In the past decades, General Santos Doctors Hospital, Inc (GSDH) has been organizing free clinic, medical missions, tree planting, coastal clean-up and other civic engagement activities to promote health and wellness in the comAll Usersmunity. In 2017, GSDH takes a step further as the Business Development and Marketing Office in partnership with the Health and Wellness Center conducted the first CARE for Health: GSDH Awareness Program that aims to provide health education, health promotion and disease prevention in carrying out the institution’s mission to the public. CARE is derived from the core values of the hospital which stands for Compassion, Authentic, Respect and Excellence.
As part of the national health calendar of the Department of Health, the Cancer Consciousness Week and Goiter Awareness is celebrated every 3rd and 4th week of January, respectively. GSDH participated in the national celebration through health promotion and education activities and by organizing a lay forum entitled “Cancer: Everybody’s Concern” and “Goiter and It’s Hidden Agenda” held last January 31, 2017.
Dr. Myra Joy G. Maduramente, Obstetrics – Gynecologist and Oncologist, discussed the most common causes of cancer and gave emphasis on measures to avoid exposure to substances that are capable of causing cancer. She also provided inputs on early detection and treatment that will increase a person’s cancer survival rate.
On the other hand, Dr. Apolinario M. De Gracia, Jr., a Nuclear Medicine Physician, illustrated the different presentations of goiter as another topic during the forum. He emphasized the most common signs and symptoms of the disorder such as palpatation, weight loss, tremors, exopthalmos on the later part and many others. Radioactive Iodine Therapy, which is one of the newest modality used in General Santos City in the treatment of goiter, was also presented. This method of treating goiter is available at the General Santos Doctors Hospital as the institution envisions in providing holistic quality healthcare services to all.
A free Foot Screening, free Urinalysis and free goodies were also given. These were made possible with the help of hospital partners namely United Laboratories, Inc., One Pharma and Medhauz Pharma, Inc.
The first CARE for Health: GSDH Awareness Program was graced by more than a hundred of participants coming from various institutions such as schools, companies, and other organizations. This is just the start of the series of lectures and information dissemination on health education, health promotion and disease prevention to all Generals.
Romell Ian M. Paraiso, RN, NMT
Radiation Safety Officer
Nuclear Medicine Department