Forum on Adolescents’ Health Concerns

The Pangasinan Medical Society (PMS) and the Local Government Unit of Dagupan City, through the City Health Office (CHO), conducted a one-day seminar on Adolescent Health Care at the city museum on November 25, attended by 45 barangay nurses as well as midwives and physicians at the CHO in charge of addressing the concerns of teenagers in the city.

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The seminar, a first for the nurses in Dagupan, was intended for all health care providers as they are the first persons who are in contact with the teenagers while doing field work according to Dr. Hilarion H. Maramba, PMS president.

“This seminar dealt on the updates of the Adolescent Job Aid Manual in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Society on Adolescent Medicine and the Pangasinan Medical Society,” said Maramba.

During the seminar, PMS focused on the general, mental, sexual and reproductive health concerns of teenagers including the need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The topics of the seminar also included teenage pregnancy, peer pressure, bullying, depression that affects their behavior, puberty-related conditions, sexual maturity, school performance, anxiety, alcohol use, substance use and abuse, smoking and tobacco use, physical and sexual abuse, violence, and nutritional concerns among others. “
The nurses were also updated on psycho-social screening to equip them enough to detect whether their subject is undergoing a teenage crisis or not.