Monday, March 21, 2011

RADIATION ILLNESS

Press Release/14 March 2011

Exposure from ionizing radiation following nuclear plant accidents may cause acute as well as long-term effects on health.

Health effects are largely determined by the degree and duration of exposure. The highest risk to health is found among nuclear plant workers. Communities a few miles around the plant may also be affected. That is why evacuation maybe necessary to reduce this risk.

Very early occurrence of vomiting or very serious conditions or even death among exposed population, strongly suggest human absorption of very high doses of ionizing radiation. Blood tests may be done to confirm exposure. Geiger counter or dosimeter are also used to monitor progressive exposure to radiation.

Acute illness is known as acute radiation syndrome or radiation poisoning. This manifests as nausea, vomiting, fever or diarrhea. More serious conditions appear with extreme exposure. A latent period follows and lasts for weeks or months. Then more serious conditions affecting other organs may occur. Hair may fall and blood may be found in stools or vomit.

It is important that proper decontamination is done among those exposed. This means removing all clothes and shoes followed by showering. Treatment is given to prevent organ damage.

Long-term effects after exposure include cancers and genetic malformations in fetuses.

Presently, Japanese authorities are implementing containment procedures to eliminate radiation leaks. People have also been evacuated from a 12-mile radius. Hundreds have been screened for radiation exposure and so far no report of any illness was made.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

ONA: PHILIPPINES SAFE FROM RADIATION

Press Release/ 14 March 2011

Department of Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona would like to inform the public that the Philippines is safe from radiation exposure resulting from the damage to Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.

Ona took part in a briefing presided by President Benigno S. Aquino III held this noon to evaluate the possible consequences arising from the Fukushima nuclear plant incident and to consider necessary precautionary measures. Present during the said briefing were Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr., Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo, Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, Presidential Communications Development Office Secretary Ricky Carandang as well as officials of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) and the National Security Agency.

During the briefing, the PNRI gave assurance that, at present, the Philippines is not in the path of any plume that may have been released by the plant. There was no reported meltdown in the damaged nuclear power plant. As of 11am today the wind pattern in Japan indicates that the Philippines is unlikely to be hit by any radioactive fallout from Fukushima. The PNRI is in coordination with the International Atomic Energy Administration to be abreast of the aftermath of the Fukushima incident. The DOH and all government agencies are monitoring the situation on an hourly basis and have prepared contingency measures.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

JOURNEY TOWARDS ISO CERTIFICATION

Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona today (March 14, 2011) led the ceremony and parade inside the Department of Health (DOH) compound for the launching of the DOH’s journey towards ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certification.
In his message, Ona encouraged members of the executive committee, regional directors, chiefs of the corporate and special hospitals, central office directors, and all DOH employees and DOH partners to make this happen, stating these three words ,”kaya natin ‘to!”,with enthusiasm and conviction.

During the ceremony, Health Assistant Secretary Gerardo Bayugo discussed what is ISO and what it takes to become ISO-certified. According to him, the system starts by documenting one’s task then strictly observing duties accordingly and finding ways to improve and become more efficient and effective.

Bayugo added that ISO is taking steps towards achieving excellence. “If an institution is ISO certified, then it should be efficient and will be able to minimize wastage in time, efforts and resources to hurdle over unorganized and unnecessary processes”, Bayugo reiterated.
In the same event, Health Human Resource Development Bureau Director Dr. Kenneth G. Ronquillo acknowledged the ISO ad hoc committee, the deputy quality management representatives and the ad hoc secretariat.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Online Registration of Persons with Disabilities Orientation in the Island Born of Fire (Camiguin Province)

Philippine Registration for Persons with Disabilities (PRPWD) orientation in Camiguin Province. Batch I participants are stakeholders from TESDA, MSWDO,RHU nurses, DOH Representatives and PWD Federation Presidents. Batch II participants are Rural Health Midwives representing 5 municipalities, Catarman, Guinsiliban, Mahinog, Mambajao, Sagay and Catarman District Hospital. Trainors Nurse Carmencita M. Lubguban, Nurse V - PWD Focal Person of DOH-CHD Northern Mindaqnao, Mr. Voltaire M. Ucab, Zenaida M. Cainglet, representative PSWD and Ms. Marydel F. Credo, Provincial CBRSP Coordinator of PHO Camiguin. (Carmencita M. Lubguban)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

CONFIRMED

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago congratulates Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona (right) after the latter was confirmed by the Commission on Appointments Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. In his opening statement, Secretary Ona said that his administration’s thrust will be the rehabilitation and upgrading of government hospitals nationwide.

