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2008 Press Release
 
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December 24, 2008
GOOD HEALTH IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON
October 15, 2008
DOH – DAVAO REGION HAS NEW REG'L. DIRECTOR
September 19, 2008

HEALTH AND PEACE

August 21, 2008

DOH IMPLEMENTS MEDICINES SURVEILLANCE

August 14, 2008

HEALTH SUMMIT - KEEPING TOGETHER FOR PROGRESS

August 6, 2008
FIRST BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY BUS ON THE GO
May 16, 2008
PPP – BECAUSE WE CARE ENOUGH FOR WOMEN
February 21, 2008
DOH FIGHTS A YEAR-ROUND THREAT DENGUE
 
 
DOH – DAVAO REGION HAS NEW REG'L. DIRECTOR
October 15, 2008
 

The Department of Health-Center for Health Development –Davao Region (CHD-DR) has a new Regional Director in the person of TEOGENES F. BALUMA, M.D., MHA, MDM, FPCHA. The turn-over ceremony was done on October 8, 2008. Before his assignment here in CHD-Davao Region, Dr. Baluma was the Regional Health Director of Region – VIII or Eastern Visayas with its seat of Office in Tacloban City . Dr. Baluma is not new in Mindanao as he was the previous Assistant Regional Director of Region XII in year 2004. Prior to that, he was Chief of Buluan District Hospital in Maguindanao for 17 years. He is married to Chita Baluma, a nurse by profession and they have two children. The couple is a practicing Islam. Dr. Baluma's birthplace is Calape, Bohol .

 

His educational background includes having finished his medicine course in Cebu Institute of Medicine, Cebu City ; his Master in Hospital Administration in University of the Philippines ; and his Master in Development Management in Asian Institute of Management, Makati , Philippines . He is a Fellow in Philippine College of Hospital Administrators (FPCHA).

 

During the turn-over rites, Dr. Baluma stated, “I look this new day as another special gift from God, another golden opportunity to start something new and to complete what has been left unfinished”. He also said that his focus will be more on the development of the local health system and the inter-LGU cooperation as a major tool for implementing health sector reform under Health Secretary Duque's Fourmula-One for health.

 

Meanwhile, the previous Director Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial is now working as full-time Assistant Secretary of Health. Although her main office is in DOH-Manila, she still frequents Region XI and the whole of Mindanao because overseeing the health of Mindanao is part of her assignment.

 
 
 

HEALTH AND PEACE

September 19, 2008
 

Peace is an essential ingredient in promoting health. A far-flung area no matter what is its topography is reachable if peace and order situation is secured. Health workers are always willing to hike for hours and even days, rain or shine just to ensure that every child is fully immunized, every pregnant woman is seen by a health worker, and appropriate health services arrive in the community. This has been evidenced during the past three nationwide Measles Elimination Campaigns when all health workers went out to every barangay to cover door-to-door all target children and then even went back to look for the missed children. This proved the absolute commitment of a health worker. On the other hand, when peace is at stake, health accomplishments are also at stake. In the year 2007, Davao Region Annual Report Fully Immunized Children (FIC) showed that all provinces in Davao Region only got less than 85% accomplishment. Part of the reason for this low achievement is the peace and order situation in some barangays. Davao City got higher (88% FIC) than the provinces and this is partly attributed to more friendly grounds within Davao City . As such, these data are still very far from the targeted 95% FIC that will prevent sickness and deaths among our children due to immunizable diseases. This is just but one example of a health program that could have been implemented well in a peaceful community.

 

Health is everyone's concern, and so with peace. In a peaceful area, health progress can willingly take its pace just like water and sanitation problems that can be readily solved, common diseases prevented and controlled, and infrastructure improvements speedily realized. Peace starts within oneself, and spreads in the family, in the workplace, and in the community.

 

Let us all continue to work for peace and eventually make each community truly healthy!

 
 
 

DOH IMPLEMENTS MEDICINES SURVEILLANCE

August 21, 2008
 

The Department of Health formally launches today the “Pilot Implementation of Medicines Surveillance System Integrating Consumer Reporting.” This concept was already introduced last year by BFAD-Manila where a workshop was done with BFAD-Region XI, academe, owners of drugstores, Konsumo Dabaw, Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs, and other stakeholders. DOH-Center for Health Development-Davao Region proudly announces that this project is piloted only here in Davao City because of the full support obtained from Dean Adelina Royo and the rest of the concerned groups in Davao City .

 

Medicine surveillance integrating consumer reporting is a very important aspect in improving the quality of medicines in the market, in the rational use of medicines, in monitoring adherence to standard treatment guidelines, and in consumer education and empowerment on the rational use of medicines. The key implementation tools of this project are: protocol, reporting form, and process flow chart. With medicines surveillance, it is expected that harms caused by drugs are detected and removed adequately and timely, socially expanding the role of health professional practices, improve trust and confidence of the public in the quality of drugs in the market and in the health professional practices, etc.

 

With joint efforts, our Office is optimistic that this project which started here in Davao City will be a model to other LGUs as we bring about a new dimension in ensuring safety in drug use.

 
 
 
HEALTH SUMMIT - KEEPING TOGETHER FOR PROGRESS
August 14, 2008
 

The 2 nd Regional Health Summit is held today and tomorrow (August 14-15, 2008) at Royal Mandaya Hotel, Davao City . This special gathering is important because this is a venue where Local Chief Executives – Governors, Mayors and other health key players such as Committee Chair on Health convene in order to discuss health concerns, know more updates, align and synchronize priorities, and share good practices for replication.

