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A health worker assists teachers in administering the deworming drug to children at Tapikan Elementary School in San Joaquin, Iloilo during the National School Deworming Day (NSDD) on January 27, 2016.

THE Department of Health (DOH) simultaneously conducted nationwide the Round 2 of its National School Deworming campaign on January 27, 2016 in all public elementary schools targeting children aged 5-12 years old. The first round of the campaign was conducted last July 29, 2015.

The National School Deworming Day (NSDD) on January 27 was a simultaneous activity that targets to deworm 15 million children enrolled in all public elementary schools nationwide. In Region VI, more than 1.1 million school-aged children were target of the campaign.

The Department of Health (DOH) maintains that deworming children in schools is one good strategy to reduce the burden of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) infections. STH can cause poor physical growth, poor intellectual development and impaired cognitive functions in children.

For pre-school children aged one to four years old, deworming is done during the nationwide Garantisadong Pambata campaign during the months of April and October.

The DOH also reiterates that the deworming drugs given during the NSDD are safe and certified by the World Health Organization (WHO). Adverse reactions may be observed but these are minimal and transient. Temporary minor reactions following treatment occur mainly in infected people as a result of the body’s response to the dying worms.

The National School Deworming campaign was implemented by the DOH in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd).

BHW provincial congress


THE Department of Health-Regional Office VI (DOH-RO VI) recently held the Provincial Barangay Health Workers’ (BHW) Congress for Iloilo Province to recognize the effort and contribution of BHWs as frontline partners in the achievement of the Universal Health Care or Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP).

More than 170 BHWs, City and Municipal Health Officers (C/MHOs), Rural Health Midwives (RHM), and heads of the Committee on Health of the Sangguniang Bayan from the province’s 42 municipalities and one component city attended the activity which was held on December 14, 2015 in Iloilo City.

The event was graced by Undersecretary Vicente Belizario, Jr., head of the Office for Technical Services of DOH. He emphasized the important role that BHWs play in promoting healthy lifestyle and healthy food and drink choices in the community to combat the growing global trend of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

To further equip health service personnel in the local level, the DOH distributed BP apparatus and glucometer for each of Iloilo province’s local government units. The distribution was led by Usec. Belizario along with DOH-RO VI Regional Director Dr. Marlyn W. Convocar, Assistant Regional Director Dr. Ma. Paz P. Corrales, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr., and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado.

Dr. Isidro Sia, General Director of the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care, also lectured on a wide range of affordable, accessible and effective traditional and alternative health care options available in the community. While Dr. Amalia Fernandez, Medical Specialist I of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), clarified issues relative to PhilHealth care package and benefits.

The recently-published BHW Manual and Pocket Handbook were likewise presented during the Congress. The Manual provides BHWs an overview of the many programs and services of DOH and their respective key messages for dissemination to the community.

A separate BHW Congress for the provinces of Guimaras and Negros Occidental had been conducted early this December.

Based on DOH-RO VI data, there are 26,164 accredited BHWs in the region. Of these, 9,512 are in Iloilo Province.

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THE Department of Health-Regional Office VI (DOH-RO VI) is in need of doctors, dentists, registered medical technologists, registered midwives, and public health associates (PHA) who are graduates of any health allied degree for its various projects.

Those hired will be deployed in rural health units, birthing homes, and barangay health stations in Panay Island and Guimaras province. The contract will start in January to December 2016, renewable every six months based on a very satisfactory performance.

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements: duly filled-up Prescribed Application Form and medical certificate issued by a government physician (CSC Form No. 212) – both of which can be downloaded at, - official and validated PRC license, certified true copy of diploma (for PHA applicants only), and certificate of good moral character.

Applicants (doctors) under the Universal Health Care must submit the minimum requirements to the Provincial DOH Offices or at the DOH Regional Office VI, Q. Abeto Street, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. Deadline of submission of application is on December 4, 2015.

Dentists, medical technologists, midwives and PHA applicants may apply online from November 23 to 27, 2015 through

family day

         Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, chief of DOH RO VI’s Local Health Support Division, gives a message during the Family Day celebration.

THE Department of Health-Regional Office VI (DOH RO VI) joined other line agencies of the government in celebrating the National Family Day on October 4, 2015 at the University of San Agustin Gym, Iloilo City. The event was spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and attended by more than 2,000 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program from six districts of Iloilo City.

The Family Day was simultaneously conducted nationwide with the theme, “Pagbabagong Nasimulan, Tuloy sa Tuwid na Daan.”

Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, chief of the DOH’s Local Health Support Division (LHSD), emphasized that it is important that the health needs of each member of the family is addressed. She said the DOH through its Universal Health Care-High Impact Five Plan (UHC Hi-5) implements strategies that focus on five critical interventions with priority to the poor. These include reducing maternal deaths and infant and under-five mortality rates; halting the spread of HIV-AIDS; and establishing Standard Delivery Networks (SDN).

Part of the Hi-5 plan is the conduct of special breakthrough services such as the Buntis Congress to promote safe motherhood and the Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP) Roadshow that provides health education and services to mothers, fathers, children, senior citizens and even the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.

The DOH is one of the primary partners of the DSWD in the implementation of the country’s conditional cash transfer program known as Pantawid Pamilya. The program aims to improve the health-seeking behavior of Filipinos through their compliance to program conditions on health. These include availing of pre and post natal care among pregnant women, birth delivery in health facilities by skilled health attendants, and regular check-ups and vaccination for children.

During the Family Day, the DOH distributed educational materials on safe motherhood, good nutrition, healthy lifestyle, HIV-AIDS, child safety tips and dengue prevention. An orientation on PhilHealth package and benefits was also given by PhilHealth Regional Office VI staff.