Located at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is the University of the Philippines (UP) - PGH Pulmonary Care Center and Post-Covid Hub, which aims to help Filipinos afflicted with chronic lung diseases and long Covid-19 syndrome to breathe and live better.

It is a milestone in health care, as it is the first post-Covid hub in the country.

Doctors from the Philippine General Hospital open the Pulmonary Care and Post-Covid Hub, a milestone in Philippine health care. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO.

Doctors from the Philippine General Hospital open the Pulmonary Care and Post-Covid Hub, a milestone in Philippine health care. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO.

It is the 199th SM Foundation wellness center and is the third project of SM Foundation with PGH's Division of Pulmonary Medicine.

With the first being the renovation of the pulmonary room at the Outpatient Department 2 years ago, this is followed by the renovation of another room to house the cardio-pulmonary exercise testing machine and as a venue for pulmonary rehab sessions.

The UP- PGH Pulmonary Care Center and Post-Covid Hub has the following services: multidisciplinary pulmonary rehabilitation program, comprehensive diagnostic assessment for chronic lung diseases and long Covid syndrome, smoking cessation program, asthma education program, lung cancer and interstitial lung disease multidisciplinary care, and home care referral network provision.

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It is under the Division of Pulmonary Medicine of UP-PGH, headed by Lenora Fernandez.

Aside from having the country's top pulmonologists, it boasts of a multidisciplinary medical team from UP-PGH's Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Neurosciences, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine.

Respiratory therapists as well as the Medical Social Services and Dietary Section are also partners in dispensing the hub's services.

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