Eighty-eight employees of the Local Government Unit (LGU), all of them 40 years old above, attended a Health Information & Education forum on February 9 at Edjin Pension House.

The activity was LGU’s Gender and Development (GAD) Intervention Program in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development Office and City Human Resource Management Office.

Topics during the forum included discussions on diseases and illnesses that are putting older individuals at risk. Discussions focused on prevention, detection, diagnostic testing and treatment of illnesses like prostate cancer, cervical cancer and hypertension among others.

Lifestyle modification to prevent diseases was also a highlight of the one-day activity.

Speakers included City Health Officer Giovanni Deles, Medical Officer Emelyn Nepucpan, Dr. Hernie Barraquia of Sultan Kudarat Provincial Office, and Ms. Liza Ygnalaga, a wellness coach.

Mayor Lina Montilla as well as GAD Focal Person Nancy Bawe gave their messages to the participants before the start of the lectures.