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DOH AND PSH SIGNS MOA ON CVD RISK ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT FOR CALABARZON
Press Release/20 November 2018
 
DOH-CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) and the Philippine Society of Hypertension (PSH) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the launching of a program that aims to improve cardiovascular (CV) RiskAssessment and Management through expanded implementation of the Philippine Package for Essential Non-communicable Disease interventions in selected areas of the region to help build a strong foundation for primary prevention strategies among health workers and primary care physicians in the community including those in the private sector.
 

 “With this program we will be setting up standard rules and regulations and hope that it will become a national policy for the benefit of the people that we serve. Let us give them justice because they need and expect better service from us. And we need to start it now with DOH, PSH and the support of Pfizer through this collaboration we can make this happen,” Regional Eduardo C. Janairo stated during the MOA signing held at Novotel, Cubao, Quezon City.

 
“There are certain risk factors that precede deaths caused by hypertension, high blood and even chest pain, hence, there is an opportunity for early intervention; These indicators will be used to control the CV prevalence in the country the soonest possible time,” he added.
 
DOH listed cardiovascular diseases (CVD), cancers chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes (DM) among the leading causes of mortality in the country. These are known as Lifestyle Related Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), particularly because they have common risk factors which are to large extent related to unhealthy lifestyle.
 
According to Philippine Hypertension Society President Dr. Alberto A. Atilano, they will strongly promote and encourage the advancement of scientific research and knowledge and its application to the prevention and management of heart disease and stroke in hypertension and related CVDs in the Philippines.
 
Under the MOA, the Program shall focus on the objective of providing total CV risk assessment of hypertensive patients in the identified pilot areas for appropriate management or timely referral. The Program components shall consist of education and training information dissemination, service provision and health monitoring.
 
Janairo added that the regional office will secure commitment from private hospitals and government corporations in the pilot areas to participate in the program. “We will review the Philippine Package of Essential NCD (PhilPEN) processes and areas for improvement to adapt a program appropriate for the participating hospitals/clinics”.
 
 
Also stated in the MOA is the development of a training curriculum based on PhilPEN; establish baseline statistics/disease distribution in the chosen pilot areas; conduct PhilPEN Summit; train participating healthcare practitioners; implement the program; and monitor and evaluate the program.
 
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DOH CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo and Philippine Society of Hypertension President Alfredo A. Atiliano signs the Memorandum of Agreement for the launching of a program that aims to improve cardiovascular (CV) RiskAssessment and Management through expanded implementation of the Philippine Package for Essential Non-communicable Disease interventions in pilot areas of CALABARZON held at Novotel, Quezon City on November 19, 2018. (L-R) With DOH CALABARZON Medical Officer III Marilou R. Espiritu, Assistant Regional Director Noel G, Pasion, PHS Vice President Leilani B. Mercado-Asis and PSH Treasurer Dolores D. Bonzon as witnesses.
 
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(L-R) DOH CALABARZON Medical Officer III Marilou R. Espiritu, Assistant Regional Director Noel G, Pasion, Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo, PHS President Alberto A. Atilano and PHS VP Leilani B. Mercado-Asis poses for a photo opportunity after the singing of the MOA for the creation an improve cardiovascular (CV) RiskAssessment and Management program for CALABARZON held at Novotel, Quezon City on November 19, 2018.
 
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DOH CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo emphasizes the importance of a standard policy for the prevention and control of CVD in the country during his opening message at Novotel, Quezon City on November 19, 2018.
 
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PHS President Alberto A. Atilano assures participants that their organization is committed to the advancement of scientific research and knowledge and its application to the prevention and management of heart disease and stroke in hypertension and related CVDs in the copuntry during his welcome message at Novotel, Quezon City on November 10, 2018.