By: Noliza Encarnacion, MD MBA
The East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) Dermatology Department in cooperation with the Philippine Dermatological Society and the DOH National Leprosy Control Program, conducted its Awareness Campaign on Common Skin Disease and Leprosy last January 4, 2017 at the Banaue Hotel.
Hansen’s Disease or Leprosy is a condition that is both treatable and preventable. It is thus important to be able to recognize the disease early on in order to provide early treatment and prevent transmission of the disease. Knowledge on the presentation of the disease can greatly raise one’s index of suspicion in diagnosing Leprosy.
The awareness campaign targeted provincial and municipal health officers, as well as barangay health workers from the 1st district of the Province of Ifugao (Kiangan, Lagawe, Hingyon,Hungduan, Banawe, O-ong, Anao, Hapao, and Asipulo), to equip them with the knowledge that they can use and share with their patients and constituents.
Six lectures were given by EAMC Dermatology Department Residents to the 82 participants who were receptive of the information shared to them. Dr. Ma. Angela Lavadia, EAMC Dermatology Department Chairperson and Philippine Dermatological Society President, and Dr. Mary Jo Dulawan, Provincial Health Officer II of Ifugao Province, gave the welcome remarks. The lectures covered Basic Skin Care and Hygiene, Common Dermatoses, Environmental Dermatoses, The Psychocial Aspect of Skin Diseases and the Social Stigma of Hanesn’s Disease, Clinical Manifestations of Hansen’s Disease, and The Role of the Health Worker, and the Hansen’s Disease Referral System.
EAMC hopes that through the campaign, the 82 participants will be able to provide better and more appropriate support to their patients.