By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon said that 42 health workers in Quezon province had undergone training to further improve their skills in providing family planning services to communities.
The health workers who attended the training were nurses and rural health midwives, the DOH-Calabarzon said.
“Frontline health care providers, especially those who are newly hired and assigned in rural health units in island barangays must be properly trained because most of them have not undertaken comprehensive family planning training,” said Regional Director Eduardo Janairo.
Janairo said that the training was part of strengthening the primary health care in Quezon province.
Janairo also said that the training activity was important as health workers served as “the first point of contact for patients and families when scheduling appointments, coordinating patient follow up, and arranging transportation for patients to and from the nearest health facility.”
“The activity will enable them to develop the knowledge, attitude, skills and competencies fundamental to the provision of quality family planning services particularly infection prevention, client assessment, provision of family planning methods,” he said.
The training was also aimed at correcting myths and misconceptions about modern family planning.
“Training health workers and giving them the means and the right tools will help correct myths & misconceptions that modern family is either harmful to health of the mother or a form of abortion,” said Maria Luisa Malana, Nurse V and Outcome Manager for Family Planning and Gender and Development (GAD) programs.
“Child spacing and the choice of contraceptive method is a couple’s decision. Our role is to educate them and provide them the proper information regarding their choice of family planning method. And it is the duty of frontline health workers to give them the essential knowledge and ensure that these are fully understood,” she added.