Government Agency and Province of Cebu Sign Agreement to Train BSAs in Alternative Medicine

Screenshot from the Sugbo News video

The Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) with the Cebu Provincial Government on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, to deliver trainings to Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) on alternative health care services.

During the signing, PITAHC Chief Executive Dr. Annabelle Pabiona-De Guzman expressed her gratitude to the Cebu Provincial Government for being the first province to adopt the traditional method of medication.

“Through this MoU, the DOH (Department of Health) PITAHC and the Province of Cebu will share resources to promote and support traditional and complementary medicine as relevant and alternative health care,” De Guzman said.

The program is also designed to help improve the health system of locality hospitals and barangay health clinics.

The project is expected to benefit residents of remote barangays through alternative and traditional methods of curing disease such as massage, steam inhalation or tuob, and herbal and medicinal plants that are organic and can be planted easily.

“When we talk about those who can afford millions in hospital debt, I’m talking about hospital bills, I’m talking about those who can fly to other countries for better medical care, they’re the chosen few. The most many are just trying to earn a living from day to day in order to feed their families and when someone gets sick it becomes an unbudgeted and unprepared expense,” Garcia said on Wednesday, August 31, via the Sugbo News stream. Live.

During the event, PITAHC handed out materials that will be used by BSAs during the training, such as lagundi, sambong, books for traditional and alternative health care, and an acupuncture table, among others.

Cebu province has approximately 14,000 barangay health workers.

It may be recalled that during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the province recommended the use of tuob as a means of combating the disease.

PITAHC is a government owned and controlled company attached to the DOH. It was established on December 7, 1997 pursuant to Republic Act 8423, also known as the Traditional and Alternative Medicine (Tama) Act of 1997. (ANV, TPT)