Source: www.doh.gov.ph

Thursday, December 23, 2010

CHD-NM Christmas Party with the theme: Makulay na Pasko sa CHD-NM (Regional Health Office Region-X)


During the Christmas Party of CHD-Northern Mindanao held December 22, 2010, at the DOH-X quadrangle, Dr. Jaime S. Bernadas, Regional Director, handed the Php500, 000 check to the winning most functional Federated Barangay Health Workers Association in the Region, which is the Federated BHW of Cagayan de Oro City. Representing the Association is Mrs. Sarah Vistal, Federated BHW President. Assisting Dr. Bernadas is Director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr, Director III, and Chief of Local Health Support Division, Dr. Susan O. Dongallo. With the group of Ms. Vistal is Dr. Rachel Dilla, City Health Officer II of Cagayan de Oro , Ms Iryn Salcido, Public Health Nurse Cag. De Oro City Health Office, and Dr. Edna Sheila B. Eugenio. The 1st Runner up receiving Php250,00 is the Federated BHW of Misamis Occidental and the 2nd runner up is the Federated BHW of Bukidnon, and the 3rd runner –up is the Federated BHW of Misamis Oriental. –Ma. Elen C. Santua, M.D., MS II

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

KAMPANYA KONTRA PAPUTOK AT MRT STATIONS

Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona recently unveiled a ‘Kampanya Kontra Paputok’ tarpaulin aimed at reducing incidence of fireworks-related injuries to children as Department of Health data revealed that most injuries due to fireworks are found in children aged below 10 years old. Ona instead suggested that local government units designate a common fireworks display area, where the community can gather and have fun while watching fireworks display handled by professionals.

Source: www.doh.gov.ph

Thursday, December 16, 2010

From Womb to Tomb Media Seminar

Dr. Ivanhoe C. Escartin, of the National Center for Health Promotion, presenting to media data on suicide during the recent DOH “Womb To Tomb” media seminar held on December 8-10, 2010 in Montebello Hotel , Cebu City. Dr. Escartin talked about depression as a pre- cursor to suicide, as suicide becomes more common during Christmas holidays.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

WALANG BATANG MAGPAPAPUTOK

Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona discusses to students of Payatas B Elementary School the effects of using fireworks/firecrackers during this holiday season. Ona made the visit to schools to personally advise children to refrain from using fireworks/firecrackers as DOH statistics reveal that most injuries occur in the 1-10 years age group. He also cited that injuries to children happen because fireworks/firecrackers are available at community retail stores. The Department of Health stressed that no irresponsible fireworks use will result to no injury, or even death.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

World Health Report 2010 focusing on Health Systems Financing

Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona, (3rd from left) presenting the World Health Report 2010 focusing on Health Systems Financing - The Path to Universal Coverage. Health Secretary Ona reiterated in the Alma-Ata Declaration that Health for All would contribute both to a better quality of life and also to global peace and security. He expressed optimism that President Benigno Aquino III’s marching order of universal healthcare coverage among the poorest of the poor Filipinos will soon be realize in two or three years. He added that strengthening rural health units, tapping private sector cooperation, sustaining health outcomes, expanding membership of informal sectors and scaling-up information campaign of Philhealth are some of the strategies the Department of Health should adopt in order to attain its objective. Also in photo from left to right are Philhealth President Dr. Rey Aquino, World Health Organization Country Representative to the Philippines Dr. Soe Nyunt-U, WHO Health Care Financing Team Leader Dr. Dorjsuren Bayarsaikhan, and WHO Health Sector Development Director Dr. Henk Bekedam.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

Regional Public Health Conference

Health Undersecretary Mario C. Villaverde, during the Regional Health Conference on Determinants of Health, underscoring the need for society to work together to address the problems of rapid urbanization and devise approaches to reduce inequities to access to good health. He added that social determinants like water and sanitation, transportation, mother and children’s health, climate change, nutrition and family size should be given priority in order to make headway and achieve better health for all.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

WORLD AIDS DAY 2010: “LIGHT FOR RIGHTS”

Press Release/1 December 2010

Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV continues to be a potent threat to the health of our countrymen. Countries across the globe are facing this dreaded disease and its disastrous effects on individuals, their families, the health care delivery system, and society in general.

Towards the end of 2008, an estimated total number of 33.4 million people were infected with HIV globally.

Locally, there are now a total of 5,729 HIV positive cases in the country. This represents less than one percent of our total population which means that the country is still on track to meet our MDG target of halting the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015.

Despite this, Secretary Ona warned against complacency. “Efforts should be intensified to prevent its spread,” according the Health Secretary.

Steady increases in the number of cases have been reported over the years. Twenty-two percent (22%) of all cases were recorded this year alone. This is primarily driven by risky behaviours which includes unprotected sex, among others. In every ten (10) HIV infections reported in the country, nine were acquired through unprotected sex. About of half of these infections were in men having sex with men.

“Risky behaviours are fuelled by lack of awareness on HIV,” declared Secretary Ona as he emphasized the importance of focusing information and education campaigns on the most at risk populations (MARP). He also said that there is a need to inform people about the social impact of HIV/AIDS to correct the negative attitudes, biases, and stigma heavily associated with the disease.

