DENGUE CASES IN CALABARZON UP BY 124%

The Department of Health (DOH)- CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) reported an increase of 124 percent, higher than the reported cases during the same period in 2021.

DOH-Calabarzon Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia said all provinces in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) recorded an upward trend in dengue cases due to the rainy season and increased mobility.

“Patuloy ang pagtaas ng cases natin sa dengue, dahil parin sa patuloy na mga pag-ulan at ang pagtaas ng mobility dahil sa economic activity,” Valencia said. 

Valencia added that CALABARZON posted 11, 842 dengue cases or 124 percent higher than the 5, 287 cases recorded during the same period last year. There were 19 deaths recorded. Data also showed that the primary age group affected by dengue ranged from 1 to 10 years old.

Laguna logged the highest number of cases at 3, 705 followed by Rizal with 2, 554; Cavite with 2, 077; Quezon 1, 799; Batangas with 1, 599; and Lucena with 108.

DOH encouraged residents to take the necessary precautions as cases continue to rise since the rainy season is not over. 

“Nananawagan ako sa lahat ng mga residente na gawin ang lahat ng mga pag-iingat para maiwasan natin ang paghantong sa epidemic,” Valencia added. 

“Ngayong nagsimula na ang face-to-face classes, pinaalalahanan din natin ang mga guro na gawin ang mga kaukulang hakbang para maprotektahan natin ang mga bata habang nasa loob ng paaralan,” Valencia concluded. 

Prior to the opening of classes last August 22, the DOH CALABARZON in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) has launched the “Para sa Henerasyong Healthy, Balik Sigla sa Pagbalik Eskwela” in selected schools in CALABARZON. 

The campaign highlights the school-based Dengue Awareness Campaign with 4S strategy, 7 healthy habits, COVID-19 vaccination, and Konsultayo campaigns of the DOH.

DOH CALABARZON has distributed anti-dengue and other vector control supplies to schools and the Local Government Units (LGUs), highlighting the ceremonial installation of Olyset nets.

The DOH reiterated its reminder to the public to follow the 4S strategy, referring to search and destroy breeding places, secure self-protection, seek early consultation, and support fogging or spraying in hotspot areas to prevent an outbreak.

Dengue is transmitted through the bite of a female mosquito (Aedes aegypti). Symptoms include a sudden onset of fever with severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, rash, easy bruising, and nose or gum bleeding. 

The Department of Health (DOH)- CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) reported an increase of 124 percent, higher than the reported cases during the same period in 2021.

DOH-Calabarzon Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia said all provinces in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) recorded an upward trend in dengue cases due to the rainy season and increased mobility.

“Patuloy ang pagtaas ng cases natin sa dengue, dahil parin sa patuloy na mga pag-ulan at ang pagtaas ng mobility dahil sa economic activity,” Valencia said. 

Valencia added that CALABARZON posted 11, 842 dengue cases or 124 percent higher than the 5, 287 cases recorded during the same period last year. There were 19 deaths recorded. Data also showed that the primary age group affected by dengue ranged from 1 to 10 years old.

Laguna logged the highest number of cases at 3, 705 followed by Rizal with 2, 554; Cavite with 2, 077; Quezon 1, 799; Batangas with 1, 599; and Lucena with 108.

DOH encouraged residents to take the necessary precautions as cases continue to rise since the rainy season is not over. 

“Nananawagan ako sa lahat ng mga residente na gawin ang lahat ng mga pag-iingat para maiwasan natin ang paghantong sa epidemic,” Valencia added. 

“Ngayong nagsimula na ang face-to-face classes, pinaalalahanan din natin ang mga guro na gawin ang mga kaukulang hakbang para maprotektahan natin ang mga bata habang nasa loob ng paaralan,” Valencia concluded. 

Prior to the opening of classes last August 22, the DOH CALABARZON in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) has launched the “Para sa Henerasyong Healthy, Balik Sigla sa Pagbalik Eskwela” in selected schools in CALABARZON. 

The campaign highlights the school-based Dengue Awareness Campaign with 4S strategy, 7 healthy habits, COVID-19 vaccination, and Konsultayo campaigns of the DOH.

DOH CALABARZON has distributed anti-dengue and other vector control supplies to schools and the Local Government Units (LGUs), highlighting the ceremonial installation of Olyset nets.

The DOH reiterated its reminder to the public to follow the 4S strategy, referring to search and destroy breeding places, secure self-protection, seek early consultation, and support fogging or spraying in hotspot areas to prevent an outbreak.

