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New AFPMC chief stresses importance of prime health care for soldiers

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When Brig. Gen. Joselito P. Avanceña assumed as commanding general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center (AFPMC), he said that the center “should be the epitome of good health and physical well-being of a soldier.”

The 2,000-bed AFPMC, formerly V. Luna General Hospital, primarily attends to the health needs and welfare of soldiers and their immediate dependents, free of charge.

Soldiers wounded in battle can look forward for the best doctors to attend to them, particularly orthopedic surgeons whose expertise is equal to none.

Avanceña, a medical doctor himself, said AFPMC doctors are well experienced in treating battle-shock casualties.

“No other hospital in the country can rival what the AFPMC is doing in treating battle casualties,” Avanceña told the Philippines News Agency.

This is understandable as most of its patients are soldiers wounded in battle.

The AFPMC recently acquired state-of-the-art medical equipment such as a mammography device for early detection of breast cancer, one 2D echocardiograph machine with treadmill for more accurate diagnosis of coronary disease and two advanced ophthalmology devices.

More new medical equipment will be acquired as part of the modernization of the AFPMC.

“As prime health care providers of the AFP, the center’s personnel should be the epitome of good health and physical well-being of a soldier,” Avanceña said.

At the same time, Avanceña, a strong believer of physical fitness, leads the AFPMC corps in dawn calisthenics and other regular exercise regimens every Tuesday and Thursday, together with Col. Luis H. Limuaco, the AFPMC chief of staff.

The reveille starts off with stretching exercise which is aimed at improving the range of muscles and joints focusing on the cardiovascular endurance.

This is in preparation for the second-phase of exercise which is running or jog-run whichever one prefers, for the completion of a 3.2-kilometer distance within a prescribed time around the AFPMC complex in Kamuning, Quezon City.

Mrs. Marilou C. Avanceña, wife of Gen. Avanceña, joins the rank-and-file of AFPMC during the twice-a-week physical fitness exercises.

With the growing concern and anxiety of lifestyle diseases like diabetes and hypertension, physical fitness is strictly observed in the AFPMC.

Regular exercise contributes to the overall physiological well-being of a person, but most importantly in the maintenance of the standard of physical fitness required in the AFP.

“Every health care facility in the AFP has the ultimate mission to save lives,” Gen. Avanceña said, adding that “the AFP Medical Center is the last echelon of health care of providing tertiary health care for AFP personnel and their dependents.”

“The AFPMC is pioneering sustained excellence in the AFP Health Care System and continues to be at par with other government and private hospitals in the country,” he stressed.

By Ben Cal




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