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Feature: The warriors for wellness

By Lorry V. Gabule

Cagayan de Oro City (4 June) -- Twenty year-old Kimberly C. Morales, a licensed nurse from Barangay Mukas, from the municipality of Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, imbued herself as 'warrior for wellness' under the government's project dubbed as NARS or the Nurse Assigned in Rural Service.

I am certain that the knowledge I gained from my work now, cooling my heels in my hometown, is worth appreciating and remembering, said Kimberly. As 'warrior for wellness', I learned to do the three I's:

Firstly, we Initiate primary health, school nutrition, maternal health programs-first line diagnosis; second, we Inform about community water sanitation practices and also do health surveillance; and thirdly, we Immunize children and mothers.

A graduate of La Salle University, Ozamis City, she said the experience is an actual application of her skills and knowledge learned in college, not to mention that she's working at her own community in Mukas, delivering quality nursing and health care.

"If only I could have the access to convey to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo that the NARS program has benefited nurses like us who have no practical experience yet", expressed Kimberly.

The feeling of being with the less privilege folks in areas where health services could not be provided due to unavailability of health personnel is nevertheless an experience I will never forget, added Kimberly.

I understand that the NARS program aims to bring the government closer to the people. We are exposed to community service for three months, and the remaining three months to hospital work, Kimberly said.

We were deployed to our respective areas last April 2009, and shall complete the six months working experience in September 2009, she said.

Kimberly showed delight when she received her two months salary-the fruit of her labor.

The check (P8,000 per month), was released to all NARS recipients at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Iligan City/Lanao del Norte District Office, located at Mahayahay, Iligan City.

She said, she would like to share her earnings to her brother, who will be in school this month of June.

"My heartfelt thanks to our President for this opportunity, and we hope this project will continue for inexperienced nurses to benefit, and the people in the community, as well," Kimberly concluded. (PIA) [top]

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