The MUNICIPAL HEALTH OFFICE of Calasiao, Pangasinan is in charge of the public or primary health care of the the local government unit of Calasiao in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. It is mandated to perform preventive, promotive and protective health measures to maintain and sustain the health and well-being of the general population.
The present health service delivery system is provided by 25 Barangay Health Stations under the catchment of 2 Rural Health Units. The health service providers perform several health programs and activities. The health personnel include 2 physicians, 2 nurses, 1 medical technologist, 16 midwives, and a number of contractual/casual health employees supported by 272 Barangay Health Workers. The Barangay Health Workers constitute a very significant link in the health service delivery system in Calasiao. They involve themselves in almost all aspects of primary health care with emphasis on special DOH projects as well as during routine health center services in family planning, immunization, nutrition, maternal and child health care, communicable disease control and environmental sanitation.
The Local Government Unit avails of the Philippine Health Insurance’s Program, “Medicare Para sa Masa” which seeks to provide free health benefits both for hospital confinement and OPD medical needs. It is in this connection that the Philhealth also accredited the two (2) Main Health Centers as OPD service providers. The two RHUs are at present granted the seal of Sentrong Sigla, a program of DOH that certifies RHUs performing well in providing health services, based on the strict standards set by DOH.
The Municipal Health Office has under its supervision 2 ambulances, which are conducting an average of 4 patients a week to various hospitals in the two adjacent cities as well as in Baguio City and Manila.
The present thrust of strengthening the Interlocal Health Zone has greatly improved the referral set-up between the Municipal Health Office and the government hospitals in the province. The Pangasinan Provincial Hospital in San Carlos City, which is the core hospital of the Palaris Interlocal Health Zone, and the Region I Medical Center in Dagupan City has been providing adequate higher level of patient care and management. There is an existing surveillance and monitoring system especially for communicable diseases between and among the health facilities in the Third District Area where Calasiao belongs. This facilitates immediate response activities in areas requiring such measures in case of significant incidence of diseases.
For non-governmental support, the Kiwanis Clubs of Calasiao, the Sombrero, Princess Urduja and White Gold chapters, have always been consistent partners in our health activities most especially in our nutrition program. Various organizations are also providing medical missions in Calasiao prioritizing barangays usually adversely affected by several natural calamities that visit the town every year.
There are 7 private medical clinics, 4 private dental offices, 2 optometric establishments and 14 drugstores in the municipality that serve the various health-related needs of the people in Calasiao.