Cordillera health workers attend first G6PD forum

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The Department of Health Cordillera Administrative Region, under the Child Adolescent Health Development Cluster headed by Dr. Virginia L. Narciso, initiated the first Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency Forum for frontline health workers last May 9-10, 2018 at Prince Plaza Hotel, Baguio City.

Attended by doctors, nurses, midwives, medical technologists and representatives from the provincial DOH office of Abra, the two-day activity aimed to develop a better understanding on the basic facts of G6PD deficiency and various precautionary measures that will prevent occurrence of hemolytic crisis among patients in the community.

Dr. Florencio C. Dizon, NBS Quality Assurance Consultant, shared about the basic facts of G-6-PD deficiency and pathophysiology, confirmatory testing, interpretation of results and management of the disorder while the Nutrition for G6PD Deficient Babies and Step by step counseling were explained by Nutritionist Dominga L. Dawe of Baguio General Hospital-Medical Center (BGHMC).

Dr. Virginia L. Narciso formulated an algorithm on the management of G6PD deficient babies which was applied during the workshops. It helped the participants understand the correct step by step procedures on how to manage positive screened G6PD babies from the recall up to the management of the case. Each group was facilitated by the following: Dr. Virginia L. Narciso, Regional Medical NBS Coordinator; Dr. Florencio C. Dizon, NBS QA Consultant; Ellaine Kia P. Rosario, Regional NBS Nurse Coordinator; Jonamar Pascua, Health Program Researcher; Dominga L. Dawe, RND; and Florenz Nastor, Long Term Follow Up Clinic Nurse.

The activity was concluded with a “Pledge of Commitment” led by Dr. Dizon. EKROSARIO, DOH PR / ABN