Food Safety Awareness Oct2022In a continuous effort of educating on food safety and to eradicate food poisoning and other foodborne illness, the Food Safety Awareness Week is held every last week of October in adherence to Presidential Proclamation No. 160, series of 1999.

More than people realize, food safety plays a significant role throughout the entire food chain. Food safety is the level of safety and sanitation of foods from food borne diseases, illnesses received from eating food that contains germs, bacteria, or viruses. According to WHO (2022), an estimated 600 million people – nearly one in every ten people in the world – will become ill after eating contaminated food, and 420,000 will die, resulting in the loss of 33 million healthy life years.

Controlling food safety generally requires knowledge of what can hinder its integrity and stability (WWF, 2020). Contaminations in food have a negative impact on food safety it can be caused by biological, chemical, physical, or radiological hazards, and they can result to food poisoning or food intoxication, which can result in mild to fatal health consequences such as vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or even debilitating infections and long-term diseases.

Idol ko PDI OCT2022San Jose, PDI- Headed by the Provincial Nutrition Office in collaboration with the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga, a 3-day training on Early Child Care Development: Idol Ko Si Nanay Training Module was conducted on October 11-13, 2022 at San Jose Pension House, Dinagat Islands.

A total of 24 health and nutrition implementers of Province of Dinagat Islands (PDI), composed of Municipal Health Officer (MHO), Municipal Nutrition Action Workers (MNAO), Public Health Nurses (PHN), Nutritionist-Dietitians, and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) Federated presidents were capacitated and now roll-out training ready on their respective municipalities and institutions.

PDI Governor Nilo P. Demerey Jr, welcomed the participants which he expressed his gratitude to the health workers on their continued hard work in eradicating malnutrition in the province specially the children, pregnant and lactating mothers. Gov. Demerey also acknowledged the presence of NNC Caraga OIC, Dr. Nino Archie Labordo and the whole NNC team. He thanked the NNC for the continued assistance and guidance to the PLGU.

Shepherding Placer Sept 27Butuan City – Part of the project, the Nutrition Shepherding Team visited the Municipality of Placer, Surigao del Norte on 27 September 2022 to provide orientation on the nutrition program management particularly the local legislators and policy makers of this town.

Development Management Officer II Raphael P. Ochavo discussed the importance of nutrition and the need for LGUs to keep investing in it. The council received a hard copy of The Compendium of Action for Nutrition, a facilitation tool to support multi-sectoral action at the national level, especially with regard to nutrition policy.

Likewise, he shared how LGUs may invest in nutrition with focus on the first 1,000 days. On the same day RA 11148 flyers showing how to prevent stunting were distributed.

Further, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO), Ruth E. Rivera shared the nutrition situation of the locality and presented the lined-up plans and actions to combat malnutrition.

DRRMH Surigao Oct7SURIGAO CITY – Department of Health (DOH) Caraga with support from the UNICEF conducted a Provincial Wide Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Health (DRRM-H) Planning Workshop for the Province of Surigao del Norte on October 5-7, 2022 at EY Miner Suites, Surigao City with the National Nutrition Council- Caraga as Cluster facilitator during the activity.

DRRM-H planning is a participative process, carefully studying the hazards, vulnerabilities, and risks of an area. Additionally, it is a systematic, systemic, strategic, evidence-based, and consultative process to come up with a regional, provincial, city, municipality, barangay, and hospital DRRM-H Plan and properly implement it to ensure resilient health systems at all levels of governance.

In his message, DOH DMO V Erwin Pingal thanked the local government units for giving time in the planning workshop. Likewise, he acknowledged UNICEF Philippines for the support provided for Caraga region.

Elderly 2022To promote the seniors' rights and honor their contributions to the development of the country, former president Fidel V. Ramos signed Proclamation No. 470 on September 26, 1994, declaring the first week of October from 1-7 as Linggo ng Katandaang Filipino or Elderly Filipino Week.  

People with advancing age experienced aging, which is considered a natural phenomenon where the body decreases its physical functions, greater susceptibility to disease such as osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease and decreased viability (Barkoukis H., 2016). Republic Act 9994, also known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 defined senior citizens as elderly persons aged 60 years old and above. 

In the Philippines, the elderly population has been growing significantly during the past decades. The increasing number of senior citizens are becoming more vulnerable for various reasons. Thus, the right to appropriate food, shelter, clothes, and medical care, livelihood opportunities, family and community support, and self-help is very essential. 

World Sight Day 2022Human eyes are capable of receiving images which are then carried to the brain. The eyes are one of the most important organs in the human body, allowing you to see and connect with your surroundings. Thus, protecting the eyes is a must for every individual.

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) declared World Sight Day on the second Thursday of October, the 13th of the month. World Sight Day was created to raise public awareness and knowledge about the importance of eye care. With the assistance of medical practitioners and eye experts, this celebration raises awareness about preventive measures to halt the progression of blindness, and the cooperation of citizens, with the goal of lowering the country's rate of eye impairment.

According to a recent report from World Health Organization (WHO) from 2012, approximately 285 million people worldwide have visual impairments, including 39 million who are blind and 246 million who have low vision. Worldwide, cataracts continue to be the leading cause of blindness, followed by glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration as secondary causes, while uncorrected refractive errors are the leading cause of visual impairment.