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25th September 2015
Persons infected of STI gets younger, CHO
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on September 25, 2015, 12:23 am
By:  Elvie Roman Roa
ORMOC CITY, Leyte, Sept. 23, (PNA) – The city health office (CHO) here reported that the persons who got sexually transmitted infection (STI) now gets younger after young graders were found positive since May this year.
Ma. Lily Flores of CHO said young boys aged seven, eight and 13 years old were discovered to have gonorrhea when their parents submitted them for medical check-up due to fever and stomach pains.
Laboratory results of their urine samples contained pus, she added.
CHO further said that the surveillance team found out that these boys engaged sexual acts with legal aged homosexuals who “offered them minimal cash or stuffs in return”.
The Department of Education (DepEd) now traces the identities of the suspected carriers to impede spreading the infection.
The Local Aids Council (LAC) was alarmed knowing that the young children are now virus carrier which proves that some innocent kids engage sexual practice.
As of June 2015, CHO’s disease surveillance division for STI-HIV AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) reported 1,057 persons examined and 304 of them were found positive for gonorrhea, non-gonococcal, trichomonas and genital warts.
The number is largely women who are sex workers at various establishments and freelance within the city.  CHO disclosed that the diseases are frequently transferred through male-to-male method.
For this, LAC decided to further strengthen the awareness campaign in avoiding contamination of the diseases like conducting symposium in schools to include religious speakers for values formation.
The same will be given to parents and village officials.
Considering that those with white collar jobs have the influence of reaching the mainstream, the city government employees and the government’s friendly forces – army and police – will likewise be invited in a symposium.
These are part of the week-long activities in the observance of World AIDS Day come December 1 wherein the regional commemoration is focused in Ormoc.
On the day, a float with lighted candles and huge red ribbon that symbolizes the deadly disease will be offered to all those who perished due to HIV-AIDS at the city’s huge river.
Attendees of workers from various establishments, students and government workers are expected.
LAC believed that the data from CHO regarding STI-HIV AIDS were not the only cases in the city.  Therefore involvement of private hospitals and private medical practitioners were encouraged in providing reports to obtain more realistic figures.

21st April 2015
Medical Mission Matters heals 95 kids with facial deformities in Southern Leyte
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 21, 2015, 10:19 pm

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, April 21 (PIA)  --  Some 95 kids, mostly infants, are now being treated for a free surgery at the provincial hospital in barangay Dongon here, so that the in-born anomaly on their faces and voices can be corrected. 

Medical Mission Matters, a newly-organized non-government organization based in Ilo-ilo and founded by Dr. Lawrence Malley, spearheaded the free cleft and palate surgery since Friday last week, in cooperation with the city and provincial governments, among other sectors. 

“We have a total of 164 successfully conducted operation since we began in December 2014 following the approval of our papers by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in November 2014,” said Lyla Grace Isiderio, the Office Manager, in an interview Thursday at Dongon National High School where the patients and their families are staying for the duration of the mission.

 This has been their fifth surgery operation, and the first held outside San Jose, Antique, Isiderio said, adding that she is hoping the 95 patients on their list would be added to their record of successful operations. 

She said their activity has been sponsored by Smile Train, an International Organization with the same advocacy as theirs. 

At the dySL Kapihan sa PIA where they were invited as guests, Isiderio said the cleft palate operation normally costs P 120,000.00 but because of the mission this is free of charge  --  including other expenses of patients such as laboratory, transportation, and food. 

Ronald Woods, a foreigner who had married and lived in barangay Asuncion, Maasin, said the huge costs on medical procedures was waived, courtesy of the efforts of the specialists and expert doctors from St. Luke Hospital who volunteered their time and talent. 

“This is a labor of love for them,” Woods said, referring to Dr. Richard Cabotage, a plastic surgeon, and Dr. Hedwig Reyeg, anesthesiologist. 

And Woods himself started rolling the unselfish labor of love, for he was the one who initiated to bring a cleft child from barangay Asuncion to San Jose, Antique, for treatment, until in the process the idea of an outreach operation in the province was conceived and now realized. 

