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2006 Press Release
 
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November 17, 2006

WAGING WAR AGAINST SUBSTANCE ABUSE: REHABILITATING DRUG USERS

October 27, 2006

ELIMINATING FILARIASIS THROUGH MDA

October 16, 2006

GP FOUR IN ONE KALUSUGAN FOR CHILDREN

September 14, 2006

FIGHTING HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION

August 11, 2006
JOINING HANDS TO FIGHT TB
July 10, 2006
EMPOWERING THE YOUTH THROUGH REPRO HEALTH AND SEXUALITY EDUCATION
July 7, 2006
RD UBIAL PROMOTES EARLY HEALTHY CITIZENRY IN THE JOINT NGA MEETING
June 14, 2006
WALK-IN BLOOD DONATION SHOULD BE THE NORM
May 31, 2006
NO TO TOBACCO, YES TO HEALTH
May 4, 2006
WARNINGS IN AREAS OF LOW CHILD IMMUNIZATION COVERAGE
May 2, 2006
DOH-XI AWARDS SECOND BATCH SENTRONG SIGLA FACILITIES

April 11, 2006

GARANTISADONG PAMBATA SET TO PROMOTE HEALTHIER CHILDREN
March 29, 2006
REGION-XI INTER-AGENCY COMMEMORATES WORLD TB DAY
March 17, 2006
NO CAUSE FOR ALARM OF SCHISTOSOMIASIS IN DAVAO CITY
March 7, 2006
A NEW HEALTH DIRECTOR IN REGION XI
 
 
WAGING WAR AGAINST SUBSTANCE ABUSE:
REHABILITATING DRUG USERS
November 17, 2006
 
The Department of Health is mandated to oversee and monitor the integration, coordination and supervision of all drug rehabilitation, after-care and follow up programs as mandated by Republic Act 9165 or known as “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002”. Under section 56 of this Law, it states that “the Department of Health through accredited physicians shall prescribe a comprehensive aftercare and follow-up program which the dependent should adhere to in order to complete at least 18 months, depending on the assessment and evaluation of the physician and subject to the approval of the court.”
 
In August 2004, DOH-XI established the Aftercare Rehabilitation Program for drug dependents, in coordination with the local government of Davao City . It was the first of its kind in the whole Department of Health and started with 60 recovering drug dependents with Court Orders. The Aftercare Services is a multi-sectoral team approach that consists of the following components: 1. Individual Counseling and Family Therapy, 2. Monthly Group Therapy Session, 3.Spiritual Upliftment, 4. Random Drug Testing, 5. Medical and Psychological Evaluations, and 6. Home Visits. Presently, there are 127 recovering drug dependents at DOH-Center for Health Development-Davao Region. From August 2004 to date, 35 have graduated from this program, and 23 were recommitted to the Davao City Treatment & Rehabilitation Center for Drug Dependents (DCTRCDD) for further treatment as ordered by the Special Drugs Court
 
This November 13-17, 2006 , we commemorate Substance Abuse Prevention Week with the theme, “Living Drug-free, Stay Healthy Without Drugs”. Highlighting the one-week celebration is the free drug testing for the first 1,000 clients which can be availed at either Davao Medical Center or at Tagum Davao Regional Hospital . Target clients are the taxi drivers, security guards and drivers of national government agencies. There will also be a turn-over ceremony of P3.5M check from the Department of Health to Davao City through Hon. Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte for the construction of additional Drug Rehabilitation building.
 

Concerted efforts need to be done, one sector cannot handle the problem alone. While we know that wholesome disposition is a key factor in the prevention of drug abuse, the lack of proper guidance on mental, emotional, social and spiritual condition from within the family and the community have made people, especially the youngsters to be vulnerable to substance abuse. But through collaboration between government and non-government organizations, we can fight the menace of substance abuse by intense advocacy on prevention, and helping in the drug rehabilitation program!

 
 
 
ELIMINATING FILARIASIS THROUGH MDA
Ocotber 27, 2006
 
Mass Drug Administration (MDA) is formally launched today at the municipality of Sta. Cruz , Davao del Sur to fight the filariasis disease. Filariasis, a parasitic disease that affects the lymphatic system, is a debilitating and disfiguring disease primarily affecting the working age group and the children living in the remote and endemic rural areas. Globally, it affects about 120 million people in 73 countries and it is the second leading cause of permanent and long-term disability based on World Health Report.
 
