Mayor Belen Fernandez has presented six awards received by Dagupan City during the Gawad Kalusugan 2023 conducted by the Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Region 1 last December 15, 2023 at Thunderbird Resort Poro Point Free Port Zone in San Fernando City, La Union.
The local chief executive announced the city’s latest achievement during the regular flag raising ceremony of city government employees on January 8 at the City Plaza where she expressed gratitude to the DOH for recognizing Dagupan’s health care delivery programs and commended the unwavering dedication of all health care workers in performing their respective tasks.
City Health Officer Dr. Ophelia Terrado received the awards on behalf of Mayor Fernandez.
Dagupan emerged as champion with 70,000 pesos cash prize in the Sandugo Award of the Bannuar Iti Salun -At Award because of its involvement and commitment in the implementation of blood programs where the city exceeded one percent blood donation rate and collected 3,223 blood units under the category of cities/municipalities greater than 75,000 population for calendar year 2022.
Also under the Bannuar award, the city garnered 3rd place for the Universal Health Care (UHC) Arangkada Award for its outstanding support in the implementation of the UHC vision with a cash prize of 35,000 pesos.
Dagupan also clinched four Palbayani Awards one of which is the Good Practices in Health Award because of the city’s identification, documentation and replication of good practices on health and obtaining a score of 100% on good practice criteria initial screening with 50,000 pesos in cash prize.
Part of this is attributed to the deployment of one Barangay Nurse for each of the city’s 31 barangays who function efficiently in coordination with barangay health workers, barangay service point officers, barangay nutrition scholars and the barangay council, according to Mayor Fernandez.
Moreover, the Dagupan City Health Office bagged a Palbayani Award as Top Implementer on Pharmaceutical Management for its outstanding support and commitment in the implementation of pharmaceutical management program and antimicrobial stewardship program, with a cash prize of 30,000 pesos.
Another Palbayani Award was conferred to the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) for its outstanding practices as functional CESU and its exemplary surveillance response in preventive outbreaks, with 20,000 pesos cash prize and finally, also under the Palbayani Award is the Chikiting Ligtas Lakas Award for Dagupan in its support to the DOH’s Measles Rubella -Oral Polio Vaccine -Supplemental Immunization Activity where the city achieved the highest coverage of eligible children during the activity, bagging a cash prize of 20,000 pesos.