The Department of Health (DOH) – MIMAROPA (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) today handed over hundreds of Blood Pressure (BP) Apparatus and Glucometer in various municipal and rural health units in the province of Palawan.
A total of 105 BP apparatus (1 per municipal health office) and 287 glucometers (1 per rural health unit) were provided in the province of Palawan.
According to Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo, these two apparatus will serve support groups in the communities and ensure the treatment and management of people with NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases). “Primary health care facilities must be well-equipped and integrated with essential devices for effective monitoring and assessment in the community level”.
“I encourage those with diabetes and hypertension to register at their nearest health center to become a member of the DOH Hypertension and Diabetes Club to be able to avail of the free maintenance medicines that will be provided to all patients,” he urged.
Among the drugs that will be available for hypertension (Losartan, Amlodipine, Metroprolol) and diabetes (Metformin). Insulin will also be provided for patients with severe diabetic condition.
Janairo added that a patient needs to undergo assessment and screening in their respective health centers to be part of the DOH Hypertension and Diabetes Club Program. The Barangay health workers will conduct the diagnosis in the RHUs before a patient can be enrolled in the club. The RHUs will furnish the DOH central office with the list of members of the Hypertension and Diabetes Club for a database record.
The program will ensure program will enable risk assessment of community members and ensure a regular follow-up of diagnosed hypertensive and diabetic patients. Complications that may arise can be prevented and blood pressure and sugar level of members will be regulated.