DOH calls on the public to help in community kitchens at evacuation centers

UNTV News   •   July 14, 2017   •   3806

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MANILA, Philippines — 52 days into the armed conflict in Mindanao, evacuees received food donations in the form of canned goods and noodles.

Because of this, the Department of Health (DOH) is worried about the health of evacuees if they continuously consume such food.

This is why the DOH is urging the public to provide food donations for the community kitchens it will set up at evacuation centers where food will be cooked and served for the evacuees.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has initially called for food donations in the form of beans, or dried fish.

“We are calling on the public to donate to our kitchen so that the evacuees can eat healthy food. Because it’s not easy to always consume canned sardines or any canned goods,” DOH Asec. Eric Tayag said.

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) has also deployed nutritionists from their regional offices.

There are also barangay nutritional scholars at evacuation centers to ensure that evacuees get proper nutrition.

There are now two community kitchens in Region 10 set up by a group of modern mothers from Cagayan de Oro and of the Momtrepreneur Inc.

“They are setting up the community kitchens.  If they have canned goods, noodles at least we should mix them with egg or vegetables,” NNC deputy executive director, Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang said.

NNC reminded mothers at evacuation centers to continue breastfeeding for their babies so they can get proper nutrition.

“We really would like to advocate for continuous breastfeeding because breast milk is still best for babies .  From zero to birth up to six months exclusive breastfeeding and the continue breastfeeding until 2nd birthday of the baby,“ Dayanghirang said.

The DOH hopes that the crisis in Mindanao would soon end to avoid evacuees from becoming ill due limited water supply and lack of nutritious food. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue

Hindi lahat ng A3 sector kasama sa tatanggap ng COVID-19 vaccine booster dose – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Nilinaw ng Department of Health (DOH) ngayong Lunes na hindi pa lahat ng persons with co-morbidities (A3 sector) ang maaaring mabigyan ng COVID-19 vaccine booster shot.

Ginawa ng DOH ang paglilinaw sa pagsisimula ng rollout ng booster dose para sa senior citizens (A2) at A3 groups.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng DOH na ang makakasama lang sa booster dosing sa ngayon ay ang mga persons with co-morbidities na nasa immunocompromised state.

Ibig sabihin, ito ay ang mga nasa immunodeficiency state, people living with HIV, may active cancer o malignancy, transplant patients at mga pasyenteng sumasailalim sa immunosuppressive treatments.

Paliwanag ng DOH, ito pa lamang ang maaaring makatanggap sa ngayon ng vaccine boosters dahil sila ang higit na nangangailangan ng dagdag-proteksyon laban sa COVID-19.

May posibilidad ring bumaba na ang bisa ng bakuna na natanggap nila ilang buwan na ang nakalilipas.

Ayon sa DOH, iaanunsiyo ng National Vaccine Operations Center kung kailan maaaring makatanggap ng karagdagang vaccine shots ang natitirang populasyon ng A3 sector.

Pinapayuhan ng ahensiya ang mga eligible nang tumanggap ng third at booster shots na makipag-ugnayan sa nakakasakop na local government units para sa schedule ng pagpapabakuna.

Paalala rin ng DOH na dalhin ang kanilang ang vaccination card bilang katunayan na sila ay fully vaccinated na at handang tumanggap ng kanilang third dose. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

LIST: Conditions of immunocompromised persons eligible for COVID-19 booster shots

Robie de Guzman   •   November 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday released a list of conditions for immunocompromised individuals that will qualify them for an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Immunocompromised persons with the following conditions are eligible for a booster shot:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • HIV
  • Cancer/Malignancy
  • Transplant patients
  • Undergoing steroid treatment
  • Patients with poor prognosis/ bed-ridden patients

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH met with experts on COVID-19 vaccine to discuss and prepare the guidelines for the administration of booster shots for immunocompromised individuals (A3) and senior citizens (A2).

“Gagawin lang po namin ang guidelines and we will be announcing through our National Vaccine Operations Cluster kung kailan po maguumpisa ang pagbabakuna ng booster or 3rd doses para sa ating mga nakakatanda or A2 and those individuals with immunocompromised states,” Vergeire said.

The Philippine government started administering booster shots for fully vaccinated healthcare workers this week.

“There were already 2,488 booster doses administered last Nov. 17 among our healthcare workers. Meron ho tayong kaunti na nagkaroon ng reaction, it’s about 2 percent of all of these,” she said.

“Lahat po ay na-manage accordingly and they were all sent home na they were well. Wala tayong serious na adverse events na naitala para dito sa mga naka-received na ng booster doses,” she added.

Vergeire said that most of the adverse events reported were mild such as headache, elevated blood pressure, fever, and pain on the injection site.

She stressed that healthcare workers are not required to get an additional vaccine dose.

Vergeire also reminded the public that the booster dosing is not yet recommended for the general public, adding that its implementation to other priority groups will be done in phases.

COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, hindi pa para sa lahat – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   November 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpaalala ang Department of Health (DOH) sa publiko na hindi pa aplikable para sa lahat ng sektor ang booster dose laban sa COVID-19.

Sa isang pahayag, iginiit ng DOH na ibibigay muna ang booster dose sa hanay ng fully vaccinated health care workers batay sa inilabas na panuntunan ng pamahalaan.

 The Department of Health would like to remind the public that the general population is not yet eligible for booster vaccination,” ayon sa DOH.

Paalala rin ng ahensya sa mga lokal na pamahalaan na in phases ang pagpapatupad ng booster dosing:

  • Phase 1: healthcare workers
  • Phase 2: senior citizens at immunocompromised individuals
  • Phase 3: ibang eligible population

“The decision to offer booster doses to healthcare workers is still risk-based and its roll out to other priority groups will be implemented on a phased approach,” ayon sa DOH.

Dagdag pa nito, may bukod na guidelines na ilalabas kapag sisimulan na ang pagbibigay ng booster shots para sa ibang priority sector.

Muli ring iginiit ng DOH na prayoridad pa rin ang pagbibigay ng primary series o una at ikalawang doses ng COVID-19 vaccines kaysa sa booster shots.

“More than administering booster doses, it is still important to ensure that the eligible individuals, especially the senior citizens, those with comorbidities and the indigent population will receive their primary doses,” ang pahayag ng ahensiya.

Unang sinabi ng DOH na hindi sapilitan ang pagpapabakuna ng booster shots.

May kalayaan ring mamili ang isang indibidwal kung heterologous booster ang gusto nilang matanggap.

Kung Sinovac ang primary series, maaari silang makatanggap ng booster shot na gawa ng AstraZeneca, Pfizer or kaya ay ng Moderna.

Kung AstraZeneca ang primary series ay Pfizer o Moderna ang kanilang booster dose.

Ang mga nabakunahan naman ng Pfizer ay maaaring bigyan ng AstraZeneca o Moderna booster habang AstraZeneca at Pfizer naman ang pwedeng iturok sa mga nakakumpleto ng Moderna vaccine series.

Ang mga nabakunahan naman ng Janssen at Sputnik V ay inirerekomendang bigyan ng AstraZeneca, Pfizer, at Moderna bilang booster shots. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

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