Saturday, October 3, 2015

DOH Caraga responds to mass evacuation in SurSur

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 3 (PIA) - The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga to date, is continuously extending all extraneous efforts especially in the provision of sustained health services to the affected families who evacuated from the September 1 armed conflict incident.

A total of 627 families or 3,312 individuals who evacuated at Sports Complex, Tandag City, and Janipaan Elementary School, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur were catered for their health care needs.

Due to the escalated number of individuals in the evacuation sites, possible diseases may occur especially diseases that are respiratory-related. A total of 964 patients have consulted with complaints of signs and symptoms attributed to acute respiratory and Influenza-like illnesses. Environmental sanitation is also a big challenge for the evacuees since they are congested in an area limited of water and latrine supply and incongruous garbage disposal.

With the help of neighboring municipalities and the provincial government of Surigao del Sur, the DOH Caraga provided health services to the evacuees. Water rationing through water tanks and faucets, portalets for human wastes, de-clogging of toilets, IEC materials on sanitation, family planning services, health class and counseling were provided.

In addition to the newest strategy of the agency which is the High Impact Five, empowering existing programs that concerns mothers and children is also stretched out to them. Immunization services, medical consultation, dispensing of medications, prenatal services and delivery is being given.

Meanwhile, all identified evacuees who have specific health concerns and complaints of illnesses are directly referred to Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center (DOH retained hospital) for thorough evaluation and is confined in a dedicated ward exclusively for their use.

"We continue to provide the best of what we can for people who need our services. DOH sees no factions among Caraganons. We are one in this health journey," said DOH Caraga assistant regional director Cesar C. Cassion. (DOH-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Feast on vegetables for body cleansing

By Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

Do you get tired of eating too much festive foods like lechon, mechado, fried chicken, salads during celebrations?

You may want to shift from meat to veggies to get rid of some body toxins.

Vegetables are important sources of vitamins, minerals, and fibers. Fibers are mostly found in vegetables and fruits. Regular intake of soluble fiber enables the body to absorb minerals like calcium and magnesium. Fiber also helps manage one’s weight.

Phytochemicals or phytonutrients are found in plants, particularly vegetables. Examples of these are lycopene in tomatoes, anthocyanins in bell peppers and flavonoids in broccoli. Bright colored vegetables generally contain most phytonutrients.

By eating vegetables, there are low chances of weight gain, improved teeth and bone structure, increased body resistance against infection, and reduced risk of having diseases such as diabetes mellitus, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Experts say one needs three to four servings of vegetables daily. Recommended servings for vegetables also vary depending on age and lifestyle as shown below:

Age Group                                                     Recommended Servings

                                                                           of Vegetables

- Older persons, adults,                             - At least 3 servings*

   lactating women                                     

- Teenage boys and girls                           - At least 3 servings*

- Growing kids (1-12 years old)                - At least 3 servings*


Source: FNRI’s Daily Nutritional Guide Pyramid for Filipinos

*One serving of leafy vegetables=1 cup raw or ½ cup cooked

 One serving of other vegetables=1/2 cup raw or 1 cup cooked

Remember the 3rd message of the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF): “Eat more vegetables and fruits everyday to get the essential vitamins, minerals and fiber for regulation of body processes.”

For more information on food and nutrition, contact:  Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/ Fax Nos: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line:839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071-82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph.  Like our Facebook page at facebook.com/FNRI.DOST or follow our Twitter account at twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (FNIR-DOST/PIA-Caraga)