Monday, June 10, 2013

“Kidney tests” on in Jagna, Loon 

Carmen health district this week
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 10, 2013 (PIA) –Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS) and urinalysis tests for patients suspected to have kidney problems continue for three Bohol inter-local districts within the week, sources from the Provincial Health Office said. 

FBS and urinalysis tests for the presence of diabetes, most common cause of chronic kidney disease, health experts said. 

Days ago, rural health unit (RHU) doctors all over the province also pre-screened individuals to get the 20 patients for the inter-local screening where complete FBS and urinalysis would be given, says Machiavelia Caliao, nurse and coordinator of the Bohol Renal Disease Prevention Program (REDCOP). 

The screenings are in preparation for the medical consultation this June 20, which fellows at the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) and the Department of Health (DOH) brings to Bohol in time for the National Kidney Disease Prevention Month in June. 

NKTI and the DOH opens up a free medical outreach program for kidney patients on June 20 at the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital, aside from kidney fora and public consultations set for the day, according to kidney month activities co-convenor, Philippine Information Agency. 

On June 11, health authorities from the Provincial health Office, (PHO) those who advocate for renal disease prevention, comes to Jagna District Hospital for a half day free FBS and urinalysis to pick out patients who shall be in for the medical consultations on June 20, by the NKTI and DOH renal disease specialists.

Screening activities happen at the Teodoro B. Galagar District Hospital from 8:00-12:00 noon. 

At the Jagna pre-screening, patients eligible to join are those who have been sent by RHUs in Valencia, Garcia- Hernandez, Jagna, Duero, Guindulman, Mabini, Candijay, Anda and Alicia; or from the towns in the Jagna health service catchment. 

On June 13, the team moves to Loon Health District, at the Natalio P. Castillo Memorial Hospital for similar pre-screening. 

Here, another 20 patients pre-identified by the RHUs of the towns of Antequera, Maribojoc, Loon, Calape, Tubigon, Clarin and Inabanga go for medical tests: FBS and urinalysis to be able to get free medical consultations on the 20th of June in Tagbilaran. 

By June 14, the same team goes to Carmen Health District, which centers its kidney activities at the Cong Simeon Toribio Memorial Hospital. 

Another free FBS and urinalysis can be availed by 20 patients, each coming from the towns of Loboc, Bilar, Batuan, Carmen, Sevilla, Dagohoy, Pilar, Sierra Bullones, Danao and Sagbayan. 

Dengue Awareness Month 
Dengue downs 5, stings 688 
Boholanos in first 5 months 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 10, 2013 (PIA) – This early, dengue has claimed four and its sting has hassled 688 lives in the opening five months of 2013 to date, data from the Provincial Health Office shows. 

The figures also high-light the need for a more serious community effort to swat the disease off Boholanos’ most recent scourges, hints the PHO who continue to monitor and relentlessly buzz the alarm against the disease. 

Dengue hemorrhagic fever, or dengue fever, which aedes Aegypti mosquito bites cause, has claimed 24 lives in 2012. 

That time too, the PHO recorded 2,475 cases of dengue affectation among Boholanos, the figure could even be lower considering those people who resort to traditional medicines, which is common among Boholanos. 

But based on the compiled records from hospitals all over the province, the 2,475 cases and the 24 deaths should be a wake-up call to barangays who are in a perfect position to drive the threat for good, according to PHO Dr. Reymoses Cabagnot. 

The statement also fits into the observation that the Department of Health (DOH)-launched Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD) did not get through in Bohol yet. 

Through ABKD, the DOH calls for a unified barangay effort to make ABaKaDa calls for regular weekly clean-up drives spearheaded by the barangay leaders and includes the active participation of community volunteers, civil society and others in government. 

“ABaKaDa seeks to reinforce the country’s drive against dengue by going back to the basics of comprehensive vector control supported by environmental manipulation and modification,” Health Secretary Enrique Ona said during its launch last year. 

According to sources from the DOH, the campaign urges families, barangay leaders and youth councils (Sangguniang Kabataan) to do community clean-up drives and to aggressively seek and clean out possible mosquito breeding sites every week especially in areas that continue to experience clustering of dengue cases. 

On the other hand, school authorities are also urged to implement search and destroy operations at the school premises at least every week before classes break on a weekend. 

Other stakeholders, such as owners or managers of business establishments/malls and construction sites, are also strongly encouraged to initiate and sustain their own clean-up activities in their areas. 

In Bohol, even the Provincial Government has initiated efforts to advance anti-dengue activities including a radio plug through a dengue jingle, which local stations regularly play during rainy months. 

But despite all these, PHO notes high cases reported from Tagbilaran City at 148. 

Other than Tagbilaran, also noted with high incidence of dengue are Loon (102), Talibon (52), Dauis (41), Panglao (31), Jagna (32), Tubigon (24), Getafe (19), Baclayon (17), and Calape (15). 

Except for Alicia and Dagohoy, all other towns in Bohol had at least one dengue case recorded in the opening five months of 2013. 

