MATI, Davao Oriental, May 9, 2015 — Promoting traditional health care for the family and for the community through the caring hands of mothers.
This is the aim of a seven-day training for 18 women from Barangay Don Martin Marundan (DMM) in Mati City, who underwent a basic traditional health skills training from April 25 to May 2, organized by the City Mayor’s Office.
“This training will help me to monitor the health of my family and my community. At the same time, I will use my knowledge to use traditional methods of healing in times of sickness,” said Leonita Ruanes, 35, a mother of three.
She said they were trained on traditional massage (hilot), ventosa, including how to prepare herbal medicine, oil and ointments for common illnesses courtesy of instructors from the St. Camillus Hospital Foundation Community-Based Health Care Program.
Jenelyn Maloloy-on, 37, a mother of five, and president of the women’s federation of the barangay said that aside from the knowledge in health care, the women will earn from selling their herbal medicine and ointments.
They will also earn from service fees in providing traditional massage and ventosa.
The women said they want to utilize their knowledge about Mother Nature’s gifts for healing, instead of relying only on synthetic medicine.
The training program was started last year and has been run in different barangays.
The latest batch finished their training with a Holy Mass officiated by the Director of St. Camillus Hospital Foundation of Mati, Fr. Angel Crisostomo, followed by a short ceremony attended by local officials headed by Mati City Mayor Carlo Luis Rabat last May 2. (John Frances C. Fuentes/CBCPNews)