PACCD’s 2nd Scientific Symposium 2016

PACCD’s second Scientific Symposium, held last March 3, 2016 Thursday was occasioned in a new venue (please see copy of the invitation), which can be described as classroom-type; but elegant in its practical roominess.   Most importantly, the forty attendees were pleased with the new  locale.

The topic of Leprosy may surprise some; but informal survey of the members revealed  the disease’s persistent presence in the clinics of many; so the choice of  topic was rather apt.

Opening the event was Mr. Samuel Sumilang. R.N.,EMT-B,MAN, Chief Nurse of the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, formerly Tala Leprosarium, who gave the general introduction to the subject matter – composed of history, statistics, general management, side effect of medications and classification of leprosy. Highlights of his lecture were:

1. Prevalence rate is 0.4/ 10,000 population. Rodriguez Hospital still receives 6-7 patients per month. But the trend has gone towards outpatient management.

2. Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT) is still the cornerstone management; with Minocycline and Ofloxacin as alternative options for resistant or allergic cases. Duration of treatment is 6 months to a year.

3. The mnemonic of L-E-P was introduced to aid in diagnosing leprosy: Loss of sensation, Enlargement of peripheral nerves, and Positive skin smear.

4. Transmission of M. Leprae is stops after 1 week of treatment.

The succeeding part of the event was presided over by Dave Elvin G. Sanchez, M.D., MPH,DPCOM,CESE, Head of the Dermatology and Leprosy Services , OIC Medical Center Chief of the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital; who gave a more detailed account of the Disease’s Diagnosis, Differential Diagnosis, Physical Examination, Laboratory – and most importantly, recognition and management of the Reactive Phenomena. Highlights of his lecture were:

1. Constant spurts in incidence rates of the Disease concludes the inability of the local Medical programs to completely eliminate   This may be due to hidden and/or unknown pockets within the population housing carriers of said Disease.

2. Reactive Phenomena involves immunological activities; of which complement activation would lead to kidney and liver destruction.

3. Management of reactions utilizes weight-computed corticosteroids and clofazimine.

Conclusively, the event was a success based on the liveliness of the open forum wherein the members of the audience greedily extracted management tips which they would use in their practice.   Although  the lecturers stated that 3 days may be required to adequately discuss Leprosy; they were sensitive to the requirements of the Dermatology practitioners and gave emphasis to topics which would help the latters’ clinical practice.

Lunch, which was served at the cafeteria, though not haute cuisine proved to be tasty and rather filling.  So for members who have never attended a symposium  – rest assured, that  our program always satisfies the academic, as well as culinary gluttons among the attendees. So do please attend our subsequent events, for PACCD has always been concerned with the intellectual progress of its members.

- Ramon Briones, M.D.


Invitation and Program

PACCD 2nd Scientific Symposium March 3, 2016 Occupational Safety and
Health Center Diliman Quezon City

PACCD 2nd Scientific Symposium March 3, 2016 Occupational Safety and
Health Center Diliman Quezon City

(From L-R) Dr. Oscar Salvador D. Griño, PACCD Asst. Treasurer; Dr. Angelina P. Aquende, PACCD Treasurer; Dr. Dave Elvin G. Sanchez and Mr. Samuel Sumilang, PACCD Lecturers; Dr. Sonia G. Baluyot, PACCD Academic Chairperson


PACCD 2nd Scientific Symposium March 3, 2016
Occupational Safety and Health Center Diliman Quezon City
Delegates and Lecturers