Dengue incidents in NegOr drop during Q1 of 2017

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(L-R) Dr. Socrates Villamor, OIC-Chief Local Support Services of DOH-NIR, Dumaguete City Health Officer Dr. Ma. Sarah Tala and PIA-NegOr Infocen Manager Jenny Tilos

An official from the Department of Health – Negros Island Region (DOH – DOH-NIR) cited a three percent decrease in the number of dengue cases in Negros Oriental recorded within January 1 to June 10, 2017.

Dr. Socrates Villamor, OIC-Chief of Local Health Support Division of DOH-NIR reported during a Kapihan sa PIA forum on June 14 that a total of 914 dengue cases with six deaths were recorded from Jan. 1 to June 10 this year. The said figure is lower than the 946 cases with six deaths recorded in the same period last year.

Dr. Villamor also disclosed that the age range of dengue victims reported in the said period is from two months to 86 years old with a mean age of 19 years old. Moreover, 55% of the dengue victims are male and most of them are aged 21 years old and above.

Dumaguete City Health Officer Dr. Ma. Sarah Tala said the City Health Office (CHO) continuously validates dengue cases reported to them.

Dr. Tala also cited during the Kapihan that there are 230 dengue cases reported within January 1 to June 10 this year but based on CHO’ s community-based surveillance system there are 153 validated cases recorded from January to April  and one each for May and June, respectively. This brings the total number of validated cases to 155 with no fatalities recorded.

On the other hand, the barangay with most number of dengue cases for the same period was reflected in Barangay Banilad with 15 cases, followed by Barangay Camanjac with 14 cases, Barangay Candau-ay with 13 and Barangay Batinguel with 11 cases.

The CHO will further intensify its dengue prevention programs especially since it’s already onset of rainy season and the start of the academic year for schools.


Wit 914 dengue cases and six deaths recorded from the period of Jan. 1 to June 10, both Dr. Socrates Villamor and Dr. Ma. Sarah Tala renewed warnings to the public to guard against dengue fever-carrying mosquitoes.

Since June is Denge Awareness Month and June 15 is designated as ASEAN Dengue Day, both health officials urged community participation in the fight against dengue especially with the onset of rainy season and start of the opening of clases. (PIA7-NegOr)


Negros Oriental braces for TD Auring

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – Gov. Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental still continues to call on the public and the local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMCs) concerned to monitor weather condition in their area of responsibility as the LPA is still expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains in the province.

In a Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment and provincial executive meeting today, the governor briefed the department heads and members of the PDRRMC that advisories have been issued to all DRRMOs to be alert for possible flash floods and landslides in their respective areas.

Gov. Degamo asked each department such as PSWDO to be ready all stockpiled food items for would be victims, the PEO, IPHO among others to be on standby.

In any eventuality, Degamo’s concern is to achieve zero casualty when ‘Auring” intensified its movements as the province is still under TCWS No. 1 then.

Meantime, the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Negros Island Region (DSWD-NIR) reported completion of all necessary preparations of food and non-food commodities to be used in possible disaster response operations in the region.

A total of 14,194 family food packs are now available at the office’s regional warehouses in the cities of Dumaguete and Bacolod and at the LGU warehouses in the cities of Bayawan, Bago, and La Carlota and the municipality of Mabinay.

These LGU warehouses serve as strategic launching points for the distribution of pre-positioned family food packs that may be needed by LGUs within their respective clusters.

OIC-Regional Director, Shalaine Marie Lucero disclosed today that DSWD Central Office has assured the availability of standby funds that can be used to purchase additional commodities if needed.

Lucero advised LGUs to immediately inform her office of any need for augmentation through the agency’s City/Municipality Action Teams.

The Quick Response Team (QRT) of the Field Office and in the two provinces have been activated to monitor the preparedness of the LGUs, to determine the number and assist the LGUs in the distribution of assistance to families and communities that might be affected by TD Auring. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Jan. 10, 2017)

Kidney patients up, Hemodialysis Center launched

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

Hemodialysis units at Silliman University Medical Center

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The alarming increase of kidney failure or patients with end stage renal disease prompted the Silliman University Medical Center (SUMC) to expand to 24 the hemodialysis machines for patients in Negros Oriental needing dialysis services.

This was disclosed by both the nephrologist and administrator of SUMC, Dr. Roy Arco and Roberto Montebon, respectively in a recent blessing and dedication of the new Hemodialysis Center, in answer to the growing number of kidney patients which is also the national trend.

Montebon explained that the existing six machines acquired in 2012 operating 24 hours and seven days a week could not catch up with the demand of the rising number of patients suffering kidney disease.

Dr. Arco said that the leading cause of kidney failure is diabetes, followed by hypertension where the part of the kidney that helps filter waste and fluid in the blood is damaged.

Diabetes and hypertension are considered lifestyle illnesses, with the increasing trend of having   more patients suffering from these diseases, and they have one and two risk factors for kidney failure, stressed Dr. Arco.

He cited that diet or lifestyle change is the major factor of kidney disease, “because we have a lot of fast food chain with sodium-based food and fat content that create diabetes and hypertension”.

In the Philippines, around 12,000 per year new patients diagnose with end stage renal disease and still increasing and this may not include those are not able to get treatment, the doctor said.

The medical doctor noted that the growing number of patients needing for treatment per year is also due to government subsidy with PhilHealth to shoulder the cost of P225,000 per year for hemodialysis; and level of awareness that encourage them to undergo chemo.

However, Dr. Arco said that most of the patients’ average survival rate would last for two to three years due to its cost with P4,950 per session for new dialysis treatment.

“With the high expense, most of them cannot continue or comply with the two to three sessions a week of chemo dialysis procedure much more cannot take the medications,” he said.

But SUMC administrator Montebon said the amount per session could more likely go down because of government’s subsidy and discount charge for senior citizen, while for the less privileged they may ask PCSO or DSWD for assistance.

It is observed that Dumaguete City is the catch basin for patients coming from neighboring provinces of Siquijor, southern of Cebu, outskirts and boundaries of Negros Occidental, while Dapitan and Dipolog have already full chemo centers.

“Hemodialysis is one of the three treatments for patients with ends stage renal disease, supposedly the best treatment is kidney transplant but this is the least common because it’s so expensive and very difficult to look for kidney donor, and the third treatment is peritoneal dialysis, a home-based management which the government is pursuing,” explained Dr. Arco. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on Oct. 17, 2016)