LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Department of Health – CAR in coordination with PhilHealth and the Local Government Units, conducted a one-day activity that highlighted the distribution of TSeKaP (Tamang Serbisyo para sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya) Equipment Package last week in this capital town.
The activity, held at La Trinidad Municipal Gym, was attended by around 700 individuals from different sectors in Baguio City and Benguet including representatives from the DOH Central Office.
DOH Executives, Regional Director, Dr. Lakshmi Legaspi and Assistant Regional Director, Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Nora Ruiz graced the activity along with La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda and Baguio City Health Officer, Dr. Rowena Galpo, who shared the importance of the equipment package in their respective areas.
Dr. Legaspi shared that Baguio City and Benguet were first to receive the TseKaP equipment package in the region. Members of the media were also present during the activity. There were 157 recipients from 13 municipalities in Benguet including 16 District Health Centers in Baguio City.
Each TSeKap Equipment Package contains two non-contact thermometers, one stethoscope, one digital BP apparatus, one Glucometer set (for measurement of blood sugar), one dressing set (for sterile wound care), two nebulizers (for asthma-relief) and plastic container to carry and store the content of the package. Jerrycans (water containers), wheelchairs and additional blood pressure apparatus were also given to Rural Health Units and Barangay Health Stations.
Dr. Enrique “Eric” Tayag, Director of Bureau of Local Health Systems Development, shared that Secretary Garin saw the lack of equipment in each health facilities; as a result, the Department of Health, in partnership with PhilHealth, collaborated to meet these needs.
The TSeKap aims to equip LGUs with essential medical equipment that will allow them to provide basic services to PhilHealth beneficiaries. The DOH provides this package nationwide in support of the upgrading of primary health facilities and PhilHealth accreditation. This is also to ensure the continuous provision of quality health care.
By Patrick Pineda