Likewise, he stressed the importance of supporting the needs of people of living with HIV (PLHIV). At present, a total of 1,153 people living with HIV are currently on Anti-Retroviral treatment in the government’s 13 treatment hubs. These, together with the medical and social services are given for free.

This is in keeping with our celebration of World AIDS Day aptly themed, “Light for Rights.” As health is a fundamental right, it is essential that every human being has access to accurate and appropriate information on HIV/AIDS, preventive services to halt its spread, and adequate treatment to fight the disease.

“Let us all be beacons of light in the face of darkness that it is HIV/AIDS,” concluded the Health Chief.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

P-NOY’S PRIORITY: HOSPITAL DEVELOPMENT

Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona on Wednesday, November 17, arrived by a helicopter to Mati City, Davao Oriental to witness the blessing and inauguration of the New Davao Oriental Provincial Hospital. The Health chief personally handed-over to Davao Oriental Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon a check amounting to almost a million as augmentation for the provincial hospital’s development plan. The visit is part of Pnoy’s commitment to improve all government health facilities whether it is DOH-retained or devolved to the local government units.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

Sunday, October 17, 2010

IDTOMIS ANNOUNCEMENT RE-PROFICIENCY TESTING

Please inform all the DTL in your area that registration for Proficiency test for Screening Drug Testing Laboratories is now on going. Deadline of on-line submission of registration form will be on October 30, 2010. participants will be limited and scheduled per batch depending on the statistical requirements of the PT scheme. Failure to pass the proficiency testing will result to suspension/cancellation of the DOH accreditation for the Year 2011. For more details you can visit BHFS website at http://www.doh.gov.ph/bhfs/ or contact NRL at (02)433-0673/(02)435-7136. Please be guided accordingly.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

RUN FOR A CAUSE

Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona, together with other DOH officers and staffs, join thousands of Filipinos in the 10-10-10 Run for the Pasig River yesterday, October 10, 2010.The event which aimed to raise funds for the rehabilitation of a heavily polluted Pasig River was participated by famous showbiz and political personalities.

Secretary Ona and the entire DOH delegation took part in the 10K run which started in Ayala Ave., Makati and ended at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

NEW NATIONAL REFERENCE LAB

Department of Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Elmer Punzalan(left) and National Health Laboratory Network Overall Chairman Dr. Juanito Billote recently opened the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) Division of Laboratory Medicine as the latest addition to the DOH National Reference Laboratory. As a reference laboratory for pathology of cardiovascular diseases, the PHC now offers referral service for histopathology, special stains including special studies, gross dissection and examination, autopsy consultation for cardiovascular pathology and external quality assurance activities. The PHC-NRL also offers seminars/training workshops and can be reached at 925-2401 local 5143.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Kalusugan ng Lahat, Philhealth ang Katapat

President Benigno S. Aquino III and Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona distributes Philhealth cards to indigent residents of Baseco, Tondo, Manila. The Department of Health, along with other government agencies, observed October 2 as National Philhealth Registration Day in order to promote national insurance consciousness aimed at reducing out-of-pocket expenditiures of Filipinos during hospital confinement and out-patient treatment. The DOH believes that a strongsocial insurance system is a vital element towards progress and nation building.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

GENERICS EXPO IN CLARK

Healthy Lifestyle advocate Edna Nito, during the 2nd leg of the Philippine Generics EXPO 2010, lectures on the importance of engaging in regular exercise, eating healthy, balanced diet consisting of fruits, root crops, fish, and avoiding alcohol and tobacco as the natural way of preventing diseases and aging. The recent Generics EXPO was held in SM Clark, Pampanga and was participated by pharmaceutical companies promoting generic products.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

Friday, October 1, 2010

DOH AND PHILHEALTH READY FOR OCT 2 PHILHEALTH SABADO

“It’s all systems go for the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) for the National PhilHealth Registration Day (NPRD) this October 2, 2010 with President Benigno S. Aquino III spearheading the campaign in Baseco, Tondo, Manila”, Health Secretary Enrique Ona today announced.

Ona explained that the nationwide registration this Saturday will take place in Philhealth desks put up in DOH regional offices, public schools, municipal halls, community halls, and DOH-retained hospitals nationwide.

“In keeping with P-Noy’s promise to give each and every Filipino access to quality healthcare in three years time, he will be distributing Philhealth cards to the very poor Filipinos previously identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as true indigents and already enrolled
by their respective local government chiefs in PhilHealth,” Ona said.

Meanwhile, Philhealth also disclosed that all Philhealth regional and service offices and government as well as premiere commercial centers nationwide will also hold registration for non-members.

The state-run health insurance program was made a priority item in the new Administration’s health agenda which aims to hit 100 percent of the Philippine population within three years.

Secretary Ona, currently the Chairman of the Board of Philhealth, organized a multi-sectoral task force to set things into motion to realize President Aquino’s directive in the soonest time possible.