“My mission is to eliminate this deformity in Southern Leyte, then move on to other places,” Woods said during the dySL kapihan sa PIA.  (esg/mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)

15th November 2014
Soldier under tight watch
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on November 15, 2014, 2:07 am

(By Kristine Felisse Mangunay, Inquirer.net, 2:07 AM | Saturday, 15 Nov 2014)

SLAND QUARANTINE Filipino peacekeepers who returned from Ebola-hit Liberia arrive on Caballo Island, off Cavite province, on Wednesday to be quarantined for 21 days as part of the government protocol to keep the Philippines free
of the dreaded disease. One of them with a fever was flown to a government hospital on Friday.

The Department of Health (DOH) is closely watching a Filipino peacekeeper who developed symptoms of the dreaded Ebola disease on the second day of a government-imposed quarantine on Caballo island near Corregidor following his return with 137 others from Ebola-stricken Liberia on Wednesday.

Reports on Friday that the soldier was ill were quickly followed by text messages that Ebola had reached the country, prompting the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to appeal to the public not to propagate the unconfirmed information.

Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, AFP Public Affairs Office chief, warned that spreading rumors may cause panic among the people even though the Philippines remains free from Ebola.


2nd December 2013
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on December 2, 2013, 10:01 am

(By Justin Goldman and Ava Patricia C. Avila Posted on 12/02/2013 10:00 AM  | Updated 12/02/2013 10:01 AM)

FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. U.S. Marine Capt. Joseph White (L) and Philippine army Pfc. Vic D. Victorlano (R)
carry USAID relief supplies from an MV-22 Osprey in Basey, Samar, Philippines, Nov. 18, 2013. Photo by the
US Department of Defense/US Marine Corps Capt. Caleb Eames

The immediate aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) has resulted in a flurry of activity to provide relief of the suffering of longtime US ally, the Philippines.  This occurs at a complicated time in a region filled with tension emanating from territorial disputes, many of which are centered on contested claims with China, including Beijing’s recent announcement of their Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea.  However, China remains an important economic partner for countries with whom it has disputes, including the Philippines.  This tension has led several regional countries to call for an increased US military presence, but the sustainability of that US presence has been questioned.  The extensive deployment of US forces for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in support of a vulnerable ally that lies within the aptly named “ring for fire” sends an important signal that the US remains able to respond to contingencies.


21st April 2013
Training on WHO Child Growth Standard on SF for LGU social workers
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 21, 2013, 11:04 pm


There are two more batches of local government unit social workers who will undergo a four – day training on the newly – introduced World Health Organization – Child Growth Standards (WHO-CGS) on April of this year, revealed DSWD Field Office Eight Regional Director Remia Tapispisan.

The series of trainings conducted by province and city started November of last year, and will be continued this year, so as to complete the remaining 155 of the total 453 program implementers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Supplemental Feeding Program (SFP).

Director Tapispisan bared that the Day Care Officer, Municipal Day Care Federation President, and the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of each of the recipient 137 local government units (LGU),  form part of the participants.  On April 16 to 19,   the fourth batch of trainees will come from Ormoc City,  to be followed by the Eastern Samar group on April 23 to 26.

“These people who are directly engaged in the Supplemental Feeding Program need said training for them to acquire the knowledge and skills in assessing the nutritional status of children enrolled in the SFP of the Department,” said the DSWD Regional Director.  Previously, the DSWD uses the old method of weight assessment which is now obsolete. 

The SFP is the DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government.  It aims to provide augmentation support for the feeding program for children in LGU – managed day care centers by using indigenous food;  improve knowledge attitude and practices of children, parents, and caregivers through intensified nutrition and health education;  and improve and sustain the nutritional status of target children – beneficiaries.

Under the program,  parents of the beneficiaries are organized by the Day Care Worker to obtain their support and commitment to the program, and build them as a team and develop in them the spirit of volunteerism.  

Also part of program implementation is the weighing of children before and after the 120 – day feeding period, deworming of children, as well as attendance of parents to the nine sessions on Parent Effectiveness.

Meanwhile, Pauline Nadera,  the SFP Focal Person, revealed that the target number of beneficiaries for the program sums up to 110, 768 children in 4, 083 day care centers regionwide.

On the other hand, the DSWD Field Office Eight will be launching an Information, Education and Communication Campaign come Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 10 : 30 in the morning at the Activity Center of  Robinson’s Place in Tacloban.  The purpose is to build a strong coalition of partners, especially from among local government units,  in the implementation of the Supplemental Feeding Program and; seek cooperation from the parents of young children such that they will give importance to the health/nutrition of their kids in their formative years. 