The World Health Organization has recommended the strategy of MDA in order to eliminate Filariasis. MDA is an annual mass treatment administered once a year to the people (age 2 years old and above) living in an endemic area. MDA is done for five consecutive years with the purpose of eradicating the microfilaria parasite left in the blood of an infected person. The parasite is being transmitted from one person to another through bites of a vector mosquito. Countries like China , Republic of Korea , Malaysia , and Brunei proved the effectivity of MDA strategy. In the Philippines , MDA started in 18 provinces in the year 2001. In Region XI, we started in the year 2002, and Davao del Sur began in 2003. In Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur, MDA initial coverage in 2003 was 70% and went up to 88% in 2005. Sta Cruz Mayor Jerome A. Undalok is optimistic to hit it higher this year thus, the hosting of the Kick-off MDA activity today witnessed by the Department of Health led by Asst. Secretary of Health Dr. Nemesio T. Gako and with WHO scientist Dr. Raman Velayudhan. This event will help pave the way to increase public awareness on the importance of mass drug administration and create more advocates especially that the month of November is officially declared as Mass Treatment Month for Filariasis. This health awareness event held in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur initiated by Mayor Undalok and duly supported by Governor Benjamin P. Bautista, Jr. is commendable as it portrays the significant role of the LGUs to take the lead in social mobilization and pooling of resources.
 
The success of health program implementation greatly relies upon the leadership of the local executives. We are counting on you!
 
 
 
GP FOUR IN ONE KALUSUGAN FOR CHILDREN
Ocotber 16, 2006
 
The second round of Garantisadong Pambata (GP) or Preschoolers Health Week is celebrated October 16-20, 2006 . It is a bi-annual activity led by the Department of Health as part of the BRIGHT CHILD campaign. The Four in One Kalusugan package this month is dubbed as 4 B's : 1. B itamina A (Vitamin A supplementation); 2. B akuna (immunization); 3. B reastfeeding ; and, 4. Purga sa B ulate (deworming). The first three services: immunization, Vitamin A supplementation, and breastfeeding have been the mainstays in every GP campaign in order to increase the coverage of intended beneficiaries which has been below our targets in the previous years. Deworming service has been added as the 4 th intervention this October in order to reduce the high prevalence of parasitism in children (63.5% in Davao Region). Although GP is meant for children below 6 years old, the mass deworming activity shall be administered also to children 6-12 years old for filariasis-endemic areas. Children with ages 1-5 years old were found to suffer the greatest morbidity, whereas children 6-12 years old harbor the greatest load of infection and with the significant source of transmission. Also added in GP Round this month is a booster dose of DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus) immunization for children age 18 months to 5 years old and as long as there is an interval of at least one year from the last dose of DPT3. The booster dose shall be given to all eligible children until supply lasts.
 

Other child health services shall also be promoted such as salt testing for iodine, appropriate complementary feeding, oral health, growth monitoring and promotion, newborn screening, psychosocial development, child safety, and appropriate treatment of sick children. The delivery of GP services has been led by the Local Government Units through their local health facilities.

 

In Davao City , the GP-Preschoolers Health Week Celebration and Launching of Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis (STH) Mass Deworming shall be held on October 17, 2006 at SIR Matina Gym, Barangay 76-A in partnership with Davao City Health Office and in close coordination of the barangay officials led by Barangay Captain Celso Tizon. Gracing the occasion are: Undersecretary of Health Ethelyn P. Nieto, Dr. Raman Velayudhan-WHO representative, and Dr. Marinus Gotink of UNICEF.

 

DOH is encouraging all stakeholders to join and support GP activities in order to hit our targets. For a healthier and brighter tomorrow for our children, let's join hands now!

