A Quezon City councilor is pushing for the establishment of a health care facility in every mall, supermarket, shopping arcade and other similar business areas with a large number of clients in the city.
In a proposed resolution, QC councilor Allan Benedict Reyes said that quick emergency response could be immediately be provided to persons in need when there is a health care facility in every mall, supermarket and shopping arcade.
Reyes noted that some people, due to climate change in the country, had suffered from hypertension and other ailments while in public places.
“These unpredictable episodes of ailments must be addressed at first instance with emergency response to treat them immediately and save lives,” the solon said.
The solon also said that malls, supermarkets, and shopping arcades should include among their medical equipment, the Automated External Defibrillator (AED), which is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnose the potential life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient.
With the use of AED, doctors are able to treat a patient through defibrillation, an application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish as effective rhythm.
“It is important that a health care facility in business establishments in the city has this AED due to the fact that mortality rate of cardiovascular disease is high in the country and it is the leading cause of death in the Philippines nowadays,” the solon said.
The purpose of his proposed resolution, Reyes said is to minimize, reduce or control the risk of cardiovascular disease by way of immediate response or attention to persons in danger of fatal heart attack. Maureen Quiñones, PAISO