Text by Ana Theresa Williams,BSN,RN
Photos by DOH-11
For the first time, the Department of Health-11 held the Davao Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Health Fair on October 12 at the Davao City Recreational Center.
Non-communicable disease means it is non-contagious or cannot be transferred from one person to another. NCD includes diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer’s, cancer, osteoporosis, chronic lung disease, stroke and heart disease.
DOH-11 Regional Renal Control Program Manager Rosemarie Basanes said it was the first well-attended event organized with 1,500 participants during the 1st Davao NCD Health Fair. It was also the World Sight Day celebration, wherein Maryln Ang was the blindness control program manager. The activity was also in collaboration with the different partners in the Davao Region.
Basanes said the first NCD health fair was conducted to emphasize the two health programs: the renal disease control program and eye care program.
With this year’s theme, “Make Healthy Kidneys a Vision and Make Vision Count,” DOH several health services which include the random blood sugar screening, uric acid, urine screening, low vision screening, cataract screening, nephro consultation, hearing testing, organ donation sign up, PhilHealth registration, counseling, drugs and medicines dispensing, provision of eyeglasses, blood pressure and weight taking, VIA screening and lectures on healthy kidneys and healthy eyes.
She said that through this health fair, the participants will be able to increase their level of awareness on how to take care of their kidneys and eyes and be able to prevent acquiring the diseases as well as complications.
Also, this encourages them to avail health services to be diagnosed earlier in order to be treated before the disease strikes thereby preventing major complications in the near future, she said.