Monday, April 4, 2011

Army exposes infiltration
plan at transport groups

Tagbilaran City, April 1, 2011 (PIA)---MILITANTS are infiltrating transport groups in the province to organize mass movements here, military sources said.

At the recent peace and order and internal security briefing during the Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting at the Bohol Tropics Resort, Army Lieutenant Colonel Romeo Brawner bared this based on their gathered reports.

The revelation Brawner gave was a few days prior to the 42nd anniversary of the New People’s Army, March 29.

For the anniversary, he said that they had unconfirmed reports that the Komiteng Rehiyon Sentral-Bisayas of the NPA will hold their anniversary activities either in Bohol or Negros Oriental.

The militants, another military source said are known members of the Bohol White Area Committee (BWAC) whom Brawner’s report also alludes are members of the Communist Party of the Philippines/ New People’s Army/ National Democratic Front.   

The BWAC, which operates as an organizing committee for District White Area Committee (DWAC) is considered an internal threat.

According to the special forces commanding officer in his previous briefing and presentation, BWAC is intensifying its recovery works in order to establish mass bases in preparation for the revival of the armed struggle.

The same is also done, Brawner said to facilitate the entry of armed groups who fled to Negros Oriental back into the province.

These mass bases will serve as lines of communications or ratlines of the NPA during movements from one place to another, Brawner shared.  

In Bohol, the BWAC is composed of 37 fulltime party members and 9 part time party members who are assigned specific tasks including human rights, education, health, finance, union, intelligence, property and internal security, the same military sources said.   

With the BWAC’s efforts to organize white area committees blown and the military countering them with pulong-pulongs and school visitation and fora as well as mass base visitations, the shift to infiltrating the transport sector can be logical, the other army source said.    

Apparently finding a ripe issue to instigate unrest, the militant workers in the white areas are now into instigating groups to project and propagandize.

The army colonel also pointed out that with the March 29 anniversary passing without incident here, it is clear that the CPP/NPA/NDF is now more of an economic threat that security threat. (racPIABohol)


Myths affect gov’t measles
Immunization program

A medical professional admits that medical myths have affected the government immunization programs and asks the public to help present the facts to debunk these loose tales.

Dr. Fruserma Mary Uy, Bohol assistant health officer said this while announcing the next round of measles immunization at the recent Kapihan sa PIA.

Dr. Uy was asked about the truth of a tale spun in the rural areas that there are vaccines that can cause polio or some disability to the recipient.

While she explained that in the case of polio, the vaccines introduced to the recipient do not have something to do with polio.

She also said the polio virus may have been dormant in the body and became full blown at the time of vaccination.

The lady doctor explained also that the myth of disability in the recipient caused by a hit-artery or vein could not happen as the vaccines are introduced subcutaneously.

The upcoming nationwide measles immunization runs starting next week until May 15 and targets children from 9 months old to 95 months old and includes even those who have already been given the anti-measles-rubella vaccines, Dr. Uy said.

According to her, on the day of the vaccination, teams go door-to door to administer the vaccines so there is no need for the parents or caregivers to bring the child to the nearest public health center. 

As soon as the team arrives, they would ask the parents to wash the child’s left upper arm with soa and clean water.

Team then screens the child for any serious allergic reaction to vaccines or any illness so the child could be brought to the nearest health center.

A screened child is then administered 0.5 ml of Measles-Rubela subcutaneously using an auto-disabled syringe used exclusively for the program.

The vaccination team also instructs the parents to bring the child to the nearest health center for routine immunizations.

If an immunized child manifests minor reactions, such as fever, swelling and tenderness at injection site and pain, paracetamol could be given, she said.

On usual practices of pressure over the injection site, medical professionals advice against it saying that applying anything or touching the injection site should be avoided.