Ona himself heads the said task force which is composed of the DOH, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Education (DepEd) as well as the National Anti Poverty Commission and the Leagues
of Provinces, Cities and Municipalities.

The DILG will help the DOH engage local chief executives in the enrolment of indigents in their respective jurisdictions as identified by the DSWD while DepEd shall help set up Philhealth desks in all public schools to encourage students and their parents to register and become Philhealth members.

The activity aims to register the remaining Filipino citizens who are at least 21 years of age and non-members of the program. It is also open to 18 to 20 year olds who may need to register; existing contributors who are still unregistered; those not issued their Philhealth Number Card or Family Health Card yet; and those already registered but who may want to update their membership profile with Philhealth.

The program mainly targets those from the self-employed and informal sector who comprise some 53 percent of the population, a substantial portion of which, can afford to pay for health
insurance as individually paying members (IPMs). Local government units and other non-governmental organizations may choose to sponsor families without the means to pay but were not included in the DSWD,

Targeted citizens are also enjoined to go to any of Philhealth’s 17 regional offices and close to 100 service offices in their respective localities.

Upon registration, they will be advised to activate their membership by paying the required contribution of at least Php 300 for a quarter or Php 1,200 for a year’s payment at any accredited collecting partners nearest them. A duly activated membership and completion of all eligibility requirements shall entitle a member and his/her qualified dependents medical care subsidies when confined in accredited hospitals anywhere in the country.

“I encourage all Filipinos especially those who are not yet members of PhilHealth, let us go out and avail of this opportunity to
be registered with Philhealth on October 2. Let us protect ourselves from the financial effects of health emergencies and medical situations in the family,” Secretary Ona concluded.

For more details on the open registration, the public may log on to www.philhealth.gov.ph or call the Philhealth member relations Department at (02) 637-6456

Source: www.doh.gov.ph

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

DOH GEARS UP FOR LOCAL BREASTFEEDING CAMPAIGN

Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona reminds the public about the importance of breastfeeding within the first hour of life and called on health facilities providing healthcare for pregnant women, new mothers and newborns to follow the Ten Steps To Successful Breastfeeding.

During the ‘Breastfeeding Awareness Week’ held at the St. Luke’s Medical Center, Health Assistant Secretary Elmer Punzalan commended the participation of the SLMC as among the first private health facilities to respond to the DOH’s call to implement the Ten Steps To Successful Breastfeeding.

Globally, the Philippines is one of 33 countries that have completed the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative. There are some 40 countries undergoing training towards completing the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative.

Presently, about 28% of all maternity facilities in the world have implemented the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. This has contributed to an encouraging increase in breastfeeding rates despite aggressive commercial promotion of infant formula and baby bottles.

The Ten Steps To Successful Breastfeeding are as follows: 1) Have a written breastfeeding policy that is communicated routinely to all healthcare staff; 2) Train all health-care staff in the skills necessary to implement the policy; 3) Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding; 4) Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within the first 30 minutes of life; 5) Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if separated from their infants; 6) Give newborn infants no food or drink other than human milk unless medically-indicated; 7) Practice rooming- in. Allow mothers and infants to stay together 24 hours a day; 8) Encourage breastfeeding on demand; 9) Give no artificial teats or pacifiers; and 10) Foster establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers on discharge from hospital or clinic.

Source: www.doh.gov.ph

DOH-CSC MOA on BOTIKA PARA SA TAUMBAYAN

The Department of Health, represented by Secretary Enrique Ona, and the Civil Service Commission, represented by Chairman Francisco T. Duque III recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) wherein the CSC shall be granted a seed fund of P15 million worth of medicines. This seed fund shall be distributed to 300 government agencies identified by the CSC wherein each agency will be given P50,000 each worth of medicines and establish a “Botika Para sa Taumbayan”. Said MOA shall broaden the base of beneficiaries of low-cost medicines and ensure access to affordable quality medicines for all. Also in photo is Health Undersecretary Alexander Padilla.

Source: www.doh.gov.ph

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nationwide Philhealth Registration Day

PhilHealth Sabado (October 2, 2010) is the start of a continuing advocacy program to increase awareness and knowledge of every Filipino on the importance of becoming a PhilHealth member that will ensure access to quality health services to the member and his/her dependents.

