DOH STARTS PHILPEN RISK ASSESSMENT FOR EMPLOYEES OF GOV’T AGENCIES IN ILOCOS REGION

DOH STARTS PHILPEN RISK ASSESSMENT FOR EMPLOYEES OF GOV’T AGENCIES IN ILOCOS REGION

By Glen S. Ramos

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH)-Ilocos Region led by the Regional Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Unit yesterday started its Philippine Package of Essential Non-Communicable (PhilPEN) health risk assessment to government employees starting with personnel from the regional office of the Commission on Audit (COA) in San Fernando City, La Union.

The activity will screen all government employees, 20 years old and above, using the PhilPEN risk assessment tool, support employees on the management, prevention, and control of NCDs, and provide awareness and education on NCDs.

“Public employees provide valuable and necessary services and have deep commitment to helping others and working toward the greater good in their chosen field. That is why the government has provided essential and necessary health risk assessments to safeguard their health and well-being,” Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco stressed.

“Kailangan lahat ng empleyado ay dumaan sa pagsusuri sa kanilang katawan upang malaman nila ang kanilang health status at masiguro na sila ay malusog upang mabawasan ang pagkakaroon ng di inaasahang health emergeny na kadalasang nagiging sanhi ng immediate threat sa kanilang buhay”

Sydiongco said.

“This will also promote health awareness at malaking tulong din ito sa mga nag-momonitor ng kanilang diet at sa mga mayroon cardiovascular diseases at diabetes,” Sydiongo added.

The Philippine Package of Essential Non-Communicable (PhilPEN) Disease Interventions also known as Phil PEN reduces the rates of lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by collecting essential information about an individual’s health status, and health risk factors, and quality of life. It was implemented in 2012 and integrated in Philhealth’s Primary Care Benefits Package in 2013.

“Through this risk assessment, we can identify an individual’s health problems and provide support to the agency in the management and treatment of its employees in need of health care. Kapag healthy ang employees natin, mas increased ang work productivity nila at lower ang risk of disease, illness at injury,” DOH Regional Program Manager of Essential Non-Communicable Disease Erwin M. Baclig, Jr. emphasized.

“Once na informed na ang empleyado sa kaniyang health status ay makakapagbigay tayo ng mga health interventions upang mapangalaggan ang kaniyang kalusugan. Practicing healthy lifestyle such as healthy and proper diet, exercise, enough rest and sleep and avoiding smoking and alcoholic drinks in the still the best way to prevent NCDs,” he added.

Commission on Audit – OIC Regional Director Teresita A. Pajara, expressed her gratitude to DOH and said that the activity is a wake-up call for those who occasionally disregard their well-being. “We sometimes forget to check about our health due to the demands of our job and we also forget that health is our most precious treasure and we should take really good care of ourselves.” (ai/mtvn)

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