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MMMH&MC IS NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARD AND/OR DEBIT CARD PAYMENT
MMMH&MC is now accepting an alternative, easy payment method for everyone through Credit Card and/or Debit Card Payment! For other details, please see the picture below.
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MMMH&MC Steps Up Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign
Upholding the importance of breastfeeding among newborns, state-run Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) is stepping up its breastfeeding awareness campaign as it joined the rest of the country in celebrating the National Breastfeeding Month last August.
Mr. Jhey-Ar O. Mangati, Health Education and Promotions Officer, shared during an interview how MMMH&MC has always been recognized as a Mother-Baby Friendly Institution by the Department of Health in the past years.
“We are reaffirming our commitment to this initiative in this year’s celebration of the national breastfeeding month by doubling our efforts towards informing the communities about the benefits of breastfeeding,” emphasized Mangati.
This year’s celebration of the National Breastfeeding Month, which was recently concluded last August, centered on the theme of “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding.”
Marking the celebration, MMMH&MC organized various information dissemination and other activities which included radio discussions, community-based lay fora, and four-day simultaneous lectures at the hospital on Executive Order 51 (Milk Code), Republic Act 10028 (Human Milk Banking), Republic Act 7600 (Rooming-in and Breastfeeding Practices), Zumba Exercise and Breastfeeding Quiz Show.
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The Marvel of Newborn Screening Center Northern Luzon
The Marvel of Newborn Screening Center Northern Luzon
By: Maria Paz K. Otayza, MD, MPH, FPPS, FPSNbM
(Unit Head, NSCNL and Chairman, Pediatric Department)
The first time I had a gut feel about this journey was when I met the other unit heads at the first meeting; we were then barely starting newborn screening. The sheer magnitude of the program would faze the faint-hearted. My shield was a host institution that pledged support to it.
My next gut feel about where we were, fast forward to 2019: at an external audit visit, I was pulled aside by someone quite influential at NSRC, was told: You have a good unit. The most heart warming is when I was told by someone at the top: You make me proud. We had faced and aced! the challenges of initial and expanded NBS accreditation, by local and foreign auditors.
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NSC-NL IS RE-ACCREDITED: A CHANCE TO SAVE MORE BABIES
Based on published references, re-accreditation is defined as act of granting again a recognition, especially to an institution that maintains suitable standards. Thus, the Newborn Screening Center – Northern Luzon (NSC-NL) is blessed for successfully earning its reaccreditation status for three (3) years by the Department of Health through the International Newborn Screening Experts on July 27, 2019. This is in compliance to Section 26 of the Implementing Rules and Regulation of Republic Act 9288, which stipulates that all Newborn Screening Centers (NSCs) shall strictly follow the prescribed good laboratory practices.
The NSC-NL Accreditation happened on July 26 - 27, 2019 at the Strategic Room, 6F Laboratory Building, Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital, and Medical Center, Batac City, Ilocos Norte. The said activity was attended by Dr. Jose B. Orosa III, the Chief of Medical Professional Staff who represented Dr. Maria Lourdes K. Otayza, the Medical Center Chief of MMMH&MC who were on official travel; Mr. Cyrus Jed Ramos, NBS Program Manager of DOH CHD 1; Dr. Annabelle Paguirigan, NBS Medical Coordinator of DOH CHD 2, and the whole NSC-NL staff headed by Dr. Ma. Paz Virginia K. Otayza.
The NBS Panel of Experts was composed of the following: a) Dr. Bradford Therrell, Director of the National Newborn Screening and Global Resource Center in Texas, USA; b) Dr. Veronica Wiley, Director of the New South Wales Newborn Screening Program in Australia –; and c) Dr. Florencio Dizon, Quality Assurance Consultant from the Newborn Screening Reference Center (NSRC) in the Philippines. Ms. Ma. Elouisa Reyes, Ms. Margarita Aziza Canlas, and Ms. Ma. Truda Escoreal from NSRC were also in attendance to assist the Accrediting Team.
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MMMH&MC CONVERTS COVERED COURT FOR DENGUE PATIENTS
The state-run Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) will convert its covered court into a temporary ward to deal with the alarming rise in the number of dengue patients admitted to hospitals in Ilocos Norte.
Through its official Facebook page, the MMMH&MC informed the public on Friday of its plan to turn its covered court into a temporary dengue ward “because of the two-fold increase in the hospital’s dengue census.”
The hospital reported that from January 1 to June 15, it had admitted 144 dengue patients, 60.42 percent higher compared to the same period last year. The 10 years to 14 years old age bracket was most vulnerable to dengue.
Of the 144 patients, Batac City had the most number of cases with 20; followed by Laoag City with 15; Pagudpud town (12); Pasuquin town (10); and San Nicolas and Dingras towns (5 each). Two deaths had been reported.
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MMMH&MC Holds Bomb Explosion DrilL
Aiming to boost awareness and preparedness in times of possible terror attacks, the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) conducted a bomb explosion simulation exercise last July 12, 2019.
Some of the government agencies that participated are the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), City of Batac Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), the MMMH&MC Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (MMMH&MC TODA), and barangays San Julian, Nalupta, Caunayan, and Cal-laguip.
According to Dr. Romel Rasos, manager of MMMH&MC’s disaster risk reduction management unit (DRRMU), “the purpose of the drill is to test the efficiency of the disaster or emergency preparedness and response protocol as well as the effectiveness of the contingency plan of the hospital in times of adversities or any man-made catastrophe like bomb threat or explosion.”
Emphasizing the need for close coordination of the community and other government agencies, Dr. Rasos said that “MMMH&MC persistently evaluates its system, facilities, and infrastructure because the hospital is a primary subject or domain of man-made incidents.”
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MMMHMC holds Records Management and Records Disposition Administration Seminar-Workshop for Records Custodians
Recognizing the importance of records, a well-organized records management system and a timely records disposition contribute to an agency’s overall efficiency and productivity. With its continued effort to capacitate human resource, the MMMHMC initiated the conduct of Basic Records Management and Records Disposition Administration. The seminar-workshop is both knowledge and skills-oriented program that aims to increase office competence and workforce output in records management as well as enhance responsiveness of government personnel on the retention and disposal of enormous records.
The activity aimed to educate the participants on the salient provisions and requirements of the Republic Act No. 9470, otherwise known as the “National Archives of the Philippines Act of 2007” and facilitate compliance thereof. It also instilled the importance of well-organized record keeping as a way of ensuring the smooth operation of an organization. Basic principles and standards on records appraisal, records filing, records inventory, records retention and disposition were comprehensively discussed. Further, a workshop on the conduct records inventory and appraisal and the creation of records disposition schedule for the hospital aided the participants in applying the principles learned.