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DOH targets to deworm 19M children in January

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

The Department of Health targets to deworm a total of 19 million children in public schools this January.

The Department of Health targets to deworm a total of 19 million children in public schools this January.

MANILA — Paleness, sleepiness, tiredness and bloating are some of the common symptoms of children with intestinal parasites in their stomachs.

With this, the Department of Health (DOH) reminds the importance of deworming children to maintain their good health.

“Important benefits of deworming is actually in terms of the nutrition of the child. So, there is better absorption of the nutrients and therefore the overall health and well-being of the child is greatly improved. The resistance to infection and illnesses is improved as well as the mental capacities,” Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial explained.

Since January is the National School Deworming Month, DOH encourages parents, teachers, and local government units to support the department’s ‘Oplan Goodbye Bulate‘.

DOH targets to deworm children aged 5 to 18 years old in public schools.

“The program aims to deworm approximately 19 million school-aged children enrolled in public schools (kindergarten to K-12) and at least 23 million pre-school and school-aged children not enrolled in public schools,” said Sec. Ubial.

The public may also avail of the free deworming services in health centers, rural health units, and barangay health stations nationwide.

A child just needs to take one purgative tablet to flush out the worms inside his or her intestine in just 24 hours.

Children who have undergone deworming will experience a minimal side effect like nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The World Health Organization, meanwhile, assures that the medicine for deworming is safe to take.

“We are concerned in particular about the impact of this infection on children,” said Dr. Gundo Weiler of World Health Organization. “We have an easy intervention to take 1 pill per child twice a year and we have safe drugs. The safety has been proven hundreds of millions of times around the world of this medicine.”

DOH calls on parents to have their children undergo deworming especially those aged 10 and below to avoid illnesses. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOH visits school where school-based dengue immunization program was launched

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – It was in April 2016 when the school-based immunization program of the Department of Health (DOH) was launched at Parang Elementary School in Marikina.

Amidst the Dengvaxia controversy, DOH revisited the school to answer questions of parents of children who received the anti-dengue vaccine.

Although it brought about unexpected negative effects, Health Secretary Duque believes many have learned from the scandal.

“What happened was bad, I admit. Maybe in the end, less will have dengue because we are now all conscious,” Duque said.

Meanwhile, the DOH officials also put insecticide-treated nets and ovitraps in schools to serve as protection against dengue

“To reduce the chances that mosquitoes enter classrooms because we know that students stay longer in schools than in their houses,” DOH-NCRPO Dir. Ariel Valencia said.

DOH will continue to visit different schools and communities for its post dengue vaccination advocacy.

Meanwhile, top doctors from UP-PGH continue to study the medical records of 14 children vaccinated with Dengvaxia who later died.

The public attorney’s office also conducted a  forensic examination to know whether the anti-dengue vaccine caused their deaths. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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SC gives DOH, DepEd, DILG 10 days to answer petition over support to children injected with Dengvaxia

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 11th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court has ordered the officials of the Department of Health, Department of Education and Department of Interior and Local Government to comment on the 43- page petition for mandamus submitted by the Gabriela Partylist last December 2017.

The petition is in connection with the government’s controversial dengue immunization program.

The petitioners argued the said government agencies should shoulder the free medical services and treatment of the children who received Dengvaxia vaccine.

They said the government should also implement a 5-year monitoring of the condition of the children and to also hold liable those behind the purchase of the Dengvaxia vaccine and the implementation of the anti-dengue immunization program.

“The court directed the respondents to comment on the petition for mandamus within a period of ten (10) days from notice,” Supreme Court Spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te said. – UNTV News & Rescue

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President Duterte to push for total nationwide firecracker ban

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Only a week into the year 2018 and President Rodrigo Duterte is already eyeing a total firecracker and pyrotechnics ban throughout the country.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that such plan will be among the measures that the administration will push in Congress after the Department of Health failed to meet its target to lower the incidence of firecracker-related injuries by 50 percent.

“The President also indicated that he will push for Congress to enact a law that will ban all firecrackers and pyrotechnics,” said the presidential spokesperson.

Based on the latest report of the Department of Health, a total of 449 firecracker-related injuries for only about 28 percent decline in the number of firecracker-related injuries from December 21, 2017, to January 6, 2018.

Meanwhile, a total nationwide ban on firecrackers is expected to put an estimated 75,000 workers out of jobs.

But the government assured they will not be disregarded.

“He instructed the Department of Trade and Industry to look for alternative livelihood for the would-be displaced workers,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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