AHSI accredits Puericulture’s EMS program PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 13:31

The American Health Safety Institute (AHSI) has accredited the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) NCII (for Emergency Responders) program being offered recently by the Zamboanga Puericulture Center.

This welcome development in medical allied program was announced by Dr. Rodel Agbulos, board President of the Zamboanga Puericulture Center (ZPC) during the annual general membership meeting held January 15, 2015 at the Puericulture complex, this city.

Agbulos said the accreditation by the American Health Safety Institute validates and recognizes Puericulture’s plausible methodology in the said program. “To be accredited by the AHSI, this gives us confidence to set and live up the kind of standard in emergency responses recognized by an international accredited body. This seal validates Puericulture’s emergency program, it’s potentials and its practice in preparing knowlegable, well trained and well-equipped emergency responders”. Agbulos said.

The AHSI is an international accrediting organization that ensures and verifies operations on health services and Pilipinas 911 for medical dispatch and practitioners.

Agbulos also reported that other than the EMS program, Puericulture is also working on another TESDA/DOH program on Massage Theraphy (NCII). This program is deemed an important procedure in patients and individuals that need scientifically approved health massage to alleviate certain conditions.

Agbulos said these new programs are initiatives of the new ZPSAM Head Eric Astillero, a registered nurse and licensed emergency medical technician.

In same report before the stakeholders, directors, students, and staff of the Puericulture, Agbulos said that the TESDA-accredited courses on Barangay Health Services (NCII), Health Care Services (NCII), and Caregiving (NCII) has so far 679 graduates, 677 of whom have successfully passed the assessment exams given by TESDA with a passing rate of 99.7%. “The students are exposed to activities which include caregiving in nursing homes, and related learning experience at the ZPC hospital, while the caregivers, they are exposed on actual home-based care giving experience”. Agbulos said.

Agbulos also mentioned of the unceasing methodological improvement in the ZPC School. “As part of the faculty development, the teaching staff meets regularly to evaluate and review their teaching methods, especially in the K to 12 Basic Education Program, and DepEd’s Child Protection Policy and the Anti-Bullying Law being implemented.

Agbulos also reported on the basic services as priority mandate of the Puericulture which is the Maternal and Child health care. Last year alone, Puericulture has serviced 1,252 births in the hospital which translates to an average of 104 births per month. For the OR/DR cases and/or admissions totaled 1,513 while the Out-Patient Department (OPD) served 28,527 patients, an increase of 1,874 patients. The emergency room on the otherhand has handled 1,170 cases last year, a 49% increase compared to the previous year’s figure.  — PR