 
 
 
FIGHTING HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION
September 14, 2006
 

Hunger is experienced by about 15.5% of Filipino families at least once in the previous 3 months, per 2005 hunger survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS). In the first quarter of 2006 from SWS survey, Mindanao registered highest with 21% experiencing hunger. *Hunger is defined as the painful sensation of inadequate food intake and a form of severe food insecurity. Malnutrition results from prolonged hunger. In the 6 th National Nutrition Survey done in 2003, findings revealed that 3.2 million children age 0-5 years old, and 2.49 million children 6-10 years old were underweight. Thus, her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo directed for the creation of Food for School Program (FSP) during the National Nutrition Council Cabinet meeting. It is one way to sustain the government's effort to lessen hunger among children specifically preschoolers to grade one students, and their families. FSP also helps young children improve their school attendance. FSP is a rice subsidy package of 1 kilo per day for young learners of poor families. Rice is given everyday as long as the child goes to school. FSP is one of the ways to address hunger and malnutrition, aside from development based interventions such as sustained and increased food and nutrition investments, educating women, and improved environmental sanitation among others.

 

FSP started last year in selected municipalities. In region XI, FSP becomes stronger as an inter-agency collaboration, and creating a Regional Technical Working Group with National Nutrition Council as the coordinating body. The Department of Education and Department of Social Welfare and Development take charge of the target clients. DOH helps with the deworming process and NFA provides for the rice. Other national government agencies assisting are Dept. of Interior & Local Government, National Economic & Development Authority, and Dept. of Agriculture. The areas in our region enrolled in FSP this year are Talaingod, Davao Norte and Sarangani Island , Davao del Sur. Last year November 2005 up to Summer of 2006, FSP areas included IGACOS, Davao del Norte and Sarangani Island .

 

Moreover, DOH strongly advocates for a fortified rice with iron to be used for this purpose and for other feeding programs. In this way, the hidden hunger or specifically the iron-deficiency anemia is also being addressed to. Recently, there is now a local manufacturer of iron rice pre-mix which when added to ordinary rice makes it fortified. There is also iron-fortified rice miller/supplier in Davao City to facilitate its availability in the local market. We encourage other rice distributors to produce iron-fortified rice per Republic Act 8976 otherwise known as Philippine Food Fortification Act.

 

We enjoin the support of other interested stakeholders in this program!

 
 
 
JOINING HANDS TO FIGHT TB
August 11, 2006
 
August is celebrated as Lung Month with the theme “Magkaisa, Ituloy ang Pagsugpo sa TB”. Special focus is given to Tuberculosis because this disease ranks 6 th in the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the Philippines . In fact, an estimated 75, 000 Filipinos die of TB everyday. In Davao region, TB ranks 7 th in Morbidity and 8 th in Mortality
 

As of 2005, there were 4,237 new smear positive TB cases identified and treated. A smear (+) positive person can infect 10-20 people if left untreated for a period of two years. Despite government efforts to provide treatment through Directly-Observed Treatment Short course (DOTS), some people are still ashamed to come-out for examination and treatment. As of 2005, Davao Region has achieved 77% case detection rate (CDR) and 79% cure rate for new smear (+) TB cases treated in 2004. The Millenium Development Goal (MDG) is to reduce TB prevalence and mortality by 50% in 2015. In order to achieve this, there is a need to maintain a CDR of 70% and cure rate of 85% for five years.

 

At present, there are worthy initiatives implemented in the region to increase the CDR like Public-Private Mix DOTS (PPMD), Public-Public Mix DOTS (P2PMD), TB in the Workplace , and the Pharmacy-DOTS Initiative (PDI). The TB Diagnostic Committee has been organized per province and city to ensure judicious management of smear-negative, X-ray (+) TB cases. In addition, quality assurance on the direct sputum smear microscopy (DSSM) is already implemented region-wide with the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) quality TB Control Program, and with the Management Sciences for Health (MSH) through the Local Enhancement & Dev't. (LEAD) for health project.

 

There are still a lot to be done in our region to further reduce TB morbidity and mortality. DOH cannot do it alone. Your help and support in your own little way, especially in terms of correct information dissemination about the disease and the TB program, will be a big help so that we can hit our MDG goals for TB. We are counting on YOU!

 
 
 
EMPOWERING THE YOUTH THROUGH REPRO HEALTH AND SEXUALITY EDUCATION
July 10, 2006
 
The World Population Day is celebrated every July 11. With this year's theme Pinoy Youth Empowerment for Health & Development , the Department of Health-Center for Health Development- Davao Region (DOH-CHD-DR) emphasizes the importance of our young people to be well-informed on reproductive health and sexuality.
 
