95 BHWs from Bauang, La Union undergo lay CPR/AED training

95 BHWs from Bauang, La Union undergo lay CPR/AED training

In support of the celebration of National CPR Day on July 17, 2021 and to put the ongoing Philippine Heart Association (PHA)-led  CPR-ReadyPh Campaign a notch higher,  the  Philippine Heart Association (PHA) North Luzon Chapter and  Municipal Government of Bauang, La Union,   jointly organized  a Hands-only CPR/Automated External Defibrillator Training on July 13,2021 at the Brgy. Payocpoc Sur covered court beside Payocpoc Barangay Health Center. 

The crucial lifesaving emergency response exercise gathered 95 constituents of Bauang, La Union, most of whom are  Barangay Payocpoc Sur and municipal government  frontliners.  The big group was  composed of  barangay health care workers;  sfaff of the Bauang Municipal Health Office,   Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police. The rest were non-government  organizations employees.

Initiated by Barangay Payocpoc Sur Council Head Virginia Ardina,  this major project came into fruition because of the  involvement and support of key people – the Office of La Union  District 2 Rep.  Sandra Eriguel,  the PHA Chapter North Luzon Chapter President Dr. Leah Sanglay   and the PHA   Council on CPR.

The drive to organize the July 13 CPR event was fueled by Barangay Payocpoc Sur’s acquisition of its own AED. 

The excitement over the project was like a fever that contaminated very important people who worked together to make the training a reality.    They were -- Bauang Mayor Menchie De Guzman and Felipe Barbado Jr.,  barangay  secretary who witnessed the event.

From the event’s planning to the execution stage, Dr.  Sanglay  was supported by  her team – the members of the  PHA NL,  PCP Northwestern Luzon Chapter and  La Union Medical Society  (Drs.  Stella Mabanag, Gerry Acosta, Nathaniel Cortez, Marcelyn Fusilero, Romeo Molano Jr. and Mario Pastorfide); as well officers of the Rotary and Inner Wheel Club of San Fernando,  La Union.

As in past CPR-Ready PH  hops, Getz Pharma proved anew that it is  a perennial CPR patron.

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Five days before the National CPR Day, the dynamic officers and members of PHA North Luzon (NL) Chapter renewed their vow to keep the CPR-ReadyPh Campaign going. Fr. L:    Dr. Gerry Acosta, a past PHA NL Chapter president; Dr. Romeo Molano Jr.,  treasurer; Dr. Marcelin Posulero, secretary; Dr. Estela Mabanag,  a past president; Dr. Leah Sanglay, incumbent   president; Dr. Nathaniel Cortez,  a past president; and Dr. Mario Pastorfide, the youngest  Chapter member.

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PHA North Luzon Chapter president Dr. Leah Sanglay gives a thumbs up in a photo opp with Payucpoc Sur Brgy. Captain Virginia Ardina;  Zoll representative Desiree Chan de Asis, and other PHA North Luzon chapter member attendees.  

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Automated External Defibrillation (AED) demonstration with Bureau of Fire Protection attendees.

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Bureau of Fire Protection employees do the practical exams -- chest compressions.  

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It’s the turn of the Bauang Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office to do the  Hands-only CPR demo.

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A barangay health worker learns how to use an AED.

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Dr. E. Mabanag, one of the  facilitators (R) tells the participant to make 2-1/2 inches deep compression.

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Barangay health workers maintain social distancing during the entire CPR training.

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According to Dr. Mars Osilero (in blue tee), an AED is user-friendly.

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All the participants display their enthusiasm in learning the lifesaving skill.

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Dr. Leah Sanglay stresses the priceless value of hands-only CPR.

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Rotary and Inner Wheel Club of San Fernando La Union with members of PCP Northwestern Luzon chapter and La Union Medical Society pose for photo op after a successful day of hands-only CPR training.

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Bauang Mayor Menchie De Guzman thanks the people behind the conduct of the successful CPR workshop that gathered 95 participants, all frontliners from different fields. 

 

Reported by Dr. Leah Sanglay

Text by Gynna Gagelonia

Photos from PHA North Luzon Chapter


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