Bringing CVD services closer to Dabawenyos

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Thursday, October 11, 2012


CLOSE to 200 walk-in mall goers, members of the local diabetes support groups and partners of the CVD program, availed of free services during the CVD Program Caravan on September 28-29, 2012 at the Abreeza, Ayala Mall, Davao City to celebrate the World Heart Day. The caravan is organized by the City Government of Davao, City Health Office, Department of Health-Center for Health Development—Davao Region, Southern Philippines Medical Center and Handicap International.

City Health Officer Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, City Mayor’s Chief of Staff Lemuel Ortonio, Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Diabetes Nurse Educator Elena Zapanta, Handicap International Luxemburg’s Program Support Officer Joelle Gustin and Handicap International CVD Project Manager Dr. Ivy Nolasco opened the Cardiovascular (CVD) Program Caravan and the Matters of the Heart: Photo-essay exhibit on September 28. A press conference followed attended by media from both print and television.

The event aimed to increase public awareness on the CVD Program.
City Health Officer Dr. Josephine Villafuerte encouraged every Dabawenyo to avail of the services of the program. Available in 16 health districts in Davao City, these services include diabetes and hypertension screening, medical consultation, nutrition and diet counseling, foot risk assessment, diabetes education and affordable laboratory services to measure blood sugar and cholesterol.

The event concluded the Matters of the Heart photo-essay contest organized by Handicap International via an exhibit. The winners of the contest were also announced. The photo-essays were written and captured by students from different colleges in the city. The exhibit showed the personal side of the CVD Program as it tackled day-to-day struggles and real life stories of persons living with CVDs.

Monico Malubay of the University of Southeastern Philippines placed first in the contest. Malubay's entry titled "Help she needs, Help she gives" featured Barangay Health Worker and Peer Support Volunteer Gloria Taganait from the Matina Aplaya Diabetes Association.

The winners were judged by Philippine Daily Inquirer Visayas Correspondent Hazel Villa, Award-winning Davao Photographers Jojie Alcantara and Rhonson Ng, Head of the Technical Coordination Unit of Handicap International Philippines Program Satish Mishra and Information Officer from the Philippine Information Agency-Davao Carina Cayon. (comm_officer_elm/cvd_handicapinternational)

Organized by the World Heart Federation and recognized by WHO World Heart Day aims to spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled.

Davao City supports World Heart Dayvia City Proclamation No.19, s. 2011 declaring every 29th day of September as World Heart Day in Davao City signed by Mayor Sara Duterte in 2011.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 12, 2012.

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