The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, in collaboration with the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA)-Brunei Chapter, conducted its second Health Forum and Screening activity last Sunday, 22 July 2018, at the Chancery. The forum, a continuation of the Occupational Health Awareness Forum and Screening held last May is titled “Kaalaman sa Paunang Lunas, Karapatan at Tungkulin ng Bawat Mangagawang Filipino – An Occupational Health Related First Aid Seminar and Workshop”. The event was attended by around 200 Overseas Filipinos (OFs), mostly female household service workers.
The speakers for the forum were three Filipino nurses working at the Rajah Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) hospital, who are experienced in first aid and emergency response. Mr. Miko Angelo Mesiera, RN discussed first aid for soft tissues and musculoskeletal injuries, and the basic techniques for splinting, bandaging and lifting patients. Mr. Ahmadfareez E. Monib, RN spoke on first aid for altered level of consciousness, and Mr. Bon Eduard M. Paduata, RN demonstrated basic life support procedures.
In his remarks, Chargé d’ Affaires Pete Raymond V. Delfin reiterated the importance of a healthy body and mind. He also emphasized that basic knowledge of first aid gained in the forum is an additional asset for all the OFs working in Brunei, especially those working in hazardous environments.
After the forum, the participants broke into groups where volunteers from the PNA, numbering to around 50, conducted a workshop and simulation of Heimlich maneuver for choking and basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). A health screening of the participants followed the workshop where the volunteer nurses checked the blood pressure, glucose levels and uric acid levels of the participants. After the activities, the participants and the volunteer nurses were treated to a simple Filipino cuisine lunch.
The event forms part of the Embassy’s “preventive or proactive Assistance to Nationals” which aims to provide the OFs with the necessary knowledge on the basic procedures on how to administer first aid to their fellow workers at their workplace and to their family members at their homes. The health screening component of the session provides information and awareness on the status of the OF’s health.
This is the Embassy’s fourth Gender and Development (GAD) activity for the year. The Embassy regularly conducts GAD activities that promote gender and development issues for the benefit of Filipinos in Brunei, particularly for their empowerment and enhanced productivity. END