Dengue is transmitted through the bite of a female mosquito (Aedes aegypti). Symptoms include a sudden onset of fever with severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, rash, easy bruising, and nose or gum bleeding.

CALABARZON LOGS 68 COVID-19 DEATHS IN AUGUST – DOH

Sonny T. Mallari

LUCENA CITY—With the continued spike in COVID-19 cases in Calabarzon, at least 68 infected patients died in the region this month, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Data from the Health Education and Promotion Unit of DOH-Calabarzon on Thursday, August 11, showed that there were 10 new COVID-19 fatalities in the region.

Cavite topped the list with 19 deaths this month. It was followed by Batangas (18), Laguna (18), Rizal (8) and Quezon, including Lucena City (5).

Last month, at least 89 COVID-19-infected patients died in the region.

The DOH-Calabarzon tallied 4,299 active COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 11, reflecting an increase from 733 on July 1, data showed.

The analytics group OCTA Research explained that the high COVID-19 positivity rate could be partly due to the public’s waning immunity against the viral disease.

The positivity rate refers to the percentage of tests that turn out positive for COVID-19. Above 20 percent is considered very high, OCTA said.

Dr. Guido David, an OCTA Research fellow, tagged the positivity rate in Laguna (33.2) as “very high.”

David said the positivity rates in Quezon (25.1), Cavite (21.1), and Rizal (18.8) are also serious concerns.

In Quezon province, the low rate of vaccination among qualified residents has been one of the factors that caused the continuous spread of COVID-19 infections, according to the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO).

The IPHO disclosed that as of Aug. 6, out of 34 confirmed COVID-19 patients and 66 probable and suspected cases confined at the Quezon Medical Center (QMC), “six of them are severe and critical”.

“Four of them had no COVID-19 vaccines while the other two had no clear vaccination history and had no booster dose,” the IPHO disclosed in a public advisory issued on Aug. 6.

As of Aug. 5, at least 1,049,233 residents in the province or 74.8% of the target population have been administered vaccines against COVID-19.

However, only 161,973 or 23.1% of the general population have received their first booster dose, way below the target 701,770.

The IPHO also reported that only 107,023 senior citizens from the target of 141,752 were fully vaccinated. But only 29,440 have received their first booster dose.

Governor Helen Tan, who is also a physician, urged unvaccinated residents to get their jabs for their safety and protection of the community. She also asked the public to remain vigilant in the battle against COVID-19.

CALABARZON ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES BREACH 4,000 MARK ANEW

Sonny T. Mallari

LUCENA CITY — The Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region recorded 344 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, August 10, bringing the number of active infections to 4,111, the Department of Health (DOH) reported.

The current number of active cases in the region is the fifth time that it surpassed the 4,000 mark due to the continuous spread of the coronavirus.

The first time that the region hit past 4,000 active cases was last Aug. 5, when the Health Education and Promotion Unit of DOH–Calabarzon listed 4,015 active infections, followed by 4,042 cases on August 6, 4,190 on August 7, and 4,092 on August 8.

On Aug. 9, the total number of active COVID-19 cases dropped to 3,963. It was only 733 on July 1, the DOH Calabarzon data on its Facebook showed.

Based on the latest data, Cavite province topped the list with 1,500 active cases, followed by Laguna with 1,214; Batangas, 743; Quezon and Lucena City, 349; and Rizal, 305.

The region listed on Wednesday 615 new recoveries and eight deaths.

The regional health authorities did not provide information on the COVID-19 variants of the present active cases in the region.

Dr. Guido David, an OCTA Research fellow, tagged the positivity rate in Laguna (33.2) as “very high.”

David said the positivity rates in Quezon (25.1), Cavite (21.1), and Rizal (18.8) are also serious concerns.

Positivity rate refers to the percentage of tests that turn out positive for COVID-19. Above 20 percent is considered very high, OCTA said.

OCTA Research explained that the high COVID-19 positivity rate could be partly due to the public’s waning immunity against the viral disease.

As of July 25, the DOH reported that fully vaccinated individuals in the region reached 10,473,312, but only 2,693,629 of them had their first booster shot, while 203,089 already had their second booster.

The DOH-Calabarzon is targeting the vaccination of 13,435,568 qualified recipients in the region.

As of August 10, the Calabarzon region recorded 517,458 COVID-19 cases, 499,708 recoveries, and 13,639 deaths since the pandemic broke out in March 2020.