In the Philippines , more than 3 million or about 20% of the youths aged 15-24 years old engage in pre-marital sex. Around 27% are involved in risky sexual behavior, which means early sex, sex with multiple partners, unprotected sex, commercial sex, and sex with the same sex. These were the findings of the Young Adult Fertility Survey II done by the University of the Philippines Population Institute in the year 2002. Moreover, more than 1 in every 4 women in same age group get pregnant, according to the 2003 National Demographic and Health Survey. These findings cannot be taken for granted. There is a need for our young people to have proper education on sexuality starting at adolescent age (10-15 years old). According to Regional Health Director Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, the school is a good venue to provide the youngsters with the proper & correct information on sexuality and reproductive health. Informal classes with knowledgeable speakers can be organized for out-of-school youths in order to discuss these things; and even at home, competent parents should talk about these topics with their children. Moreover, DOH-CHD-DR acknowledges four important points in the advocacy for education on sexuality and reproductive health: 1. Sexuality as a topic should not be viewed with malice for it is not the mere sex act alone; 2. The content of the topic must be carefully chosen to suit the age group for whom the discussion will be made, such as for intermediate grade school, sexuality and reproductive system as a means to appreciate the uniqueness and complements of a man and a woman, and that of personal hygiene; 3. Discussion of sexuality should be instilling to the young adults the right attitude, responsibility and proper values early in their life; 4. Education on sexuality and reproductive health must be done by proper authorities in order to prevent risky sexual behaviors, and teen pregnancies.
 
Director Ubial further stated that backdoor sources such as unscrupulous magazines, internet sex videos, and experimentation with peers will endanger the physical, moral, and even spiritual aspects of our children. Through proper, accurate, and timely education, we empower our Pinoy Youths to discern what is good and what is bad. (doh-xi/abr)
 
 
 
RD UBIAL PROMOTES EARLY HEALTHY CITIZENRY IN THE JOINT NGA MEETING
July 7, 2006
 
The Dept. of Health-XI Regional Director (RD) Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial delivered a message on healthy citizenry during the 3r d Joint Flag Raising Ceremony of national government employees held last July 3, 2006 at Magsaysay Park , Davao City . This meeting of National Government Agencies (NGAs) which is done every first Monday of the first month of every quarter, has been going on as one of the activities of the Association of Regional Executives of National Government Agencies (ARENA) of Region XI under the leadership of its elected President Dept. of Education (DepEd) Regional Director Diamar P. Kadon. RD Ubial was specially chosen Resource Speaker because July is Nutrition Month.
 
In her message, RD Ubial said that Nutrition is primarily the basis of total health and well-being; and while it can be said that we are what we eat, being conscious of proper nutrition should not start later in adulthood years. Director Ubial emphasized the basic concept of proper nutrition which she quoted from the World Health Organization, that basic building blocks of a healthy life starts at intrauterine life (the baby is still in the womb of a mother) and continues to the first 3 years of a child. Thus it is very vital that a pregnant woman must take care of her nutritional needs. She strongly stated that when the baby is born, BREASTMILK alone is the best nutrition for the baby from age zero to six months. And for the first two years of a child, breastmilk is still far superior than all other milk formula. She further explained that in the process of breastfeeding, where the mother holds the baby close to her, it stimulates the child to develop brain connections or synapsis, a vital factor in the learning development of a child. She mentioned also that the Philippines ranked second from the lowest among 47 countries in the academic performance report by DepEd. More children could have been performing well in school if only their mothers were not malnourished at the time of their pregnancy; if only these children were exclusively breastfed in their first 6 months of life; and if only continued breastfeeding was done to these children up to 2 years old. On the other hand, for the adults, she gave this as a reminder: our dictum is: low salt, low fat, high fiber diet. Together with good nutrition, we must practice healthy lifestyle: exercise, no smoking, moderate drinking, and enough recreation and rest. She concluded her message by saying that a strong nation is built by healthy citizenry that begins with proper nutrition early in life.
 
