Press Release/10 October 2018

DOH-CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) yesterday conducted a two-day training on ECG (Electrocardiogram) and Ultrasound training for 80 health workers including city health officers, municipal health officers and nurses and non-communicable disease coordinators of selected municipalities and cities of the region held at the Eurotel Hotel in Quezon City on October 9-10, 2018.
“This training will provide health workers the competency on ECG and ultrasound operation and interpretation which they will use and integrate during health care delivery,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.
“It is very important that our health workers know how to accurately diagnose and assess test results from these machines to be able to present proper treatment for early prevention of diseases,” he emphasized.
The training were given to selected health facilities who received ECG machines with analyzer, ultrasound scanner with probe and Doppler under the Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) of the DOH.
Among the provinces who received the equipments are Cavite with twenty-seven ECG Machines with analyzer; Laguna with four ECG machines with analyzer; Batangas with five ECG machines with analyzer and six ultrasound scanners with V probe and Doppler; Rizal with four ultrasound scanners with V probe and Doppler; and Quezon with one ECG machine with analyzer.
According to Janairo, of the almost 800 rural health units in CALABARZON, 60% has ECG and ultrasound machines. Moreover, out of this percentage, 90% of health workers do not know how to use them. “That is why we have to build up the competencies of health workers in these health facilities to maximize their potentials from ECG and ultrasound expertise because later on we will install digital x-ray machines in all these RHUs.”
The electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a diagnostic tool used to assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart. The electrodes that were place on the chest walls detect electrical impulses that are generated by the heart. These are interpreted by a physician who can learn the heart rate and rhythm as well as blood flow to the ventricles
Ultrasound imaging or scanning also known as sonography, involves the use of smaller transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The probe then collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer translate them to create an image.
“We will continue to improve health care delivery in the community by providing essential equipments and trainings including applications in diagnosis and management and make them accessible to rural health areas of country,” Janairo assured.
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DOH CALABARZON Regional Director (center) leads the in the demonstration of an ECG test to a participant during the Two-day "ECG and Ultrasound Training for Health Workers held at the Eurotel Vivaldi in Cubao, Quezon City on October 9-10, 2018.
Also in photo are Drs Viel Angelo Bambo, MHO of Pila, Laguna,  Ivan V. Villareal, MHO of Majayjay, Laguna (lying down) and Marilou Espiritu, Head of Non-Com Unit DOH-CALABARZON and Marion Anthony Palencia, EMT-B of the Philippine Heart Center.
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ECG result of the patient shown to DOH CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C Janairo after the demo during the Two-day Training on ECG and Ultrasound for Health Workers of CAlaBARZON held at Eurotel Cubao on October 9-10, 2018.
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DOH CALABARZON Regional Director assures participants that the regional office will continue to provide improvements and essential trainings for local government health units to be enable them to provide more access to health care delivery in the communities in his message during the Two-day "ECG and Ultrasound Training for Health Workers" held at the Eurotel Cubao on October 9-10, 2018. 
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Guests and participants of the Two-day "ECG and Ultrasound Training for Health Workers" poses with DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director for a Photo opportunity held on october 9-10, 2018.