MANILA -- About 2,113 personnel benefited from the first-ever "Philippine Army Medical Service Day 2019" that was held on Wednesday.
Based on the records of the Office of the Army Chief Surgeon (OACS), the 2,113 beneficiaries included the 635 who received flu vaccine; the 279 who were checked for hypertension; the 232 who were tested for HIV; the 162 who had thyroid ultrasound; the 135 who were examined for diabetes; and the 134 who had their eyes checked, Philippine Army (PA) spokesperson, Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, said in statement Friday.
The event also featured nutrition counseling, pharmacy counseling, ob-gyn consultation, urologic consultation, digital rectal examination, wart removal, and anti-rabies vaccination for canines.
According to the statement, the high turnout of Army personnel who have taken the flu vaccine shows that the troops were conscious of maintaining their good health so they could perform their duty well, considering that they are assigned to various environments that make them vulnerable to disease.
The just-concluded "Philippine Army Medical Service Day 2019" aimed to promote good health-seeking behavior among members of the Army.
The OACS offered preventive screenings and check-ups, and informed the beneficiaries of the state of their health, providing them recommendations on the necessary treatment they need to take to maintain good health.
This event is projected to be held annually to sustain the campaign. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency