Urban Wellness Initiatives: Nurturing Health in our City

Urban Wellness Initiatives: Nurturing Health in our City

Protecting and advancing the health of our community is greatly aided by the initiatives run by the City Health Office of Baybay. These programs include a broad spectrum of health-related activities with the goal of addressing various needs and difficulties to guarantee a city that is healthier and more resilient. These initiatives demonstrate a dedication to improving the general quality of life for Baybayanon, from proactive steps like immunization campaigns and health education to reactionary activities during public health emergencies. The City Health Office of Baybay collaborates with other agencies to establish a foundation of health and wellness that supports a vibrant urban environment. The office is always looking to innovate and adapt.

In 2023, many health activities were launched in the city, one of which was the Measles, Rubella, Oral Polio Vaccine Supplemental Immunization Activity or MR OPV SIA. It was a simultaneous supplemental immunization activity conducted nationwide to provide MR and OPV immunization among 0 to 59-month-old children. It aims to prevent outbreaks of life-threatening vaccine-preventable diseases. This activity was conducted on May-June 2023 among all barangays in Baybay City. After the activity, Baybay City acquired positive accomplishments with 72% in Measles Rubella antigen and 74% in Oral Poliovirus Antigen based on target population. The second immunization activity was the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine or HPV Immunization. This is a special school-based immunization conducted throughout the public and private schools in Baybay City. It aims to minimize the chances of acquiring cervical cancers and among women ages 9-14 years old are the target population. The third immunization activity was for senior citizens in which ensuring their health and vitality is paramount. The Senior Citizens Immunization Program stands as a testament to our dedication to safeguarding the well-being of the elderly. Initially, 1,110 doses of PPV23 and 1,696 doses of Influenza vaccine for seniors were provided. Through Pneumococcal and Influenza vaccines, we aim not only to protect this valued demographic from preventable diseases but also to promote a life of vitality, independence, and longevity.

The necessity for a steady and adequate blood supply in Baybay is usually the driving force behind voluntary blood donation programs. These initiatives are designed to promote voluntary blood donation and a sense of community responsibility for public health. Initiatives to encourage voluntary blood donation are driven by the ongoing need for blood transfusions for medical treatments, surgeries, and emergencies. Their goal is to guarantee a varied and easily accessible blood supply. For this year, more than 400 bags of blood were collected in more than 7 mobile blood donation activities around the city. When blood donation events transpire, the majority of donors also donate blood with enthusiasm. Because of the positive working relationship and cooperation between the local government of Baybay and the Philippine Red Cross, people living in the city have an easy time obtaining blood packs.

The goal of a Maternal and Child Health Program is to enhance mother’s and children’s health by using a range of health promotions. Prenatal care, safe birth techniques, postpartum assistance, and pediatric healthcare services are usually included. These initiatives frequently seek to lower rates of maternal and newborn death, increase access to medical treatment, and improve the general health of mothers and children. Immunizations, dietary assistance, family planning, and educational programs for mom are a few examples of components. Educational programs such as Buntis forum are one of the strategies that the program believes is one of the most effective ways to deliver important information about pregnancy to the mother giving birth. With one group for each barangay health station, twenty groups are being formed. The activity involved almost 600 mothers who were either pregnant or nursing.

The state of being physically, mentally, and socially healthy during adolescence is referred to as adolescent health. It includes taking care of mental health issues, exercising frequently, and adhering to a balanced diet. Promoting a healthy adolescence requires open conversation and education on issues like sexual health and substance addiction. Many of the young people in Baybay City struggle with numerous issues, which can cause stress and ultimately result in unhealthy habits or suicidal thoughts. This is the point at which the City Health Office’s program, the Adolescent Health and Youth Development Forum, became relevant. Baybay City National High School is the beneficiary of this forum. More than 200 students attended and discussed the topic with one another. Fortunately, the City of Baybay has a certified adolescent facility that provides medical services like counseling, family planning, etc. for teenagers. It is situated in the City Population and Development office.

Teenage pregnancy can impact a young person’s educational and career opportunities. It may also pose health risks for both the mother and child. Comprehensive sex education, family support, and access to contraceptives play key roles in reducing teenage pregnancy rates. Addressing underlying social factors is essential for effective prevention. The absence of awareness and direction among the elderly contributes to the continued prevalence of teenage pregnancy in the city of Baybay. The purpose of the City Health Office’s discussion on adolescent pregnancy at the Baybay National High School is to educate young women about the risks of becoming pregnant at an early age. More than 200 students came to experience the challenges and risks associated with becoming pregnant at a young age.

