Sunday, May 28, 2023

DOH-10 intensifies immunization vs measles, rubella, polio

MISAMIS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH)-10 aims to further increase the immunization status of children in Northern Mindanao with the conduct of a month-long immunization campaign against measles, rubella, and polio this May

According to the health department, immunization coverage for children aged 0–59 months had lowered during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a pool of populations that are susceptible to measles infection. It was also noted that this year, an increase in suspected cases of measles was recorded.

“Nakita namo nga adunay 18% increase sa suspected cases of measles sa rehiyon karon (We have seen that there is an 18% increase in suspected cases of measles in the region today),” DOH-10 Local Health Support Division Chief David Mendoza said.

Mendoza explained that in the same period last year, they only recorded 69 suspected measles cases compared to this year’s 82. There were also no laboratory-confirmed cases last year compared to this year’s three laboratory-confirmed cases: one for measles and two for rubella.

The DOH-10 hopes that the supplemental immunization activity they are conducting against measles, rubella, and polio can help beef up the immunization coverage of the region and prevent a possible outbreak of such vaccine-preventable diseases.

Mendoza added that to strengthen the immunization campaign, fixed sites, and house-to-house initiatives are done throughout the region to make sure that all eligible individuals will be vaccinated and no children will be left behind.

In the vaccination sites, regardless of the vaccination status, oral polio immunization is available for children aged 0–59 months, while measles-rubella immunization can be availed of by children aged 9–59 months.

As the government extends its efforts to protect the children, the health department admits that their efforts together with the various agencies and local government units are futile without the support and participation of the public, especially the parents and guardians and that to combat the possible spread or outbreak of measles, rubella, and polio, it will take a whole-of-society approach.

DOH-10 urges parents and guardians to allow their children to get immunizations for added protection. Protecting children against any vaccine-preventable disease should be a priority for each parent and guardian. (JAKA/PIA-10)

CHO celebrates Rabies Awareness Month; Malaybalay records zero case of human rabies in 2022

Rabies is one of the deadly diseases and considered one of the public health concerns

As part of the health promotion and advocacy of the Rabies Prevention Control Program of the Center for Health and Development – Northern Mindanao in coordination with Bukidnon Provincial Health Office and Malaybalay City Health Office (CHO), a Rabies Awareness Caravan was conducted on March 16, 2023, at Loiza’s Pavilion, Casisang, Malaybalay City.

This activity aims to increase awareness about rabies infection, prevention, control, and elimination.

The said event started with a motorcade from City Health Office to Capitol then Loizas Pavilion where a forum was held.

A total of 145 participants attended the launching each represented by Barangay Kapitan, Kagawad on Health, Chief BPSO, Midwife, and BHW president from all Poblacion 1, selected Poblacion 2, and Highway District Barangays.

Provincial Health Office II, Dr. Gary Guido C. Tabios, Jr., welcomed the guests and participants. Then followed by an inspirational message from Dr. Vincent C. Raguro, MPH (Provincial Department of Health Office Bukidnon – Development Management Officer V).

With the theme “Rabies- Free na Pusa’t Aso, Kaligtasan ng Pamilyang Pilipino”, speaker Ms. Jenny Alabado, RMT, Regional Rabies Coordinator stressed that “Rabies is a horrific way to die. Once symptoms show, it is 99.9% fatal. However, it is 100% preventable.”

Meanwhile, speaker Dr. Enrique Miguel Degamo, MPH, MO III, added that Dogs are primarily responsible for rabies virus transmission to humans.

Among the topics tackled, Dr. Mary Ann S. Valdez, Veterinarian IV, Malaybalay City Veterinary Office also discussed about RA 9482, or Anti- Rabies Act of 2007, prescribing penalties for pet owners violating this act.

Provincial Health Office Rabies Prevention and Control Program Coordinator, Mr. Carlo C. Calleja, have reported Rabies Case Status of Bukidnon and Malaybalay City has Zero case of Human Rabies for year 2022.

The activity was facilitated by the City Health Office Rabies Team, Dr. Susan Marie S. PunongBayan, Nurse Coordinator Maila A. Manuel, Assitant Nurse Coordinator Frances Charmaine Lazalita, Marlyn Bagonoc, staffs Noel Michael Mutya, Daphne Castillo with the help of the National Health Worker Support System – Nurse Deployment Program of the Department of Health.

Further, Dr. Susan Punongbayan reminded us about ONE Health approach that helps protect the health of all living beings and imparted a closing phrase “Kagat Aso, Patay Tao.”

In addition, the City Health Office – Rabies Prevention and Control Program continues to provide services through the presence of our Animal Bite Center which is open every Monday and Thursday at the CHO, and via information dissemination by doing lectures and distribution of leaflets with the help of the Midwives, Human Resource for Health and Community Volunteer Health Workers in the Barangays.