Over these, PHOP in Bohol continues to call on communities to aggressively pursue ABKD especially this June, which the government declares as the National Dengue Awareness Month.

Dengue Awareness Month 
Don’t disregard dengue, 
688 down with disease 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 10, 2013 (PIA) –Do not wait for the fever to go beyond a day. 

This sums up the advice which medical practitioners dispensed during the recent Kapihan sa PIA Thursday. 

Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Greg Sodusta urged relatives of people with high and persistent fever to immediately seek proper medical treatment and not wait for hemorrhaging to set in. 

Almost always, hemorrhaging in dengue becomes fatal, according to medical experts. 

Bohol dengue coordinator Teresita Sarigumba warns that fever from two to seven days, headaches, muscle and joint pains, nose and gum-bleeding, nausea and vomiting, petichae and red spots are already the known symptoms of the disease brought by aedes aegypti mosquito bites. 

But, due to the atypical characteristic of dengue, which has developed 4 strains since its coming out as public health threat, it is always advisable to take due caution, Dr. Sodusta warns. 

By due precaution, PHO means early medical consultation, proper disease management and blood transfusion if necessary. 

Considering the disease is all caused by mosquito bites, Dr. Sodusta suggests a simple formula: “No Mosquitoes, No Dengue.” 

Thriving in areas where breeding becomes easy, mosquitoes tend to stay near clean water which is hospitable to their breeding. 

“In situations like this, all stagnant water collected in uncovered receptacles must be emptied, large bodies of stagnant water deployed with chemicals that can kill mosquito larvae,” according to Dr. Sodusta. 

Also, Sarigumba added, water in vases must changed every now and then, rain gutters regularly cleaned from collected water and school children, when applicable, could wear long sleeved shirts, pants and socks, including insect repellants to be protected. 

The government, through the Department of Health launched Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue in order to engage communities into sustainably conduct clean-up operations to discourage mosquitoes which like dark and damp areas. 

In her concluding statements, dengue coordinator reminds Boholanos to follow the 4S against Dengue. 

Search and destroy mosquito breeding places, exercise Self protection by wearing protective clothing, seek medical consultations immediately and say no to indiscriminate fogging. 

The PHO authorities said this in the light of a rising trend in dengue affectation in Bohol as noted in the beginning months of the year. 

This early, dengue has claimed five lives and downed 688 Boholanos from January to date, PHO said. 

Brace for 2013 
“dengue year” 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 10, 2013 (PIA) –Brace for yet another year of high dengue incidence. 

Provincial Health Office (PHO) authorities painted this bleak scenario, after showing a recurring cycle of dengue affectation in Bohol, one that builds up to a peak and then suddenly nosedives to almost nil, after a cycle of years. 

Dr. Greg Sodusta, Assistant PHO here pointed out that in 2010, dengue killed 25 Boholanos, and the mosquito bite caused disease downed some 2,647. 

By 2011, the disease caused by any of the five strains of dengue-causing aedes aegypti mosquitoes, Bohol had 3 deaths and 147 patients who found their way to the various public and private hospitals for treatments. 

Then just as suddenly as it dropped from the top, dengue went on a rampage, claiming 21 deaths in 2012 and momentarily disabling 2,403 patients at a time. 

As the year started, the PHO has gathered reports all over Bohol from January to June 7, 2013, and another bleak picture is projected. 

Records from the PHO bared that by far, dengue has claimed five lives and has sent 688 Boholanos to different hospitals all over the province. 

In fact, the most promising development by far is that, of Bohol’s 47 towns and a city, only Dagohoy and Alicia towns registered no dengue cases as yet. 

But this is only for the first five months and two weeks, pointed out PHO authorities who still aspire for a more serious coordinated action from communities to fully swat the problem off Boholanos’ worry list. 

Dr. Sodusta suggested that a more serious implementation of the Aksyon Barangay Contra Dengue is necessary for a sustained anti-dengue drive in the communities. 

We have to pick up the 4:00 cleaning up and emptying of containers which breeding sites for mosquitoes, Dr Sodusta urged. 

A graphic representation of the two-year dengue report from the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU) bared that the annual dengue incidence showed a rising trend starting from June to peak in August before it drops in December. 

PESU Fritzie Olaguir also said that regional health authorities then believed that dengue then followed a five-year cycle before it starts its peaking all over again. 

Dengue coordinator as PHO, Teresita Sarigumba confirmed this but bared that dengue has become too unpredictable that authorities tend to consider a three-year cycle for its peaking before it goes down anew. 

Based on this trend, Bohol could be facing a tougher year. 

Guesting the weekly Kapihan sa PIA, Dr. Sodusta along with Bohol Dengue Coordinator Teresita Sarigumba and Fritzie Olaguir of the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU) also reported that Tagbilaran City leads Bohol’s most number of dengue patients. 

Tagbilaran City had some 148 residents affected, and a death was noted in the first five months of the year. 

Single deaths were also recorded in Batuan, Bilar, Clarin, Carlos P. Garcia towns. 

