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Press Release/June 3, 2018

Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) on Friday successfully concluded the training of 45 health workers and emergency personnel of Binangonan, Rizal on Health Emergency Response Operation (HERO) held from May 29-June 1, 2018 at the Eurotel Vivaldi Edsa-Cubao, Quezon City.

Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated that the HERO training is a continuing commitment of the regional office to 
equip, train and prepare health workers in the community to respond and provide critical care people affected by natural disasters, war and other crises, and the health risks that may result in such catastrophic event.

“Basically, those who respond and provide the initial lifesaving care are health workers from the very communities affected. They are the first responder when people are in need of first aid, triage and other essential health care including assisting in search and rescue operations and providing emergency relief items,” he explained during a visit at the HERO training.

“It is very important that they are well-trained in good information management system, proper coordination with the appropriate agencies and organizations in specific types of incidents, such as floods, earthquakes, and even acts of terrorism,” he added.

The four-day HERO training includes introduction to health emergency response operation, updates on health emergency management and roles and responsibilities of health workers during emergencies. This includes delivering immediate response, assessing, monitoring risks, mobilizing communities to respond, treating common illnesses, promoting good health, training of on risk reduction, emergency preparedness and recovering from disasters.

“To be able to save lives during emergencies, time is a crucial factor. Health workers must know how to assess risks in their own community, identify vulnerable groups, such as children, women and the elderly, detect trends in disease patterns and able to provide early warning to residents,” Janairo enumerated.

He also noted that health workers trained in health emergency response makes their community less vulnerable to hazards and safer from health risks because of the increase capacity of people to provide counter-measures during health emergencies.

The 16th DOH-CALABARZON HERO Training for the Municipality of Binangonan was conducted and spearheaded by the regional health emergency unit.
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DOH-CALABARZON Assistant Regional Director Noel G. Pasion discusses the importance of the HERO training to health workers of Binangonan, Rizal during the four-day training held at the Eurotel EDSA-Cubao from May 29-June1, 2018.

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The 45 health workers of Binangonan, Rizal after successfully completing the four-day HERO training poses with DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo and Assistant Regional Director Noel G. Pasion.