Taking care of its own
DOLE provides free healthcare services to employees through Health and Wellness Program

The onslaught of disease outbreak in many countries today should prompt us at the DOLE to intensify our own Health and Wellness Program. Having a healthy workforce will enable us to serve our clients better.

Thus said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday as she bared that the Human Resource and Development Service has partnered with several pharmaceutical companies to deliver quality healthcare services to DOLE employees.

Last month, Baldoz said the HRDS has set into motion a preventive healthcare scheme that provides DOLE employees with free access to quality healthcare services.

“This program covers preventive health care, health education, and in-house medical services. The DOLE provided three free healthcare services–influenza vaccination, awareness campaign on Vitamin D deficiency, and medical check-up (blood glucose screening, body mass index determination and body fat analysis, and body temperature and blood pressure check)–in cooperation with several pharmaceutical companies last month,” Baldoz said.

“We adhere to and believe in the adage that prevention is always better than cure,” she added.

According to the HRDS, 135 officials and employees availed of the free influenza vaccination, given once a year to help prevent the communicable influenza virus, in August.

The DOLE has also partnered with Procast, Incorporated, an agency accredited by UNILAB, in the activity, “D’ Na!”, an awareness campaign on Vitamin D deficiency which involved blood testing and a healthcare lecture on  5 August . A total of 100 employees availed the service and many of them were found to have insufficient Vitamin D.

To address the deficiency without too much spending, Procast doctors advised DOLE employees to sunlight exposure between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. every day. Taking Vitamin D supplement on a daily basis was advised as an alternative.

Another sponsor, Omron Asia Pacific Ltd. PTE, offered free blood glucose screening (FBS), body mass index determination and body fat analysis, body temperature and blood pressure check, also last month. The results were immediately released to 86 employees who registered to avail of the service.

Baldoz said these healthcare services were in addition to the existing preventive health and wellness program of DOLE, made available free of charge without the need to provide healthcare cards or insurance. In order to avail of the services the employees will have to present their ID for purposes of validation and documentation.

“The purpose of the program is to help our officials and employees nurture good health. We will be sacrificing a lot if we get sick. We strongly believe that health is, indeed, our wealth,” said Assistant Secretary and concurrent HRDS Director Katherine B. Brimon, who supervised the activities.

She expressed the hope that the free healthcare services will make officials and employees alike feel that the DOLE really cares for their welfare and that it intends to keep a healthy workforce to enable them to deliver quality service to clients.

Baldoz said the DOLE’s Health and Wellness Program is in line with the overarching goal of President Benigno Aquino, III agenda “to invest in our country’s top resource, our human resource, to provide a healthy and competitive workforce that will promote inclusive growth”.

END/ Stella P. Bañares with reporting from Tin Reyes

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