Also, the office hopes to get full media support in the program in order to gain more positive stories.

Media representatives from all over the region and Municipal Administrators from nearby municipalities are invited.


15th September 2012
Southern Leyte to be the 1st filaria-free province in Cebu City
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on September 15, 2012, 7:22 pm

(By Rebecca S. Cadavos, PIA-8 Southern Leyte, 15 Sep 2012)

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte (PIA) -- The province of Southern Leyte was showcased as the first filaria-free province of the Philippines on September 13 and 14 at the Puntavillo Resort in Cebu City.

“A gallery of interventions indicated through tarpaulins was shown at the forum focusing on how Southern Leyte acquired positive interventions in sustaining a filaria-free province since 2008,” Provincial Statistician Eusebio Faelnar said.

The incidence of filariasis challenged the Provincial Health Office to take steps to respond to the menace.


7th September 2012
DepEd-Maasin City to distribute health care packages in elementary schools
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on September 7, 2012, 6:37 pm

(By Rebecca S.Cadavos, PIA-8 Southern Leyte, 7 Sep 2012)

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte (PIA) -- At least four public elementary schools in Maasin city received the Essential Health Care Program (EHCP) of the Department of Education (DepEd)-Maasin City Division in a distribution ceremony, Wednesday, September 5.

Packages of toothbrushes, toothpastes, and soaps were distributed at Asuncion Elementary School, Manhilo Elementary School, Maasin Central School, and San Rafael Elementary School, all of Maasin City.

A short program including messages of commitment was delivered by DepEd OIC-City Schools Division Superintendent Genis S. Murallos, Sanggunaing Panglungsod Committee on Education Chairman Antonio A. Cardoza, barangay captains, and Parents-Teachers Association presidents of each named school.

A memorandum of agreement was signed by officials during the launch and proper handwashing was demonstrated.

The city government of Maasin through the Sangguniang Panglungsod allocated funds for the said health care program.

EHCP is one of the flagship programs of the education department to improve health and hygiene practices of school children. (PIA8, Southern Leyte)

30th August 2012
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on August 30, 2012, 8:41 pm

(By Rolly T. Carandang, 10:41 pm, 30 Aug 2012)

The Commission on Audit (COA) disclosed that some P1.7-million worth of pork barrel assistance from lawmakers for medical assistance remained untouched at the Philippine Children's Medical Center (PCMC).

 In its 2011 report on the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), COA disclosed that 17 accounts containing P1.17 million Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) cannot be tapped because the donor lawmakers were no longer in office or have moved to another post.

This is lamentable, said COA auditors claiming that while hundreds of indigent patients are in dire need of financial assistance for their medical expenses, pork barrel allocations made by five senators and 12 congressmen at a government hospital have been classified dormant, including one that has been untouched dating back to 2002.


24th July 2012
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 24, 2012, 7:18 am

Overseas Filipino Workers will use Facebook and Twitter to protest the plan of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) to increase its premium. Dubbed as Global Webwide Protest to Stop Philhealth Increase which started from July 20 to 25, 2012 in different social media platforms, the online protest was initiated by Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards founding president Kenji Solis who is based in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has now adherents from 67 countries majority are OFWs from the Middle East or Gulf countries, followed by Singapore and Hong Kong.


20th July 2012
Healthy pregnancy is "everybody's business" in Limasawa Island
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 20, 2012, 9:30 pm

(By Ronald O Reyes, Leyte Samar Express, 20 July 2012)

Limasawa Island, Southern Leyte ---

These young boys represent the children of Limasawa – healthy
and well-nourished.  Photo by Ven Labro

Being pregnant triggers many personal and financial “inconveniences, ” in one way or another. But not in this island town of Limasawa in the province of Southern Leyte.

Here pregnant mothers, their husbands and the entire community join hands to ensure that health and financial cares of pregnant women and their families --- from conception to delivery and proper rearing of the child --- will be taken care of thru their local health best practices.

Alex Calonia, a father and village captain in Cabulihan, this town, says he is happy that his constituents now appreciate their health programs, like on “Buntis Baby Bank .”


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