 

Working for health improvement is primarily a sustainable partnership between the Department of Health and the Local Government Units along with other health stakeholders. Current advances in science and technology require a multi-faceted approach in health such that programs, projects, & other initiatives are formulated to address health totality- physical, emotional, and psycho-social aspects of human being. In terms of service delivery, DOH aims for a more equitable distribution and with a bias for the poor, the marginalized, the cultural communities, and those geographically difficult to reach areas. In order to maximize the limited financial and human resources, there is a greater need to harmonize services through inter-local health zones and other joint initiatives.

 

Collectively – we expect a more comprehensive result… together we can do it!

 
 
 
FIRST BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY BUS ON THE GO

August 6, 2008

 

The first-ever breastfeeding-friendly bus is launched today through the courtesy of the Metro Shuttle Bus Company basically based in Davao City and with routes to the provinces in Regions 11 & 12. In consonance with the “Breastfeeding in the Workplace” initiative of the Department of Health, the management of Metro Shuttle public utility bus has agreed to provide reserved seats for nursing mothers as a gesture of full support to DOH advocacy of helping mothers, especially passengers to breastfeed their babies even in mobile situation. Likewise, Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) joins the inauguration today because it has also accepted the task as an advocate for breastfeeding by providing a breastfeeding room as one of the passengers' facilities in the terminal.

 

In a separate event yesterday, DOLE Stanfilco also launched its breastfeeding station in the workplace located at their Plastic Plant, in Barangay San Pedro, Panabo City . It was the first-ever breastfeeding station in the whole Philippines located in an industrial plant.

 

Breastfeeding stations in the workplace and public place has gained support here in Region 11 since the first launching of the NCCC chain of stores in August of 2006. In the year 2007, there were additional nine (9) private and government facilities that followed suit. To date, a total of twelve breastfeeding (BF) rooms/stations have been established in our region. In a report from NCCC, there were 478 and 663 clients in the year 2006 and 2007 respectively that availed of their BF facilities. Region 11 has the highest number of BF stations nationwide.

 

DOH-Center for Health Development-Davao Region aggressively promotes giving only the best milk for babies, in whichever place and in whatever time possible – thus, an available breastfeeding station is equally necessary.

 
 
 
PPP – BECAUSE WE CARE ENOUGH FOR WOMEN

May 16, 2008

 

Pregnancy is a gift of life. But it is an irony that deaths occur during pregnancy and delivery. In the Philippines , the number of maternal deaths in the year 2000 was 1,087 (6 per 10,000 livebirths), and in the year 2005, it was 1,235 (7 per 10,000 livebirths). In Davao region, maternal death in the year 2000 was 66 (6 per 10,000 livebirths), and in year 2006, it was 100 (11 per 10,000 livebirths) .

 
These figures show that there was no significant decrease in pregnancy-related deaths over the years. That is why, reduction of maternal deaths is one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
 
Maternal deaths can be prevented. Studies show that a long-time preparation before the onset of pregnancy is an effective strategy. Thus, the Department of Health launched the PRE-PREGNANCY PACKAGE or PPP, a preventive, diagnostic, and curative package of services to combat maternal and infant deaths due to pregnancy complications. Preventive - which includes promotion to pre -pregnant women the key message on the importance of healthy lifestyle even before she contemplates of getting pregnant. Diagnostic – which includes promotion of health seeking behavior to fight diseases common to women such as reproductive tract infections, tuberculosis, parasitism, and micronutrient deficiencies; and availing of quality pre-natal and postnatal care during pregnancy. C urative – access to appropriate remedial care of certain diseases; and during pregnancy, timely opportunity to avail of basic and comprehensive emergency obstetrics and neonatal care.
 

PPP provides women basic health interventions to achieve optimum health and nutritional status in preparation for pregnancy. It is preparing a woman to withstand the rigors and demands of pregnancy and to restore her health after and in-between pregnancies. It also aims to prevent premature and low birth-weight babies because healthy pregnant women beget healthy babies. It ultimately targets achievement of two of the MDG goals which is to reduce by 3/4 the maternal deaths, and to reduce by 2/3 infant deaths by year 2015.

 
PPP is caring enough for a woman and the gift of life she bears. Let us all be strong advocates of PPP!
 
 
 

DOH FIGHTS A YEAR-ROUND THREAT DENGUE

February 21, 2008
 

The Department of Health launches nationwide anti-dengue campaign today. Dengue, which used to be a menace during rainy days, is now considered a year-round threat. Thus, DOH made it a point that as early as this month, people must be conscious of preventing dengue. Here in Davao City , launching ceremony takes place at NCCC Mall.

 

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III has always emphasized the 4 S of fighting dengue, as follow: 1) Search and destroy – which means that breeding places of dengue mosquito must be eradicated; 2) Self-protection measures – which means wearing long sleeves and long pants in places where mosquitoes are rampant, and also using mosquito repellant at daytime; 3) Seek early consultation – which means that bringing to the nearest health facility when a person has fever for two days; and 4) Say No to indiscriminate fogging – which means using fogging only when there is dengue outbreak.

 

In Region XI, dengue ranked number 9 in the year 2006 leading causes of morbidity affecting more than 2,000 persons. In Davao City , it ranked 7 th in the leading causes of morbidity for the same year. Dengue can be controlled and prevented. This event today will include turn-over ceremony of anti-dengue campaign materials to vital partners here in Davao Region such as the Liga ng Barangay, Department of Education, and Department of Interior and Local Government. Witnessing this event will be health representatives from the different provinces/cities of Davao Region.

 

With joint efforts, we shall topple down this year-round threat dengue. Let's doh it now!

 
 
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