Army troops, civilian employees undergo free health checkups

MANILA To ensure the fitness and health of all uniformed and civilian personnel deployed at Philippine Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, the Office of the Army Chief Surgeon conducted the "Philippine Army Medical Service Day 2019" on Wednesday.

The activity is the first of its kind to be held by the Army Medical Service, PA spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said in a statement Thursday.

The event offers free services for hypertension and diabetes screening, flu vaccination, HIV screening, thyroid ultrasound, eye checkup, wart removal and minor surgeries, urologic and rectal examination, physical therapy and rehab consultation, pharmacy counseling, nutrition counseling and anti-rabies vaccination for canines.

Zagala said the initiative was conducted in partnership with the Department of Health, the city government of Taguig, and various pharmaceutical companies.

"Philippine Army Medical Service Day 2019" aims to promote health and fitness among Army and civilian personnel and their dependents with the theme Do your Duty. Remain Healthy.

Col. Mamerto H. Losa, Army chief surgeon, encourages Army personnel to maximize and avail the free services offered and to engage as much as possible with (our) healthcare personnel as the first step towards a wider and more comprehensive approach to health.

The Philippine Army Medical Service is among the original services established with the formal creation of the Philippine Army in 1935.

The service, which is composed of the Medical Corps, Dental Corps, Veterinary Corps, Medical Administrative Corps, and Nurse Corps, is in charge of maintaining the health of personnel, as well as the working animals in the Army. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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