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)


Cebuano News: Kampanya sa libreng dialysis suportado sa kongreso ug PCO

By Leandria Pagunsan

BAGUIO CITY, (PIA)— Ang giduso nga kampanya sa libreng dialysis lanog nga gi suportahan sa mga magbabalaod sa Kongreso ug Senado.


Atol sa gihimong session niadtong Mayo 2 si Baguio City Congressman Mark Go mipasar sa House Bill 5503 nga nagmando sa mga national government hospitals sa tanang probinsya o rehiyon nga mobutang ug dialysis center ug mohatag sa libreng panambal ngadto sa mga pobre nga adunay sakit sa kidney.


Samtang si Senator Sonny Angara miduso usab sa sama nga Senate Bill 1329 alang sa tanang provincial government hospitals nga mobutang ug libreng dialysis ward para sa mga pobreng katawhan.


Gipasar ni Angara ang maong panukala tungod kay nakita sa senador ang mga pobreng katawhang gikan sa probinsya nga naglisod sa bayranan sa pagpatambal ug kanunayng moadto sa mga lungsod ug dakbayan alang sa regular nila nga dialysis.


Gitumbok ni Angara ang ka mahinugndanon sa libre nga dialysis gani ang ubang may sakit sa kidney nangamatay na lang tungod ky dili maka sarang sa galastohan sa regular nga pagpa dialysis.


Sa sayo pa ang Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club Inc. (BCBC) pinagulohan sa ilang presidente nga si Ramon Dacawi ug sa Philippine Information Agency –Cordillera milusad ug signature drive para sa Kongreso nga mopasar sa balaodnon nga libreng dialysis sa tanang pasyente nga nanginahanglan niini.


Mga konsehal sa Baguio City nga si Edgar Avila ug Peter Fianza miduso gilayon ug resolusyon agi ug suporta sa signature drive nga ipadangat sa Kongreso.


Bag-ohay lang si Presidential Communications Secretary Marie Banaag namasalig ngadto sa mga BCBC nga ang Duterte administration andam ug taganang mo suporta sa ilang iduso nga balaodnon kay mismo si Presidente Duterte may kahingawa nga motabang sa panginahanglanon sa mga kabus nga katawhan.


Gani ang PCO nakigdugtong sa Department of Health ug Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) sa gikinahanglang pondo.(lpp/PIA7/Negros Oriental/This story was originally published at PIA Website on May 16, 2017)

P36M oxygen generator plant at NOPH inaugurated

By Roi Lomotan

The P36 million oxygen generating plant inside the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital. (PIA7-NegOr)

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – Governor Roel Degamo led the inauguration of the P36-M oxygen system generator plant inside the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) on January 11.

The facility was funded by the Department of Health (DOH) and was constructed in the middle of 2016.

In his message to the hospital staff and some officials of the provincial government at the inauguration ceremony, Degamo cited that establishing an oxygen generator plant is part of his goals as the local chief executive of the province in providing quality service to poor patients of the hospital.

He said the oxygen generator is 100 percent ready to supply oxygen to the rooms at the central bloc building of NOPH as per the recommendation of the contractor and the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO).

Aside from supplying oxygen to the patients of NOPH, Degamo also pointed out that the oxygen generator plant can provide additional revenues to the province since NOPH can also sell oxygen to other hospitals.

“Once we have our own oxygen (generator plant), we can sell oxygen to other hospitals at a lower cost. I will talk with economic managers on how much (rate) will be imposed per tank of oxygen but rest assured it will be lower than the price of oxygen we bought (from other sources). If we can make the price cheaper, I’m sure many will purchase it,” Degamo said.

“We are also targeting private hospitals. I know there are no oxygen generator plants in Dumaguete and also in other areas in southern Cebu and Northern Mindanao,” he added.

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo turns over the key of responsibility and management of the P36 million oxygen generating plant to new head of Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) Dr. Marc Angelo Llosa.
Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo gives a message to some staff of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) and officials of the provincial government during the inauguration of the P36 million oxygen generating plant inside the NOPH compound on Jan. 11

However, the governor declared that oxygen tanks will be sold at a lower price to community and district hospitals in Negros Oriental.

Meanwhile, Degamo also revealed that aside from the oxygen generator plant, an MRI equipment is installed at NOPH.

The province is also eyeing a new CT scan machine to be in place in the hospital within the year.

With this development, the governor told the hospital staff to take care of the facility and also encouraged them to work harder and provide good service to the patients of NOPH.

“My appeal to all employees of the hospital; let us work hard. Let us serve the people in a manner that that the people we serve are happy and satisfied (with our service),” Degamo stressed.

Aside from spearheading the inauguration of the oxygen generator plant, Degamo also officiated the turnover of leadership of NOPH from outgoing head Dr. Zenaida Jusep to its new leader Dr. Marc Angelo Llosa. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Jan. 12, 2017)