August 12, 2020
Alarmed by the impact of COVID-19 especially to the elderly, the Commission on Population and Development – Region X (POPCOM-X) readjusted its program for senior citizens by purchasing Vitamin C as aid to them in maintaining good health by boosting their immune system and protecting them from acquiring COVID disease. POPCOM considered the senior citizens as a special population needing greater support on health care as many of them might already be immuno compromised or already experiencing age-related degenerative conditions. The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on COVID-19 identified the senior citizens (60- years -old and above) as one of the most vulnerable sectors to the infection. Thus, they are prohibited from going out of their residences during this health crisis.
Given that everyone is advised to take vitamin C to protect oneself against the virus and to boost the immune system, POPCOM-X under its Senior Citizens Program provided 1 month supply of Vitamin C to the 403 senior citizens of barangay Dansolihon in Cagayan de Oro.
The distribution which was done on August 5, 2020 was coordinated with barangay officials including the barangay president of Senior Citizens Association, Mr. Pedro G. Durango. The barangay health volunteers were mobilized to do the house distribution of vitamin C. Brochures on Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP) as well as flyers about COVID-19 were also distributed. RPFP brochures help promote use of family planning to their household members who are still in reproductive ages.
Mr. Durango, expressed his deep gratitude to POPCOM X for the support especially during the pandemic wherein means of living is difficult for them because of quarantine. “POPCOM X is the first agency to give us this kind of aid. We usually receive vitamins from the health center once every year”, Mr. Durango said.
On her statement, BHS Midwife, Ms. Claire Ragrag, also expressed appreciation to POPCOM-X for choosing to help the senior citizens of Barangay Dansolihon.