Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Bohol claims third best
In regional sports fest

CORTES, Bohol, February 13 (PIA)—Bohol elementary athletes strained for its final ounces of strength which pushed them second place but it was not enough to tug the whole team Bohol up the medal tally boards, in the recently completed Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) sports meet in the City of Naga. 

At the end of the seven day sports hostilities, February 7-13, Bohol elementary covered for the medal deficit of Bohol’s secondary athletes which only mustered 11 gold medals to prop up the elementary athlete’s 20 gold medals for a sum of 31 for Bohol.

But this effort was only good enough for a third over-all rank, among 13 participating delegations at the athletic competitions held at the Teodoro Doring Meniola Sr. Sports Oval in Naga. 

Cebu City Nino’s homed with a total of 113 gold medal finishes, 71 silver medals and 59 bronze medals to be declared overall champs in the sports meet. 

Second to the Ninos is Mandaue City, whose athletes packed home 47 gold medal finishes, 42 silver medals and 47 bronze medals to be ranked second best. 

In its third over-all rank, Bohol harvested 31 gold medals, 40 silver and 65 bronze medal finishes.


After seven days, Bohol elementary athletes picked 20 gold medal finishes, 16 silver and 28 bronze finishes to rand second after Cebu City in the elementary category.

Cebu City elementary athletes proved superior with 32 gold finishes, 27 silver and 27 bronze medals to top the 12 other competing delegations.

Running in at close third in the category is Mandaue City, whose athletes romped home with 13 golds, 13 silvers and 18 bronze medals, while Cebu Province pulled a 12 gold, 20 silver and 24 bronze performance after seven days. 

Sidling in fourth is Cebu Province with a 12-20-20 gold-silver-bronze performance while Talisay City trailed with 12-6-10 gold-silver-bronze record. 


In the secondary division however, Bohol athletes could only gather as much as 11 gold medals, well behind Cebu City’s 81 gold medals, Mandaue City’s 30 gold medals, Cebu Province’s 16 gold medals and Lapulapu City’s 12 gold medal finishes.

Bohol secondary team ranks fifth in the secondary category, with 11 gold medals, 24 silver and 37 bronze finishes. 

Apart from 81 gold medals, Cebu City athletes also reaped 44 silvers and 32 bronze medals to be declared first in the secondary category. 

Meanwhile, aggressive Mandaue City delegation capped 30 gold medals, 29 silver and 29 bronze medal finishes to be second best in their high school division. 

Cebu Province nailed 16 gold medals, 16 silver and 25 bronze medal finishes to be ranked fourth in the secondary levels while Lapulapu City settled for a close fourth with 12 golds, 20 silvers and 24 bronze medals to ease up over Bohol’s fifth ranking. 

Bohol could only muster 11 golds, 24 silvers and 37 bronze finishes to get the fifth place in the secondary category. 


On the other hand, Tagbilaran City improved its performance when from the 13th position, it steadily moved up the competitive ladder to settle for 8th from the 11th place on day 2 and 13th on day 4 of competitions. 

Tagbilaran Elementary delegates earned 4 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 6 bronze while its secondary athletes delegation also picked 4 gold medal finishes, 10 silver and 14 bronze medals.

Overall, Tagbilaran City athletes went hoe with 8 gold medals, 20 silver and 20 bronze to rank 8th among 13 teams. 


The overall ranking are the following: First: Cebu City (113-71-59); Second: Mandaue City ((47-42-47); third Bohol: (31-40-65); Fourth: Cebu Province: 28-36-45); Fifth: Lapulapu (21-30-36); Sixth: Talisay City (19-15-16) and Seventh: Danao City (15-19-24).

Eighth: Tagbilaran City: (8-20-20); Ninth: City of Naga (3-3-14); Tenth: Siquijor (2-4-6); Eleventh (Carcar City (2-3-5); Twelfth: Toledo City (1-4-10); and Bogo City (0-5-8). (rac/PIA-7/Bohol) 

Dengue is more fatal 
than zika, says PHO

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 12 (PIA)— Let not the zika virus scare keep Bohol from slackening on its fighting stance against dengue. 

The statement is a sum of what a key health authority this as the worry about the rising threat of the new zika virus, appears to be derailing the widespread belief that dengue threat is more fearsome. 

