MUNICIPAL HEALTH OFFICE
Jesebel P. Diazen : MHU Officer
Carol Wells B. Batnag : Nurse III
Geraldine A. Alangui : Medical Technologist II
Andrea D. Taltala : Midwife III
Esther P. Kollin : Midwife II
Harriet L. Agwiking : Midwife II
Christina P. Aspilan : Midwife II
Josephine M. Bacolong : Midwife II
Jane W. Ticag : Midwife II
Estifania D. Owaban : Midwife II
Francis B. Buyagan Jr. : Sanitation Insp. II
Ann Lee S. Makellay : Sanitation Insp. I
The MHO is the overall responsible health officer of the municipality. She/he is the overall manager, supervisor, trainer, and epidemiologist, medical and legal officer of the unit. She/he is ultimately responsible for all office and program activities.
- Management: The MHO performs the whole range management functions – from planning to evaluation. She/he shall:
- Make sure that the DOH program planning methodology is correctly followed by the RHU staff. This means that, among others, she/he shall make sure that the necessary data are available and are used properly; that appropriate joint meetings and adequate discussions of problems are held; and that the priorities for the municipality are in proper perspective.
- Review, analyze and formally approve the consolidated annual RHU-based health plan. He/she shall also formally submit the plan to the municipal mayor if required.
- Negotiate for the RHU resource requirements from appropriate bodies such as the Local Health Board or the District Health board.
- Call and chair regular monthly staff planning, consultation, operations and review meetings.
- Determine manpower needs and decide task assignment of RHU Staff. As much as possible, in collaboration with local government officials, other GO, and NGOs, plan special strategies to provide more efficient services.
- Negotiate for staffing concerns such as additional staff items, detail or deployment of staff. Assessment of needs and requests for additional manpower shall take into consideration the hard to-reach areas.
- Recruit, assess recommend new staff for hiring
- Assess technical, managerial and communication skills of all RHU staff, especially the supervisory skills of the PHN.
- Review and approve the proposed training plan for RHU staff, incorporating her/his training needs.
- Provide on-the job training for specific needs to all RHU staff in all aspects at all possible contacts
- Organize in-house courses for special topics as appropriate based on identified weaknesses and problems.
- Develop, plan and implement an appropriate system of staff assessment, motivation and reward such as for instance, performance contracts.
- Periodically visit, at least every 2 months and as often as the need arises, staff at the BHS level to countercheck supervisory findings and to resolve problems. Focus must be given to problematic areas brought to her/his attention by the PHN.
- Provide feedback to the higher-level management regarding useful innovations developed or problems encountered at the RHU level
- Review and approve tools, indicators and schedules for supervision and evaluation
- Develop and enforce a system for proper management of logistics such as memorandum receipts, proper requisition and issue vouchers, stock records, at least twice a year ocular inventories, and other auditing and accounting procedures; This also includes reallocation of equipment to another BHS
- Identify and tap community resources to augment resources.
- Health Care: As the medical officer. The MHO is the technical expert in individual care of the patient. As such she/he:
- Make sure that all RHU staff acquire the basic knowledge and skills required for the RHM and PHN. This will involve follow-through after formal courses, in-service training and continuing review of the clinical and patient care skills of the RHU staff, if possible at every contact with the staff
- Countercheck the organization of the delivery of services, including flow of patient, proper management and referral of cases, and adherence to guidelines and standard treatment, management and referral protocols.
- Translate the integration thrusts of the DOH particularly those in maternal and child care into practical steps to deliver services from the point of view of the clients, not the programs. This includes motivation of staff and testing of innovative schemes.
- Attend to cases referred by the RHM and PHN in addition to new patients needing his/her care
- Conduct barangay level clinics in each barangay in the municipality at least once every 3 months and as often as the need arises.
- Epidemiology and Environmental Health: As the epidemiologist of the RHU, the MHO shall:
- Learn and practice all epidemiological skills necessary to do disease surveillance and outbreak investigations.
- Teach the RHU staff on the use of standard case definitions and assess staff capability to recognize the selected diseases.
- Analyze weekly disease surveillance reports and immediately report outbreaks to proper authorities using standard formats.
- Teach RHU staff how to properly analyze and interpret surveillance information.
- Conduct epidemiological investigations on all reported outbreaks as much as possible. This includes checking the presence of signs and symptoms according to the standard case definitions and doing clinical confirmation and if available, laboratory tests of cases.
- In a confirmed outbreak, institute appropriate disease control measures such as mass immunization; environmental control; or mass treatment of cases, among others.
- Determine the cause of death of a person dying without medical attendance and issue the necessary death certificate.
- Promote the registration of vital events such as births and deaths.
- Supervise all the recording and reporting according to standard recording and reporting formats as well as the use of these information in the management of the RHU and its activities.
- Exercise general supervision over the hygienic and sanitary conditions of the municipality, including private and public premises therein. In this connection, she/he shall:
- Enforce al sanitary laws and regulations applicable to his municipality and shall cause any violation to be duly prosecuted.
- Abate any nuisance endangering public health
- Identify the cause of any special disease or mortality; institute measures to eliminate these causes; and immediately report these cases to higher authorities.
- Enforce any internal quarantine regulations applicable to his/her municipality.
- Draft and recommend to the municipal council suitable ordinances or regulations for carrying into effect the powers conferred by law upon such body in respect to matters in sanitation.
- Legal and Medico-legal: As such, the MHO shall attend to medico-legal cases, conducts autopsies and other medico-legal clinical assessments and appears in court as the medical expert when necessary.
- Community Organization: As the head of the RHU, he/she shall formally represent the DOH in gatherings and activities in the community. He/she shall be the guiding force and inspiration for community projects. She/he shall:
- Respond to requests for guidance, review and approval and attendance to community gatherings and projects.
- Suggest community projects and activities and actively support these to make sure the objectives are attained. This shall include identification and allocation of resources if necessary.
- District Support: The MHO shall perform District support functions, such as coordination and monitoring of activities and programs of the other RHUs within the District, when asked to do so.