TADIAN, Mountain Province, Nov. 24 (PIA) – Local officials here recently passed an ordinance institutionalizing the annual health and wellness program for all officials, employees and other workers of the municipal government including its 19 barangays.
It is the primary concern of the municipal government here to value the health and well-being of all its officials, employees and workers, therefore, there is a need to establish a well designed health and wellness program conducted annually, and to implement and promote these programs and activities in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle and healthy working environment as well, the ordinance stated.
The health and wellness program covers all municipal officials and employees whether permanent, casual, contractual or job order as well as barangay officials and barangay workers duly appointed for a period of one year in active duty or service.
Services under the Health and Wellness program include free complete and thorough physical check – up procedures such as complete blood count; blood chemistry such as glucose, creatinine, uric acid, cholesterol, blood urea nitrogen, triglyceride, high density lipoprotein, low density lipoprotein, serum glutamin-oxaloacetic transaminase, serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase, total bilirubin, total protein, alkaline phosphatase; urinalysis; routine stool exam; chest x-ray; ultrasonic examination for hepatobiliary tract, kidney, ureter, bladder, pancreas, and prostate for male 40 years old and above.
The municipal dentist also provides dental check-up such as oral examination and consultation, oral prophylaxis, simple extraction, restoration/filings and other preventive dental treatments.
Other health program includes education and information on healthy food intake and integration of an effective assistance on weight control management; stress management program to help employees deal with stress; physical fitness to provide employees with opportunities to incorporate exercise or fitness activity and program utilizing available amenities and facilities; and healthy lifestyle such as essential interventions for primary care like tobacco cessation for the prevention of heart attacks and chronic strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancers; and healthy diet.
The Municipal Health Office and the Human Resource Management Office are tasked to properly facilitate and monitor the conduct of the program.
For the successful implementation of the program, funding shall be appropriated from the annual appropriation budget under the Municipal Health Office. The barangays shall also appropriate from their annual budgets or counterpart the necessary amount to cover all its officials and personnel. By Juliet B. Saley (JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mt. Province)