Friday, June 14, 2024

Focal prophylaxis for schistosomiasis administered in Barangay St. Peter

MALAYBALAY CITY (May 22, 2024) – The City Health Office (CHO) conducted focal prophylaxis for schistosomiasis in Barangay St. Peter, a non-schisto-endemic area

This demonstrates a commitment to preventive healthcare and addressing potential health risks before they become significant problems.

By conducting such interventions, they’re not only protecting the health of individuals in Barangay St. Peter but also working towards preventing the spread of schistosomiasis to other areas.

Individuals aged 5 to 65 years old were administered a single dose of Praziquantel (40mg/kg) on a full stomach.

This intervention followed Malacological and Parasitological surveys by the City Health Office, which identified the presence of schistosomiasis in Barangay St. Peter.

During the malacological survey, the snail Oncomelania quadrasi, the intermediate host of Schistosoma japonicum, was found.

In a subsequent parasitological survey, 100 stool samples were examined using the Katokatz method, revealing that less than 1 percent were positive for schistosomiasis and soil- transmitted helminthiasis in the place.

In response, the Department of Health Center for Health and Development Northern Mindanao (DOH-CHDNM) provided Praziquantel, the preferred drug for treating schistosomiasis.

Following health advisories, a mass treatment approach was adopted, providing prophylactic treatment to the entire eligible population, regardless of infection status.

By treating everyone within the eligible age range, the intervention aims to prevent new infections and reduce the overall burden of the disease in the community. (CHO-NADA/melbmadera)

217 nataptan og Dengue sa Manolo Fortich

Sa kinatibuk-an, sugod Enero ning tuig hangtud May 12, 2024, nitala na sa 217 ang mga nataptan sa sakit nga Dengue sa tibuok munisipyo sa Manolo Fortich

Ug sa isa ka semana lang kon sulod sa Mayo 5-12, 2024, mikabat sa 15 ka indibidwal ang nataptan sa maong sakit nga dala sa lamok sa maong munisipyo.

Sumala sa Dengue Watch sa Manolo Fortich, kini base sa datus gikan sa Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response sa Department of Health (DOH).

Gumikan niini, ang publiko subling giabisuhan nga kanunay nga mag-igmat ug mutabang sa pagpanghinlo sa palibot arun malikay sa sakit.

Alayon niini giaghat ang tanan nga musunod sa 5S Kontra Dengue gikan sa DOH.

Kini mao ang Search and Destroy Breeding Sites, Seek Early Consultation, Secure Self-Protection, Support Indoor and Outdoor Fogging in High Risk Areas Only ug Sustain Hydration. (melbmadera)

SLM-SALT gisugyot nga sundon sa mga mag-uuma

Gisugyot sa Provincial Agriculture’s Office ngadto sa mga mag-uuma sa mais ang Sloping Land Management (SLM)- Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT) alang sa nagkalain-laing conservation practices sama sa contour farming, cover cropping ug inter-cropping

Ning kasamtangang tuig, unang gipatuman ang pagbansay niini ngadto sa upat ka LGU nga gilangkuban sa Barangay Palabucan, Libona niadtong Pebrero 27, 2024; Barangay Iba, Cabanglasan niadtong Pebrero 28, 2024; Barangay Kipilas, Kitaotao niadtong Pebrero 29, 2024; ug sa Barangay Lagandang, Damulog sa Marso 1, 2024.


Sumala sa kasayoran sa Provincial Government of Bukidnon, ang programa gipondohan sa PGO- Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.


Labing gitinguha nga ma-minusan ang epekto sa pagdahili sa yuta og nutrient depletion sa mga vulnerable sloping agricultural areas.


Sa ingon, mapalambo ug ma-konserba ang yuta, makadugang sa soil organic matter, makapadayon sa pagpananom ug maka-income ang mga mag-uuma. (Diego M. Hidalgo)

WCCC, BVRC buildings gisugdan na sa pagtukod

Gisugdan sa pagtukod sa Provincial Government of Bukidnon (PGB) ang Women and Children Crisis Center (WCCC) ug Bukidnon Vocational Resource Center (BVRC)

Gpatuman ang proyekto sa pinaagi sa Provincial Engineering Office (PEO).

Sumala sa kasayoran, ang duha ka mga gambalay ipabarug diha sa Grandstand, Sumpong, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

Ang Women and Children Crisis Center gitagan-an sa probinsya og pondo nga sobra ₱12.8-M.

Samtang sobra ₱7.3-M usab ang sa Bukidnon Vocational Resource Center.

