Gov’t distributes medical equipment in MIMAROPA

According to the World Health Organization, high blood pressure, hyperglycemia (high glucose level), and hypoglycemia (low glucose level) are significant risk factors for heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and vision loss. They are known as “silent killers” because they rarely cause any symptoms until considerable organ damage has occurred. Among the risk factors are tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets.

Hypertension

“These two pieces of apparatus will be used by health workers in the community to consistently obtain accurate blood pressure readings and glucose levels for the management and control of patients with recurring high blood pressure and diabetes,” said regional director Eduardo C. Janairo.

Monitoring is an essential part of managing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) because it allows [patients] to receive the proper measurements and thus take better control of their diet and medical intake. “That’s why getting regular, accurate blood pressure and blood-glucose readings are vital to a person’s long-term health,” he added.

Equipment

A total of 85 blood pressure apparatuses (1 per municipal health office) and 261 glucometers (1 per rural health unit) were provided in the province of Oriental Mindoro and 35 blood apparatuses and 45 glucometers were distributed in Marinduque province last December.

Janairo assured that other provinces will be given their allocation before the end of this quarter.

“We have also decided to train health workers at the local level because of the increasing number of people with NCDs, especially in remote areas where cost-effective interventions are often not accessible,” he said.

Health workers in MIMAROPA

A total of 23 health workers from MIMAROPA including municipal health officers, provincial health nurses, and midwives were duly trained to provide minimum standard interventions for the management and care of NCDs.

“Let us prevent the spread of NCDs by encouraging every member of the family to practice healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition for a longer, healthier, and more fulfilling life and decrease the risk of developing chronic illnesses than can prevent many diseases,” said Janairo.

—From the Department of Health