DOH CALABARZON TARGETS OVER 3 MILLION BOOSTER SHOTS DURING ‘SA BOOSTER, PINASLAKAS!’ CAMPAIGN 

The Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health Development CaLaBaRZon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) kick-started yesterday the campaign entitled “SA BOOSTER, PINASLAKAS!” held at EMI – Yazaki, Aguinaldo Highway Anabu IIA, Imus, Cavite. 
 
The campaign aims to administer over 3 million COVID-19 booster shots in the CALABARZON Region for the first 100 days of the new administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  
 
“Importante po ito para sa ating bayan, para sa edukasyon, para sa ekonomiya, para sa bawat pamilya. 78% ng ating senior citizen ang boosted na at malaki pa po ang ating kinakailangang bakunahan para maabot ng 90% target, ” Health Policy and Infrastructure Development Team (HPIDT) Undersecretary Lilibeth C. David said in her speech during “SA BOOSTER, PINASLAKAS! campaign launch, held at EMI-Yazaki, Aguinaldo Highway Anabu IIA, Imus, Cavite on July 26, 2022.
 
DOH CALABARZON Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia emphasized that “the vaccination here in the CALABARZON region will target the people inside the factories, markets and schools. This is where they are now, these three settings are our specific targets for this new campaign. This is very timely, now that face-to-face classes will be allowed and the majority of the factories are fully operational. Kapag nagawa natin ito, walang duda we will achieve our set targets.” 

The campaign also sees to impart the importance of unified strength and maintaining the country’s “Wall of Immunity” by achieving the target of 90% primary series coverage among Priority Group A2: Senior Citizens and 50% eligible population receiving at least 1 booster in settings where the people are and where they want to be: places of work, transport terminals, community centers, commercial centers, places of worship, and learning.
 
The shared vision of “PINASLAKAS” Campaign is by October 8, 2022, majority of boosted population may enjoy and feel more protected against severe effects and mortality from COVID-19.

DOH CALABARZON will vaccinate a total of 3,205,875 COVID-19 booster shots, 723, 453 of this are from the Cavite Province; 654, 994 are from Rizal; 616, 720 are from Batangas; 590, 524 are from Laguna; 529, 700 are from Quezon and 90, 484 are from Lucena City. With the total number of targets due for booster, DOH CALABARZON aims to inoculate 53, 431 per day as of July 22, 2022.
 
DOH CALABARZON reported a total of 165 new cases of COVID-19, 68 are from Rizal, 61 are from Batangas, 17 are from Laguna, 16 Cavite and 3 are from Quezon, making a total of 508, 772 cases recorded in the region as of July 25, 2022. 

As of July 25, 2022, fully vaccinated individuals in the region reached 10, 473, 312 (78%), and 11, 023, 290 (82%) got their initial dose, while 2, 693, 629 got their 1st booster shot and 203, 089 (26%) got their second dose (8%).

FORMER HEALTH SECRETARIES RENEW CALLS TO VETO THE VAPE BILL

From left: Atty. Benedict Nisperos, legal consultant of HealthJustice; Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, executive director of SEATCA; Atty. Alex Padilla, former Undersecretary of the Department of Health; and May Mendoza, President of HealthJustice and former commissioner of the Civil Service Commission

Roselle R. Aquino

Calamba City  – Former Health Secretaries Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan and Dr. Esperanza Cabral appealed to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to veto the Vape Regulation Bill (SB 2239) and fully implement existing regulatory provisions on such products contained in Republic Act Nos. 11346 and 11467 that were passed in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

The call is in light of the recent ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) affirming the authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over tobacco products.

The Vape Regulation Bill is one of the bills that were submitted late in the former Administration that was then inherited by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The SC, in the case filed by the Philippine Tobacco Institute to question the authority of the FDA over tobacco products, ruled that Section 25 of Republic Act No. 9711 clearly establishes that the law shall cover all health products, except for acts covered by special laws. Hence, matters not covered by special laws remain under the FDA’s broad regulatory authority.

Cabral underscored that for the longest time the public health community continues to assert that DOH and the FDA have jurisdiction over tobacco and similar products such as vape products or e-cigarettes.

“The FDA and the DOH should have the final say on any and all products that impact people’s health,” Cabral said.

For his part, former Health Secretary Jaime Galvez Tan said that this decision ultimately tells the public that health experts in this country are the DOH and the FDA.

