The Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) has started the pilot run for its disease management program for diabetic and hypertensive employees.

The Hypertension and Diabetic program aims to create a supportive work environment for affected employees by helping monitor their condition and prescribing necessary intervention measures.  A total of 40 employees, who continue to regularly report to the terminal despite the community lockdowns, joined the pilot run.  Each individual was properly screened through available company medical records, annual physical examination results, and medication lists submitted to the clinic.

Under the program, a baseline blood pressure and sugar level for each of the participants was established.  Employees are required to have their levels checked regularly prior to entering and leaving the workplace, and those who fail to have their blood pressure or sugar levels checked are not allowed to report for work.  

Aside from regular health advise from the clinic staff, maintenance medications are provided to all program participants.  After a month of monitoring and intervention, the participants are subject for re-evaluation to determine the appropriate measures needed to improve and manage their conditions.

With the warm reception and encouraging results for the first month, the Management has decided to expand the program to increase the number of participants in July, and hopefully include all diabetic and hypertensive employees in MICT in the following months.

By promoting awareness about hypertension and diabetes, the Management hopes to inspire employees to take good care of themselves to prevent the onset of these conditions.