Talakayan Part III
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The “Talakayan” or otherwise known as the “Regional Learning Forum” was initiated by the Department of Health Regional Office XIII (DOH RO XIII) in partnership with the Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc. (DMSFI) last June 4, 2018 at Las Nieves Function Hall, Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City. Indeed, the regional learning forum was considered to be well attended because it was graced by the following eminent guests:
Dr. Irma L. Asuncion, MHA, CESO III,
Dr. Myra Guzon- Biton
Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr.,MD, MPH, CESO III,
Dr. Angelie Comia, & Dr. Jaqueline Frances Momville.
Representatives from the 24 municipalities headed by the Mayors and the Municipal Health Officers and their staff, Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc. , PhilHealth, DILG, POPCOM and other stakeholders.
It was a very important activity because it showcased the best practices of 25 municipalities from the Provinces of Agusan del Norte & Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte & Surigao del Sur as a result of the leadership journey of the Mayors & the Municipal Health Officers with the Development Management Officers (DMO) as their coaches. The stories shared can be concluded as the epitome of what bridging leadership is all about.
“Talakayan” is a conversation to draw-out lessons and stories from the health leaders which brought order and meaning to reduce, if not to totally eliminate disorder in the health system with Professor Hadji Balahadia, a faculty of Davao Medical School Foudation, Inc.
The summit featured the awarding of plaques & certificates to the municipalities and individuals using the following criteria:
1.No maternal deaths for 2 years (CY 2014 & CY 2015)
2.Green colored leadership and governance block (during and after colloquium)
3.Bridging Leadership Competencies
4.Improve health outcomes (IMR, FBD, SBA, FIC, CPR)
5. Documented Best Practices
The summit ended with the signing of the Pledge of Commitment to the Philippine Health Agenda led by Dr. Irma L. Asuncion and Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr.
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AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day
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The Department of Health (DOH) observes the AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day on the 18th of May. This event will observe the global theme, "Reflecting on our Past, Preparing for our Future!" to emphasize the need for people living with and affected by HIV to join hands and reflect on the past and the precious lives that have been lost.
The Memorial also asks to work together to sustain, strengthen and revitalize our worldwide response to HIV by looking forward and preparing for our future free of HIV-related stigma and discrimination and with universal access to the full range of human rights, including quality prevention, treatment and care services for all.
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Observance of Cervical Cancer Conscious Month Celebration2018
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By: Romelyn Torralba
May 16, 2018
Presidential Proclamation No. 368, series of 2003 declares the month of May of every year as Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month (CCCM) to raise awareness on cervical cancer prevention and importance of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination. In compliance to this, the Department of Health enjoins medical specialty societies, government and non-government organizations, professional associations and allied groups to observe the said event.
This year's theme is "Kalusugan ng Mag-ina ay Pahalagahan. Magpa-cervical cancer screening at Magpa-bakuna laban sa HPV!": which aims to increase awareness about cervical cancer prevention through screening for 25 years old and above mothers and HPV vaccine for their 9-13 years old female public school daughters.
The campaign emphasizes the importance of regular cervical cancer screening and encourages women to undergo the said screening such as Pap smear and visual inspection of the cervix using acetic acid (VIA).