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May 6, 2010
DOH HOLDS SIP TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS
April 5, 2010
APRIL SET FOR WORLD HEALTH DAY AND GP WEEK ACTIVITIES H HOLDS SIP TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS
February 19 , 2010
WORKING TOWARDS LEPROSY – FREE REGION
January 29, 2010
FIGHTING LEPROSY – A GLOBAL CONCERN
 
 
 
DOH HOLDS SIP TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS
May 6 , 2010
 

The Department of Health is currently running a Summer Internship Program (SIP) for Young Advocates on HIV/AIDS Program. This is intended to fight HIV/AIDS and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) which are giving threats to the young people. This SIP will train the advocates to become good peer counselors, & conduct health information dissemination in communities in order to help other people to be healthy.

 

The SIP is an eight-week program and with a 5-day orientation-training. Three (3) areas are beneficiaries of the SIP, namely National Capital Region, Central Visayas, & Davao . Here in Davao , the young advocates are assigned in the Health Centers nearest their respective residences. At the end of this immersion program, the young advocates are expected to have enriched their knowledge on HIV/AIDS, & STIs, gain new friends, & continue doing advocacy in their respective schools.

 

The Summer Internship Program is one of the strategies to fight HIV/AIDS, especially in areas where there is a noted increase in cases. Per 2009 statistics, Davao City has a total HIV(+) of 53 cases; 40 male & 13 female; age bracket of 19 to 44 years old. Sixteen (16) deaths were already recorded from this data.

 

Proper information drive and more advocates can be of great help in the prevention & control of HIV/AIDs.

 
 
 
APRIL SET FOR WORLD HEALTH DAY AND GP WEEK ACTIVITIES H HOLDS SIP TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS
April 5, 2010
 

World Health Day is celebrated April 7 th which is also the anniversary of World Health Organization (WHO). Said date will serve as the launching day also of the year 2010 as the Year of Urban Health which will focus on urban health challenges such as pollution, congestion, slum formation, unhealthy lifestyle, traffic injuries, etc. To highlight the World Health Day celebration this April 7, 2010, Davao City Health Office has scheduled different activities such as “Hataw, provision of health services, & other information drive. DOH-Center for Health Development - Region XI Office has also set the “one-hour synchronized smoke-free Offices” on April 7, at 12:00nn-1:00 PM inviting all employees from both government and private offices to refrain from smoking. This activity is inspired by the Comprehensive Anti-smoking Ordinance of Davao City and in partnership with the Association of Regional Executives of National Gov't. Agencies – Region XI (ARENA).

 

On the other hand, April 12-16, 2010 is Garantisadong Pambata (GP) Week First Round. The theme is “Ways to Save Your Child: Bring your Children 6 months to 5 years old to your nearest health facility for GP package of services”. Ten Child survival interventions & other services are the GP focus, to wit: 1) skilled attendance during pregnancy, delivery & immediate post-partum; 2) care of newborn; 3) breastfeeding & complementary feeding; 4)micronutrient supplementation & deworming; 5) immunization of children & mothers; 6) integrated management of sick children; 7) injury prevention & control; 8) birth spacing; 9) proper personal hygiene; & 10) smoke-free home. The respective Provincial Health Offices in the Region will have GP kick-off activity on April 12 th , during their Monday Convocation, while Davao del Sur Prov'l. Health Office will have a GP fair on
April 13 th , Tuesday.

 

DOH-CHD-Region XI encourages everyone to support all these activities for a healthier population!

 
 
 
WORKING TOWARDS LEPROSY – FREE REGION
February 19. 2010
 

The third week of February is celebrated as Leprosy Awareness Week. Leprosy is a debilitating disease and causes discrimination to persons with leprosy. In year 2006, the Philippines ranked 15 th among 18 countries reporting 1,000 or more new cases, and ranked first among Western Pacific regions, per World Health Organization records. In year 2008, there were 3,338 cases registered in the Philippines , with 2,373 registered as new cases.

 

Region XI with 1.44 per 10,000 population prevalence rate in 2008 is among those identified areas in the country with high prevalence of leprosy as compared to the national data that registered only 0.35 per 10,000 population in year 2008. Davao City with prevalence rate of 1.6 ranked 2 nd to Davao del Sur XI with 1.9 leprosy cases per 10,000 population in the Region. In year 2009, there were 74 additional leprosy cases in Davao City .

 

To be considered in the elimination phase is having a leprosy prevalence rate of less than 1 per 10,000 population. There are 4 components to work for towards a leprosy-free area: 1) capability & capacity building of health workers; 2)massive campaign or awareness; 3) active case-finding or kilatis-kutis; & 4) treatment. All of these have been done, but there is a need to focus more on massive campaign for early detection and treatment.

 

Leprosy is a disease caused by Mycobacterium Leprae. Its mode of transmission is by air droplet infection in which the bacilli lodges in the skin or mucus membranes such as in the nose and eyes. Prolonged skin contact can also be a means for the disease transmission. The average incubation period is 3-5 years, but the bacilli can also remain dormant inside a person for up to 15 years, which means that within this period, the person having the bacilli may not manifest the signs & symptoms.

 

There is a need to fight the stigma brought about by this disease. DOH is encouraging people who suspect they have this disease to go to the nearest government health facility and avail of the kilatis-kutis activity. Free medicines are available and even skin ointment for other skin diseases can also be obtained. For a leprosy-free region, DOH asks for everyone's support to the battlecry, “go out and be treated”.

 
 
 
FIGHTING LEPROSY – A GLOBAL CONCERN
January 29, 2010
 

Today, January 29 is declared World Leprosy Day in the Philippines by the Department of Health. This commemoration started in 1954 by Raoul Follereau, a French journalist, lawyer & philosopher who came face to face with leprosy patients in year 1935. His heart was moved with pity at such sight of people who were not only suffering from poverty & stricken with leprosy, but were also made outcasts in their community. He then became a spokesperson worldwide for the cause of leprosy patients.

 

Discrimination inflicted to persons with leprosy and to their families has been a long-time issue and is being addressed by the United Nations and the World Health Organization by crafting Guidelines and Principles relating to the Human Rights of persons with leprosy, and creating a Global Strategy for Further Reducing the Disease Burden Due to Leprosy.

 

The elimination phase is having a leprosy prevalence rate of less than 1 per 10,000 population. Region XI has 1.44 per 10,000 population prevalence rate and is therefore considered endemic. As of year 2008, Region XI registered new cases were: 7 for paucibacillary (PB) or with less than 5 lesions, & 122 for Multibacillary (MB) or with more than 5 lesions. Leprosy is a disease caused by Mycobacterium Leprae. Its mode of transmission is by air droplet infection in which the bacilli lodges in the skin or mucus membranes such as in the nose and eyes. Prolonged skin contact can also be a means for the disease transmission. The average incubation period is 3-5 years, but the bacilli can also remain dormant inside a person for up to 15 years, which means that within this period, the person having the bacilli may not manifest the signs & symptoms.

 

The Department of Health is therefore advocating for people with skin diseases to go to the nearest government health center/facility where “Kilatis Kutis” activity is being conducted. This way, early detection of the disease can be done. Free medicines for leprosy patients are available at the government health centers. Proper support of the families of persons or suspect persons with leprosy is a big help for the cure and prevention of this disease.

 
 
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