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Nutri Children’s Fair held

Nutri Children’s Fair held

 MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, July 27 (PIA) – Highlighting on the importance of giving proper care and nutrition among infants and children, the Department of Health (DOH) region 10 recently holds a “Nutri Children’s Fair” in Camiguin.

The event was highlighted with nutri-games, medical and dental services, deworming, as well as, breastfeeding/nutrition counseling participated by mothers and children from all barangays in Mambajao town.

“The government can do so much in providing the right intervention; make the most out of it, but keep in mind that good nutrition management always starts at home,” said DOH-10 Human Resource Management Officer Hyacinth Mae Taran.

This activity is part of the Nutrition month celebration and DOH high impact breakthrough dubbed “HI-5” which ensures the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which range from reducing infant mortality by 20%, reducing under-five mortality by 22%, reducing maternal mortality by 57%,  reducing cases of HIV/AIDS by 40% and increasing the service delivery networks within the sector.

Mayor Maria Luisa D. Romualdo likewise appealed to mothers to maximize on the medical services that the government is providing, she said while everything is provided for free now, the only obligation to perform is to bring their children to the nearest health facilities.

Meanwhile, Mambajao has showed consistent decline in prevalence of under nutrition among pre-school children from 8.37 in 2012 to 7.59 in 2014, but like the rest of the country, it shows also slight increase in overweight from 1.15 to 1.28.  (JCV/PIA10)


Camiguin runs EHCP evaluation in schools

Camiguin runs EHCP evaluation in schools

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, June 8 (PIA) — All 55 elementary schools here have recently undergone evaluation for the Essential Health Care Package (EHCP) implementation to sustain efforts in promoting health and hygiene values and habits among school children.

Actual evaluation results bared that 31 or fifty six percent (56%) of the schools evaluated shows notable efforts in implementation.

This means, the students with the supervision of the teachers, diligently adheres to the tooth brushing and hand washing schedule.

Apart from the regular group activity, the provincial evaluation team also checks on the presence of health corners, functional drinking and wash facilities in schools.

EHCP Provincial Program Coordinator Thelma G. Dagpin said the program is on seventh year now and they have been going around for the evaluation regularly, at least twice in a year.

“We do pre and post evaluation to ensure it’s been carried out well, as well as, name outstanding implementers to encourage non-performing schools full compliance,” she said.

As support to the program the provincial local government (PLGU) regularly distributes basic supplies like toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, lice shampoo, lice comb, and nail cutter to all public elementary school children including those at the day care level.

This project was first introduce by Fit for School Foundation and sustained by the PLGU to address the nagging problem of absences among school children due to toothache.

To date, the prevalence rate of dental problem among elementary school children in Camiguin is still high, based on the 2013-2014 school record of the Department of Education. (JCValcorza/PIA)

Camiguin health units get 3M each for infra upgrade


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, April 3 (PIA) –- All rural health units (RHUs) in the island-province receives Php3 million infrastructure assistance from the Department of Health (DOH) to facilitate the construction of lying in clinics.

With the presence of medical personnel and trained staff, RHUs birthing facilities are capable of providing all the needed maternal services.

“Pregnant mothers can now easily seek help in the government lying-in clinics,” Dr. Gretchen L. Cabalang, Camiguin Provincial Health Officer said.

The DOH prioritizes the upgrading of the RHUs to help reduce the maternal mortality and morbidity rates following the Millennium Development Goals.

Cabalang explained that RHU services are more of preventive when compared to hospitals.

Also included in the facility upgrade is the construction of an infectious diseases service area/room.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona had his first visit here, last Friday, to personally monitor the island’s health status, as well as check the ongoing construction of all health facilities and he was impressed to see that the provision of services in the towns still continues despite the ongoing renovations. (PIA 10)