In cases of untoward symptoms like inability to feed, vomiting, convulsions and sleepiness, parents are instruicted to bring the child to a nearby health facility, she urged. (racPIABohol)


4 towns earn awards for
High anti TB performance

FOR leading the towns into the way of posting a consistent High Performance in the program against quick tuberculosis detection and cure, four towns shared the limelight during the recent World TB Day Celebration.

The towns of Alicia, Anda, Dauis and Ubay each received a handsome plaque from the Department of Health and the Provincial Council Against Tuberculosis (PROCAT) during an awarding ceremony March 29, 2011 at the Metrocenter Hotel.

Department of Health Regional Director Susanna Madarieta in fact cited the awarding ceremony in Bohol as a far better cry over other provinces way of marking World TB Day.

Other that the four towns, another set of three towns also picked home another award for consistent high performance against TB.

The towns of Dimiao, Jagna and Getafe has had three consistent years of elevating its anti-TB performance, a thing that other local governments should emulate, urged members of the PROCAT.

Moreover, for their commitment and dedication, three members of the TB diagnostic committee (TBDC) in Bohol were presented Regional awards for Madarieta, Regional TB medical coordinator Dr. Enrique Sancho and Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto.

Recipient TBDC members with the regional citation were Drs. Napoleon Nazareno-pulmonologist, Rommel Cagadas-radiologist and Nenita Tumanda-internist.

Also on that Day, the Department of Health cited Bohol’s provincial anti TB Council as the only functional council in the region.

Dr. Madarieta highlighted the council’s dedication even as she witnessed the oath taking of the new set of officers for the Bohol Federated TB Task Force Association as administered by Gov. Chatto.

Tuberculosis still kills some 96 Filipinos annually, Dr. Enrique Sancho cited the DOH statistics.

Over this, Dr. Madarieta even said that Governor Chatto wants the provincial program to aim for the full TB eradication here.

With the awards handed out annually, PROCAT chairman Gov. Chatto called for a full partnership among sectors here to keep the people away from the threat of the disease.

The provincial theme for the World TB Day was Isulong and Laban sa TB: Malusog na Kabataan, Pag-asa ng Bayan. (racPIABohol)


 DOH hands microscopes
to Bohol anti-TB centers

THE DEPARTMENT of Health hands in 25 medical apparatuses to Bohol local microscopy centers as the fight to eliminate tuberculosis widens.

Recipients are the microscopy centers of Alburquerque, Anda Antequera, Bien Unido, Danao, Dauis, Duero, Jagna Getafe, Loay, Loboc. Lila, Loon, Mabini, Panglao, Pilar, president Garcia, Sagbayan, Sevilla, Sierra Bullones, Tagbilaran City, Talibon, Valencia Ubay, the Provincial Health Office and the Don Emilio Del Valle Hospital, also in Ubay

The apparatuses, in the form of microscopes would be useful for Tuberculosis Directly Observed Treatment Systems (TB DOTS) microscopy center to enhance early disease detection and hasten cure for tuberculosis, medical experts at the Dr. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital explain.

Rural health workers have been instructed to seek out patients with three day coughs and refer them to TB DOTS at rural health centers where a medical technologist can tests sputum samples for tuberculosis detection.

The examinations, done in a laboratory would primarily use a microscope, medical experts shared.

Seeing how tuberculosis can affect productivity as well as drain family resources, Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto has rallied people here to help suspected patients realize that there is a cure for tuberculosis.

Moreover, he urged people to help patients so that treatment can not be missed and ascertain the cure.

Missed treatments can make the bacteria resistant to drugs and a drug resistant TB can be extremely expensive for the government, stresses Health regional director Susanna Madarieta during the World TB Day Celebration held at the MetroCenter Hotel March 29, 2011.

The Cebu-based regional director also heaped praises for Bohol citing its consistent high detection and cure rates, adding that health program implementation has always been done religiously in Bohol.

Bohol has always been our favorite, Madarieta beamed.

With this, the lady doctor also added that the fight here will be done with greater intensity and seriousness as the target it to get TB out of the ten leading causes of deaths in the country. (racPIABohol)

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