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Day: April 10, 2019

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to expand its healthcare program as it partnered with three organizations to strengthen services for cancer-stricken elderly patients through intensive training.   PRC signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Society for Geriatric Oncology (SIOG), the Philippine Cancer Society and the Philippine College of Geriatric Medicine (PCGM) to work on delivering an Advanced Training Course on Geriatric Oncology for clinicians in the Philippines.   “This partnership is important for PRC, but it is important for the elderly battling cancer. By doing this, we will be able to educate people on how to provide quality care for the cancer-stricken geriatric population,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said during the ceremonial signing last March 28.   Under the partnership, the four-team partnership will marry geriatrics and oncology to organize a series of courses highlighting the relevance of age and differing biology, the impact of physiological reserve on treatment options, and the selection of best treatments for the specific needs of patients.   Present during the signing ceremony were Gordon, PRC Deputy Secretary General Dr. Susan Mercado, Philippine Cancer Society Executive Director Dr. Rachael Marie Rosario, SIOG Board Member and Past President Dr. Etienne Brain and PCGM Dr. Edwin Fortuno.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) urges the public to be more cautious this summer season to reduce the risk of acquiring illnesses, which may lead to serious health concerns.   PRC, led by Chairman Richard Gordon, said every Filipino family should take positive action to prevent heat-induced health problems within their immediate circle.   “The recent rise in the measles cases in the country has shown how complacency can result in bigger health concerns. We love our families so we have to practice prevention. Prevention is always better than cure,” Gordon said.   Extreme heat can result in water, food, vector and air-borne diseases, such as diarrhea, dengue, measles, influenza, sore-eyes, rabies, hypertension and blood pressure, chicken pox, food poisoning, heat stroke, sunburn and prickly heat rash.   The following are PRC-issued tips to have a problem-free summer:
  1. Stay hydrated. Replenish. Drink water only from safe sources. If unsure, boil water.
  2. Eat only well-cooked food.
  3. Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  4. Observe proper food practices.
  5. Eat fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods.
  6. Avoid direct contact with an infected person.
  7. Apply sunscreen creams and lotion with SPF 30 or greater for skin protection.
  8. Use wide-brimmed hats and umbrella.
  9. Wear light-colored cotton clothing.
  10. Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Do not blow your nose hard.
  11. Use mosquito-repellant lotion.
  12. Maintain proper hygiene.
  13. As much as possible, limit sun exposure. If needed, do outdoor activities in the morning or late in the afternoon when it’s cooler.
  PRC advises the people to take precautionary measures during these months of vacation, travel and leisure for them to maximize the fun and bonding with their families and friends.   For emergency and any untoward incidents, contact our 24/7 Operations Center. Dial 143 or 790-23-00 for assistance.

Philippine Red Cross

Born officially in 1947, but with roots that traces back to the revolutionary days, the Philippine Red Cross has truly become the premier humanitarian organization in the country, committed to provide quality life-saving services that protect the life and dignity especially of indigent Filipinos in vulnerable situations.

Address: 37 EDSA corner Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Hotline: 143 Trunkline +63 2 8790 2300
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