PLDT-Smart advocates mental health support for frontline healthcare workers, patients

The PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) recently provided 2,000 psycho-social wellness kits for frontline healthcare workers and patients in isolation at various COVID hospitals and quarantine facilities.

The wellness kits include recreational materials, hygiene items, and Information, Education, Communication (IEC) materials on coping with COVID-19.

The health facilities that received these kits include Pasig City Children’s Hospital, Pasig City General Hospital, Rizal Medical Center, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Quarantine Facility, the Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Marine Corps.

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This mental health advocacy is in support of the Makati Medical (MakatiMed) Center Foundation’s Week of Wellness (WOW) Program.

In partnership with the MMC Section of Psychiatry, the MakatiMed Foundation recently organized Project NaSHOEnalism. The project is designed to advocate the true spirit of altruism while celebrating our health heroes.

Special prize

Work shoes were provided as a special prize to chosen frontline healthcare workers. The project is in partnership with the PSF and through the support of PLDT Public Affairs Deputy Head and sneaker expert Carlo Ople and World Balance Philippines.

From June 12 to 19, frontline workers nominated a health organization or uniformed sector of their choice as a way to recognize the brave efforts of our health heroes.

Four frontline MMC health workers and their nominated public sector partners were chosen as winners. These were Ofelia Abayan who nominated the Philippine National Police, Ormalyn Bayting who nominated the Philippine Army, Jessica Cruz who nominated the National Center for Mental Health and Vina Seno who nominated Ospital ng Malabon.