By Rjhay E. Laurea
Photo courtesy of Quezon City government Facebook page
MANILA — Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte gave emphasis on the importance of providing all the necessary healthcare services to constituents as the city government offers free lectures and other services for breast cancer in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The activity was part of the city’s commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month where all 65 health centers in the city’s 142 barangays are giving free lectures on breast cancer.
Women of reproductive age can also receive free lectures teaching them how to do breast self-examinations.
“It is the city government’s responsibility to ensure that our constituents receive all the healthcare services they need and all the necessary information that will empower them”, Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
Lectures are also conducted by city and barangay health workers in the communities. Women that notice lumps or distortions in their breast during a self-examination are asked to go to the nearest health center for proper assessment.
Doctors will then refer patients to the Quezon City General Hospital to book a schedule for an ultrasound or mammogram.
Aside from lectures, the city is also conducting a free visual inspection with acetic acid wash (VIA), an early diagnosis method used to detect lesions that can be an indicator of cervical cancer.
According to City Health Department head Dr. Esperanza Anita Escano-Arias, the said services are already given to women under each health center’s family planning program.
“These programs are all part of our services for women. All year round po ito. Libre at wala po itong bayad. Kailangan lang magpunta sa pinakamalapit na health center sa inyong lugar (These programs are all part of our services for women. It’s all year round. It’s free and no fees will be collected. They just need to go to the nearest health center in their area),” Arias explained. (ai/mtvn)