The program intends the registration of non-member informal sector under the individually paying program (IPP). It also provides for an opportunity to automatically register and distribute PhilHealth cards to about 800,000 indigents identified in the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

PhilHealth Sabado fullfill universal health insurance coverage within three years as promised in the first State of the Nation Address of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

1. Paraan ng Pagpaparehistro
2. Paraan ng Paggamit
- Sponsored Program Members
- Individually Paying Members
3. Alamin ang Inyong Benepisyo
4. Frequently Asked Questions

PRESENTATIONS

1. National Philhealth Registration Day
2. National Philhealth Registration Day - Communication Plan
3. Dry-Run of the National Philhealth Registration Day
4. NPRD Joint Agreement

source: www.doh.gov.ph

D.E.N.G.U.E. LAUNCHING AT MALACAÑANG

The Department of Health‘s anti-dengue team headed by Secretary Enrique T. Ona recently met with the Malacañang communication chiefs led by Atty. Edwin Lacierda and Manuel L. Quezon III to find solution to the worsening problem of dengue cases in the country . The health chief, together with dengue experts Dr. Enrique Tayag, Dr. Lyndon Leesuy, and Dr. Vito Roque, talk about the technical characteristic and descriptions of the virus and what measures the health department is doing to control the rapid spread of the dreaded disease. The team also launched the new DOH’s strategy aptly called D.E.N.G.U.E, where D-daily monitoring of patients, E-encourage oral intake of fluids, N-note any dengue warning signs likes bleeding, G-give paracetamol, not aspirin, U-use mosquito nets, and E-early consultation. Also present during the meeting are Dr. Melisa Guerrero , Dr. Willie Ong, Dr. Joseph Lachica and the Media Relations Unit of DOH- Office of the Secretary.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

Friday, September 10, 2010

D.E.N.G.U.E. STRATEGY DOWN TO THE COMMUNITY

Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona recently visited People’s Health Center in Barangay Hulo in Mandaluyong City to personally assess the capabilities of healthcare providers to handle dengue cases at health centers, as well as check their supplies. Ona earlier stressed, during a press conference, that not all dengue cases will require hospitalization. He said that parents and caregivers should practice the DOH’s D.E.N.G.U.E strategy, where D-daily monitoring of patients, E-encourage oral intake of fluids, N-note any dengue warning signs like bleeding, G-give paracetamol, not aspirin, U-use mosquito nets, and E-early consultation.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

DOH ATTENDING TO DENGUE PATIENTS, BUT LGUs URGED TO DOUBLE EFFORTS – SECRETARY ONA

Press Release/7 September 2010

The Department of Health (DOH) today encouraged the public to maximize their health centers for consultations before bringing their patient to the hospital in an effort to declog public hospitals of long queues in the dengue express lane.

“Many dengue cases, if mild, can be managed at home or closely monitored by our local health staff in the communities. Not all dengue cases require hospitalization”, Health Secretary Enrique Ona emphasized even as he cited San Lazaro Hospital’s average of 500 consultations a day with only 30 admitted as dengue cases.

Ona emphasized that the number of new cases has been going down since August except in some cities of Metro Manila. Dengue peaks during the rainy months, particularly during the month of August.

The DOH disclosed that the number of cases nationwide from January to August 28 now totals 69,594.

This figure is 99% higher than last year’s 34,997 for the same period. There were 501 deaths recorded this year. Last year, there were 369 deaths. The case fatality rate for dengue is lower at 0.74 compared to 1.1 in the same period last year

Secretary Ona meanwhile cautioned local health authorities and the public not to let down their guard against dengue although cases are expected to further go down. He called on all local government officials to remain vigilant and make sure that that their health centers and hospitals are also ready to manage consultations for dengue and other diseases that occur during the rainy season such as influenza, bronchitis, diarrheas and leptospirosis.

DOH recently devised a new D.E.N.G.U.E. strategy to educate the public on home treatment of mild dengue cases. This is to also help decongest hospitals by giving an assurance that not all dengue cases require hospital confinement but can be managed at home using the said strategy.

“Instead of confining patients in a hospital facility, parents and caregivers can practice the D.E.N.G.U.E. strategy. D.E.N.G.U.E. stands for D - daily monitoring of patient’s status, E - encourage intake of oral fluids like oresol, water, juices, etc, N – note any dengue warning signs like persistent vomiting and bleeding, G – give paracetamol for fever and NOT aspirin, because aspirin induces bleeding, U – use mosquito nets and E – early consultation is advised for any warning signs”, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said.

Ona advised the public to go straight to the emergency room if they exhibit dengue warning signs. Warning signs include severe abdominal pain or persistent vomiting, red spots or patches on the skin, signs of bleeding, black stools, drowsiness or decreased consciousness, difficulty of breathing, and pale or cold clammy skin.

Ona has already issued an order to all DOH hospitals to activate their Dengue express lanes to facilitate patient admission for these severe dengue cases. Ona also appealed to chiefs of public and private hospitals to set up additional wards and beds for dengue patients needing confinement.

“Aside from these steps, I has also directed our DOH officials to temporarily suspend all out of town seminars and trainings which involve our local health providers so that they can attend more to dengue cases,” Ona said.

DOH reiterates that the most effective way to prevent and fight dengue is still by practicing the DOH’s 4-S strategy consisting of Search and destroy, Self-protective measures, Seek early treatment and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

“We are reiterating our call to all local government units (LGUs) to mobilize barangay dengue brigades in their areas such as what is being done in Quezon City and Zamboanga City,” Ona said, adding that a once-a-week community-wide clean up drives against dengue will help a lot in reducing cases.