Also among the towns with the most number of cases are Loon (102), Talibon (52), Dauis (41), Panglao (31), Jagna (32), Tubigon (24), Getafe (19), Baclayon (17) and Calape (15).

PLDT taps Bohol to fast web 
thru 2 fiber optic sub-cables 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol. June 10, 2013 (PIA) – If plans do not miscarry, Bohol would have another two fast and reliable connection to the global fiber-optic communications superhighway, this time via the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Company Incorporated. 

Fiber-Optic connection is now a sought after technology for data transfer and heavy communications as it converts bits of information into digital pulses to be sent to a wide bandwidth characteristic of silica and plastic line, allowing thousands-fold of digitized data transfer in a short time, according to communications and data transfer engineers here. 

Years ago, rival Globe Telecommunications Company laid out the intricate network of fiber optic cables threading to coastal towns in Bohol. It was not clear however if the network is now connected outside Bohol. 

But, last May 22, 2013, during a PLDT Business Forum in Tagbilaran City, PLDT business head for Visayas and Mindanao Exchanges presented the company’s plans for Bohol. 

Nilo Bantilan, PLDT’s business head said the business forum was in response to clamors from local stakeholders to be updated on Bohol’s information communications technology (ICT) competitiveness and the growing demand for improved telecommunications service for the province. 

He also said part of the activity was to update Boholano stakeholders on new developments from the telecommunications company for Bohol. 

The business forum held May 22, 2013 at the Bohol Tropics Resort, had representatives from the local hotel industry, chamber of commerce and industry, tourism council, ICT council, government offices, the academe and some other private sector institutions taking a hard look at Bohol’s ICT potential. 

Earlier, Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto has also flaunted Bohol’s potential as a strong Business Process Outsourcing center owing to its top schools and equally globally competitive workers. The putting up of fiber optic connections facilitate his plan. 

Bantilan told conference participants that PLDT has already started putting up two fiber optic submarine cables to Bohol: one coming from Cebu to the Municipality of Clarin, while another coming from Cagayan de Oro to the Municipality of Garcia-Hernandez. 

He further said that based on PLDTs program of works, this fiber optic connection is expected to be finished by the first quarter of 2014. 

With Tagbilaran recently awarded as the next New Wave City in the country, PLDTs move to connect Bohol to the national fiber optic backbone is a welcome development as Bohol opens its doors to investments in the IT industry, according to Department of Trade and Industry information officer Vierna Ligan. 

Bantilan also said PLDT is capable of providing up to 10 gigabytes of internet bandwidth, depending on the demand of IT locators. 

He then encouraged stakeholders and the provincial government to work hand in hand in making Bohol an excellent IT location in the country.

SanayGuro ’13 caps workshop 
With heritage themed-shows 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 10, 2013 (PIA) –Culminating showcases capped the end of the four-day Sanay Guro, National Training Program for Special program for the Arts Teachers in the Visayas, held at the Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School (DCPNHS) June 3-7. 

Four showcases, each exploring different artistic staging genre took the audience to three different venues in less than an hour as teachers in training took the stage to show what they could impart to their secondary school learners. 

Workshop participants form Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Occidental all performed as actors, dancers and instrumentalists, in their rendition of four numbers: Pangayaw: a Dance Drama of the southern tribes, Tubig, Kinabuhi: a dance drama performed to the tune of Joey Ayala’s Bathala, excerpts from Sina Maria as si Kiling in a musical and a parodic comedy called Litaniya. 

Sanay Guro is a collaborative project of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Department of Education (DepED) to help train artistically inclined students to take up arts for a living after graduation by equipping the teachers in the Special program for the Arts (SPA), explains NCCA Drama Committee Chair and Boholano Lutgardo Labad in the activity’s welcome remarks. 

In another short message, NCCA Visayas theater coordinator Tanya Lopez disclosed that teaching the arts is like teaching happiness in the classroom, a clever way to catch the short attention span of students, while reclaiming the country’s lost arts. 

The Bohol Sanay Guro culmination presentations explored Filipino culture and traditions themes, a direct application of the program aim of allowing SPA teachers to gain comprehensive skills in developing local or regional lessons based on heritage and cultural themes. 

It may also be recalled that DCPNHS is among the 17 government schools in the Philippines which pilots the SPA, which has also been running and attracting students for more than a year, training organizers revealed. 

However, teachers in the program admit they have not been properly trained to handle such subjects identified for the program that an annual workshop to share experiences and explore other creative methods would be necessary. 

The NCCA and DepEd believe that an institutionalized SPA cultivates a good source of future artists, cultural workers and educators, Labad said, during an informal exchange of ideas on the sidelines of the activity. 

“But there is still so much to work on, especially when arts education forms only a very small part in the curriculum for teachers,” the Boholano multi-awarded artist and cultural worker admitted. 

Program proponents also share Labad’s observation about the urgent need of artist-teachers who have been professionally trained to teach the various arts disciplines. 

Lopez, on the other hand also agree that four days of cramming a year-long syllabus for the SPA is barely enough. 

Many participants however said, “that is better than having none [workshop] at all.”

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