Capitol holds diabetes, thyroid awareness forum for BHWs

The Cebu Provincial Government through the Provincial Health Office conducted a Diabetes and Thyroid Awareness Forum forBarangay Health Workers (BHW) on May 27.

The forum aims to educate the health workers concerning diabetes and thyroid problems.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, the Philippines is included in the top 15 countries in the world with high prevalence of diabetes with almost five million Filipinos having been diagnosed with the disease.

Some complications of diabetes are stroke, heart, eyesight, kidney, and foot and skin problems.

In the case of a diabetic person, glucose is unable to enter the body cells effectively.  It builds up in the blood stream resulting in the damaging of the blood vessels while the body cells will find another source of energy such as the breakdown of muscles and other fats.

Dr. Gail Lumapas-Gonzales, during her lecture, discussed about the symptoms of  diabetes and the things to do to achieve healthy living. The guest speaker also encouraged those who are at risk of the disease to undergo screening.

On the other hand, the doctors also discussed the importance of thyroid in the human body, which helpsthe body use its energy, staying warm and keeping the brain, heart muscles, and other organs work.

During the workshop, the BHWs were taught to detect abnormalities in the thyroid through neck check.

The volunteer doctors from the different hospitals answered some misconceptions that some health workers believed.

Dr. Sol Cutillar, an endocrinologist from Cebu Doctor’s Hospital,gave a thyroid lecture to the BHWs and proceeded to an open forum.

“Kini nga programa dako og ikatabang namo mga health workerskay ang ma-enhance among mga nahibaw-an tungod sa applicationpaghuman sa discussions. Importante kaayo nga mahibaw mi sa mga sintomas aron naa mi matubag kung naay manguatana parti sa thyroid (This program is a big help to us health workers in enhancing our our knowledge. It is important for us to know the symptoms related to thyroid so that we can answer inquiries about it),” Vicenta Romarate, a BHW from barangay Diwang, Alcoy said.

Provincial Health Education Promotion Officer Wilfredo Salgadosaid that the health workers are expected to echo what they have learned when they return to their respected work.

“We are doing this forum because the BHWs are the frontliners in the barangays.  At the end of this, we hope to empower the health workers in detecting the diseases,”  Salgado added.

The doctors who participated in the forum are members of theAmerican Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Philippine Chapter. Cris Lanie Delos Reyes/ Mary Ann Tapayan (CIT-University Intern)