Measures include emptying of all exposed containers and vases, old tires, coconut husks, and plants of stagnant waters. Abandoned lots, houses and establishments should also be included in the search-and-destroy operations because these may have possible mosquito breeding sites.

Ona also recognized the efforts of other government agencies to combat dengue such as the initiative of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to conduct fogging activities in public schools of Metro Manila where clustering of dengue cases have been reported. He also thanked the Department of Education (DepEd) for including dengue awareness campaigns in their wellness programs in all public schools nationwide.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

Friday, September 3, 2010

ANTI-DENGUE CAMPAIGN IN LRT

Health Secretary Enrique Ona explains to a young boy the Department of Health’s 4-S strategy against dengue because the population most affected by the disease are the 1-10 years age group. The DOH’s 4-S campaign includes Search and destroy all mosquito breeding sites, Seek early consultation once dengue is suspected, wear Self-protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites, and Say no to indiscriminate fogging, because there are certain conditions that should be observed during fogging operation. Assisting Secretary Ona is Light Railway Transit Authority Division Chief Mr. Joseph Hagos. From January to August 21 this year, dengue cases nationwide reached 62,503 with 465 deaths.

Source: www.doh.gov.ph

PNOY and Chairman Duque Message on 110th CSC Anniversary

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

LAUNCHES ‘D.E.N.G.U.E.’ STRATEGY

Press Release/1 September 2010

The Department of Health (DOH) today assured that many dengue cases, if mild, can be managed at home and not all cases require hospitalization even as the number of cases nationwide from January to August 21 now rose to 62,503.

This figure is 88.8% higher than last year’s 33,102 for the same period. There were 465 deaths recorded this year. Last year, there were 350 deaths.

“Instead of confining patients in a hospital facility, parents and caregivers can practice the D.E.N.G.U.E. strategy. D.E.N.G.U.E. stands for D - daily monitoring of patient’s status, E - encourage intake of oral fluids like oresol, water, juices, etc, N – note any dengue warning signs like persistent vomiting and bleeding, G – give paracetamol for fever and NOT aspirin, because aspirin induces bleeding, U – use mosquito nets and E – early consultation is advised for any warning signs”, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said.

The new D.E.N.G.U.E. strategy has been devised by the DOH to educate the public on home treatment of mild dengue cases. This is to also help decongest hospitals by giving an assurance that not all dengue cases require hospital confinement but can be managed at home using the said strategy.

Ona also reiterated that the most effective way to prevent and fight dengue is still by practicing the DOH’s 4-S strategy consisting of Search and destroy, Self-protective measures, Seek early treatment and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

“We are urging all local government units to mobilize barangay dengue brigades in their areas,” Ona explained, adding that a once-a-week community-wide clean up drives against dengue will help a lot in reducing cases. Measures include emptying of all exposed containers and vases, old tires, coconut husks, and plants of stagnant waters. Abandoned lots, houses and establishments should also be included in the search-and-destroy operations because these may have possible mosquito breeding sites.

Ona revealed that most of the cases came from Western Visayas (16.1%), CaLaBarzon (10.9%), Central Mindanao (10.5%), Eastern Visayas (9.2%), National Capital Region (8.9%), Southern Mindanao (8.1%) and Northern Mindanao (7.4%).

Ages of cases ranged from 1 month to 95 years old. Majority (52%) of the cases were male. The most affected age group were the 1-10 years while there were more deaths recorded in the less than one year age group and the 1-10 years age group).

Ona disclosed that outbreaks were detected in Roxas City and Iloilo City in Region VI and Zamboanga City in Region IX.

The health chief explained that a hotspot is defined as clustering of cases with increasing number in the past four weeks. Hotspots were observed in the several barangays in the following areas: Lipa City and San Jose in Batangas (Region 4A); Puerto Princesa City in Palawan (Region 4B); Kalibo, Aklan (Region VI); Tagbilaran City, Bohol (Region VII); Pudtol, Apayao (CAR) and ; Kalookan and Valenzuela in NCR.

On the other hand, clustering of cases occur when there are three or more cases in a barangay in the past four weeks. Clustering of cases was noted in many areas in different Regions of the country.

At the National Capital Region, most of the cases were reported from Quezon City.

“The increase in dengue cases can be attributed to the presence of four different strains of the dengue virus circulating in the country today, plus the fact that the country is experiencing the El Niño phenomenon,” Ona elaborated, adding that continuous rains is also responsible for the upsurge in cases.

To more strongly respond to the increasing number of dengue cases, the DOH has ramped up efforts in its public education and information campaign to schools and barangays since July in coordination with its regional health offices and other concerned government agencies such as the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Secretary Ona has also reiterated the directive to activate all dengue express lanes in DOH and to network with regional and provincial blood centers where patients can access safe and clean blood for transfusion in severe cases.

