A. Background of the study
The Barangay Health Center (BHC) is a community-based and patient-directed organization. Its goal is to provide first aid, maternal and child health care, diagnosis of social diseases, and other basic health services to all the members of the community it is serving. Primary Health Care is one of the top priorities of the city government. This is proven by the existence of barangay Manggahan, Rosario, Maybunga, Santolan and Dela Paz health centers. It is usually the first point of contact between residents of the community and other health care facility levels. Health care gives high importance to education, nutrition, preventive medicine and treatment of the most common diseases and injuries. It is considered as a practical means of giving any form of health care for increasing populations in poor economies such as in Third World countries. Barangay Health Center services are regulated by the (DOH). Projects may be spearheaded by each center under the supervision of the local government and the municipal health officer. Every health center is equipped to provide primary level of health care. Barangay Health Center is commonly staffed of doctors, public health nurses, nutritionists, medical technicians, rural health midwives, barangay health workers dentists, etc. The goal of Health Care Center is beneficial for all. It aims to reduce health exclusion and social disparities. It helps in organizing health services according to people’s needs and expectations. It also works on integrating health into all sectors. Barangay Health Workers live in the communities they serve, and act as change agents in their communities. They provide information, education and motivation services for primary health care, maternal and child health, child rights, family planning and nutrition. They may administer immunizations and regular weighing of children. They often assist midwives in providing birthing services. Every day...
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