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Friday, September 30, 2016

Bicol Medical Center, LGUs to ink agreement over adolescent care

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Sept. 30 (PIA)—The 2012 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Survey reveals that one in 3 Filipino youth aged 15 to 24 has engaged in premarital sex. Meanwhile, more boys engage in sex before marriage (37%) than girls (29%).

This suggests that more and more adolescents are in need of quality friendly facilities that will encourage them to open up sensitive concerns related to teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, anxiety/depression among others.

Joannah B. Ramores, Center for Research Training and Development Naga College Foundation (CRTD-NCF) director, underscored the role of LGUs in helping the adolescent or the teenagers,    saying it was “considerably vital” in encouraging the youth to look after their welfare and seek medical attention concerning the various health dilemmas that confront them.

NCF was commissioned by Bicol Medical Center to help it in implementing the project “Design Implementation of the BMC Adolescent Youth Reproductive Health (AYRH) Wellness Center. As part of its task, NCF drafted agreements that would encourage the chief executives of LGUs in the province and the heads of various government agencies to formalize their commitment to help the adolescent or the teenagers in prioritizing their health concerns that have been neglected for so long or were left unattended for fear of rejection or uncalled judgment.

 “We recognize that it would entail a holistic approach to address adolescent issues and engaging various stakeholders that’s why we really need the help and assistance that an LGU can extend to effectively respond to the needs of the adolescents,” Ramores added.

Aside from the LGU partnership, Ramores expressed belief that the health professionals should also have enough understanding of the adolescent issues for them to better respond to it.

Just recently, the BMC along with the Naga College Foundation (NCF) organized  a two-day training on “adolescent friendly services” held at Villa Caceres Hotel here to increase capacity of health personnel in providing services to adolescent youth in Bicol.

Held last Sept. 13 to 14 and taken part by around 30 health workers, was part of the project design and pilot implementation of Bicol Medical Center Adolescent Youth and Reproductive Wellness Center Project.

This was geared towards the founding of the BMC Teen Wellness Center that shall cater to adolescent health concern with special focus on teenage pregnancy in Bicol.

The discussions sought to equip the BMC personnel with a “deeper understanding” on the special needs and concern of adolescent and to identify appropriate approaches to effectively address these concerns.

This was also to familiarize the participants on the basic concepts of adolescent care and adolescent friendly services.

Aside from providing BMC health personnel with a quick guide on how to handle some adolescent health problems and risk behaviors, the training will eventually contribute to the improvement of health care delivery among adolescents in Bicol region.

Resource speakers were Dr. Rosa Nancho, SAMPI, Philippines Children Medical Center; Stanley Dy, dean, NCF College of Nursing; Ma. Concepcion Aslor, dean, NCF College of Midwifery; Imelda Dacanay of the Department of Health Region V and lawyer Girlie Prado.

The BMC Teen Wellness Center is said to be the first in the region under the full support of Medical Center chief  Dr. Ma. Estrella Litam and Dr. Mary Jane Uy. (EAD/LSMacatangay-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861475724448/bicol-medical-center-lgus-to-ink-agreement-over-adolescent-care#sthash.52DweGDd.dpuf

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