“There is still no cure or vaccine for dengue and that is why we must focus on other cost-effective interventions, the most important of which is source reduction --- destroy the dengue-carrying mosquitoes,” Ona emphasized.

The health department is currently looking into other potential strategies to combat dengue such as the use of vaccines against all four dengue strains, the genetic modification of the Aedes mosquitoes which will render them less active in biting victims and even local alternatives such as the use of “Tawa-tawa”, a local herb that is being investigated for its curative properties against dengue.

“We are on the lookout for the emerging science and trends concerning dengue which can help us to more effectively fight the disease in the future,” says Ona. “Meanwhile, we are doing everything we can to arm the public with information and respond to the medical needs of victims given the tools that are currently available to us,” he added.

Ona reminded the public that dengue, although an all-year round disease, is more common during rainy days when there are more potential breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. To prevent dengue, Ona advised the public to destroy all possible mosquito breeding sites like old tires, softdrink bottles and tin cans, and use mosquito nets or protective clothing. He also stressed that fogging may be done only in outbreak areas.

Source: www.doh.gov.ph

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

ONA & KRIS VS AEDES

Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona and Presidential sister Kris Aquino smashing the Aedes Aegypti mascot to show schoolchildren of Rosa Susano Elementary School in Novaliches, Quezon City that dengue can be defeated through correct information on how to prevent the disease. Secretary Ona also stressed the important role of media in conveying timely and correct messages to the public at the same time appreciated media’s help in the Department of Health’s campaign against dengue. Latest DOH record reveals that dengue cases as of August 14 now reached 54,659 with 429 deaths.

source: www.doh.gov.ph

YOU & ME & MOMMY

We all support our breastfeeding mommies

Health Assistant Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, during the breastfeeding press conference dubbed as “You, Me and Mommy” in support of breastfeeding mothers, stressing the need to revive the breastfeeding culture in the country as a child survival strategy to reduce infant mortality and improve the health status of every Filipino child. Ubial also urged all hospitals to become Mother-Baby Friendly in order to promote and sustain the breastfeeding practice. Also in photo from left to right are UNICEF Representative Vanessa Tobin, World Health Organization Country Representative Dr. Soe Nyunt-U and Ms. Nuriza Abeja, founder of Beauty, Brains, and Breastfeeding.

Source: www.doh.gov.ph

DOH, DepEd STARTS DENGUE SCHOOL CAMPAIGN

24 August 2010

The Department of Health and Department of Education today started the series of elementary school visits in Rizal Elementary School in Manila in order to inform children on the prevention of dengue and its signs and symptoms.

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.

“Dengue is a disease more common during rainy season and affects mostly (77%) the 1-20 years age group,” Health Secretary Enrique Ona explained.

Source: www.doh.gov.ph

Friday, August 13, 2010

INFLUENZA A (H1N1) UPDATE

12 August 2010
source: www.doh.gov.ph

STATEMENT OF HEALTH SECRETARY DR. ENRIQUE T. ONA ON THE WHO DECLARATION OF THE INFLUENZA A (H1N1) POST-PANDEMIC PERIOD

The Department of Health (DOH) concurs with the recent announcement of WHO Director-General Margaret Chan that the world is now shifting toward the post-pandemic period of Influenza A (H1N1). The review of the current alert levels of the A (H1N1) pandemic by the WHO was in fact one of the recommendations during the ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting held in July this year.

As can be gleaned from the official WHO announcement, the post-pandemic phase means that the A (H1N1) virus has taken on a behavior and intensity similar to that of the regular seasonal flu viruses. It also means that we expect sustained community level transmission and localized outbreaks of A (H1N1) in the coming years.

In the country, similar to the rest of the world, all evidence indicates that the virus mostly causes mild symptoms that resolve even without antiviral treatment in the overwhelming majority of cases. There is also no indication of a change or mutation in the virus that would point to increased virulence or a change in the severity or character of the flu illness that it causes to patients.

In the Philippines, findings reveal that A (H1N1) remains to be the dominant strain with 49% of 11,904 specimens submitted to and analyzed by the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) testing positive for A (H1N1) 2009 (as of July 31, 2010). This is in contrast with the global situation described by the WHO as having a “mix of influenza viruses, typically seen during seasonal epidemics.”
With the shift toward the post-pandemic phase, let me assure everyone that the DOH will continue to monitor the situation and heed the advice of WHO to continue our early detection and surveillance activities and remain vigilant against the expected local outbreaks as part of the DOH Surveillance for influenza-like illnesses (ILI).
Our local experience in handling the A (H1N1) pandemic of 2009 has already proven the capacity of our government to respond to this emerging challenge especially in giving care to the minority of patients who may need treatment and care in our health facilities. In fact, our efforts have been commended by the WHO in terms of giving an adequate and efficient response; establishing effective collaboration between our government, the WHO and the international community; and in providing effective risk communication to the public since the beginning of the A (H1N1) pandemic.
We shall also intensify our vaccination strategy in targeting our health workers and high-risk groups which include pregnant women, the very young and the elderly, the immuno-compromised and those with chronic conditions (i.e. asthma, COPD, diabetes, cardiovascular disease).
Thus, I encourage our health workers and all our citizens who belong to these vulnerable groups to avail of the vaccines that we have already been providing for free in our local health facilities and DOH-managed hospitals since early this year. I also call on our hospitals and frontline healthcare providers to continue the effective management of our local cases following the clinical guidelines that the DOH has issued in 2009.

