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PPO-Clinical serving women in support of Serbisyong Tama Caravan

Provincial Information Office

November 12, 2018

 

  In continuous support of Governor Ramil L. Hernandez’s Serbisyong Tama Caravan (STC), the Provincial Population Office-Clinical Services (PPO-Clinical) continues to serve women of reproductive age by providing them with free Pap smear tests and subdermal contraceptive implant insertions.

 

   During the recent STC medical mission in Barangay Gagalot, Majayjay, Laguna, 7 patients were given free Pap smear tests, while 44 received the same test in Villa de Calamba, Barangay La Mesa, Calamba City.

 

    Nineteen (19) patients availed the free Pap smear test at Barangay San Buenaventura in Luisiana.

 

   Meanwhille, free Implanon subdermal implants were administered to women in the following locations: 13 in Villa de Calamba, Barangay La Mesa in Calamba, 17 at the Nagcarlan Family Welfare Center, 18 at the Liliw Rural Health Unit, and 10 at the Calumpang Health Center.

 

   PPO-Clinical also conducted Pap smear tests and implant insertions at the Laguna Medical Center and at the Provincial Jail in Sta.Cruz where they served 19 and 40 patients, respectively.

 

   A Pap smear involves collection of a sample of cells from a woman's cervix to test for the presence of pre-cancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix.

 

   Through this procedure, thousands of women’s lives are being saved by early detection and treatment of cervical cancer.

 

   Implanon, on the other hand, is a birth control implant the size of a matchstick, inserted under the skin of the inner upper arm to stop pregnancy by releasing constant small amounts of progestogen into the body.

 

    The implant is effective as a contraceptive for as long as 3 years and should be taken out and replaced with a new implant every 3 years thereafter.

 

   PPO-Clinical, headed by Dr. Elizabeth Bacsafra, is committed to continue disseminating information and conduct reproductive health services among women, with special focus on cervical cancer screening through Pap smear tests, and contraceptive procedure through subdermal implants.

 

(Article by Ruby S. Ambrosio/Photos by PPO-Clinical - PIO Laguna)