MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, June 19 (PIA) – A team of six doctors from the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to visit the island-province next month, to review and evaluate the implementation of the Community Based Rehabilitation Programme (CBRP) – a cost effective approach in the delivery of disability prevention and rehabilitation services.
The team is also expected to identify viable income generating projects involving people with disabilities in the province.
To date, there are about 283 mentally ill clients served under the CBRP. While some of them are now considered at manageable stage, the remaining 215 are still under close supervision with the local health unit.
The provincial local government unit (PLGU), Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) and the National Center for Mental Health were also continuously providing for the patients medication all year round.
Just last year, the PLGU and the National Center for Mental Health also forged a memorandum of agreement for a regular bi-yearly visits and consultation with the patients suffering of mental illness.
The province is likewise working on the establishment of a satellite mental hospital, which will be erected inside the compound of the Catarman District Hospital.
CBRP coordinator for Camiguin Marydel F. Credo, meanwhile, explained that in community based rehabilitation, disability is categorized into various forms which includes mental health, psycho-social learning disability, orthopedic, hearing or speech impairment and multiple disability where stroke patients are also counted in.
The CBR focuses on enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families with the support of the communities and representatives of the appropriate health, education, vocational and social sectors. (PIA)