“Policy-makers and the public should listen to FDA and DOH instead of industry-backed groups claiming to be health experts but are actually peddling vapes.”

Prior to stepping down as Secretary of Health, Dr. Francisco Duque III also reiterated the agency’s position against the Vape Bill and categorically stated that their ‘end goal’ is that the Vape bill will not be enacted into law.

In an earlier statement, Former Secretary Duque also referred to the vape bill as a ‘Trojan horse’ to the former administration. He explained that “The bill will achieve the opposite of its intended purpose of strengthening tobacco industry regulation as it relaxes the restrictions on the minimum age of access, flavorings, regulation, distribution, advertising, promotion, sale, and use of these products.”

Atty. Alexander Padilla, former Undersecretary of Health, is of the view that this is an opportunity for the DOH and FDA to assert its mandate over tobacco products and vapes.

“The broad powers of the FDA as affirmed by the Supreme Court should be used by the agency to consolidate the regulations for vapes and tobacco to ensure effective enforcement for the protection of public health.”

Former Civil Service Commissioner Mary Ann Z. Fernandez-Mendoza highlights the acknowledgement of the Supreme Court on the competence and mandate of the FDA ‘to ensure safety, efficacy, purity, and quality’ health products which includes tobacco products because it negatively impacts health.

“This decision is important to improving good governance in our country as it rationalizes the functions of government agencies. To divide jurisdiction over tobacco and vapes that are harmful to health would mean that protection of public health will have to be compromised with other interests,” Mendoza said. “If public health is compromised, like what the vape bill does, public health loses.” 

Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) Executive Director Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo likewise urged President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr to veto the vape bill, citing the President’s earlier veto of the Bulacan Airport special economic zone. In rejecting the House Bill 7575, which seeks the establishment of the Bulacan Airport City Special Economic Zone and Freeport in Bulakan town, President Marcos noted that its provisions infringes on or conflict with other agencies’ mandates and authorities. He also noted that the enrolled bill “lacks coherence with existing laws, rules, and regulations.”

“The President vetoed the bill (HB 7575) because it is not consistent with existing laws and fiscal reforms. The same is true with the vape bill. It is inconsistent with existing laws that already regulate these products by limiting flavors to menthol and tobacco, limiting access to those aged 21 years and above, and mandating the FDA to regulate these harmful products,” Dr. Dorotheo stressed. “The vape bill will weaken these regulations and is against the Marcos administrations’ policy to provide better health and better life for Filipinos. We hope the President sees the inconsistency in the vape bill and vetoes it before July 24.”

To date, there is still no news from the Office of the President on the fate of the Vape Bill.

DENGUE CASES SA CALABARZON TUMAAS NG 40%   

Tumaas ng 40% ang bilang ng mga dengue cases sa CALABARZON region mula January 1 hanggang July 9 ngayong taon.

Ayon sa Department of Health (DOH) CALABARZON, umabot sa 5,571 ang dengue cases ngayon kumpara sa 3,989 cases noong kaparehong mga buwan noong nakaraang taon.

Karamihan sa mga cases ay mula sa lalawigan ng Laguna na nakapagtala ng 1,806 cases, sinundan ng Rizal na may 1,161 cases. Pumangatlo naman ang Quezon na may 987 cases, Cavite na may 802 cases, Batangas na may 745 cases at Lucena na may 70 cases.

Ayon sa Regional Surveillance and Epidemiology Unit (RESU), may edad 2 hanggang 60 ang mga nagkakasakit at may 12 naitalang pumanaw.

Nagbabala naman si DOH Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia sa mga residente na maging handa sapagkat hindi pa tapos ang panahon ng tag-ulan.

“Ito yung mga panahon na tumataas ang bilang nila, kaakibat na ito ng tag-ulan at pagbaba ng temperature- It’s their breeding season. Increased mobility is one of the causes seen to have contributed to the increase in dengue cases” banggit nito.

Ang dengue fever ay kumakalat sa pamamagitan ng kahat ng infected na lamok. Kabilang sa mga sintomas ang biglaang pagkakaroon ng lagnat, matinding sakit ng ulo, sakit sa likuran ng mata, pananakit ng katawan, rashes, pasa sa katawan at pagdurugo ng ilong o gilagid. Maaari itong maging hemorrhagic fever (DHF) na pwedeng ikamatay kung hindi maaagapan.

