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NCRPO launches ‘health watch’ for metro cops

July 16, 2022 Alfred P. Dalizon 1206 views

THE National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) this week launched its innovative health watch for members of the metropolitan police force amid the new normal.

Called “Enhanced Monitoring of Police Overall Wellness (Empow) for Metro Cops’ Health Watch”, the program is being supervised by the Philippine National Police-Health Service (PNP-HS) headed by Colonel Jezebel D. Medina, said NCRPO Director Major General Felipe R. Natividad.

The NCRPO chief and Col. Medina attended the official launching of the “Serbisyong Pangkalusugan para sa Pulis NCRPO” in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City on Thursday.

Under the program, the PNP-HS through the NCRPO Regional Medical and Dental Unit-NCR, led by Col. Michelle A. Arban, will be particularly monitored and help manage NCRPO personnel suffering from diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia.

Dyslipidemia is defined as elevated total or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels or low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol which is an important risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke.

According to Maj. Gen. Natividad, the program aims to protect healthy PNP personnel from acquiring lifestyle diseases and identify common health risk factors prevalent among PNP personnel through their Annual Physical Examination screening.

In order to achieve its goal, the NCRPO RMDU staff will closely coordinate with their clientele for strict monitoring of their health conditions.

The official added that compliance and response to treatment through quarterly visitation and laboratory examination every six months are all part of the program to check improvements.

During the event, Col. Medina also turned over medical equipment and supplies to the NCRPO and spearheaded their “Libreng Pustiso” of dentures for Metro Manila policemen who need them.

Maj. Gen. Natividad assured that they are giving their personnel the necessary assistance and treatment they deserve as they continue to “serve and protect” the public in the metropolis.