Kini base sa naaprubahan nga contract of agreement tali DevDrex Construction Services ug Mamawag Construction.

Mahinumduman nga una nang gipondohan sa PGB ang 392.48 meters nga katas-on sa perimeter fence sa maong dapit, nga naka-kontrata sa Shabe Enterprises, sa contract cost ₱4,090,904.33. (Diego M. Hidalgo)

Animal bite treatment center sa BPH Malitbog abri na

Abri na alang sa taga-Malitbog ang Animal Bite Treatment Center (ABTC) sa Munisipyo nga gipahimutang sa Bukidnon Provincial Hospital (BPH)-Malitbog, Purok 1, Imelda St., Poblacion, Malitbog, Bukidnon

Sumala sa pahibalo sa probinsyal nga kagamhanan sa Bukidnon, nahigayon ang launching sa programa buntag sa Enero 11, 2024.

Gi-isyu sa Department of Health (DOH)-Northern Mindanao pinetsahan Enero 4, 2024, ang
Certificate of Quality Service ngadto sa maong hospital.

Nahitabo kini human masunod niini ang specific standards sa DOH alang sa Post Exposure Prophylaxis.

Ang Bite Center bukas sa matag adlaw nga Lunes ug Huwebes sa alas 8:00-12:00 ang takna sa buntag, alang sa anti-rabies vaccination.

Basi sa daily consultation sa maong hospital, nasayran nga dili mo-ubos sa lima (5) ang kaso sa
cat/dog bite sa maong munisipalidad.

Busa gilantaw nga dakong tabang kini alang niadtong mga kabus nga labing nanginahanglan. (melbmadera)

DOH-10 pushes safe sex vs HIV

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Dec. 2, 2023, 05:02 PM) – The Department of Health-Northern Mindanao (DOH-10) reiterated on World AIDS Day on Friday, December 1, that safe sex practices remain one of the most effective ways to prevent infections from Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

DOH-10 Infectious Diseases Cluster Head Dr. Wellaflor Kindom-Brito said that HIV status will remain confidential and the only person who can divulge the information is the individual infected by the virus.
Hence, safe sex practices are vital, she said. “At the end of the day, we are all accountable for our health. So, have yourselves protected,” Brito said in a press conference on Friday.
The Health official said they recorded 436 newly confirmed HIV cases in the region from January to August this year, bringing the cumulative total to 3,095 since it was first detected in Northern Mindanao in 1991.
This city has the highest number of HIV cases, with over 1,000, followed by Bukidnon with more than 500.
Two-hundred fourteen HIV-related deaths were recorded, 30 of which were logged in the first eight months of this year.
Northern Mindanao ranked sixth among regions in the country with the highest number of HIV cases as of May 2023, according to the DOH Epidemiology Bureau HIV/AIDS and ART Registry of the Philippines.
The National Capital Region was first with 290 cases, followed by Calabarzon (213), Central Luzon (149), Central Visayas (101), Davao Region (98), and Western Visayas (97).
Brito said that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV can now be obtained at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) in this city. This DOH Region 10-run hospital started dispensing PrEP last March.
PrEP, she said, is given to non-HIV-infected individuals but with risky behavior for infection. There is a criteria for a person to be eligible for the prophylaxis, Brito added.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said PrEP “reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99 percent.” It also “reduces the risk of getting HIV from injection drug use by at least 74 percent,” adding that it is less effective when not taken as prescribed.
Despite this, Brito reiterated safe sex practices, as people taking PrEP are not safe from other sexually transmitted infections.
Brito reminded us that once a person is infected with HIV, it will last forever but it can be treated using treatment drugs.
If people living with HIV are religiously taking their medicines, it would come to a point where the viral load would be reduced and become untransmittable. This means that HIV-infected individuals, Brito said, are no longer contagious, but they are still not allowed to donate blood.
“If we know people who are in doubt or afraid because they feel that it’s the end of their lives already, then let’s remind them that our medicines and our treatment for HIV are actually effective,” Brito said.
HIV treatment drugs in the region can be obtained from the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) in this city, Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Medical Center in Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center in Malaybalay City, Maramag Rural Health Unit in Bukidnon, and the Adventist Medical Center-Iligan.
The DOH-10 is planning to expand treatment hubs and confirmatory sites in the region and said that there is an additional hub in Valencia City in Bukidnon this year. It also targets treatment hubs in Lanao del Norte, Camiguin, and Talakag town in Bukidnon.
The State Health Department, Brito said, is also ensuring communication between the regional offices to have enough medicines for people living with HIV. (Frank Dick Roste/Manila Bulletin)