Paalala ng DOH, sundin ang 4S strategy upang makaiwas sa dengue:
Search and destroy breeding places
Secure self-protection
Seek early consultation
Support fogging/spraying in hotspot areas to prevent an impending outbreak.

KUMAKALAT NA OMICRON SUBVARIANT BA.2.12.1 SA PH, UMAKYAT NA SA 17 KASO

Jennica D. Escrupulo

Kinumpirma ng Department of Health (DOH) ang tatlo pang kaso ng Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 sa Pilipinas kung kaya’t umakyat na ito sa 17 kaso.

Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire sa isang forum nitong Martes, “ Tatlong kaso ng subvariant BA.2.12.1 ang na-detect natin sa Western Visayas — isang returning overseas Filipino mula sa United States na bakunado, at dalawang local cases — isang bakunado at ang isa ay vine-verify pa natin ang kanyang vaccination status.”

Noong nakaraang linggo lamang, iniulat ng DOH ang pagkakaroon ng kaso ng BA.2.12.1 — dalawa sa Metro Manila at 12 sa Puerto Princesa City sa Palawan.

Dagdag pa ni Vergeire, “At present, meron na po tayong 17 detected Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 sa ating bansa,” kung saan ang isang kaso ay mula sa isang nagbabalik na overseas Filipino habang ang iba ay mga lokal na kaso.

Samantala, sinabi rin niya na ang unang 14 na pasyente ng naturang Omicron variant ay gumaling na. Patuloy na isinasagawa ang pag-verify ng status para sa bagong natukoy na tatlong kaso.

DOH CALABARZON NAGBIGAY NG HEALTH AT SAFETY TIPS PARA SA MAGLALAKBAY SA SEMANA SANTA

Marlon Luistro

Lipa, Batangas – Pinaalalahanan ng Department Of Health (DOH) CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) ang publiko na manatiling ligtas at malusog habang nagbabakasyon o bumibiyahe patungo sa mga probinsya para sa holiday ng Semana Santa.

Ang Semana Santa ay isang sagradong oras para sa maraming Pilipino. 

Bukod sa mapayapang pagdiriwang ng maraming Pilipino sa panahong ito, libu-libong bakasyunista ang nagtutungo sa mga dalampasigan. 

“Para sa maraming relihiyosong Pilipino, ang Semana Santa ay isa sa pinakamahalagang panahon, ngunit hindi natin dapat balewalain ang katotohanan na tayo ay nasa kalagayan pa rin ng isang pandemya. Dapat tayong maging maingat at sundin ang pinakamababang pamantayan sa kalusugan at kaligtasan ng publiko tulad ng pagsusuot ng mga maskara, pagpapanatili ng physical distancing, at madalas na paghuhugas ng kamay gamit ang sabon at malinis na tubig o sanitizing gamit ang alkohol,” sinabi ni Regional Director Ariel Valencia. 

“Habang milyon-milyong turista ang dumadagsa sa mga beach at parke, pinakamainam din na ang lahat ng lokal o internasyonal na manlalakbay ay ganap na nabakunahan. Ito ay hindi lamang para sa kanilang proteksyon kundi para sa kanilang pamilya at sa buong komunidad. Dapat dalhin ng mga nabakunahang indibidwal ang kanilang mga vaccination card sa lahat ng oras,” dagdag niya.

Bukod sa minimum public health and safety guidelines, pinayuhan din ng DOH ang mga motorista at biyahero sa mga sumusunod na pag-iingat sa kaligtasan: Iwasan ang paggamit ng mga cell phone habang nagmamaneho at kapag tumatawid sa lansangan; pagmamaneho sa ilalim ng impluwensya ng alak; ang mga driver at pasahero ay dapat palaging magsuot ng kanilang mga seat belt; suriin muna ang kanilang sasakyan bago umalis ng bahay, upang matiyak na ito ay gumagana nang maayos at nasa mabuting kondisyon. 

Bukod doon, dapat din sundin ang mga patakaran at regulasyon sa trapiko at maging mapagparaya din sa ibang mga sasakyan pati na rin sa mga naglalakad na tumatawid sa kalsada; at para sa mga pedestrian, gamitin lamang ang itinalagang pedestrian crosswalk.

Nagbabala rin ang DOH sa publiko na mag-ingat sa anim na karaniwang heat-associated na sakit, kabilang ang sore eyes o conjunctivitis, heat rash (sunburn), heat cramps, heatstroke, sipon, at trangkaso dahil sa pagbabago ng panahon, at kagat ng hayop. .

