DepEd Assures Delivery of Health Services in Schools

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DepEd Assures Delivery of Health Services in Schools


By Merlina Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) has reaffirmed its commitment to ensure the wellness of its personnel through the provision of basic medical care.

To present the comprehensive direction of school health and nutrition in the context of the overall education agenda, the DepEd - through its Bureau of Learner Support Services (BLSS) -- conducted the 2018 School Health Congress earlier this month in Angeles City, Pampanga.

DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua, in his keynote speech, underscored the importance of the delivery of health services in schools. "DepEd's health programs are primarily directed towards providing and strengthening health and nutrition education, and the delivery of health services with priority given to vulnerable learners and those needing emergency care in schools," he said.

The 2018 School Health Congress also focused on "OK sa DepEd Program" - the flagship health program of the department. The OK sa DepEd, Pascua said, "encapsulates all the major health-related programs implemented in schools." The program also "promotes and provides all learners and DepEd personnel with the sustainable, holistic school health and nutrition program geared towards healthier behavior and better learning outcomes."

With the theme, "Empowering Schools through the Convergence of Health and Nutrition Programs," the Health Congress showcased promising practices on school-based convergence of health and nutrition programs. It was also directed towards enhancing the capacity of school health and nutrition personnel through relevant updates and information in the fields of medicine, dentistry, nursing, and nutrition that are valuable in advancing DepEd's flagship programs and fostering the spirit of camaraderie among school health and nutrition personnel. …

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