Employees of the Provincial Government were offered free blood pressure check-up and toothbrush sets in line with the commemoration of the Heart Month and Dental Health Awareness Month this February 4, 2013 in front of the Capitol Building, Lucena City after their flag raising ceremony. (QUEZON PIO)
Lucena City --- The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) headed by Dr. Agripino Tullas, Provincial Health Officer led the Monday flag raising ceremony last January 4, 2013 in front of the Capitol Building, to commemorate the 9th Dental Health Awareness Month and Heart Month.
Free toothbrush and toothpaste were distributed to the employees of the Provincial Government in accordance to the celebration’s theme, “Ngipin Pangalagaan, Sakit Maiiwasan; Bansa’y Matutulungan Tungo sa Kaunlaran”.
According to Dr. Olga Munoz, the activity aims to promote the importance of keeping our teeth and mouth healthy. Aside from the obvious medical benefits, sound dental health is paramount in providing service with a smile – as mandated by Gov. David C. Suarez’ “Sebisyong May Ngiti”.
Good dental hygiene also gives employees a confidence which gets translated into their quality of work, and keeps the employees from becoming absentees because of teeth and gum problems.
Dr. Munoz added that the dental program of the IPHO does not end after February, but is provided for the people of Quezon all year long. With visiting day care centers being one of their priority activities, they make sure that even at a young age, Quezonians take care and value their dental health.
The celebration of Heart Month with the theme “Healthy Lifestyle to the Max ay Gawin Araw-Araw, Upang Sakit sa Puso ay Maiwasan”, on the other hand, was commemorated with a free blood pressure check-up.
Dr. Tullas reminded the attending employees of healthy habits that protects against heart diseases, such as refraining from drinking or smoking, eating a healthy diet, regularly checking one’s blood pressure, and other tips.
In the message of Provincial Administrator Rommel Edano, the province of Quezon has an allotted budget just for programs falling under Serbisyong Suarez for Health. Gov. Suarez aims to give every Quezonian a strong and healthy body, and encourages not only medical approaches to maintaining good health, but by participating in activities like basketball at the Quezon Convention Center, and badminton at the 3rd floor in the Capitol Building. (Quezon PIO)