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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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    New online app launched to prevent HIV

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — To help prevent the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), a non-governmental organization on Wednesday launched Safely PH or #SafelyPH, an online navigational app designed to determine the location of nearest testing and treatment sites for HIV.

    Save the Children fund, or more commonly known as Save the Children, expressed concern over the rising number of cases HIV in the country.

    It is for this reason that the group initiated the move to create public awareness on seeking medical treatment for HIV.

    “We want to put information in the hands of people mostly men, 93% of the new cases are men. So that they can know where can they be tested, where can they get treatment, where they can find condoms, where the clinics are. Maps are really easy to use,” said Save the Children country director Ned Olney.

    A Department of Health (DOH) January to May 2017 report revealed that HIV cases in the country have gone up by 48%.

    From 741 in 2016, the case ballooned to 4,388 this year.

    Ninety-five percent of the reported cases are male, ages 15 to 24.

    The health department believes that the app can be a big help for the said age group as they are frequent internet users.

    “Two out of three infections are coming from 15 to 24 year-olds and incidentally ito rin yung population na talagang (they are also the members of the population who are) technology savvy. So through research, it has been shown that the mobile application should really be accessible to the young people,” said DOH medical specialist Dr. Jose Gerard Belimac.

    The app is now available for download in google play store and will, as well, be available in apple store in December.  — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

     

     

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    Obese children to outnumber severely underweight by 2022 – WHO

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

    One in five children is now obese or overweight.

    Thin or weak children have long been the enduring image associated with poor nutrition in developing countries, while obesity is considered the curse of rich nations. However, a recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO)showed an obvious shift in this trend.

    WHO released a report published in the lancet which shows that obesity rates among five to 19-year-olds Rose Tenfold in the past four decades, from 11 million in 1975 to 124 million in 2016.

    In line with the observance of World Obesity Day today, the world agency offers recommendations of policy actions for countries to tackle obesity and overweight in young children.

    “These actions are all feasible for all countries to tackle ending obesity and overweight in children. Countries will start at different places, perhaps in the schools, perhaps in the physical activity, perhaps in the public education and awareness and the regulatory and marketing, but all countries can tackle obesity through these six recommendations,” said WHO Program Manager Fiona bull.

    The report said that 0.7 percent of children were obese in 1975, compared to 5.6 percent of girls and 7.8 percent of boys in 2016.

    If the trend continues, more children and adolescents will be obese than moderately to severely underweight by 2022, according to the analysis of the weight and height measurements of nearly 130 million people – the largest ever epidemiological study, according to WHO.

    “Being an overweight child or adolescent means you are more likely to be an overweight adult and it is also more likely to lead to early onset of conditions like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Overweight in childhood and adolescence also causes social psychological problems for the children themselves, more stigmatism, more bullying, less optimal school performance,” said WHO team leader Leanne Riley.

    The study showed that there are now 124 million children and adolescents in the world who are obese and an additional 214 million overweight children and adolescent.  — United Nations Multimedia

     

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    CA tackles allegation of corruption, incompetence against Sec. Ubial

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines – Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Paulyn Ubial has faced anew several individuals who oppose her appointment as the Chief of the Health Department in Tuesday’s confirmation hearing of the Commission on Appointments (CA).

    First to question the Health Secretary was Kabayan Partylist Representative Harry Roque who accused her of corruption and incompetence.

    According to Roque, Ubial has no strong stance in terms of the implementation of the anti-dengue vaccine.

    Roque also criticized what he described as Ubial’s wrong notion about the Zika virus. This particular issue was clarified by Ubial during the hearing.

    This particular issue was clarified by Ubial during the hearing.

    “The bottom line of the Zika virus is that there was no outbreak; we were able to contain it,” Sec. Ubial said.

    Secretary Ubial challenged Roque to file a complaint against her before the Office of the Ombudsman or the Office of the President if he has strong evidence against her.

    Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III questioned Ubial about the government’s program to distribute condoms to high school students.

    Sotto said the budget for the said program for this year is P159-million.

    But Ubial noted the DOH spent P10-million only of the said amount, and that they no longer have plans to continue the controversial program.

    “If you’re referring to condom distribution in schools, we will not implement it,” said Ubial.

    Sotto also scrutinized what he describes as the luxurious travels of Ubial to other countries. The Health Secretary traveled abroad six times in just two and half months.

    Ubial reasoned that several of her trips abroad were ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

    She noted that only half of the amount she spent for her travels came from government coffers while the other half were funded by international agencies.

    However, the senator expressed concern that the non-government organizations funding her trips are doing so with vested interests.

    He also emphasized that Ubial should show documents proving that her travels abroad were official trips.

    “Like what I said they might have vested interests and hidden advocacies,” Sen. Sotto said.

    The Secretary admitted she brought with her in trips her 22-year-old son as a consultant of DOH, but noted that she paid for his expenses.

    “He signed the contract, P1-consultant. He is without pay,” Ubial said.

    The CA will resume the hearing on Ubial’s appointment next week.

    Senator Sotto said that if the CA fails to decide on the appointment of Ubial before the Congress takes a session break, it might be the third time her appointment would be by-passed. He said the CA might then decide on her appointment upon the resumption of their session in November. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

     

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