Laguna University College of Health Sciences (LU-CHS) sponsored the Newborn Screening Health Education Program, a one-day activity, on October 18, 2017 at Pila, Laguna. This program is in line with the advocacy of the Department of Health (DOH) to elevate the quality of health and to address the important health issues of the childbearing and child-rearing family.
Ms. Abegail Lilia 2nd year Midwifery student discussed the importance of newborn screening, how newborn screening helps decrease infant morbidity and mortality rates. Ms. Marizol Dorado and Ms. Jhonessa Layos, Clinical Instructors of CHS, also elaborated the disorders that can be detected in the Newborn Screening. In line with the lectures, Prof. Edna F. Valenzuela, Program Chair, College of Health Sciences, emphasized how newborn screening provides a window of opportunity for treatment, often before the infant displays signs or symptoms of a disease.
Mrs. Amorita A. Santos, Public Health Nurse of Pila Rural Health Unit, expressed her gratitude to Laguna University College of Health Sciences for the kind gesture of providing health care services to the community of Pila, Laguna
Aside from the discussions the students also organized some games and intermission numbers. They also prepared food, prizes, and souvenirs for the participants.
LU-CHS, on the other hand, extended its gratitude to the Rural Health Unit of Pila, Laguna, headed by Dr. Viel Angelo Bambo, Municipal Health Officer, Arthur Domingo, Barangay Captain and the other Barangay Officials for the warm welcome and support.