BAGUIO CITY – the city government thru the City Health Services Office conducted a Health Fair in this mountain resort to benefit indigent clients.
The event which is a free medical mission and health education campaign is part of the celebration of the 106th Baguio Charter Day celebrations.
More than 500 people including students and children attended the whole day affair to avail of free health services.
The health fair is dubbed “Hatid namin, Kalusugan ng Pamilya” where 13 health booths were installed at the Baguio Convention Center.
The event was attended by City Officials spearheaded by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Councilor Elmer Datuin, Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, City Health Officer Rowena Galpo and health workers.
The health fair was conceptualized to bring basic health care and education to indigent residents.
Booth 1 is for registration, Booth 2 for risk assessment, booth 3 for infectious diseases, booth 4 for Non Communicable Diseases, booth 5 for Adolescent health, booth 6 for Ophthalmology, booth 7 for child health and safety, booth 8 for men and women’s health, booth 9 for nutrition, booth 10 for dental health, booth 11 for alternative medicine and booth 12 for diabetes.
500 indigent families were also given free health kits in booth 13 with medicines, hygiene kit and first aid.
Free screenings include dental checks, high blood pressure and stroke risk, cholesterol, checks for sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS, teenage pregnancy risk, Non-communicable diseases and more.
Domogan said, “the provision for the health fair is to bring not only free health services to indigent residents but also to educate them on health issues.”
“This is an opportunity for us to provide even basic health services to our people especially to our indigent constituents who cannot afford to go to the doctor, it’s a chance to treat them and help them stay in good health”, he said.
The chief executive also stressed proper diet and exercise is also needed to stay fit and healthy at the same time avoiding excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages and smoking.
Other services were also offered such as Digital Rectal Scan, health counselling sessions and education on rabies, measles, tuberculosis, food poisoning, hepatitis, diabetes and other health risks.
Health center representatives were also available with information about other health issues and concerns while Medical Technologist Interns provided live entertainment./Paul Rillorta