Ang CALABARZON ay tahanan ng maraming destinasyong panturista at kilala sa mga puting-buhangin na dalampasigan, pamanang kultural, santuwaryo ng dagat, maringal na kabundukan, at paboritong lugar ng maraming lokal at internasyonal na turista.

Nagbabala si Valencia sa mga manlalakbay, lalo na sa mga beachgoer, tungkol sa mga insidente ng pagkalunod. 

“Siguraduhing ligtas ang kanilang mga anak sa mas mataas na panganib na malunod ngayong tag-init.”

“Kung ang isang bata ay nagkaroon ng isang episode na malapit na malunod, humingi ng agarang tulong o abisuhan ang isang lifeguard. Kung nag-iisa ka, alisin kaagad ang tao sa tubig. Suriin kung may paghinga. Ilagay ang iyong tainga sa tabi ng bibig at ilong ng tao upang maramdaman ang hangin sa iyong pisngi. Tingnan kung gumagalaw ang dibdib ng tao. Kung ang tao ay hindi humihinga, suriin ang pulso sa loob ng 10 segundo; at kung walang pulso, simulan ang CPR,” ani Valencia.

Para sa mga nasa medication, pinayuhan ng DOH na dalhin ang kanilang mga gamot at iba pang pangangailangan bilang pag-iingat sa kaligtasan.

“Ang Lenten Season ay isang banal na oras kasama ang iyong pamilya at mga mahal sa buhay. Kaya, manatiling ligtas at malusog tayong lahat,” pagtatapos ni Valencia.

250 SOCIAL INFLUENCERS, MAGIGING KATUWANG NG DOH SA PAGPAPALAGANAP NG COVID VACCINATION PROGRAM

frontpage online news - Ang CALABARZON RVOC, Provincial Health Team Leaders, at Participants ng Orientation of Social Influencers in Advocating COVID-19 Vaccinations sa zoom meeting na isinagawa noong March 15.
Ang CALABARZON RVOC, Provincial Health Team Leaders, at Participants ng Orientation of Social Influencers in Advocating COVID-19 Vaccinations sa zoom meeting na isinagawa noong March 15.

Marlon Luistro

Nagpasya ang Department of Health Center for Health Development- CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, at Quezon) na kumuha ng 250 social influencers para tumulong sa pagtataguyod ng COVID-19 Vaccination Program sa mga eligible citizens ng bansa.

Sinabi ni DOH CALABARZON Assistant Regional Director Leda Hernandez na ang DOH regional office ay nagpasya na kunin ang mga social influencers para isulong ang COVID-19 vaccination sa komunidad upang mapabuti ang kumpiyansa at uptake ng bakuna.

“Bilang isang influencer, ikaw ay ahente ng pagbabago sa buhay ng maraming tao. Sa pamamagitan ng paglalatag ng tamang impormasyon, nagbibigay ka ng access sa mga indibidwal na nangangailangan ng pag-unawa sa mga benepisyo at panganib ng mga bakuna sa COVID-19, sa gayon ay nagbibigay-daan sa kanila na magpasya para sa kanilang kalusugan at ng kanilang mga mahal sa buhay, “sabi ni Hernandez.

“This is an initiative across CALABARZON region especially Quezon para mabakunahan mula A2 (elderly) hanggang Pediatric at pupuntahan din natin ang GIDA areas dahil isa sila sa mahirap makapunta sa fixed vaccination sites. Kaya naman ilalapit natin sa kanila ang mga bakuna,” dagdag nito.

Nananatiling hamon ang pagtanggap ng mga tao ng bakuna habang nilalayon ng gobyerno na makamit ang herd immunity.

Sa pamamagitan ng mga influencer na lalong sumikat sa buong pandemya aniya ay magpapatuloy ang house-to-house information campaign sa tulong ng mga barangay health worker.

Ayon kay Regional Vaccination Operations Center Head Dr. Restituta G. Magpantay, kumuha ang regional office ng 250 social influencers para paigtingin ang house-to-house campaign ng ahensya para sa COVID-19 vaccination.

Sa pakikipagtulungan sa UNICEF Relief International, ang mga influencer ay makakatanggap ng P1000 allowance kada araw. Magtatrabaho sila ng anim na araw kada linggo. Tumanggi ang DOH na pangalanan ang nasabing mga influencers na kanilang kinuha para sa proyektong nabanggit.