NAHIMONG sentro sa kasaulogan sa Drug Abuse Prevention and Control (DAPC) Week ug National Children’s Month (NCM) ang pagtinabangay sa mga hingtungdang ahensya sa gobyerno alang sa pagprotekta sa mga kabataan batok sa paggamit sa ilegal nga drogra o substance use, pinaagi sa gipahigayon nga Preventive Drug Education Symposium, Nobyembre 13, 2023 sa Loiza’s Pavilion, Casisang, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

Gipadangat ni Board Member Minerva C. Casinabe sa 3rd District ug Vice Chairman sa Provincial Child Protection Council (PCPC) ang iyang mensahe sa maong okasyon, “𝐶𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑘𝑒𝑦, 𝑤𝑒 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘 ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑛 ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑠𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑜𝑙𝑠, 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠, 𝑙𝑎𝑤 𝑒𝑛𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑐𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑡ℎ𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑓𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑟𝑒ℎ𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑚𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑎𝑑𝑑𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑜𝑜𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑢𝑏𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑏𝑦 𝑏𝑢𝑖𝑙𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎 𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑡. 𝑊𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑎𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑎 𝑙𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝑎 𝑠𝑢𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑡𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑑𝑟𝑒𝑛.”
Basi sa statistics sa Dangerous Drugs Board 2022 nga gi-presenta sa Department of Health (DOH)-Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC- Bukidnon), nasayran nga sa mga rehabilitation facilities nga gidumala sa DOH sa tibuok nasud, 3.49% sa mga admitted patient niini mga estudyante, kinsa nalambigit sa ilegal nga droga ug .88% niini ang out-of-school-youth.
Sa maong kalihukan, gipalawom ang pagpasabot sa mga ginadiling druga ug mga epekto niini, ingon man ang epekto niini ngadto sa kabataan, ug ang proseso sa SBIRT nga mao ang screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment, lakip ang child protection and support. Mitambong sa maong tigum ang PCPC members, City/Municipal Health Officers, City/Municipal Social Welfare & Development Officers, Local Youth Development Officers, City/Municipal Population Officers ug mga kapulisan nga anaa sa Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD).
Ang kasaulogan sa DAPC week nahisubay ubos sa mando sa Presidential Proclamation No. 124 ug ang NCM ubos sa Republic Act 10661, nga gipasiugdahan sa Pangagamhanang Probinsyal sa Bukidnon, pinaagi sa Provincial Social Welfare & Development Office (PSWDO) sa pakigtimbayayong sa DOH DATRC- Bukidnon

DOH-10 urges public to buy generic medicines, same quality but cheaper

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–The generic drugs have the same quality and effectiveness as the branded versions because they go through similar regulatory processes at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but they are cheaper, said an official from the Department of Health-Center for Health Development Northern Mindanao (DOH-CHDNM)

In Talakayan sa PIA: Konsultayo Series at SM CDO City Uptown, Dr. Steffi Grace Enon, medical officer of DOH-CHDNM, said generic medicine has the same active ingredient as the branded version, so it has the same effect.

Why is there generic medicine?

The Generics Act of 1988 ensures that all Filipinos have access to affordable and effective medicines.

Enon shared that there are two main types of medicines. The first is innovator medicine, which is made by pharmaceutical companies that are the ones to create the medicine first for a specific disease. They also apply for patents for the drug, which means they have the sole right to make and sell the drug. But after a few years, with the patent expired, other manufacturers can then create the same drug.

According to Enon, all generic medications on the market underwent and passed the FDA process, while our generic medications met the same standards of quality as branded medications.

DOH-CHDNM is requiring pharmaceutical companies to do mandatory generic labeling. “Tanan tambal dapat nakasulat didto ang generic nga ngalan [All medicine should have a generic name],” said Enon.

They are also reminding physicians and doctors to include in their prescriptions the generic name of the drug.

Lastly, DOH-CHDNM also reminds pharmacies to do generic dispensing or substitution. This means that when a patient goes to the pharmacy and asks for a generic prescription, he or she should be given the generic version of the drug.

There is also the Cheaper Medicines Act, which was issued in 2008 and is an amendment to the Generics Medicine Act.

The goal is to ensure there are generic versions available on the market. The Cheaper Medicines Act intends to lower the prices of medicine even more.

There are various ways to implement the law, Enon said. There is a maximum retail price, and there is a price cap for medicines that belong to the top-burden diseases in the Philippines, like high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer, among others.

