The Bataan General Hospital in coordination with the National Federation of Ostomates of the Philippines (NFOP) has successfully conducted the Lay Forum on Ostomy Care last January 27, 2016 at BGH Conference room. Mr. Ronald Lara, Coordinator of NFOP, presented before the Medical Center Chief of BGH, Dr. Glory V. Baltazar and other members of the EXECOM the vision/mission of the their organization and its advocacy regarding the formation of support group among ostomates in the hospital. The forum was formally started with an invocation and followed by the welcome remarks by Dr. Roberto Luneta, Chief of Medical Professional Staff. Dr. Chandler Andrade, Medical Specialist of BGH, discussed the topics on Indications and Complications of Ostomy wherein he emphasized that having an ostomy doesn’t mean the end of the world.
Ms. Marie Mitra, one of the volunteers of NFOP, gave her testimony about her experiences as an ostomate. She said that she was able to cope with her condition because of strong faith in God and support also from her family members. Mr. Tek Bautista, volunteer Registered Nurse from NFOP, discussed the Psychosocial & Quality of Life Adjustments for Ostomates wherein he shared also his personal experiences as an ostomate and his adaptation to life after ostomy surgery. After that, it was followed by a Group Work Pouching Technique by ostomate volunteers and resident nurses for ostomy patients of BGH and distribution of donated ostomy bags from the NFOP.
The said lay forum was attended by ostomates from different municipalities of Bataan together with their significant others and also resident nurses from BGH.