(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 02 October 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm "JENNY" {KOINU} was estimated based on all available data at 675 km East of Aparri, Cagayan (18.8°N, 128.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 150 km/h. It is moving Northwestward at 10 km/h. Southwest Monsoon affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Trough of TS Jenny / Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds coming from Southwest to West will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Monday, 7 August 2023

DOH capacitates dentists in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY --  In its ongoing commitment to improve the region's oral health status, the Department of Health - Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga conducted a four-day capacity enhancement course for dentists from various local government units across the region, on July 25 to 28, 2023 at Balai La Niña, Brgy Amontay, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

Some thirty-six local dentists attended and successfully completed the comprehensive course. Dr. Dayan Decampong-Sangcopan, the DOH Local Health Division - family cluster head, warmly welcomed the participants during the opening rites, setting a positive tone for the learning sessions.

One of the course highlights was the practicum on the management and application of sodium fluoride and silver diamine fluoride, which featured in-depth discussions led by renowned experts in the field namely, Dr. Kyzyl Karlo M. Serilo, DMD, general and pediatric dentistry of Davao Medical School Foundation College of Dentistry, Davao City, and Dr. Maria Noemi G. Pato, DMD, MHA, a current professor of dentistry at National University, Manila.

The capacity enhancement course covered a diverse range of topics, including the new direction on oral health services in consonance with the Universal Health Care Act, prevention and detection of early childhood caries (ECC), workshop and management of silver diamine fluoride, basic life support in a dental setting, oral cancer detection, and PhilHealth coverage on primary dental services.

The event concluded with an exchange of insights, recognition of participants' efforts, and the distribution of certificates along with oral health products to further support their practice.

Understanding that oral health significantly reflects an individual's overall well-being, the participants were empowered and encouraged to apply their newfound knowledge and skills to providing the Caraganons community with secure and efficient oral health care, ultimately leading to healthier and more productive lives. (DOH-CHD Caraga/PIA-Caraga)