Second, there is a suggested retail price (SRP) for essential and emergency medicine.

“Mandated tanan nato drugstores and pharmacies, mag-submit sa Department of Health sa ilang presyo sa mga tambal [We have mandated drugstores and pharmacies to submit to the Department of Health the prices of their medicines],” said Enon.

Third is the drug price reference index. Basically, this is a list of the prices of medicines for bidding from the government.

“Kung mupalit ang isa ka government facility or agency, mu-abide gyud sila ani nga presyo [If a government facility or agency will buy, they need to abide by the set price],” added Enon. (JMOR/PIA-10)

Leptospirosis cases up 40% in Northern Mindanao

The Department of Health-Region 10 urged the public to remain vigilant as the number of leptospirosis cases in the Northern Mindanao region has significantly increased this year

According to the DOH-10 Regional Epidemiology Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit, 97 cases have been recorded in the region as of October 7, 40.58 percent higher than last year.

Misamis Occidental has the highest number of cases, with 41, followed by Cagayan de Oro City (27), Bukidnon (14), Misamis Oriental (13), and Iligan City and Camiguin with one case each. Lanao del Norte has no reported so far.

Emman Valentin, health program officer of the DOH-10 Regional Epidemiology Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit, said one of the factors in the rise of cases was the series of flooding, such as in Misamis Occidental, where a huge increase from only three cases in the same period last year was recorded.

The much-relaxed Covid-19 restrictions this year, Valentin said, may also have contributed to the increase in cases compared to last year when people stayed in their homes.

“So now, in 2023, although the Covid has not been lifted, we are more relaxed. So, the movement of the people has now been going out,” Valentin said on Friday, October 13.

Leptospirosis is an infection caused by the Leptospira genus of bacteria and can be transmitted through the urine of infected animals, such as mice, rats, pigs, dogs, horses, and cattle.

It can also be contracted by humans wading in floodwater tainted with animal urine. If there are cuts or abrasions, this disease may enter the body through damaged skin, as well as through the eyes, nose, or mouth.

An infected person may experience fever, chills, headache, muscle pain (myalgia), skin rashes, diarrhea, redness of the eyes (conjunctival suffusion), and jaundice or yellowish discoloration of the skin.

Valentin said every province, city, and municipality has a surveillance officer who has been conducting information, education, and communication (IEC) campaigns against leptospirosis. They were instructed to advise people who have been exposed to floodwater to take prophylaxis, which can be had for free from the local government units.

The public has been reminded to maintain the cleanliness of their surroundings and avoid wading and swimming in floodwater to keep away from the disease. Going to the nearest health center or consulting a physician has been advised, especially for individuals with suspected leptospirosis.

“Untreated leptospirosis may lead to severe complications that can cause liver or kidney failure, jaundice, damage to other major organs, or even death,” DOH-10 OIC Director Dr. Ellenietta Gamolo said.

According to the DOH, keeping the environment clean, disposing of garbage properly to avoid rat infestations, and using pest control measures are some of the best practices to prevent leptospirosis.

Health authorities advised the public always to wear boots when crossing floodwaters and wash their feet after wading in the flood. Open wounds also need to be covered by plasters and keep their eyes, ears, and mouth from floodwater to avoid bacterial infection. (Manila Bulletin)

Spike in fever cases in NorMin not linked to Nipah

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Officials of the Department of Health in Northern Mindanao (DOH-10) on September 27 said the spike in fever cases in the region is not linked to the Nipah virus

DOH-10 director Dr. Ellenietta Gamolo said from Jan. 1 to Sept. 26 this year, a total of 18,364 cases were reported, as compared to 12,996 cases in the same period in 2022.

Gamolo, however, maintained that these cases of fever are not in any way linked to the Nipah virus.

“There are no laboratory results confirming cases of Nipah in the country and here in the region,” she said in a press briefing here.

Gamolo said the fever cases, considered as influenza-like illnesses (ILI), share similar signs and symptoms with other viral infections.

She also said such cases of ILI may be attributed to ordinary flu or coronavirus disease 2019.

Meanwhile, Dr. Stephanie Grace Zamora, DOH-10 senior medical officer, said they would recommend schools in this city to have their students experiencing ILI be tested.

“The easiest would be testing through antigen tests,” she said.

Earlier this week, several schools in the city announced that they would be reverting to online classes due to a spike in fever cases among their students.

In another development, Mayor Rolando Uy on Wednesday issued a new order reimposing the observance of the minimum health protocols in public places and transportation. (Nef Luczon/PNA)