Read/Post Comment: 0 Posted by Administrator /  21.05.2015
By: Dunkin Lee H. Gaerlan PITO, La Union


In the observance of Safe Motherhood Week this month of May, health advocates in La Union have underscored the province’s programs and activities in promoting maternal health and nutrition to all mothers. This is recognized by the Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) led by Gov. Manuel C. Ortega, as he reassures PGLU’s unwavering commitment to sustain the safety and welfare of moms in the province. The said celebration is Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 200 signed in 2002, which seeks to raise public awareness regarding pregnancy-related complications such as hemorrhage, hypertension, sepsis, and abortion.
Through the Provincial Health Office (PHO), the Rural Health Units (RHUs) are required to conduct at least four sessions on “Usapang Buntis” where lectures, exhibits and information dissemination to promote essential behaviors for ensuring healthy pregnancy, safe delivery and family planning are being tackled. Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) program headed by the Program Coordinator, Ms. Eufemia Thelma M. Abrew, promotes Safe Motherhood to ensure that women receive the care they need to be healthy and safe throughout their pregnancy and childbirth.
Millions of Filipino women are at high risk when they become pregnant because they are either too young (below 18 years old) or too old (over 35 years old), have had four or more pregnancies, have had too close or unspaced pregnancies (less than 15 months), are suffering from some form of illness. Many women still opt to give birth at home for economic and geographical reasons. Furthermore, The World Health Organization (WHO) discourages home births as they do not guarantee asepsis (sterility), and the birth attendant is often inadequately equipped with emergency equipment and medications, in the event of complications that may put the life of the mother and the newborn at risk.
In this light, the campaign for safe motherhood practices is being upheld in the Province of L.U. to develop the delivery of basic health services and facilities and to improve child survival (MDG-4) and maternal health (MDG-5).
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Read/Post Comment: 0 Posted by Administrator /  17.05.2015
By: Cesar S. Bucsit, Provincial Information and Tourism Office-La Union

The partnership between the Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) - La Union is effective in empowering the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in the province.

This was announced by Social Welfare Officer III, Ms. Chrispearl V. Abenoja, during their semestral meeting with the City/Municipal Action Team (C/MAT) Leaders and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) held at the Panlipunan Hall, DSWD Field Office 1 (FO-1), City of San Fernando, La Union on May 13, 2015.

She said that recipients in the province showed satisfactory compliance in the aspect of health, education, deworming and Family Development Sessions. This is a manifestation of the fulfillment of the program, to sustain and improve the living conditions of the recipients leading to empowerment, Abenoja explained

The PGLU-DSWD partnership according to Abenoja, has a great role on the empowerment of the beneficiaries. The PGLU has the capability to provide technical assistance and to respond on issues and concerns which may affect the better implementation of the program. The Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Advisory Committee (PAC) led by Gov. Manuel C. Ortega and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) are steadfast partners.

The DSWD on the other hand is competitive in the realization of the areas of engagement like the Bantay, which aims to monitor projects and activities relative to the program; Gabay, extends technical assistance; Tulay, facilitates action, feedback and monitoring; and the Kaagapay, provides livelihood program.

With the joint efforts of the PGLU and the DSWD, the province has more than 31,000 active 4Ps beneficiaries. This is higher than what has been recorded last year which is 30,000 recipients. Abenoja said that they saturated both urban and rural areas of the province in order to include greater number of beneficiaries.
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Read/Post Comment: 0 Posted by Administrator /  17.05.2015
By: Dunkin Lee H. Gaerlan PITO, La Union

In support to the nationwide fight against cervical cancer, the Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) led by Gov. Manuel C. Ortega through the Provincial Health Office (PHO) headed by Dr. Hector T. Beñas, strengthens its campaign on Cervical Cancer Awareness as it published a monthly information dissemination leaflet labeled as “health blogs” under the Department of Health (DOH)’s Annual Health Calendar 2015 programs campaign which aims to educate women about their health and to encourage positive action among those who are at risk of the disease.

Records show that almost 12 women die due to cervical cancer each day despite it being a preventable disease through screening and vaccination. Moreover, Cervical cancer remains a public health concern that continues to threaten the welfare and well-being of women and the population as a whole. It is the second most common cancer afflicting women worldwide with about 500,000 new cases and approximately 250,000 deaths each year because of sexually-transmitted infection (STI) called Human Papilloma Virus or HPV. However, If the high-risk HPV infection is not cleared by the immune system, it can linger for many years and turn abnormal cells into cancer over time. Symptoms are bleeding and spotting between menstrual periods that are longer and heavier than usual, unusual discharge from the vagina which may contain blood and occur between menstrual periods or after menopause, and pain during sex. In this light, a vaccine can now protect women from types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers and genital warts or either through Pap smear or Visual Inspection using Acetic Acid Wash (VIA) which is a cheaper procedure.
Prior to this, Governor Ortega reinforced the PHO team to continue undertaking the campaign to limit the number of cervical cancer through increased awareness and medical assistance through a nationwide cervical cancer screening program with emphasis on the importance of early detection in the fight against cervical cancer. The Governor also encouraged everyone to do their part in fighting this silent killer disease.
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