Amai Pakpak Medical Center in its humble commitment to serving the Filipino people, continuous to expand its network of benefactors by proactively engaging with public and non-governmental institutions to sustain the programs in the realization of its vision to be an ideal regional apex multi-specialty center in Mindanao.
On February 14, 2021, APMC under the leadership of Dr. Shalimar Sani-Rakiin, the Medical Center Chief, in collaboration with Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity, Ranao Triskellion Group, Lanao del Sur, and from other chapters organized a Blood Letting activity.
Dr. Rakiin expressed her gratitude to the officers and members of Tau Gamma Phi of Lanao del Sur for actively expressing support to the blood donation drive of APMC that is to save lives. Dialysis patients and those who need to undergo both elective and emergency traumatic surgery, Dengue, and patients with hema or blood dyscrasia problems are the primary beneficiaries of this campaign.
Even though the activity falls on a Sunday and also Valentine’s Day, Dr. Rakiin said that it is the best way to celebrate the activity and to give meaning to the cause.
On the same noble intention, Dr. Rakiin also thanked Mayor Randy J. Macapil, Councilor Kinpee Yee Macapil, and the Alpha Kappa Rho Iligan Supreme Council for partnering with the APMC Blood Bank Team for the Blood Letting activity in the Municipality of Linamon on February 13.
Also on Chinese New Year, February 12, Dr. Rakiin and the APMC Blood Bank Team traveled to Cagayan de Oro City to officially meet the 4th Cavalry Company of the Philippine Army in Camp Evangelista.
A Memorandum of Agreement was signed by Dr. Rakiin and Commanding Officer Cpt Michael Mimay for the quarterly regular blood donation of their company.
The Medical Center Chief earnestly thanked Cpt Mimay for the warm welcome and expressly granting and supporting the blood donation drive of the APMC.
In the words of Dr. Rakiin, “The sick and the dying patients need and await these bags of blood when it reaches our Blood Bank.”
The Blood Donation Drive is one of the programs of APMC to sincerely serve the people not only from Marawi City, and Lanao del Sur, but also from the neighboring Province of Lanao del Norte and Iligan City.
The King Salman Foundation of Saudi Arabia in collaboration with the Philippine Red Cross - Lanao del Sur organized a food basket distribution for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in Cabasaran Temporary Shelter due to the Marawi Siege in 2017.
Dr. Shalimar Sani-Rakiin, the Medical Center Chief of Amai Pakpak Medical Center, a member of the Board of Directors of the PRC-LDS since the time of the late First Lady Raifa Rakiin Adiong, was then the Chapter Administrator, is actively involved in activities that nurtures a culture of kindness and compassion that gives hope, especially to the most vulnerable sector of society.
On February 10, 2021, Dr. Rakiin, Atty. Aliyah L. Adiong, the PRC-LDS Chapter Administrator, distinguished officials of King Salman Foundation, and PRC-LDS officials and members visited the Cabasaran Temporary Shelter to personally handover food baskets to the IDPs.
The IDPs expressed their deepest gratitude to the officials of the King Salman Foundation for the donation and to the officials and members of the Philippine Red Cross – Lanao del Sur Chapter for actively initiating humanitarian activities and engaging with various organizations to extend necessary assistance.
Right after the distribution in Cabasaran, the team then proceeded to Boganga Temporary Shelter to check the status of the said project funded by the King Salman Foundation.
Dr. Rakiin is also thankful to King Salman Foundation for expressing their commitment to support that would help realize the vision of Amai Pakpak Medical Center, to be an ideal regional apex multi-specialty center in Mindanao, by pledging to donate the needed equipment through the Bangon Marawi and Department of Health Central Office.
The Medical Center Chief is looking forward to building a strong partnership with the King Salman Foundation for the welfare and best interest of the people of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte and the neighboring provinces of BARMM and Northern Mindanao.
The COVID-19 Task Force of Amai Pakpak Medical Center chaired by Dr. Abdullah M. Marohomsalic facilitated the lecture and awareness of the general benefits of the vaccination program of the national government in eliminating the COVID-19 virus and put an end to the pandemic.
The last resort of the government to protect the Filipino people from the infectious COVID-19 virus is to build enough SARS-COV2 specific immunity by initiating a nationwide inoculation program.
The record shows that no virus has eliminated itself by inducing natural immunity. Viruses in the past, such as Smallpox, Polio, and others were eliminated when herd immunity was adopted.
Dr. Marohomsalic emphasized that COVID-19 vaccines are necessary for it is one of the ways we may be able to end the pandemic.
Vaccines are used to prevent infectious diseases. Examples of vaccine-preventable diseases are measles, polio, hepatitis B, influenza, and many others.
When most people in the community are vaccinated against a disease, the ability of the pathogen to spread is limited, and will also protect people who cannot be vaccinated, such as very young babies and those who have compromised immune systems. This is called “herd” or “indirect” or “population” immunity.
Vaccines greatly reduce the risk of infection by training the immune system to recognize and fight pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria, when it is encountered naturally by safely delivering immunogen which is a specific type of antigen that elicits an immune response.
Amai Pakpak Medical Center, being a DOH health facility that has more than a thousand employees, is given priority in the vaccination program of the government to ensure that the health workers, as frontliners and other personnel are protected from COVID-19.
Dr. Shalimar Sani-Rakiin, the Medical Center Chief, reiterated the importance of immunization. “As health workers, we are vulnerable to acquiring the COVID-19 virus. We have the responsibility to protect ourselves, our patients, and especially our family. The practical way to do it is to get immunized. Let us get vaccinated to overcome the fear of being infected and perform our functions effectively and efficiently.”
To support the effort of the national government in eradicating the COVID-19 and its transmission, the Medical Center Chief humbly asked the health workers and other personnel to be advocates of the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines and help the community understand why it is necessary to participate in the nationwide inoculation program of the government.
Before ending her message, Dr. Rakiin said that on the day of inoculation she will be the first to get vaccinated along with the doctors to show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
The Lecture and Awareness on COVID-19 vaccines was held at the Gymnasium on February 17, 2021, with only 70 participants in observance of the minimum health protocols. The said activity will continue for days to accommodate all the health workers and other employees.
On August 2, 2018, Department of Health appointed Dr. Rakiin as MEdical Center Chief of Amai Pakpak Medical Center per department order 2018-3437. Dr. Rakiin shall perform the mandated functions vested in the position of Medical Center Chief II.
Acceptance Message of Dr. Shalimar Rakiin
“Upgrading its infrastructure, its physical landscape, equipment, service capabilities ad responsiveness to public needs will be continued with more vigor and determination. Accountability of performance and transparency of all transactions in consonance with Duterte’s administration’s thrust of eliminating graft and corruption shall be the silver lining of our programs and services. We can make APMC greater than it is. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is a progress; and Working together is success (Edward Hale).
As I take on the of heading the Amai Pakpak Medical Center today, I wish to emphasize that my mission is to implement hospital plans and projects in line with the FOURmula1+ of our Department. I have envisioned a healthy Lanao del Sur and Marawi constituents with access to quality health care. In short, a genuine Universal Health Care that will preserve life and health as inalienable right of every Filipino. The service delivery of the hospital must be geared towards attainment of people-centered, responsive & compassionate institution and workers that respect the dignity and rights of every patient.”