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June 25, 2021


As part of its annual observance of the No Smoking Month Celebration every June, the Tobacco Control Program of the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center headed by its Medical Coordinator, Dr. Mildred V. Apostol, DPBP, FPPA, conducted lectures to the selected workers in the hospital on June 25, 2021.

In the morning, Dr. Apostol and her team shared some health information with the construction workers of the RR Encabo Construction Inc. who are currently working on the construction of the CRMC Phase 1 and Cancer Care Center Buildings and provided the same valuable information and insights to the members of the Tiger Security Guards led by Mr. Abubakar G. Palsana, Head Guard as the implementing arm of the hospital on Tobacco Control in the afternoon.


The highlight of the said event included brief lectures on the ill effects of smoking amidst the pandemic, ways and tips to quit smoking, and salient points of the pertinent laws and issuances on absolute Smoke-Free Hospital such as RA 9211 otherwise known as the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 and the Civil Service Commission Memorandum No. 17 s. 2009.


This activity is one of many lined-up activities of the Tobacco Control Program in the observance of the No Smoking Month this June per Proclamation no. 183 s. 1993 with a theme “Co-op to Quit”, which encourages people to quit smoking for health reasons and protect others from secondhand smoke exposure.


Information Education Campaign materials such as leaflets and t-shirt were distributed to the participants who actively participated in the activity and to those who gave correct answers during the Q & A game.


Also present during the activity were Ms. Elma Lorna P. Coloso, MAN, RN, CNM-V, CHA, FPCHA, FANSAP, Chief Nurse, Ms. Resilda B. Go. MAN, RN, CHA, Assistant Chief Nurse, members of the Tobacco Control Program including Ms. Parida K. Satol, MAN, RN, Nurse Coordinator and Ms. Scheherazade E. Ibrahim, ICC Nurse, Mr. Mohamad D. Karao, Mr. Gabriel B. Sero, MAN, RN, CHA and Mr. Lacson B. Usman who are all from Health Education and Promotion Office, and Mr. Ronnie Martin.


The activity ended with the team and all the participants giving their unwavering commitment to help sustain the implementation of a 100% smoke-free hospital.


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