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Reymoses Cabagnot said complications of dengue are fatal and are a serious threats that can’t be shrugged off.

When zika virus, which is now reported in the Latin American counties erupted, a global alarm was triggered.

Zika, a vector-borne disease is generally caused by similar dengue causing mosquitoes and recently confirmed to be sexually transmitted or by blood, becomes a real threat to pregnant mothers who may give birth to a child with a debilitating illness called microcephaly.

By microcephaly, Dr. Cabagnot means a child’s neurodevelopmental disorder wherein he is born with unusually smaller head circumference, which also relegates a smaller brain, thus most often results in severely impaired intellectual development. 

The virus's symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis, but in several cases, the symptoms do not even manifest, the health officer said. 

For dengue however, with the infection caused by day-biting aedes aegypti mosquitoes, when not treated, it graduates into bleeding or hemorrhaging. 

As to fatality rate, dengue is more fatal, Dr. Cabagnot declared.

“There was a suspected zika virus case in Cebu in 2012, but then we did not hear anything more from it,” Cabagnot, who has been reporting this on local radio stations. 

“When the Philippines is less than 24 hours from counties which had zika problems lately, we need to strictly impose procedures of entry of people from countries with confirmed cases,” he said. 

He also pushed on for authorities to monitor and continually do surveillance as well as contact tracing to keep suspected carriers on sight. 

But as to dengue, in 2014, Bohol noted 1,691 cases, of which 6 died.

Believing that was all of it before the disease would go down in its waning cycle, dengue proved even more fatal when it killed 14 of the 2,883 people who had the disease, Dr. Cabagnot shared. 

On this, he stressed, “We have always been asking people to do their share in the [anti-dengue] campaign.” 

He reminds people to remember the 4 S against dengue: seek early medical attention, seek and destroy the mosquitoes breeding places, Special protective personal equipment helps and say no to indiscriminate fogging. 

He also reminded everyone to pick up the 4 ‘o clock habit, a 4:00 PM clean-up drive to eliminate the breeding ground for mosquitoes, which might be carrying the virus. 

“Dengue can not be totally eliminated, but we can lessen the effect,” the doctor said.

“Let us do these steps before it is too late,” he warned. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

PHO recommends budget up 
for ABTC anti-rabies vaccines

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 12, (PIA)— The Provincial Health Office (PHO) is recommending to the Provincial Government additional funds for the effective operation of animal bite treatment centers (ABTCs), if Bohol wants a working anti-rabies program. 

This as records from the heath authorities bared the in 2014 alone, a total of 6,506 have been victimized by animal bites, over 90% of them, by dogs. By 2015 however, the number increased to 7,812 victims. 

In 2014, the PHO, which keeps track of animal bite cases reported two deaths possibly of rabies, a number which increased to 60% by 2015 which had 5 suspected rabies cases in humans. 

On the increase, the PHO through Dr Reymoses Cabagnot said, the increase can be an indication that bite victims are now coming out making sure these are reported, unlike before. 

The Bohol Rabies Prevention and Elimination program pushed the anti-rabies council to spread the word about the disease and the dire need for immediate medical attention for victims, considering that when the rabies virus gets to the victim's head, it's always fatal. 

With the information, health authorities notice an annual rise in bite cases, which also largely increased the need for vaccines.

In agreement with the DOH, Bohol set up in its hospitals some animal bite treatment centers (ABTCs) and trained staff to handle the rabies patients. This, as the DOH assures the supply of vaccines. 

According to a Joint Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, Department of Education and Department of Interior and Local Government Administrative Order No. 01 implementing rules and regulation in implementing the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007, it is the DOH responsibility to ensure availability and adequate supply of pre-qualified human anti-rabies vaccines in animal-bite treatment centers and shall coordinate with other implementing agencies for this purpose. 

The problem however is that, ABTCs in Bohol often do not have ready vaccines, reports Dr. Cabagnot, alarmed. 

"If there are arriving supplies, nobody can tell when and how much is available that we have patients forced to default treatment due to the unavailability of the vaccines and immunoglobulins," he told radio listeners at the forum. 

It is either we increase the budget to cover the additional cost of vaccines or we allow a private company to supply us with the vaccines, Cabagnot suggested. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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