On the other hand, Philippine Information Agency Regional Director Efren F. Elbanbuena and Sunstar Publisher Antonio Tony Ajero were Resource Speakers during the ARENA meeting at DSWD-XI Office right after the Flag Raising Ceremony. Their topics were on Facing the Media . The two experts gave lectures to the ARENA Directors with the Information Officers about the Do's and Don't's during interviews. They also emphasized the positive effect resulting from good relationships with the press people. (doh-xi/abr)
 
 
 
WALK-IN BLOOD DONATION SHOULD BE THE NORM
June 14, 2006
 
Today is WORLD BLOOD DONATION DAY! The whole world recognizes the value of blood donation as an activity of persons to save human lives. Blood and blood products has been an important armamentarium in medical practice since the early 1990s. However, it can only be produced by the human body, many pharmaceutical companies have tried to produce products that can simulate the benefits of blood but none have succeeded. Thus to have enough blood supply a program has to be developed and running smoothly that relies on the good hearted nature of people to fuel its operations. Blood donation has to be voluntary to be safe and sustainable.
 
Davao Region has blazed the trail in the country’s blood donation by seeing the region with the highest donor reception rate and a donation of 811,000 populations. Setting up this system and ensuring its sustainability has been the biggest challenge to the Department of Health (DOH) in the Region and its partner local governments. Most of the blood units collected in the past 5 years has been done through what we call “Mobile Blood Donation Campaigns”. These campaigns prove every effective in attaining the ideal blood collection levels but has been getting more and more expensive and cost driven.
 
Today, we intend to take the Regions Blood Program to a new phase in its dynamic process of development. We want to promote “Walk-in Blood Donation as the Norm in Davao Region”. How is this done? Anymore… but particularly those who have been donating blood regularly (define regular) and donating at least twice a year! Regular repeat donor is one who has donated at lest thrice at an interval of not more than 12 months can just “walk-in” to any blood donation center and have his/her blood extracted, then walk out and continue to his/her normal activities for the day. Today we will witness… none other than the Regional Director of the DOH Center for Health Development to do just this. Promoting walk-in blood donation as the norm in Davao Region starts today. . . World Blood Donor’s Day and starting with the highest DOH official in the Region herself, who is regular blood donor and donating at least twice a year!
 
 
 
NO TO TOBACCO, YES TO HEALTH
May 31, 2006
 
Global epidemic on tobacco addiction has caused human health disabilities, diseases, lost productivity and even deaths. Despite government warnings, people just seem to ignore the health hazard that results from smoking cigarettes. The very attractive multi-media advertisements including large billboards placed in conspicuous, strategic places and using “macho” and/or beautiful pictures, have continually drawn people to use tobacco products.
 
Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III stated that the enactment of Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 (TRA) or Republic Act 9211 is a helpful tool that enables decision makers and other health stakeholders to champion tobacco control and make commitments through local policy support to further tobacco control agenda. TRA is a comprehensive law designed to effectively reduce tobacco consumption, and which covers smoking bans, phased advertising and sponsorship bans, regulation of packaging and labeling, safety nets for farmers, programs for research and education, among others.
 
The “World No Tobacco Day” celebrated every May 31st, and June as “No Smoking Month” are events used to highlight the year-round campaign against the use of tobacco products. This year’s theme of Tobacco: Deadly in any Form or Disguise, emphasizes the deception of cigarette products being associated with health activities, fruity flavors, and fanciful moments appearing in their advertisements.
 
Davao Region Health Director Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial expressed that there is a great role that LGUs play in all health efforts. As such, “we are adopting a regional message: LGUs Against Tobacco”, she continued. She further said that by enacting local ordinances, just like Davao City which has been successful in implementing its anti-smoking ordinance, we shall be able to protect and preserve health, especially the young generation who are most vulnerable preys to cigarette hazards.
 
 
 
DOH-XI AWARDS SECOND BATCH SENTRONG SIGLA FACILITIES
May 2, 2006
 
The Department of Health-Davao Region awarded the second batch of 19 health facilities for Sentrong Sigla (SS) Phase II, Level 1 this April 27, 2006 at Grand Men Seng Hotel. Davao Region has now a total of 30 facilities certified under SS Phase II. Regional Health Director for Davao Region Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial said she was impressed over the interest showed by the Local Government Units for SS Phase II certification. She was glad the Local Chief Executives have shown concern for quality health care delivery at the health centers, which have resulted to the 73% increase Sentrong Sigla certified facilities or 19 health centers for the year 2005 as against 11 health centers in the year 2004 which was the start of Sentrong Sigla Phase II.
 
