Doctors Laud REDCOP Confab
Sponsored by the National Kidney and Transplant Institute through its Renal Disease and Control Program (REDCOP), mostly of the participants were municipal health officers, chiefs of hospitals and medical technologists from said provinces.
Municipal Health Officer Dr. Ana Mae Belasoto of Dumalag, Capiz said that the seminar on urinalysis: maximizing the utility of a basic tool for diagnosis and prevention of kidney diseases is a very useful for them especially with the increasing number of cases on renal diseases in the country.
Belasoto said that with the recently held seminar here of NKTI, they are guided accordingly especially on the impression and diagnosis of renal diseases as spelled out in the 10 renal syndrome.
Other doctors also stressed that because of the intensive lectures and inputs, reported cases of urinary tract infection (UTI) as diagnosed in their respective areas will be lessened.
During the seminar here, REDCOP Philippine Renal Disease Registry Central Medical Coordinator Dr. Arlene S. Muñoz stressed that UTI should be the last to be considered in the diagnosis of patient presenting some of the symptoms, not the first as many doctors were observed to have said impression.
On the other hand, Capiz Provincial Health Medical Technologist Leo Biclar has requested the REDCOP to conduct a refresher course for medical technologists to further improve their capability, particularly in handling laboratory activities on urinalysis.
Discussions on the basic anatomy urinalysis as well as urinalysis and the 10 clinical syndrome in nephrology were discussed by NKTI adult nephrology consult Dr. Marie Angeline Ledesma-Gumba, while Muñoz discussed on the approach to the diagnosis of kidney diseases.
The REDCOP team from Manila was also composed of Mr. Angel Catindig of the Philippine Information Agency-Central Office, Medical Technologist Minda Quitoriano and Ms. Laura Borjal of the REDCOP-NKTI.
The seminar here for Aklan and Capiz doctors, which was facilitated by the Philippine Information Agency in Capiz, a partnership effort of the NKTI, Department of Health, Philippine Society of Nephrology PIA. (PIA)