The Bataan General Hospital observed the Cervical Awareness Month with a theme of "Babae, Mahalaga Ka: Laban ng Kababaihan at Proteksyon sa Kinabukasan" and the highlight of the celebration was the conduct of free Pap smear to all the women of Bataan aged 21 and above last May 21, 2015. It was preceded by a short program wherein Dr. Mithi C. Romero, OIC-Chief of Medical Professional Staff, gave her welcome remarks emphasizing the importance of having an annual pap smear as part of the screening for cervical cancer. Dr. King B. Porciuncula from the Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology gave a short lecture about the cervical cancer, its causes, risk factors as well as the measures on how to prevent it.
In order to increase the awareness of the public on HIV-AIDS, the Bataan General Hospital celebrates the National HIV Testing Week and AIDS Candlelight Memorial last May 11-15, 2015. It was started with the signing of the BGH employees to the advocacy wall to show their support to those persons living with HIV after the flag ceremony. There were also several advocacy videos played in the LED monitors at the different strategic sites of BGH to encourage the populace to be tested for HIV voluntarily. Simultaneously, health education classes were conducted at the OPD, business area, watcher's area as well as at the OB ward. Additionally, several IEC materials on HIV-AIDS like flyers and posters as well as lubricated condoms and fans were distributed at the different strategic sites.
All regular employees of Bataan General Hospital were gathered last April 15, 2015 for the first General Assembly this year and it was presided by the Medical Center Chief, Dr. Glory V. Baltazar. One of the agenda of the said assembly was about the BGH before and after wherein Dr. Baltazar highlighted the big difference between the old and new BGH especially in terms of the buildings, medicines/supplies, medical equipment/instruments, grant of employees' benefits and manpower. Likewise, she discussed the performance indicator of BGH as well as physical reports of operations such as the bed occupancy which is consistently increasing from 71% in 2006 to 124.60% in 2014, total admission from 15, 392 in 2006 to 26, 868 in 2014, number of OPD patients served from 45, 986 in 2006 to 74, 898 in 2014 and other related reports. Dr. Baltazar was able to discuss also the awards and accreditation that were received by BGH like ISO-QMS Certification in 2014, Red Orchid Award for 2 consecutive years (2013 & 2014), Newborn Screening and Animal Bite Treatment Centers Award of Excellence and area for PhilHealth Benchmark both local and international. Furthermore, she emphasized the improvements and accomplishments of BGH for year 2014 namely the construction of OPD waiting area and comfort rooms, opening of TB-DOTS center and Pharmacy at OPD as well as the institutionalization of Women & Child Protection unit. Additionally, Dr. Baltazar discussed the financial report for year 2014 and the future plans of BGH.
The Bataan General Hospital in partnership with the Philippine Band of Mercy (PBM) and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Balanga conducted a free cleft lip and cleft palate surgical mission on April 14 and 15, 2015. The screening of patients was done on April 07, 2015 wherein all types of cleft conditions are being accommodated. Only twenty-three (23) patients from different municipalities of Bataan were passed the screening process and at the same time were successfully operated.