Beyond the undeniably beautiful face and tall height, Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Maria Isabela Galeria of Sorsogon is pouring her heart and soul for Health Education and free access to Healthcare in rural communities.
I will give the floor to this Registered Nurse – who also happens to be a writer/online novelist – in detailing her activities all throughout the quarantine period.
“I went home to Sorsogon before the lockdown was announced. As one of the guidelines of the government, everyone was ordered to stay home and practice strict physical/social distancing which limited people’s movement.
I maximized the resources that we have here in my town to help in anyway that I can. The people who are in need of medical assistance and consultation but are unable to go out to the health care facilities was my main concern. Fortunately, inspite of the poor signal, we are still able to connect and communicate thru text messages and Facebook. I assisted my mom in assessing the conditions for her to be able to prescribe medications thru E-Prescription”
“I volunteered to be a Newborn Care nurse in a Lying-in clinic here in my home town where we practice quality maternal and child care, essential intrapartum and newborn care, newborn screening, newborn hearing tests, vaccinations, and consultations. In this way, I was able to help people specially the mother and child in their most vulnerable time.”
“I’ve also been really active in donation drives. And with whatever I have, I often share it to my kababayans specially those who are working in the Barangays and Checkpoints during the quarantine period. These Checkpoints were manned by PNPs, Armies and Barangay Tanods. Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTS) were into PUMs and PUIs of person undergoing home quarantine.
The Bureau of Fire assisted in sanitizing the public facilities together with the Sanitary Inspectors. Home disinfections were performed daily. They work tirelessly to make sure we are safe so I continuously make efforts to help them in the ways I know.
Educating people is essential in combating a pandemic crisis such as this. So I made sure to teach proper handwashing, proper cough etiquette, remind everyone to avoid social gathering, practice physical distancing and of course make people stay at home.
I made use of today’s technology and online platform to share news and updates from reliable sources, guidelines from the government specially from the Department of Health, and educate people on what we can do to help flatten the curve.
Thankfully, we are COVID 19 FREE in my home town and in the Province of Sorsogon. This is a very challenging time for all of us and I hope with the things that I did and is continuing to do I was able to make a difference!”