RO9 HepatitisHepatitis is a major public health problem in the Philippines. Hepatitis refers to the inflammatory condition of the liver and is commonly caused by hepatitis viruses (Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E), heavy alcohol intake, some toxins and drugs, other systemic diseases, and infections. According to the Hepatology Society of the Philippines, an estimated 7.3 million adult Filipinos (16.7% of the adult population) are chronically infected with hepatitis B. This rate is extremely high compared to other countries and is more than double the 8% average prevalence of Hepatitis B Virus infection in the Western Pacific region. A 2003 survey showed the prevalence of hepatitis B to be highest in the 20-49 year age group.

RO9 GoutGout is a painful form of arthritis that happens when too much uric acid builds up and forms crystals in your joints. According to the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), gout is a joint disorder characterized by acute inflammation. In the Philippines, almost 1.6 million Filipinos have gout and the prevalence has been steadily increasing due to unhealthy diet and lifestyle.

RO9 BNSManukanMeetingOn the 8th of April 2021, the Provincial Nutrition Coordinator for Zamboanga del Norte (ZDN PNC) of the National Nutrition Council Region IX (NNC9) Ms. Rowence F. Zorilla attended the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) Monthly Meeting of the Municipality of Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte to discuss the new e-OPT Tool, MUAC measurement and nutritional status reference tables to the participants. PNC Zorilla also made a courtesy call to MNAO designate Dr. Reiner V. Alonzo and to MNPC Sanitary Inspector II, Mr. Joven Gomolon. The meeting was presided over by MNPC Gomolon. Aside from being a Sanitary Inspector, Mr. Joven Gomolon is also the Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinator (MNPC), HIV Coordinator, and Adolescents Coordinator of the municipality.  The meeting was attended by 25 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs).

RO9 VitaminADeficiencyVitamin A is an essential micronutrient. Our bodies cannot manufacture it and therefore it has to be included in our diet.  Vitamin A supports the daily replacement of skin cells and ensures that tissues such as the conjunctiva are able to produce mucous and provide a barrier to infection. Vitamin A is also essential for vision under conditions of poor lighting, for maintaining a healthy immune system, cell recognition, for growth and development and for reproduction. It also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs function correctly.

RO9 NutriTriviaOne of the strategies of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) to address the problem of hunger and malnutrition is through the utilization of social media platforms such as Facebook. The National Nutrition Council Region 9 (NNC 9) aims to use social media as a medium to provide and disseminate nutrition and nutrition-related information to its community. NNC 9 thought of a way to digitally engage with its community and thus, the birth of the Nutri-Trivia Contest on NNC 9’s FB page.

RO9 infertilityThe inability to conceive a child can be stressful and at the same time frustrating. This may cause misunderstandings and may lead to divorce or separation among couples. Male infertility refers to the inability of male to cause pregnancy in a fertile female. A survey commissioned by pharmaceutical group Merck Serono and conducted by Synovate in 100 households in the Philippines revealed that 1 in 10 Filipino couples are facing the challenge of conceiving a child. According to Dr. Marc Anthony Ancheta, a consultant at the Medical City and section chief of Reproductive Medicine of the Infertility and Gynecologic Endoscopy, some 35 to 40 % of a couple’s inability to conceive a child are due to male factors, including sperm problems.