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World Malaria Day 2014What is Malaria? Since I was a kid, I always hear the word Malaria from my parents especially when we have visitors or relatives coming from far flung areas. It was one of the diseases that stuck in my mind until I entered college where I thought Malaria was already vanished for I studied and stayed in Manila and never heard anymore of that. But when I have my Post Graduate Course, I learned about Millennium Development Goals, and one of which is MDG 6 Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases. I heard it again and thought it does not exist anymore but I was wrong, Malaria still exist and still a global problem. Again, what is Malaria? Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals caused by parasitic protozoans (a type of unicellular microorganism) of the genus Plasmodium. Commonly, the disease is transmitted by a bite from an infected female Anopheles mosquito, which introduces the organisms from its saliva into a person's circulatory system.

doh anniviversaryA celebration doesn’t need to be very luxurious and big. It only needs participation and willingness to make it memorable and successful.With this mentality, the Department of Health, Regional Office XII celebrated the 118th year anniversary of the Department of Health in its simplest but happiest event last June 23, 2016 at SB Montañer Hall, Department of Health, Regional Office XII, ARMM Compound, Cotabato City.

It began with an opening remark and a message from the department’s Chief Administrative Officer, Ms. Leda C. Tejam, MPA. She gave a short but meaningful message to the audience. She also congratulated everyone for reaching another year of struggles and success in promoting health, helping those who had health concerns and giving the quality service for the citizen.

4-in-1 kick off activityThe Department of Health Regional Office XII headed by Director Francisco V. Mateo, MD, MPH, CESE, in partnership with the City Health Office, General Santos City and United Private Midwives of GSC Inc. successfully celebrated 4 in 1 Kick Off last August 1, 2016 for Family Planning and Breastfeeding Month, Lung and School-Based Immunization Month. It started with a motorcade around General Santos City participated in by different partners and stakeholders from the private/government hospitals, birthing homes, OB-GYNE Association of GSC, Pediatrician Association of GSC, DepEd Nurses, Government/Private Lying-in Clinics, Academe, Private/Government Institutions, students, Civil Society Organizations, PNP and Family Planning of the Philippines.