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Bulacan celebrates medicine week
Thursday, 20 September 2012
CITY OF MALOLOS- The Provincial Government of Bulacan will give some 400 Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) a lay forum on nutrition and breast and cervical cancer as part of the celebration of the Medicine Week with the theme “PMA-BMS: Nagkakaisa Tungo sa Kalusugang Pangkalahatan” come September 23, 2012 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at SM City Marilao.

The activity aims to mitigate the cases of breast and cervical cancer in the province as well as to enhance the public image of medicine and the medical profession.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado expressed his support in the activity and acknowledged the importance of technological advancement in the field of medicine in protecting human life and promoting the health and well being of the people.

Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Jocelyn Gomez said that BHWs play a vital role in improving the country’s health care system that is why they were chosen to be the audience of the said forum.

“Sa totoo lang sila ‘yung pinakamalapit eh, sila ‘yung unang nakakaalam sa mga lugar nila kung sino ang maysakit, ano ‘yung sakit. Sila ‘yung unang pinagtatanungan kung pano nakukuha ‘yung sakit na ‘yon at saan sila makakalapit para humingi ng tulong from the government, kaya naman minabuti natin na sila ‘yung bigyan ng mas malawak na kaalaman tungkol sa mga bagay na may kinalaman sa kalusugan,” said Dr. Gomez.

According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI), results of the 2011 Nutritional Status of Filipinos showed that two in every 10 children aged 5 and below are underweight.

Further, FNRI said underweight, stunting and wasting remain to be a health problem among children 0 to 5 years old. Infants 6 to 11 months were the most vulnerable to wasting (low weight for height); three-year old children were the most affected by stunting while children 4 to 5 years were most prone to underweight.

“Kahit sabihing paulit-ulit, mahalaga pa rin na pag-aralan natin ito hanggang sa tuluyan na nating malabanan ang malnutrisyon, samantala dahil base sa Department of Health, breast cancer is now the most common cancer in the Philippines and Cervical cancer remains to be one of the leading malignancies among Filipino women kaya gusto nating mas maging equipped ang mga Bulakenyo sa ganitong kaalaman,” added Gomez.

The forum will be divided into three parts where the first part will be the discussion on Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness which will be lectured by Dr. Amabel C. Mendoza; the second part is Nutrition Counseling by Ms. Rubielyn Jimenez; and the last part will be composed of a Cooking Demo by Ms. Genoveva dela Cruz and HL Exercise to be led by Dr. Minerva Santos & Staff.

The event is a collaborative effort of the PGB and Bulacan Medical Society. ###

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