation will be monitored. At the last month of the follow up phase, an impact evaluation survey will be done to selected households of the community.
The first follow up (November 2017) was postponed by request of Mrs. Cowak. She stated that households were unable to finish the pit that they are digging due to the rainy weather. The pit that they are digging will be filled up with water due to the rain and even if they manually remove the water and start digging again, it would rain again the next day. People would say that time and efforts are wasted because of the rain. It would be useless to go on follow up since none of the households who agreed to construct their latrine have finished yet. The researcher and the barangay agreed to postpone the first follow up to December 2017.
During the first follow up, of the 36 identified households without sanitary toilet, 15 (41%) have already constructed a sanitary toilet of their own. During the first follow up phase, all households without sanitary toilet were visited. Households who have newly built their sanitary toilet are encouraged to use them daily and households who have not yet built their toilets are encouraged to build their own.
One of the major activities of the RHU was the conduct of its HPN and DM summit. It was the first time that there was such an activity, although our MHO has always dreamed of establishing an official group for those with these non-communicable diseases. Planning for the event took months or probably years. We, the students from ADZU-SOM are just very happy that we were able to support and be part of the activity. There was even one of us who got chosen to be a guest speaker on Diabetes, and it was me. For someone who is not into public speaking, it is a very frightening experience for me. I have never imagined myself speaking in front of a large crowd, knowing that it is a summit which means that hundreds are going to attend.
Ever since, I have never volunteered to speak in public nor did I agree to be a speaker. But for the first time I accepted the offer of our ever supportive municipal health officer for me to pay back all the help she has given me for my research and CHP. I know that this is important for her so I needed to support her just as she continually supported us in our needs at the community. Then, on the day of the event, everything went well and I was able to convey my message to the public, although not that smooth but still there were no dull and awkward moments. The program was a success and we were able to officially form a group of officers for our HPN/DM program. The program ended with lunch party and everybody was happy for the accomplishment.
It has been a while since we started the communal garden. The residents also did their part in maintaining the garden and planting. They even set a time each week for them to meet and go to the garden.
The residents met every Saturdays to tend to the communal garden. In our stay there, they proceeded to planting vegetables in the remaining plots. Also we noticed that we needed labels to know which vegetable was planted where. We made labels for the communal garden and with the help of the residents, we placed them in their proper place. It was a tedious task but worth it.
Still, a lot of things need to be done. But together, we will be able to do it.
On October 26, 2017 the Rural Health Unit spearheaded by the Municipal Health Officer, Dr. Maita Ladeza conducted a Diabetes-Hypertension Summit. Select officers of the DM and Hypertension clubs of each barangay in Tampilisan were invited. Lectures were given as well as recognition to the most compliant patients of the RHU.
But the highlight of the said event was the Zumba competition where the four barangay health stations battled it out on the dance floor. The members of the hypertensive club of Molos were the chosen participants for the contest. Ten ladies enrolled in the RHU’s hypertension program spent weeks practicing and polishing their complex choreography. Spearheaded by the elected Dance instructor of the club, Ms. Rachel Ami, they gave it their best and eventually bringing home the trophy for 1st place in the Zumba competition.
It was definitely a source of pride for the team, the barangay, and especially the hypertensive patients. But aside from the glory from winning the contest, what we would say was the best outcome from the activity was seeing them actively participate and have fun while dancing their fat away. Hopefully this continues as a fun and healthy activity for all!
This exposure we had a chance to impart more knowledge and health teachings to the Community People. We gave them health teachings about Dengue, how it is acquired and what are the DOH is doing and what the Dengue program is about. We also had our “Responsible Pet ownership” lecture in connection with our newest Community Health Plan on Rabies. Feedbacks amongst community people were positive towards our lectures and health teaching we can see their eagerness to learn more about the topics we are offering them.
The Community’s participation alongside with the especially the Barangay officials had helped us reached our goals for a better community and we are looking forward to more lectures and health teaching in line with all the DOH programs possible to achieve not only our goals but our LGU and DOH of the Philippines as well in our own little way.