In 2015, the Adolescent Center provided service to 1,752 OPD patents and 107 in-patent cases. A comprehensive and holistc approach to healthcare is given to each of these patents including psychosocial risk assessment. This primarily aims to screen all the adolescents for risk-taking behaviors and render preventve health management and counseling on substance abuse, unplanned pregnancy, STIs/HIV, violence and injury preventon and mental health. It also promotes good nutriton, catch-up immunizaton, responsible parenthood, mental health and preventon of substance abuse, injuries and violence.
The aforementoned services are also augmented by community-level educaton drive. Several lectures were given to the Health Workers based on a Municipal Health Ofce as well as the teachers and students of Flora Ylagan High School. Also, a workshop was conducted early in the year on the basics of dealing with the adolescents among pediatricians from Metro Manila.
In the last quarter of the year, the Center was granted an ofce where conferences are held and where added services are rendered to the patents. The psychological services, which include psychological evaluaton and psychotherapy, are provided for by the clinical psychologist. A total of 42 patents availed of the specialized services for the last three months of 2015. At present, there is an increasing number of patents who are in need of these services.
On top of these, the Adolescent Center provides the following services that focus on the needs and concerns of the adolescents: Adolescent Wellness, Transiton Program, Teen Pregnancy Clinic and Preventon program and Weight Management Program.
Through these services, we contnue to aim training health care professionals who are profcient and fully confdent to deliver holistc interventons in the feld of Adolescent Medicine and be in the forefront of research, to make the Philippine Children’s Medical Center the repository of informaton regarding the Filipino Adolescent. And eventually reach the Center’s vision of being the leader in the feld of Adolescent health in the Philippines, thus making it a selfreliant unit.