DAGUPAN CITY – More and more youth are called on to become the city’s partners in increasing health awareness, following the simultaneous launching of the Junior Health Advocate in public schools in the city.

The program, which was launched this June, empowers the children of Dagupan to bridge the gap between health services and those who are sick, particularly their classmates and relatives.

Since its launching at West Central Elementary School I, the local government, headed by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, and the City Health Office  headed by Dr. Ophelia T. Rivera has been launching the program in several schools already.

These include North Central Elementary School, Salisay Elementary School, Juan P. Guadiz Elementary School, Pantal Elementary School, East Central Integrated School and Malued Elementary School.

In the program, City Health Officer Dr. Ophelia Rivera discusses to the chosen students about their new tasks and responsibilities as appointed junior health advocates.

The students are also briefed on safety measures that would help them avoid the dangers of leptospirosis and dengue.

Medical and dental check-ups are also conducted on-site to address the health concerns of the students, while free iodized salt, insect repellent lotion and multivitamins are also distributed during the program.

In hopes of strengthening the city’s initiative to expand its health services through the youth’s participation, the Junior Health Advocate program will be launched in all public schools in the city. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)