In summary, funding and promoting comprehensive city health initiatives is a calculated step toward creating strong, thriving communities as well as a dedication to people’s well-being. In addition to preventing disease, we build a vibrant, connected city where each citizen can live a happy and productive life by promoting a culture of health. Let’s keep advocating for and supporting these initiatives to create a happier, healthier future.

The Baybay City Immaculate Conception Hospital

The Baybay City Immaculate Conception Hospital (BCICH), formerly known as the Western Leyte Provincial Hospital (WLPH), is a level-1 facility with a 50-bed capacity. Since its devolution, the hospital is currently under the administration of the local government of the City of Baybay. 
For the past two years, the hospital has experienced a surge in patient numbers, becoming a pivotal healthcare provider not only for Baybay City but also for neighboring towns such as Mahaplag, Abuyog, Albuera, Inopacan, Palompon, and even towns in Southern Leyte. At present, the hospital is averaging at least 100 patients per day, including adults and newborns. 

Advanced Diagnostic Capabilities


Equipped with cutting-edge medical technology, the hospital boasts a comprehensive range of diagnostic services. From Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT) scans to ultrasound and X-ray facilities, the hospital ensures prompt and accurate diagnoses, thus raising the standard of healthcare in the province.

Level 2 Laboratory Services

The hospital’s Level 2 laboratory adds another layer of sophistication to its healthcare offerings. This facility enables thorough and rapid testing, facilitating timely and precise treatment plans for patients.

Financial Assistance

The Malasakit Center (MC) serves as a one-stop shop for four agencies, namely: PhilHealth, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, the Department of Health (DOH), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The purpose of the Malasakit Centers is to provide medical and financial assistance to indigent and financially incapacitated patients without their having to go out of the hospital to seek assistance from the participating agencies.
The hospital stands as a grateful recipient of crucial financial support from esteemed institutions, further reinforcing our commitment to providing inclusive healthcare services. Generous contributions include the Medical Assistance for Indigent Patients (MAIP) from the Department of Health and the Office of the Vice President (OVP), as well as Assistance for Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The Medical Access Program, a vital initiative by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), has significantly bolstered our ability to extend assistance to those in need. Remarkably, a total of 10,445 patients have benefited from these commendable financial assistance programs, illustrating the profound impact of these collaborations on the well-being of our community. It is heartening to note that a majority of our patients experience zero billing, a testament to our unwavering commitment to ensuring that financial constraints do not impede access to quality medical care.

Out Patient Department (OPD)

The Outpatient Department provides an extensive array of medical services, catering to diverse healthcare needs ranging from routine check-ups to specialized consultations. Offering prenatal and post-natal check-ups throughout the week, including Saturdays, the OPD ensures comprehensive care for expectant and new mothers. Additionally, the department extends its services to encompass surgical consultations and thorough preparation for operations. 
Furthermore, contributing to community health, the OPD administers Anti-Rabies vaccinations every Tuesday and Friday. This proactive measure aligns with our commitment to preventive care, ensuring the well-being of both patients and the broader community. At the heart of our services is a dedication to delivering accessible and holistic healthcare, emphasizing both routine and specialized medical attention for our valued patients. Understanding the importance of nurturing maternal and infant health, the OPD is equipped with a dedicated breastfeeding area. This welcoming space is thoughtfully designed to provide mothers with a comfortable and private environment to attend to their infant’s feeding needs. 

Major Operations

Due to the presence of regular anesthesiologists, the hospital can conduct major surgical procedures. These include Total Abdominal Hysterectomy and Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy (TAHBSO), Cesarean section (C-section), Appendectomy, Cholecystectomy Herniorrhaphy, exploratory Laparotomy, Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and Craniectomy.  

Waste Treatment Facility

On-going construction of the Waste Treatment Facilities under the Department of Health’s ADB HEAL Project. This facility aims to address and mitigate environmental impacts associated with healthcare waste. Anticipated to be completed before the year’s end, the project underscores the DOH’s commitment to fostering not only accessible and efficient healthcare but also environmentally conscious practices.