State-run hospital in Ilocos Norte celebrates National Disability Week

LAOAG CITY, July 17 (PIA) — A state-run hospital in Ilocos Norte is promoting the welfare of the disabled with activities in this year’s observance of National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week.

Leifchard Nalundasan, head physical therapist of the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in Batac City, said among these are an osteoporosis screening and a lecture on livelihood.

Nalundasan said the osteoporosis screening on July 19 will be for women 40 years and above.

The therapist said those women who are post-menopausal, experiencing low-back pain, have stooped posture, and on steroids are at risk for osteoporosis.

“These women will be screened if they have osteoporosis, osteopenia, or are normal. The bone scanning will be done in a few minutes and administered by a licensed technician,” he said.

On July 23, persons with disabilities (PWD) will be feted during the “Special Day with PWDs.”

Nalundasan said those who will participate will be treated to a half day of fun, laughter, games, and camaraderie.

“We want this occasion to bring forth joy, strength, confidence, and camaraderie to our PWDs since they are models of strength and determination,” Nalundasan said.

Not only PWDs but their parents and guardians will also be treated to a lecture on livelihood training by a representative from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Naludasan said the lecture is for the parents or guardians to have something to do that could be an added source of income while waiting and/or taking care of their patients.

The 34th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week will begin on July 17 and will end on July 23, the birthday of “Sublime Paralytic” Apolinario Mabini, whose heroism during the Spanish Revolution has greatly influenced the declaration and observance of this week and, which in effect, has become an outstanding icon for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities in Economic Development.” (ANL/CPC-PIA 1, Ilocos Norte)

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