Seminar on health and safety

Pursuing health and wellness for the St. Anthony’s College Community, the Medical-Dental Services Office conducted a Seminar on Health and Safety on August 7, 2015 in the SAC Audio-Visual Room.

Mr. Aris Kendel Bungabong, RN, talked on Tobacco Control.  Mr. Bungabong, describing the global tobacco epidemic said that tobacco users have increased a hundred times. Tobacco, he said has been tagged as the world’s single leading preventable cause of death (more deaths than HIV, TB & Malaria mortality combined). Bungabong said that according to studies, smokers lose an average of 14 years in their whole lifetime. Today, tobacco companies are already making new innovations to target more and more people. Apart from the usual cigarettes, cigars and smoke pipes, they are now producing tobacco lollipops and e-cigarettes which are being marketed as the “safer kinds.” Bungabong warned that these new inventions still are not safe and do contain nicotine, carcinogens and other toxins. Bungabong clarified that while manufacturers can lower the volume of the undesirable contents, its usage remain dependent on individual consumers.  Bungabong said that currently, the World Health Organization is implementing the MPOWER strategy: monitor tobacco users, protect others, offer help, warn dangers, enforce laws against tobaccos, and raise taxes.

Mr. Ian Van Sumagaysay, RN, MAN talked about Ergonomics.  Ergonomics, he explained is the art and science of fitting the work to the person.  Sumagaysay said that the end goal of ergonomics is for a person to be more comfortable during work. He gave guidelines on how to sit properly, where things should be placed and how the atmosphere should be. One tip Sumagaysay taught was to minimize awkward hand & wrist postures, saying that the hand and wrist, when using a keyboard or mouse, should always be horizontally aligned with each other.

Sumagaysay also talked on First Aid. He emphasized that knowing the basics of first aid is important in cases of emergency as it lets persons respond properly to sudden unexpected health conditions. He emphasized the four basic rules of first aid: 1. call for help immediately; 2. bring help to the victim; 3. check the ABCs (airway, breathing & chest); and 4. do no further harm. Sumagaysay also showed the proper way to handle choked and unconscious victims, and cardio pulmonary resuscitation.  (Giovanni Donguines)