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Contributed by Nancy A. Aguila

Date: March 5, 2017Posted by: Marionette Martinez

As part of the University Week celebration, the Health Services Unit of St. Paul University Manila, in coordination with Human Resource Services Unit, sponsored a health session activity on health prevention entitled, “2017 PAULAkalusugan: Wellness Session,” a program for student and employee health awareness. The activity’s aims were: to create awareness on the prevention of Hepatitis B, strengthen consciousness in the care of eyes, and value the importance of the annual medical check provided by the institution.

The event was held on 27 January 2017 in the Founders’ Hall, from 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon. Twenty-six employees of SPU Manila attended the activity, with nine students from Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The sponsors who were invited and generously gave their time and services were Sanofi Pasteur and Vision Check Optical Clinic.

Registration started at 1:00 in the afternoon, and at 1:40 the program started with an opening prayer led by one of our School Dentists, Dr. Vergilyn Montales. Ms. Nancy A. Aguila, Director of Health Services, welcomed the participants and sponsors of the activity. Dr. Montales and Ms. Anne Bungalon, School Nurse, served as Masters of Ceremony and introduced the guest speakers and sponsors.

The first speaker was Ms. Casielyn Diño, Key Accounts Specialist from Sanofi Pasteur, who discussed facts on Hepatitis B and policies of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) about its prevention in the workplace as part of vaccination program the school.

After Ms. Diño’s talk, Dr. Glidess Lorei Nuguid-Quiling, a Pediatric Clinical Optometrist of Vision Check Optical Clinic, shared health guidelines from the Department of Health (DOH) regarding Eye Saving Month. Highlights of the talk were refraction errors, proper way of choosing eye glasses, prevention of the Computer Vision Syndrome, and vision related problems, especially in children. Dr. Quiling gave an open eye consultation and assessed one student while Ms. Diño was giving the lecture on Hepatitis B.

The participants were enlightened in the question and answer portion after each session. Capping the program, Ms. Joanne Salve-Popanes, Manager, Human Resource Services, gave the Closing Remarks. On behalf of Ms. Arañas, Vice President for Student Services, Ms. Popanes, assisted by Ms. Aguila, awarded the certificates of appreciation and tokens to the guest speakers.

The seminar ended with a closing prayer by Ms. Bungalon. A group picture of all the participants, employees, and sponsors was taken in remembrance of the said event.