The World Heart Day 2016 (WHD) roster of activities bore PHA’s two flagship advocacies – CPR and the 52100 lifestyle – with various chapters celebrating heart health through a flurry of pursuits on CPR awareness and training, AED promotion and physical activity.
PHA Chapters from among different parts of the country took to the community, the streets, town halls and even malls to commemorate this function in the mission to spread the word of cardiovascular health and casualty evasive measures. A lot of these were focused on the campaign against the growing concern on human inactivity which is what is sought to be combated through Zumba sessions among the Chapters’ activities. And CPR, of course, was still given due importance through continuous trainings and seminars on CPR, one of them being Bataan which culminated to be a leader in the community with the instalment of three publicly accessible AEDs in the city of Balanga.
Following the purpose of the advocacies as this year’s theme, everyone united for one cause: To celebrate heart health through a day of rhythm, learnings and continued efforts at raising awareness and promoting lifesaving measures in the community.
PHA Baguio-Benguet Chapter celebrated the WHD last September 25, 2016 with a festive atmosphere led by the PHA Baguio officers, the sisters of St. Paul Chartres and Notre Dame, the Chartres Hospital personnel, and the faculty members and students of Saint Louis Center High School. The celebration started with a parade beautifully led by a drum and lyre band along Baguio’s main thoroughfare, Session Road. This was followed by a 52100 lecture by Dr. Annie Olarte, free blood chemistry workshop and the hands-only CPR training.
The Cagayan Valley Chapter joined World Heart Day Celebration by conducting a free clinic held at the lobby of SM City Cauayan City, Isabela. BP screening and free cholesterol, sugar and uric acid determination were done. This was followed by an hour of fat-burning Zumba session. Credit goes to all the members of the chapter who supported the event, with the continued support of our friends from Aspen, LRI-Therapharma, Natrapharm and Osaka.
Balanga, Bataan-based Dr. Orlando Bugarin gave the city’s CPR-Ready Balanga City bid a major boost on Medicine Week and WHD by training the Balanga Rescue Team, Mariveles Rescue Team and the ICMC nursing staff on Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
In San Jose City, PHA CPR Council Chair Dr. Francis Lavapie beefed up anew the CPR Program gathered the LGU-Disaster & Management Team, and staff of the CLSU Infirmary and San Jose City General Hospital
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Chapter President Dr. Anthohy Gebusion led fellow officers Drs. Sheila Mae Abadonio-Villar and Alan Tenerife in promoting the PHA-led WHD 2016 activities, 52100 and CPR-Ready Philippines campaigns on ABS-CBN Bacolod's "The Morning Show" last Sept. 29, 2016. Gebusion said that the “association’s mission is to ensure quality and compassionate care while advocating preventive cardiology.” Abadonio-Villar expounded on the principles of 52100, underscoring that “it is best to make 52100 a daily habit and to say no to sugared drinks.” With pride, Tenerife said that “the PHA played a meaty role in the drafting and enactment of the Samboy Lim Bill which lapsed into law in July. Age-appropriate CPR will now be part of the basic education curriculum."
The show’s hosts are Romeo Subaldo and Dani Dingcong.
In Ormoc, Dr. Rhodette Arevalo took part in the global and Philippine-wide WHD Celebration by spearheading a joint BLS-ACLS Training with the Ormoc Medical Society, Ospa-Farmers Medical Center, Clinica Gatchalian and Hospital and Ormoc Doctors Hospital. The ACLS Training of the health professionals was followed by the BLS Training of Ormoc local government officials and employees.
Ever in vogue, Cebu Chapters’ observance of World Heart Day 2016 was captured by a drone video and still camera. Police officers of Camp Sergio Osmena PRO-7 Cebu were the main participants in the Zumba, lay forum, Mass CPR and Free Clinic. The WHD Committee was headed by Dr. Rosan Trani, participated in by Dr. Delia Caracut, VP PHA Cebu Chapter, Drs. Michael Tabaloc, Bernadette Halasan and Carolyn Fermin
The Chapter marked WHD 2016 by conducting a Medical Mission at the Ma. Christina Belcar Agricultural High School Tawan-Tawan, Calinan,Davao.
WHD 2016 in Zamboanga at the Pasonanca Butterfly Garden, Zamboanga City on Oct. 9, 2016, promoted the PHA’s 52100 battle cry. The mini heart fair which offered free blood chemistry recorded an attendance of 400. Yes FM Radio’s support contributed to the event’s success.