To promote its Pulmonary Unit services, Unihealth-Southwoods conducted its first Lay Forum on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD on May 10, 2018. Speaking as resource person was Dr. Rizalito Mordeno, an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Perpetual Help-Biñan. He is also a practicing IM-Pulmonologist at Sta. Rosa Hospital and Medical Center.
The event’s target audience are social and habitual smokers and those who have relatives at risk of contracting COPD due to frequent smoking. According to Dr. Mordeno, people who are exposed to indoor and outdoor pollution and occupational dusts and chemicals are also susceptible to COPD.
“If you suffer from prolonged coughing, have constant phlegm in your throat, or if you have worsening shortness of breath or experience wheezing, you have symptoms of COPD,” said Dr. Mordeno.
To know if you have COPD, Dr. Mordeno recommends taking a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) or Spirometry. This is a test where the patient is asked to take a deep breath and blow into a tube attached to a machine. This test is an outpatient procedure and is available at the Pulmonary Unit of Unihealth-Southwoods.
To further encourage the staff and guests to spread the knowledge about COPD and to apply what they have learned from Dr. Mordeno’s lecture, samples of nicotine pastilles called Ezeequit were given away by the event sponsor, RX Global Sales and Marketing Corporation.
The Lay Forum on COPD was spearheaded by IM-Pulmonologist and Head of USHMC’s Pulmonary Department, Dr. Ariel Boongaling. Also in attendance were IM-Pulmonologist, Dra. Leila Magsino and the hospital’s founders, Dra. Mercedita Perez and Mr. Romeo Perez.
To know more about PFT or Spirometry, call our Pulmonary Unit Staff at (02) 861-6386. To check the clinic schedules of our IM-Pulmonologists, call or text our Outpatient Department at 0925-3105666.
Categorised in: News Jan 2018
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