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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

DOH conducts media forum

By Grace Montallana

DIPOLOG CITY - “We are appealing to the media people to support our program,” Ms. Virgie Galaretta, health education promotions officer of the Department of Health (DOH)-9 told the press in a forum held Friday at the Top Plaza Hotel here.

Galaretta also said the forum was conducted to give the media practitioners accurate information about the programs pursued by the DOH especially on its deworming and immunization activities.

The investigation result on the last mass deworming activity in schools was also presented in the forum.

As reported, several students complained of stomach pains and difficulty in breathing after taking the deworming tablets. This, Galaretta said, affected the School-based Immunization Program (SIP) for grades 1-7 students that ensued days after the deworming activity.

Galaretta reported that a decrease in the number of students immunized during the conduct of immunization of Measles Containing Vaccines (MCV) and Tetanus and diphtheria (Td) for Grade 1 and Measles Rebulla (MR) and Td for Grade 7 was observed.

The DOH is now tapping the media to help publicize its immunization program to encourage the students and the parents actively participate in the October 16, 2015 immunization program.

Galaretta assured the students that the medicines to be given to them are safe.
Provincial Sanitary Inspector Restie Kyamko, on the other hand, underscored the importance of cleanliness in the surroundings and homes to prevent dengue and other diseases caused by mosquito bites like filariasis, which would result in the enlargement of extremities and lymph nodes especially in end-stage cases. This disease can only be determined 5 to 10 years after a person got infected.
Persons suffering from filariasis can avail of free operations, medicines and laboratory, Health Education Promotions Officer Wilma R. Bulahan of the Provincial Health Office said.