BP ng Teacher Ko Caravan
attends to 903 teacher-patients
The six-year-old BP ng Teacher Ko, Alaga Ko campaign has gone to Luzon (Vigan, Ilocos Sur); Visayas (Kalibo, Aklan) and Mindanao (Surigao) and posted an attendance of 903 in three months from June to August 2016.
The PHA and Department of Education (DepEd), through a grant from LRI-Therapharma, continue the noble mission in spreading cardiovascular disease prevention and management awareness in the education sector.
Every BP ng Teacher Ko… event starts with the presentation of the 52100 and Deadma, Dead Ka Healthy Lifestyle and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) instructional video and lecture.
The cardiologist that heads the team would explain every tenet of the 52100 and the repercussions of abusing one’s health. Not knowing or ignoring your risks like hypertension and obesity can lead to serious cardiovascular diseases which could be avoided with simple, day-to-day compliance with 52100.
The highlight of the activity is the Risk Factors Screenings (Blood Pressure monitoring, sugar and cholesterol examinations, waistline/BMI checks and ECG as needed).
The teacher-patients proceed to the consultation desks once they have the complete results of their tests.
Every patient fills out the form with his personal data and the medical technicians/nurses log the results. The attending physicians interpret their results, give their recommendations – from lifestyle modification side by side with medicine, further tests and follow-up consultation compliance.
Myrna dela Cruz, senior Council coordinator, who is in charge of the BP ng Teacher Ko… project, who could operate an ECG machine, would join the nurses in the ECG rooms.
The Kalibo leg on August 6, 2016, was helmed by Dr. Vim Samonte, a dynamic member of PHA Western Visayas Chapter based in Kalibo. He was joined by 16 members of the Aklan Medical Society (AMS).
As early 6am at the venue, the Kalibo Pilot Elementary School (KPES), some 253 teachers from across 20 barangays, lined up the consultation desks composed of cardiologists, internists and family doctors.
Other PHA Western Visayas Panay Chapter members present are Drs. Donna Mae Ilio and Claire Perez, and fellows from the AMS, Drs. Eileen May Debuque, Rodney Valencia, Lynn Salido, Arthur Salido, Alan Tolentino, Josephine Ricamonte, Angelita Ureta, Enriquez Wilhelm, Alma dela Cruz, Viz Respiero, Juliet Macahilas, Rhoby Fernandez and Leonardo Tayco.
From DepEd, on hand were Division of Aklan Nurse-in-Charge Dawn Manares Malilay and KPES Principal Allan Relloto.
Samonte said that of the total number of personnel who availed of the risk factor screenings, about 20% or two out of eight examinees were hypertensive and had increased levels of blood sugar and cholesterol.
“If your cholesterol is more than 250, shift to a low-fat diet. If a male’s waistline is beyond 34 inches, and a female’s beyond 32 inches, shed your extra pounds by embarking on an exercise regimen that is free or cheap,” Samonte advised. “Watch your fat and calorie intake. Learn how to cope with stress and know your risks and your numbers,” he added.
Samonte also took on the opportunity to announce that “we now have a CPR Law. Students from grade 5 to senior high school are required to undergo CPR training. CPR is for every Filipino, the young and old alike. It is a must that at least one family member is knowledgeable about hands-only CPR. That is why the PHA is taking its CPR training advocacy to a higher level. PHA is keen on bringing CPR to every Filipino home and to every school. We will be a CPR-Ready Philippines with your help.”
He told THNV that Kalibo, the capital of Aklan is a first-class municipality, but it has yet to have a tertiary hospital. His wish for Kalibo is to have more government and private hospitals with modern equipment and an adequate number of doctors who will attend to the rising cases of non-communicable diseases that include ailments of the heart and the blood vessels.
The BP ng Teacher Ko – Surigao had a turnout of 300 teachers and teaching personnel. It was held at the DepEd Division Office, Penaranda St., Surigao City, Surigao del Norte on August 26, 2016. The activity was met by an equally eager crowd of teaching and non-teaching personnel, this time under the direction of PHA officer-members, Drs. Manolito Go, Howell Hipe and Melvin Cosep.
Giving their support were physicians from the Philippine Medical Association Surigao Chapter.
They were Drs. Richmond Ceniza, Andrea Licuan, Josephine Lagunzad, Victor Dumanggas, Sonny Batac and Rudy Medina; and allies from the education sector - Jembert Namuag, Division nurse in charge, DepEd Division Office of Surigao; and Girlie Azurin, RN, from DepEd Manila.
Ronnie Manliclic from LRI-Therapharma, Manila and the LRI-Therapharma Group in Surigao-Butuan Area were present at the site.
At the Ilocos Sur National High School (ISNHS) in Vigan on June 15, 2016, 350 teachers and other school staff queued up to witness the advocacy unfold and at the same time, to avail of the free screenings.
The medical team was led by PHA Council on Hypertension past Chair Dr. Irma Marie Yape; PHA Northern Luzon Chapter members Drs. Gloria Lahoz and Leslie Asuncion, and Drs. Luz Gregoria Velasco, Melquiades Rosario and Rose Rialubin from the Ilocos Sur Medical Society.
Also in attendance were Anselmo Aludino, superintendent of the Division Office, along with Dr. Maricon Dumlao, DepEd Manila, and Loida Ramos, RN; ISNHS Office of the SP4 Chief Education Supervisor concurrent OIC, Dr. Giovanni V. Velasco, and Jerome Streegan and Ronnie Manliclic from LRI-Therpharma Northern Luzon Group. MAUREEN A. GONZALES