Malaybalay City Veterinary Office also assisted during the activity to provide free Dog vaccination. (PR)

Super Health Center to rise in Pangantucan

PANGANTUCAN, Bukidnon – Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Super Health Center facility in far-off barangay Bacusanon, Pangantucan, Bukidnon, on March 3

Go said the center would provide vital health services with specialized health facilities at the local level, such as an outpatient department, laboratory, X-ray, ultrasound, birthing services, diagnostics, pharmacy, and emergency services.
Asked about the distinction between Malasakit Center and Super Health Center, the Senator explained that the Super Health Center is a medium-sized polyclinic larger than a rural health center but not as big as a hospital.
“I express great bliss that the Department of Health (DOH) chose a strategic location here in town. The government will build additional 20 Super Health Centers in Northern Mindanao this year, with six in Bukidnon, four in Cagayan de Oro, three in Lanao del Norte, two in Misamis Occidental, and five in Misamis Oriental,” Go said.
DOH-10 Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna Jr. emphasized that establishing a Super Health Facility would help decongest other health facilities, as it will supplement rural health centers in the province.
“The goal is to bring government services closer to the people,” he said.
Fourth District Representative Laarni Roque thanked Senator Go for building projects in her district. She said that the Super Health Center would immensely help the people of Barangay Bacusanon, which does not have a government hospital.
Meanwhile, Pangantucan Mayor Miguel A. Silva Jr. urged his constituents to take good care of the government projects.
“Not all cities or towns are fortunate enough to receive such facility. I urge our villagers here to take good care of this Super Health Center,” the mayor said. (BGE/PIA-10/Bukidnon)

Local health systems maturity level orientation and road map sa Bukidnon, gipahigayon

Nipahigayon ang mga personahe sa Department of Health Northern Mindanao inubanan sa DOH Bukidnon ang 3-day orientation on Road Map to Universal Health Care (UHC) Integration alang sa probinsya sa Bukidnon, kaniadtong Pebrero 8-10, sa Loiza’s Pavillion, Casisang, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

Nahitabo sulod sa orientation ang session sa tanang Development Management Officers (DMOs) diin gihisgutan ang UHC og ang strategic planning on the characteristics sa Local Health Systems Maturity Level.

Gisundan dayon sa pagpasabot sa UHC LHS ML characteristics ngadto sa mga membro sa UHC Bukidnon Technical Working Goup sa Kagamhanang Probinsyal sa Bukidnon.

Gihisgutang usab ang mahimong sunod nga mga lakang nga pagahimoun aron matuman og makab-ot ang kina tibuk-ang tinguha niini nga masiguro ang patas nga pag-access sa de-kalidad og barato nga health care og proteksyon batok sa risgong pinansyal sa tanang katawhan sa Bukidnon.

Ang UHC nagpasabot sa himsog nga pagkinabuhi, nangunang pag-atiman sa matag pamilya, og matag-an ang galastohon sa panglawas. (Omar Rashid Z. Abdullah)

Aplikasyon alang sa lisensya sa operasyon sa isa ka blood bank, gisuportahan sa SP

Gisuportahan sa 27th Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) ang sulat-hangyo ni Provincial Governor Rogelio Neil P. Roque, pinetsahan Enero 18, 2023, pinaagi sa Resolution No. 2023-1099(27th SP), kabahin sa aplikasyon sa Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center (BPMC), alang sa lisensya sa operasyon sa usa ka blood bank, isip nag-unang Blood Bank Center sa probinsya

Sa kasamtangan, ang BPMC nga nahimutang sa syudad sa Malaybalay, adunay blood bank nga mao ang nagpahigayon sa blood screening, donor selection and collection of blood unit, onsite og off-site o mobile blood donation activity.

Uban sa bag-o ug dugang ekipo, mahimo na nga makadonar ug dugo ug ang dugo mahimong masalang aron masiguro ang taas nga kalidad, insakto ug luwas ang dugo nga madawat sa mga pasyente.

Sa maong lakang, ang laboratory sa BPMC gikinahanglang mag-apply sa lisensya alang sa operasyon sa blood bank with additional function, diin kini gikinahanglan isip usa sa mga kinahanglang dokumento nga gitakda sa Regulatory, Licensing and Enforcement Division (RLED) sa Department of Health alang sa pag-abroba sa maong aplikasyon. (PR)

DOH-10 urges parents to register eligible children for pediatric COVID-19 vax

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)-The Department of Health (DOH)-10 urges parents to have their eligible children ages 12-17 register for COVID-19 vaccination.


Dr. David Mendoza of DOH-10 shared during the Northern Mindanao Task Force (NMTF) for the COVID-19 press briefing, November 5, which they have set the target of 594,168 population for pediatric vaccination in northern Mindanao.

In fact, the vaccination for this population has started in big cities like Cagayan de Oro, on October 29, and big provinces like Bukidnon, November 3, said Mendoza. This includes the cities and municipalities of Malaybalay, Cabanglasan, Dangcagan, Damulog, Lantapan, Malitbog, Maramag, and Talakag.

Other provinces are also having ongoing pediatric vaccination which includes Guinsiliban and Mambajao in Camiguin; Calamba, Don Victoriano, Sapang Dalaga, Tudela and Ozamiz in Misamis Occidental; Kapatagan in Lanao del Norte and Balingasag, Claveria, Kinoguitan, Laguindingan, Salay, and its two cities Gingoog and El Salvador in Misamis Oriental.

Meanwhile, Iligan City starts pediatric vaccination, November 5.

Mendoza clarified that there are only two kinds of population for this vaccination which are the A3 with co-morbidities and the rest of the pediatric population.

Further, pediatric vaccination of beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be pushed in the days to come, said Mendoza.

As to pilot schools that will have face-to-face classroom setup, the DOH will monitor these schools. As of date, there are 11 public schools and two private schools that are eligible for face to face in northern Mindanao.

Mendoza still urges those who have not been vaccinated to still get vaccinated. As of the latest, northern Mindanao is still at 29% of the 70% target herd immunity.