DepEd, DoH coordinate to monitor dengue cases

The Department of Education (DepEd) will closely coordinate with the Department of Health (DoH) to monitor the rising dengue cases in schools and protect school children from the disease.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said he will instruct all school officials to take necessary measures to prevent dengue which becomes prevalent especially at the onset of the rainy season.

Data from DoH show that about 80 percent of dengue cases belong to the 1 to 20-year-old age bracket. Parents are reminded to be vigilant because the fatality rate in this age bracket is greater than one percent in that age group.

DepEd and DoH officials plan to visit schools with high cases of dengue and will remind the parents and teachers on the most cost-effective ways to fight dengue such as keeping surroundings clean to destroy the breeding places of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

Luistro has also instructed all school officials to maintain sanitation in school premises and directed school health officials to conduct information dissemination campaign so that students and the community will know what dengue virus is, and what the community can do to prevent it.

As of August 14, a total of 54,659 dengue cases were reported nationwide. This figure is 74.9% higher for the same period last year. There were 429 deaths recorded. (PIA-Bohol)

DOH-BFAD warns public on taking “food supplements”

THE public is now warned against taking “food supplements” as alternative cure for ailments.

Belated it may be, the country’s health authorities now insist: these have no curable effects.

Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) of the Department of Health (DOH) issued the warning as the proliferation of food supplements in the market and the bombardment of commercials and testimonies sidle in primetime programs to catch everyone’s attentions as to alleged medical effects of the “supplements”.

In Bohol, food supplements even contract block time slots on local radio stations to market their products, program anchors also put in testimonies unwittingly “proving” that their products bring with them “curative” effect, and even invoke the DOH BFAD permits for their food supplements.

The permits stated are for the food supplements and not for the false claims that the program in general unwittingly project, says a medical practitioner who has asked his patients to stop their “food supplements” because of noted complications.

Stepping in to this to hopefully guide consumers, BFAD advises, these may supplement the body’s nutritional requirements but they have no curative effects.

Moreover, the BFAD, through Director Leticia-Barbara Gutierrez added, there is no proficient medical study and proof that such products can cure or treat a particular ailment or disease.

In DOH-BFAD memorandum 2008-004, Gutierrez went on to advise the public, saying “taking of these food supplements as an alternative for recommended regular medication for an ailment is not the appropriate move and this may result to more serious complications or other ailments.

The DOH-BFAD memorandum dated March 28, 2008 was pushed to take care of health and safety of the consuming public.

Meanwhile, Bohol BFAD chief, Rica Aumentado harps the same line and warns Boholanos against the supplements now peddled in the rural areas.

The Bohol BFAD warning also goes for imported milk and milk based products from China, which ahs been pulled out from the markets due to noted melanine contamination. (rachiu/PIA)

Salinas asks “DOH share” in running P15M hospital

AFTER successfully tapping sources to fund its P15M Municipal Health Center, Mayor Roberto Salinas now dared the Department of Health (DOH) to put up its “share” in the future operation of the structure the town would build starting next month.

After all, it was DOH who introduced in the town an innovative health program called the Leaders for Health Program (LHP), a joint project of the health department, Ateneo de Manila Graduate School of Business (AGSB) and Pfizer Philippines.

Since the Salubungan in 2003, the LHP was introduced by the DOH in the Visayas and Manila based doctor volunteers were immediately assigned to Catigbian and Bindoy in Negros Oriental, two Central Visayas beneficiaries, sources revealed.

Salinas implored the government health agency for help in the operation of Bohol’s second town run hospital.

The LHP also empowered Catigbianons, led by local officials to think, feel and behave towards health as authorities developed leaders who champion for health in the community.

During the Commencement Ceremonies for Municipal Health Officers (MHO) held at Ateneo de Manila in Quezon City recently, Salinas found the chance to cast the challenge as he witnessed the granting of a masteral degree to the Catigbian MHO.

Dr. Evangelista earned the degree after 4 years of LHP implementation in Catigbian, as stipulated upon the program inception.

Two years ago, Mayor Salinas received from AGSB a certificate course in governance and so had two of the town’s community health leaders: Marichelle Rulida and Virgilia Sequiña.

Salinas, with the community leaders attended the exercises marking the end of the LHP in the country.

The 4-year program also earned for Catigbian recognition of completion after program implementation since September 2004.

Moreover, the program also earned for Catigbian Dr. Evangelista, 2 years of work with the DOH DTTB program.

The town, in compliance with existing laws has put up local projects for community birthing centers.

The program also assured for the town technical support in the local health plan development and health services innovation as evidenced by the Sentrong Sigla certification and PhilHealth and TeleHealth program expansions, Evangelista said.

Recently, the town under Mayor Salinas entered into an agreement with the World Bank to fund its P15M health center, in its efforts to expand its health services.

The 2 storey hospital building is set to be erected next month, but the town still has to put up operational costs and medical equipment to assure its efficient operation. (rachiu/PIA)

RAISING LOCAL HEALTH CONCERNS, Mayor Roberto Salinas dared the DOH to put up its share in operating the soon to rise P15M Municipal Health Center here. The Mayor’s picture, together with Vice Mayor Digaum and Treasurer Ranufo Suarez however was taken during the recent nutri-month culmination activities.

RAISING LOCAL HEALTH CONCERNS, Mayor Roberto Salinas dared the DOH to put up its share in operating the soon to rise P15M Municipal Health Center here. The Mayor’s picture, together with Vice Mayor Digaum and Treasurer Ranufo Suarez however was taken during the recent nutri-month culmination activities.