By Irene Joy B. Dayo
Selected students from different schools in Cagayan de Oro City learned about important health topics as exhibitors of 1st Mindanao Medical Expo gave series of seminars on second day of the event, happening November 3-5, 2015 at Centrio Mall.
In the morning session, four modules were given. Resource speaker, Dr. Atilyn Pareja of OB-GYNE Specialty Society discussed to high school students of Pilgrim Christian College about Adolescence and Puberty that happen at the same age of the students present. “It is the stage where you are no longer a child, but not yet an adult,” she explained to them. There are a lot of nods and signs of approval among teenagers as Dr. Pareja cited the signs for physical and emotional changes that usually happen at Puberty stage.
Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) President Rico Borromeo tackled about the risk-taking behaviours during adolescent years.
He said that risk-taking behaviours such as driving too fast, texting or talking on the phone while driving, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and several others come up because at teenage years, people are young and restless, curious, impulsive, lacks control, rebellious and gain strong feeling of independence.
“Risk-taking behaviours are risks to health and sexuality because you rush to adulthood,” he informed the students.
Dr. Queenie S. Quiño of POGS, thereafter, gave guiding tips to prevent risk-taking behaviours. She said that getting to physical activities such as Sports and outdoor tasks is good for adolescents. They should also have proper hygiene and good grooming and should stay healthy and happy. It is also important not to dwell on situations that are harmful for them.
Moreover, she advised the students that if there are some things that confused them, the very first thing to do is to turn to their parents because they are the best counselors. If they are afraid or ashamed to them, checking to the eldest sibling or relatives is the next option.
Dr. Quiño as well told students to stay away from sexual practice because it is not proper at their age. “Good sex means that it should be done after marriage. It is at the right time, right person and for a right reason,” she added, citing the cases of teenage pregnancy and its effect to the mother, infant and their future.
Other than the morning session, several discussions followed in the afternoon, given this time to students of Iponan National High School. Topics tackled include drug addiction, smoking and others.
This series of seminars is part of the conduct of three-day Medical Expo organized by Misamis Oriental Medical Society, in cooperation with BusinessWeek Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News and Department of Health Region – 10.
Participants of the expo include Madonna and Child Hospital, City Health Center – CDO, PhilHealth, Philippine Red Cross, Northern Mindanao Medical Center, Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital, Capitol University Medical Center, J.R. Borja General Hospital, Sabal Hospital, Polymedic Medical Group, Philippine Medical Association, Health Emergency Lifesaving Paramedics, Clinica Specialista, Cagayan de Oro Medical Center, Misamis Oriental Physicians and Nurse Association, Cagayan Kidney Center, Misamis Oriental Medical Center and several others. In the theme, “Doctors Creating Health Awareness Tthrough Community Partnership,” this expo aims to showcase medical services that Mindanao could be proud of.
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