On March 17, 2018 four volunteer residents of Barangay Molos, Zamboanga del Norte were trained on proper BP taking and referral to the Rural Health Unit (RHU) in the hopes of strengthening BP monitoring among hypertensive individuals and prompt referral of suspected cases for start of treatment. The volunteers were given a short lecture on hypertension, risk factors, complications, and lifestyle modifications followed by a demonstration of getting a BP reading. Four BP apps that were procured with the help of Unilab were distributed, as well as BP Monitoring logbooks and manuals.
There were four purok BP stations established in the barangay. They will serve as gathering posts for hypertensive individuals to check their BP and encourage BP monitoring compliance. The puroks were divided into Purok 3 and 5, Purok 3, Purok 1, 4, and 6, and Purok 7 for the purok stations. The volunteers will be available to take their BP once every week; Tuesdays for purok 7, Wednesdays for purok 1, 4 and 6, Saturdays for purok 3, and Fridays for puroks 2 and 5. Along with signs indicating the presence of the BP station, informative posters were also set up regarding hypertension and how to control it. The volunteers were also tasked to monitor the blood pressure of identified individuals with uncontrolled BP so that they may be referred to the RHU for possible adjustments in their current treatment regimen. It is hoped that this will encourage BP monitoring in the barangay and bring them to be ‘BP conscious”.