By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH)- Calabarzon recently conducted a training on newborn hearing screening for health workers in the region.
A total of 40 health personnel participated in the training, the DOH regional office said.
“This is one of the most important competency-based courses designed to provide our health workers the skills in the appropriate use of their screening devices for the conduct of an accurate newborn hearing screening in their health facilities,” said Regional Director Eduardo Janairo.
“This is one of the objectives of Universal Health Care, provide full support to our health workers. Giving them the necessary training, the right tools needed in the diagnosis, detection, prevention, treatment, monitoring of diseases for the improvement of health in the community,” he added.
The health workers were taught on how to identify different screening tests, perform hearing screening tests for infants/newborns, interpret results of hearing tests, identify misconceptions about pediatric hearing loss, identify different hearing interventions, proper filling up of screening forms, encoding of data in the Reporting and Registry Forms and Online Registry of the Newborn Hearing Screening Reference Center, and use and interpret the Newborn Hearing Screening Dashboard.
Janairo assured that the regional office will provide the different government health facilities in Calabarzon “the necessary equipment needed to conduct newborn hearing screening at the primary level.”
“With the Universal Health Care Law in place we can gradually improve primary health care services in our local health system that will benefit the people in the community,” he said.