Schoolchildren in Bautista Elementary School and other public schools in the municipality of Bautista received the Essential Health Care Package (EHCP) from the provincial government during the EHCP provincial launching in expansion pilot schools on February 8.
Anchored on the theme ‘Ngiting Matatamis, Ngiping Malilinis, Dala ay Pag-asa, Tunay na Ligaya’, the EHCP program is part of the celebration of Dental Health Month this February.
The Provincial Health Office and the Department of Education spearheaded the program that highlighted the distribution of health care packages that consists of pollypaste toothpaste, toothbrushes and soaps among the pupils.
The children also demonstrated the proper way to brush teeth using the pollypaste and washing of hands with soap.
Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member and Association of Barangay Councils Federation President Amadeo T. Espino, in behalf of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr., expressed the importance of proper hygiene among children to prevent diseases and the cost of treating such diseases.
“The governor said that a difficult situation to be in would be if one has a financial problem and still gets sick,” the SP member said as he reiterated the governor’s message for leaders and educators to raise health standards through the creation of programs, such as the EHCP, to sustain a healthy Pangasinan.
The EHCP aims to reduce childhood diseases by 30 to 50 percent and dental carries by 40 to 50 percent through simple but powerful interventions like handwashing with soap, brushing of teeth with fluoride toothpaste and bi-annual deworming.
By applying these in their daily routine, children can have better school attendance and improved school performance. (PIO/Sheila Aquino)