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Q2 8.1

In response to the COVID-19 vaccination campaign of the Department of Health, the Health Promotion Unit conducted a series of strategic communication and demand generation for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign for government agencies’ information officers, media practitioners, Human Resource for Health (HRH) team leaders, and hospital and local government unit’s Health Education and Promotion Officers (HEPO) in the provinces of North Cotabato, Sarangani, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and General Santos City.

Q2 7.1

World Malaria Day takes place on the 25th of April of each year. It is an internationally recognized day wherein global efforts to control Malaria are highlighted and achievements are celebrated. On April 21-22, the Malaria Control and Elimination Program or MCEP, celebrated the said day in Batang Baglas and Namat Masla of Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat Province. These barangays have the most Malaria cases in the region.

A lecture on Malaria prevention was conducted by the Provincial Health Education and Promotion Officer and representatives from all stakeholders were given a chance to speak.

Giveaways such as long-lasting insecticides were distributed during the activity

Treated nets were provided by Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc., and Malaria rapid diagnostic tests were conducted by the Department of Health - Human Resources for Health - Rural Health Unit and RHU staff. Entertainment was also provided by the regional team, as well as by the Manobo participants wherein their cultural dances were featured.

It is the program’s hope and dream that activities such as the World Malaria Day celebration will further strengthen the advocacy and willpower of the people to achieve a Malaria Free Philippines by 2030.

A recent survey was conducted by Jama Health on selected individuals on their hesitancy to be vaccinated. The development of the vaccines was eagerly awaited but there was also an increase rejection of inoculation. This poses strain and stress on the person’s mental health while making their decision to be vaccinated or not.

Fear of adverse effects was the top reason why they don’t want to be vaccinated and this is due to misinformation on the consequences of inoculation. For the DOH-CHD SOCCSKSARGEN employees to overcome this and in preparation for the inoculation, the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Mental health program supported by the Gender and Development (GAD) plan conducted stress debriefing last May 18, 2021 on 60 employees belonging to Priority A2 and Priority A3.

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A total of 167 employees have been vaccinated with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine from May 20 to June 17, 2021, at the Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Office. This is part of the DOH’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program to save lives and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the total number, 157 employees have been inoculated with Sinovac CoronoVac and 10 employees with Oxford AstraZeneca. Four (4) employees who are senior citizens aged 60 and above were under Priority A2, and 163 employees were under Priority A3 or persons with comorbidities.

DOH-CHD SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Director Dr. Aristides Concepcion Tan reminded all employees to present themselves for assessment especially those with high blood pressure to take their maintenance before getting vaccinated.

“Those who are still contemplating or not yet vaccinated, please present yourself for assessment and the needed profile so that you’ll get vaccinated, take this opportunity for this will just come now or you might lose the opportunity,” he emphasized.

The Director further explained that vaccination is one of the methods that will give one the confidence that a person will be more or less safe from the virus or the complication of the COVID-19 virus.

“As a precaution, as you go out of this compound, make sure you observe the standard health protocols because on your way home, you might still get the virus,” he added.

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