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Monday, February 22, 2016

BMC promotes Cardio Month with a three-pronged approach

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Feb.22 (PIA) ---  The Bicol Medical Center (BMC) based here has launched hte “Heart Month Celebration 2016” which kicked off with a series of advocacy activities meant to promote healthy lifestyle amongst members of the community, Friday here.

With Preventive Cardio Program in the forefront, BMC also introduced the simultaneous conduct of Dental Health-Healthy Lifestyle and Waste Management Program in its desire to introduce to the community a holistic approach towards the attainment of a well-rounded mind and body

Dr. John Leo Guazon, this year’s Chairman of BMC’s Heart Months Celebration and currently heads the Cardio Program of BMC, emphasized the importance of creating awareness on the risk factors that causes heart diseases like hypertension, citing its lifetime risk to the patient if not treated early.

During the press conference held at the BMC last Friday, Dra. Maribel Gutierrez. Philippine Heart Association- Bicol chapter vice president, reiterated that one of their campaigns is to increase the awareness of the public regarding the risk factors for developing cardiac problems.

“In our survey, morbidity and mortality is high among patients suffering from heart problems.  It is alarming that even patient in their 20’s can suffer from heart attack that’s why we are very aggressive in our campaign when it comes to the management of heart concerns,” Gutierrez added.

Both cardiologists pointed out  unhealthy lifestyle, vices such as smoking and drinking, “fast food” diet and use of illegal drugs as culprits in the incessant rise of heart-related diseases.

Aside from the cardio-health program that BMC is endorsing Dra. Maria Estrella B. Litam, BMC Medical Center Chief also led the formal declaration of the “launching of no to plastic and Styrofoam policy in BMC” through the distribution of eco-bags to employees and patients.

Litam also acknowledged the significant contribution of the media in disseminating timely information to the public through their radio programs and media outlets. She said that while doctors at BMC were instructed to educate their patients, media can also reach other members of the community who are living in the provincial outskirts and have lesser access to medical facilities.

The celebration wrapped up with film showing of video clips showcasing the activities conducted by the Health Care Waste Management Committee towards a Clean and Green BMC.  (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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