In the message of Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III as read by Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Nemesio T. Gako who was the guest of honor, Secretary Duque stated that “the concept of Sentrong Sigla standards is reflective of DOH Fourmula One, the thrusts of which are: health financing, health regulation, health service delivery, and good governance, plus precision and efficiency in the delivery of service… Sentrong Sigla averts the usual Filipino thought that government service, especially when it is free or affordable, is of low quality or an inferior service, and/or the providers themselves are unsympathetic or “suplada & masungit”. Being certified as Sentrong Sigla Health Facility simply means quality health care in a client-friendly facility. Sentrong Sigla is actually working on the DOH mission to provide equitable, sustainable & quality health for all Filipinos especially the poor and to lead the quest for excellence in health through strong collaboration with its main partner the Local Government Units, and with the help of other health stakeholders.”
 
The 19 Health Center awardees were: Davao Oriental = Lupon, Mati, & Tarragona; Comval Province = Compostela, Mawab, Montevista, & New Bataan; Davao Norte = Carmen, Kaputian, & Panabo City; Davao Sur = Digos City, Hagonoy, Kablawan, & Sta. Maria; Davao City = Buhangin, Mintal, Puan, Tomas Claudio, & Toril. Special recognition were given to: Davao City for having the highest number of facilities (5 health centers) certified for the year 2005; Comval Province for having the highest percentage (8 out of 11 health centers) certified for the years 2004-2005; highest scores in the SS certification indicators which totaled to 252 points: third placers (240 points) = Hagonoy, Davao del Sur & Lupon, Davao Oriental; second placers (242 points) = Compostela, Comval Province & Tomas Claudio, Davao City; first placer = Kaputian, Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS).
 
The event was made more memorable by the presence of the Local Chief Executives who were there to receive the awards together with their Health Officers: Mayor Francisco G. Rabat of Mati, Davao Oriental, Mayor Teopista Jaoud of Montevista, Comval Province, Mayor. Reynaldo Q. Castillo of Compostela, Comval Province, Mayor Jesus M. Gaviola of Carmen, Davao Norte, Mayor Rey P. Gavina of Panabo City, & Mayor Rogelio P. Antalan of IGACOS. Other guests gracing the occasion were Provincial Health Officer Dr. Mahelinde Z. Colmenares of Davao del Sur, Vice Mayor Marlon C. Brabat of Kiblawan, Davao del Sur in behalf of Mayor Caminero, and Councilor Rene Elias Lopez representing Mayor Rodrigo Duterte /phncc/abr/05-01-06
 
 
 
REGION-XI INTER-AGENCY COMMEMORATES WORLD TB DAY
March 29, 2006
 
World TB Day was commemorated in Region-XI on March 24, 2006 led by an inter-agency group known as TB Alert Committee. The event started with a motorcade and followed by a program held at Almendras gym. The disease Tuberculosis or TB in Region XI ranked number 7 in morbidity and number 8 in mortality in the year 2005, according to Dr. Eloisa Lyn Segura, DOH Regional TB Program coordinator. Anchoring on the local theme “Magkaisa! Ituloy and Pagsugpo sa TB”, the new Regional Health Director Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial explained in her keynote speech that there is enough drugs and trained health workers for TB program, but the problem lies in finding TB cases. She further said that TB stigma still exists as people are ashamed and afraid to seek health assistance once they have the symptoms. “In the 2003 survey, the results showed that respondents have very high knowledge on the cure of TB, but with a very low knowledge on how the disease is being transmitted”, Ubial stated. She also said that people still believe smoking cause TB or that one becomes infected through the use of utensils of persons with TB. She stressed that TB is caused by a bacteria known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and is transmitted by droplet infection through coughing, sneezing, and spitting. Ubial emphasized the need to change our culture/habit of spitting anywhere, and the importance of practicing healthy lifestyle in order to avoid the disease.
 
