- Written by Christian Dave L. Tan
To promote maternal health and nutrition, the Department of Health – Center for Health Development SOCCSKSARGEN Region joined the advocacy for safe motherhood by celebrating the Safe Motherhood Week on May 10-14, 2021 with the theme “Inay, Espesyal ka, sa Panahon ng Pandemya.” The Safe Motherhood Week is celebrated every second week of May under Presidential Proclamation No. 200 signed in 2002 giving particular attention to illiterate and disadvantaged women in depressed and hinterland communities to reduce maternal mentality. The celebration serves as a reminder not only for families to look after their babies but also for mothers to look after themselves.
Safe motherhood means ensuring all women receive the care they need to be safe and healthy throughout pregnancy and childbirth. With the outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) being declared as a Public Health Emergency of international concern, special attention is needed to prevent and minimize the negative consequences of COVID-19 for pregnant women and newborns. All pregnant women including those with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections have the right to high quality care before, during, and after childbirth. This includes antenatal, newborn, postnatal, intrapartum, and mental health care.
In Region 12, forty-one (41) died due to maternal problems in 2020 with a mortality rate of 56.95 per 100,000 live births based on the data from the Field Health Services Information System (FHSIS). The most common direct causes of maternal injury and death are excessive blood loss, infection, high blood pressure, unsafe abortion, and obstructed labor. Indirect causes are anemia, malaria, and heart disease. Most maternal deaths are however preventable with timely management by a skilled health professional working in a supportive environment.
- Written by Christian Dave L. Tan
The Department of Health – Center for Health Development SOCCSKSARGEN region celebrated Hypertension Awareness Month in simultaneous activities held in South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, and General Santos City on May 5, 2021.
The activity was spearheaded by the Health Promotion Unit and was attended by the rural health officers, provincial non-communicable disease coordinators, and persons with hypertension.
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a serious medical condition wherein the blood moves at a higher blood pressure than normal. It is a silent killer because it has no warning symptoms and is often undiagnosed for many.
The celebration of hypertension awareness is observed every month of May by virtue of Proclamation No. 1761 signed on May 1, 2009, to increase cognizance of Filipinos about hypertension’s considerable risks, signs, and symptoms as well as its prevention and control. The impact of premature death and disability is counted not only in the loss of families but also in the negative effects on our national productivity and socio-economic development.
In Region 12, hypertension is the leading cause of morbidity based on the data gathered by the Field Health Services Information System (FHSIS). There are 26,887 cases recorded in 2020 with a rate of 546.49 per 100,000 population.
Guillermo Perez Conlu, Sr., 72 years old from Sultan Kudarat, one of the participants in the event thanked the DOH-CHD SOCCSKSARGEN for having this activity, “Maganda po na may mga ganitong programa ang gobyerno dahil natututunan talaga namin kung paano ang maintenance ng hypertension, mga gamot, mga bawal gawin at ang importante sa lahat ay ang pagpapa blood pressure,” he said.
- Written by Humberline A. Osoteo
The Center for Health Development XII Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CHDEMPUC XII) received a Certificate of Recognition given by the Cooperative Development Authority during the Gawad Parangal on October 29, 2020 at the Cotabato City People’s Palace.
CHDEMPUC XII Vice-Chairperson Mr. Godwin Lord Y. Gallo, RN, MPH received the said award handed by Dr. Danda N. Juanday, City Administrator and Ms. Belen S. Tanghal, Senior Cooperative Development Specialist.
In response to the Bayanihan Act I “We Heal as One”, the CHDEMPUC XII in collaboration with CSWD of Cotabato City gave packed goods like coffee, sugar, milk and biscuits to 60 indigent residents of Cotabato City on August 06, 2020. The office also distributed face masks to all members of the Cooperative on September 01, 2020, as its answer to the Bayanihan Act II.
The Cooperative and its 115 members are grateful that it finally has been acknowledged for its efforts in extending community service during the pandemic. With the recognition received, the Cooperative will continue to serve its purpose to the members and its stakeholders.
The CHDEMPUC XII was established on June 03, 2003 with 25 members exclusively for permanent employees of the Department of Health – Center for Health Development SOCCSKSARGEN Region.
It envisions to be a strong, viable, and competitive multi-purpose cooperative institution that shall be responsive to the social and economic needs of the members and its stakeholders. CHDEMPUC XII’s mission is to improve the economic and social wellbeing of members and stakeholders by providing them with adequate financial and affordable quality service.
- Written by Juvy Ann Gubaton, RN
Eighteen (18) new doctors were deployed to nine (9) government hospitals of the different provinces in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region.
The said skilled doctors dubbed as “Espesyalista ng Bayan” under the Post-Residency Deployment Program (PRDP) CY 2021 chose to serve their oneyear Post-Residency Deployment effective April 5, 2021 until April 4, 2022 in the different Level 1 and 2 government hospitals in Region 12.
Among the 18 resident doctors, three (3) Internal Medicine (IM) practitioners were deployed at Cotabato Provincial Hospital, two (2) IM Practitioners at M’lang District Hospital and one (1) IM Practitioner for Dr. Amado Diaz Foundation Hospital. Meanwhile, two (2) IM Practitioners were deployed at the Sultan Kudarat Provincial Hospital.
The provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani, two of the pilot areas of integration sites in the whole country for the implementation of Republic Act 11223 or Universal Health Care (UHC) were also recipients. Two (2) IM Practitioners were deployed at the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital and one (1) IM Practitioner at the Norala District Hospital.
RIEL N. BACLAYON, MD
ADRIAN RONALD A. ESPINO, MD
BONN T. MA, MD
DENISE C. DELOS REYES, MD
SULTAN KUDARAT PROVINCE
DEMI SUZANE D. ONG
RAINA MAE J. RAMBAOA
SOUTH COTABATO PROVINCE
VON LOVEL D. ZARRA, MD
DAVE MAR L. PELERE, MD
ROCHELLE ANNE M. TARRAZONA, MD
MIGUEL JAIME S. MACARIO, MD
EIKIM INO D. CHOMI, MD
JESTONI S. SUGURAN, MD
VINNA D. FACINABAO, MD
BIN RASHID A. CHIN, MD
KIM MERCK J. RANGGAN, MD
GICELLE M. RAPISURA, MD