by Maria Teresa B. Beñas / PIA
DOLORES, Abra – The Department of Health awarded the Inter-Local Health Zone (ILHZ) covering the three municipalities of Northern Abra as the most functional ILHZ in the Cordillera.
The Dolasan, which stands for Dolores, Lagangilang, and San Juan, ILHZ, has succeeded in discouraging home deliveries and promoting facility-based deliveries and in eradicating mother and child mortality in the area.
The support of local officials and the determination and diligence of municipal health officers in the implementation of the guidelines of the Mother and Child Health Care Delivery System, a tripartite program of DOH, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the local government units led to the ILHZ’s winning the award.
The Dolasan ILHZ has a lot of best practices in the implementation of the Mother and Child Care Program particularly the regular pre-natal check-ups, delivery in birthing facility, and post-partum care to ensure zero mortality among mother and child.
The Mother and Child Health Care program expanded from the initially programmed birthing only in birthing facilities to catering to all sorts of health care services to ensure public health and safety and responsiveness of rural health units at all times.
Dolores Mayor Robert Victor G. Seares, Jr., chair of the Dolasan ILHZ together with mayors Patrocinio Abaya of Lagayan and Meynardo Bautista of San Juan as co-chairs, sustained support to their RHUs headed by Doctors Darbie Madriaga, Rubie Rose Orosco, and Edgar Bernardino who pushed for various health care campaigns, especially on diseases affecting women.
The DOH defines ILHZas “a clustering of contiguous local government units (municipalities, component cities of a province/s) with a core referral hospital (district or provincial hospital) wherein preventive primary public health care is integrated with hospital care.
It is a district health system in a devolved set-up in which component local government units cooperate in health operations to better protect the health of the catchment community, assure access of individuals to a range of services necessary to meeting their health care needs and to manage more efficiently and equitably the cooperating LGUs’ resources for health.