The event was also marked by the formal welcoming of Director Ubial as the new Health-XI regional director by the officers of the the TB Alert Committee. The Committee consists of private sectors such as the academe, private hospitals, and professional groups, and public sectors such as national and local government agencies. Also gracing the occasion were Dr. Parkash Mansukhani, chairperson of the Davao City Coalition Against TB (DACICAT), and Davao City Health Officer Dr. Joy Villafuerte ./phncc/abr/032906
 
 
 
NO CAUSE FOR ALARM OF SCHISTOSOMIASIS IN DAVAO CITY
March 17, 2006
 
Reports have reached our Office that in one of the local and/or national newspaper, a news article had stated that Davao City has alarming cases of Schistosomiasis. The report was allegedly based from a radio interview with the Regional Schistosomiasis Coordinator Dr. Raquel D. Montejo.
 
Regional Health–XI Director Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial expressed that Dr. Montejo could have been misquoted in said news article. Director Ubial said, “we were informed that written in the newspaper(s) was an alarming number of cases for the first quarter of 2006 here in Davao City. This made DOH-Central Office worried over the news. Thus, we have to make the necessary corrections.”
 
In the past interview at “Takna sa Kahimsug” radio program at Radyo ng Bayan-Davao, Montejo said that there were only thirteen (13) cases of Schistosomiasis in the year 2004, and one-hundred (100) cases in the year 2005 for Davao City. The increase is due to the two newly-discovered barangays Ula and Wines in the 3rd district of Davao City which have positive cases. These areas are near the border of Bukidnon province which has barangays positive for schistosomiasis cases. Despite this, the over-all infection rate of Davao City in the year 2005 is 0.66%, which means that only 0-1 person will be positive for every 100 persons examined. Nevertheless, Davao City Team led by City Health Officer Dr. Josephine Villafuerte with the Davao Regional Health Office has already made the proper coordination with the Bukidnon Provincial Health Office for the conduct of border operation.
 
As for the regional status, Davao Region has a prevalence rate of 1.29% in the year 2005. This figure is even lower than the national target of 2.5% prevalence rate. (/phncc/abremolar)
 
 
 
A NEW HEALTH DIRECTOR IN REGION XI
March 7, 2006
 
The Department of Health, Davao Region or DOH-XI has a new Regional Director in the person of Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial. A young director, only 43 years old, Dr. Ubial was previously the Assistant Regional Director or Director III of Western Visayas (Iloilo City) for 5 years. In December 2005, she was promoted as Director IV and was assigned Regional Director in Region IX or Zamboanga in February of this year. Then she was transferred to Region XI and assumed duty in her new office last March 1, 2006. “I am indeed happy and excited to assume the leadership of the Dept. of Health, Center for Health Development of Davao Region. It is both an honor and a privilege”, Ubial said in the Welcome Program for her. She further stated that being in the government service is to strive for excellence and be ever pro-active. She continued that there is “ a call for us to overcome the ever-present temptation for maintaining status quo, apathy and indifference”. Dr. Ubial is a well-travelled doctor to other countries and she used this opportunity to acquire more knowledge and skills to better serve her country. In her 16 years at DOH, she said she enjoyed working at the hinterlands among the marginalized Filipino people.

In her first staff meeting yesterday, she told the health employees that she considers human resources as her best resources and describes herself as a team player and that running the office is about “us working together”, with the support of the health partners and stakeholders. She also said that she believes in “modeling the way”, and challenges those in public service to reinvent themselves each day, finding new and innovative ways of doing things with precision and efficiency. She narrated how she accepted the challenge of raising the accomplishment of Fully-immunized children (FIC) in Cotabato City from 18% to 80% in 1989 when she was just 26 years old, the youngest Assistant City Health Officer, her first assignment with the DOH. And indeed, she was able to attain the goal where the Office hit 82% FIC! The lesson, as she emphasized, is the willingness to learn to work despite the lack of training, for as long as the person gives his/her heart and commitment to one’s work, the impossible becomes attainable.

Dr. Ubial is a health advocate herself and even donates blood twice a year. She has a regular exercise program of jogging and lifting weights at the gym. And she always finds time to go to Church as often as possible aside from going to bookstores and libraries to find a nice book to read. Also, she delights in simple things like nature trips and enjoys watching basketball, football and baseball. With herself as an epitome of good health, she aims of moving the Health Sector Reform Agenda with the FOURmula One health framework of Health Secretary Francisco T Duque III through a fruitful partnership here at CHD Davao Region. To Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, our warm welcome and best wishes! (abremolar-doh-xi)

 
 
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