“Hinihiling namin sa inyo [Mga Influencer] na maging catalyst ng maraming trend ng kamalayan sa COVID-19. Ngayon, kami ay nagbabangko sa iyo bilang maaasahang mga mapagkukunan upang matulungan kaming ipalaganap ang mga katotohanan,” ani Magpantay.

Noong ika-14 ng Marso, nasa kabuuang 20,998,338 na doses ng mga bakunang COVID-19 sa mahigit 688 na aktibong lugar ng pagbabakuna ang naipagkaloob sa Calabarzon. Nasa 9,775,849 (73%) indibidwal ang fully vaccinated; 10,402,620 (78%) ang nakatanggap ng kanilang unang doses ng bakuna; habang 1,896,493 (19%) indibidwal ang nakatanggap ng kanilang booster dose. Ang Pfizer brand ang may pinakamaraming naiturok na bakuna na nasa 8,683,770; kasunod ang Sinovac na may 6,836,706 kasunod ang Astrazeneca na may 2,914,180; 442, 400 para sa Gamaleya; 1,571,600 para sa Janssen; at 317,600 doses naman ng sinopharm ang naiturok.

DOH-CHD-CALABARZON DEPLOYS MEDICAL TEAM IN TYPHOON ODETTE-HIT SIARGAO ISLAND

Group photo of the 20-member medical team headed by Dr. Voltaire Guadalupe (3rd from right, at the front), Medical Officer IV, and also the head of Regional Risk Reduction and Management in Health (RDRRM-H), before they board the flight to Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte on February 22, 2022, for a 2-week deployment to render medical and public health services in the island which was devastated by Typhoon Odette in December 2021. (DOH 4A)
Group photo of the 20-member medical team headed by Dr. Voltaire Guadalupe (3rd from right, at the front), Medical Officer IV, and also the head of Regional Risk Reduction and Management in Health (RDRRM-H), before they board the flight to Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte on February 22, 2022, for a 2-week deployment to render medical and public health services in the island which was devastated by Typhoon Odette in December 2021. (DOH 4A)

The Department of Health Center for Health Development-Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) began its deployment of selected health personnel in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte in CARAGA Region, Mindanao, which is one of the severely devastated areas by Typhoon Odette that hit the country in December 2021.

Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia said that medical and logistical assistance would address and relieve the inadequacy in workforce complement and supplies augmentation needed on the island.

“Malaki ang iniwang pinsala ng Bagyong Odette sa Siargao at sa mga kalapit lugar nito kaya lubos na kinakailangan ng mga kababayan natin doon ang mga tulong lalo na ang serbisyong pang-kalusugan upang mapabilis ang kanilang pagbangon,” Director Valencia said.

The 20-member contingent headed by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Health (RDRRM-H) and Medical Officer IV, Dr. Voltaire Guadalupe, comprises selected regional office and Batangas Medical Center (BatMC) staff deployed on the said island from February 22 to March 7, 2022.

They will be extending much-needed medical and public health services such as nutrition in emergencies, water sanitation and hygiene, mental health and psychosocial services, risk communication/health teaching, disease surveillance, and COVID-19 response to the Municipality of Del Carmen and nearby towns in the island.

“Ito ang mga serbisyong lubos na kailangan ng mga naapektuhan dahil sa iniiwasan natin dito na magkaroon ng epidemya ng mga sakit lalo’t nasa gitna pa rin tayo ng pandemya at hindi pa lubos na nakakabangon ang healthcare delivery system sa mga lugar na napinsala ng bagyo,” Dr. Guadalupe emphasized.

The said team underwent a series of preparation leading to their deployment to familiarize themselves with the daunting task of rehabilitation ahead.
Some of the team members recently came from a week deployment in the island municipality of Jomalig, Quezon, where they rendered COVID-19 vaccination in some barangays. 

“Lubos natin na inihanda hindi lang ang logistical at medical side ng kanilang deployment kundi maging ang psychological aspect ng bawat miyembro ng team dahil sa daratnan nilang lugar ay nagsisimula pa lang na bumangon mula sa kalamidad at kailangan na maipadama natin sa mga naapektuhan ang lubos na pagdamay, pagmamalasakit at epektibong serbisyong pang-kalusugan para sa kanila,” Valencia stated.

Based on the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) report, Typhoon Odette left 101 confirmed deaths, 318 injured, 11 missing, and more than 47 billion-peso damaged in agriculture, infrastructure, and properties.