DENGUE NOW OVER THE 40,000 MARK, 48% HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR-DOH

Press Release/12 August 2010
Source: www.doh.gov.ph

The Department of Health (DOH) today reported that dengue cases nationwide now reach 40,648 from January to 31 July 2010. The figure is 48% higher than last year’s 27,473 for the same period. There were 328 deaths recorded this year with case fatality ratio (CFR) of 0.8%. Last year, there were 293 deaths (CFR at 1.1%).

Most of the cases came from Central Mindanao (5,259 cases), Western Visayas (4,511), Eastern Visayas (4,086), CALABARZON (4,034), Southern Mindanao (3,875), Northern Mindanao (3,603), and the National Capital Region (3,452).

Ages of cases ranged from less than a month to 95 years old. Majority (52%) of the cases were male. The most affected age group were the 1-10 years and the 11-20 years, while there were more deaths recorded in the less than one year age group and the 1-10 years age group.

Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona disclosed that outbreaks were detected in the municipality of Gasan in Marinduque and Barangay Banica, Lawaan in Roxas City, Capiz.

Hotspots were observed in Barangays Minoyan, Murcia, Carabalan, Aguisan in Himalayan City and Concepcion, Bubog in Negros Occidental; Barangays Bata, Singcang, Banago, Tangub, Taculing, Pahanocoy, Felisa, Villamonte and Mansilingan in Bacolod City; and Barangays Lanot, Malibili, Tiza, and Bolo in Roxas City. A hotspot is defined as clustering of cases with increasing number in the past four weeks. On the other hand, clustering of cases occur when there are three or more cases in a barangay in the past four weeks.

Clustering of cases were noted in the province of Ilocos Norte, La Union, and Ilocos Sur in Ilocos Region; Cagayan in Cagayan Valley; Zambales, Aurora, Tarlac, and Bulacan in Central Luzon; Rizal, Quezon, Laguna, and Batangas in CALABARZON; Marinduque, Palawan, and Mindoro Oriental in MIMAROPA; Albay. Masbate and Camarines Sur in Bicol Region; Aklan, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Iloilo City, Negros Occidental, and Bacolod City in Western Visayas; Bohol, Negros Oriental, Cebu in Central Visayas;

There were also clustering of cases in Biliran, Samar, Eastern Samar, Southern Leyte, and Leyte in Eastern Visayas; Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur in Western Visayas; Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, and Bukidnon in Northern Mindanao; Davao City, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental in Southern Mindanao; Sarangani Province, Cotabato City, General Santos City, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato, and South Cotabato in Central Mindanao; Lanao del Sur in the Autonomous Region of Moslem Mindanao; Baguio City, Mountain Provicne, Benguet anmd Apayao in the Cordillera Administrative Region; Agusan del Sur in CARAGA and Metro Manila at the National Capital Region (NCR).

At the National Capital Region, most of the cases are from Quezon City (754), Manila (606), Kalookan (372), Navotas (227), and Valenzuela (221). Other cities include Malabon (182), Mandaluyong (171), Marikina (165), Pasig (144), Pasay (126), Makati (119), and Parañaque (114).

“The increase in dengue cases can be attributable to the El Niño phenomenon the country is experiencing,” Ona said, adding that continuous rains will also be responsible.

The health chief reminded the public that dengue, although an all-year round disease, is more common during rainy days when there are more potential breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. To prevent dengue, Ona advised the public to destroy all mosquito breeding sites like old tires and tin cans, always clean roof gutters, replace water in flower vases regularly, use mosquito nets or protective clothing. He also stressed that fogging may be done only in outbreak areas.

SECRETARY ONA'S 1ST REGIONAL VISIT

source: www.doh.gov.ph

Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Davao Sub-National Blood Center in Mindanao to meet the blood needs of the region. Also in photo (from left to right) are Western Visayas Regional Director Dr. Ariel Valencia, Head Executive Assistant Dr. Yolly Oliveros, Southern Mindanao Regional Director Dr. Gene Baluma, Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega and Health Assistant Secretary David Lozada. Secretary Ona also formally renamed the Davao Medical Center to Southern Philippines Medical Center. Ona envisioned the SPMC to be a model hospital and to utilize private-public partnership as a strategy to further improve the current healthcare delivery system. He added that SPMC could also be a center for organ donation and transplantation in Mindanao.