The Rabies and Leprosy Program of DOH-Regional Office XII conducted the 1st National Program Implementation Review last October 23-27, 2016 at The Farm, Koronadal City. It was attended by the National and Regional Rabies and Leprosy Coordinators, the Knowledge Management Information Technology Service (KMITS), Novartis Foundation, Leprosy Association of the Philippines, World Health Organization (WHO) and Provincial/City Veterinarian Offices of Region XII. The Program Started with an opening remarks given by Dr. Ali T. Tumama, the Infectious Disease Cluster Head. Datu Ali Salik, RN the DOH-RO XII Rabies and Leprosy Program Coordinator introduced the participants.
The activity started with a two (2) minute presentation of the different regions on their accomplishments and success stories on Rabies and Leprosy programs. On the 2nd day of the activity, Dr. Ernesto Villalon, the National Rabies and Leprosy Program Coordinator gave updates on the Leprosy Task Force and Rabies Control Program. It was followed by Global updates which was given by Dr. Maria Nerissa Dominguez of WHO. The second part of the activity was the presentation of the Proposed Guidelines on Sub-Allotment funds for 2017 and vaccine distributions and monitoring presented by Mr. Edgardo Erce which was followed by Health Promotion updates given by Dr. Ernesto Villalon. The National Rabies Information System (NARIS) and Integrated Leprosy Information System (ILIS) was reviewed and updated by the KMITs personnel with the information that the two systems will be fully functional by January 2017. Dr. Ali Tumama also gave inputs on localizing guidelines on Rabies free area/zone emphasizing the necessity of declaring Rabies-free province/municipality. On the 3rd day, was the strategic planning activity for both programs wherein all regional coordinators drafted their plan of activities for 2017 based on the approved budget provided by the national office. It was indeed a successful activity where majority of the issues and concerns raised by coordinators and veterinarians were clearly answered and given recommendations as planned by the national program coordinators to eliminate/control these diseases. It was also announced that in the year 2019, the Rabies and Leprosy Control Program will be holding an international event. Expected participants will be the different regional coordinators and other partner agencies working hand in hand to eliminate or reduce the spread of these diseases.