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WHO visits LMC for Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) surveillance system

Laguna Medical Center
September 21, 2016
  
     With the support of the Provincial Health Office-Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU), the Laguna Medical Center (LMC) was visited by Dr. Kohei Toda, an expert on Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) from the World Health Organization (WHO); Dr. Susana Panero of the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC; Mr. Ricardo Oraya, Jr. of Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM); Ms. Kris Pauline Martinez of  Department of Health-Epidemiology Bureau (DOH-EB); and Ms. Meane Roma Asagra of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU), on 25 August 2016.
 
The DOH-RESU and EB, in partnership with WHO, US-CDC, and RITM, conducted an assessment on the current Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) surveillance system to recognize the gaps in the implementation of the program, and came up with strategies in addressing identified problems as the target for eradication and elimination approaches.
 
They paid LMC Chief Dr. Edgar M. Palacol a courtesy call; did charts’ review at Medical Records Section and visited Pediatric Ward and Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) to check some patients that may by chance have symptoms of VPD.
 
After the assessment, an exit conference with the visitors was held at the LMC board room with PHO II Dr. Rene P. Bagamasbad, LMC-Administrative Officer Mr. Jonel C. Osio, Infectious Disease Unit Head Dr. Christina Q. Marquez, Mr. Joey Mangunay of PESU, LMC Surveillance Officer Ms. Efipania Ganggay, and Infectious Disease Unit Senior Nurse Ms. Molette Gonzales.

Open communication, cooperation and coordination between LMC and PESU were instrumental to the success of the international and local officers’visitation.The WHO commended LMC of having a good record keeping in spite of insufficient computerization system, an amazing system of Infectious Disease Unit in screening and recording infectious and communicable diseases which made the surveillance system efficient. 

LMC – IDU’s DOCUMENTATION


Figure 1. Courtesy call of Dr. Kohei Toda (WHO)with Dr. Edgar M. Palacol, LMC – Medical Center Chief

Figure 2.Dr. Christina Q. Marquez (Infectious Disease Unit Head), Ms. Molette Gonzales (Infectious Disease Unit Senior Nurse), and the WHO Assessor.

Figure 3. From left: Dr. Kohei Toda (WHO), Molette Gonzales (LMC), Mr. Ricardo Oraya Jr.(RITM), Dr. Susana Panero(CDC), Ms. Kris Pauline Martinez(EB-DOH), Ms. Meane Roma Asagra(PESU), Ms. Epifania Ganggay(LMC), Dra. Christina Marquez(LMC)

Figure 4. Exit Conference at LMC Board Room with Dr. Rene P. Bagamasbad (Provincial Health Officer II) and Mr. Jonel C. Osio (LMC Administrative Officer V)