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RO9 cervical cancerDid you know that every woman, regardless of age, race and lifestyle may be at risk of cervical cancer? But despite of this risk, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and successfully treatable type of cancer if detected and diagnosed early and managed effectively. In order to promote better knowledge, prevention, possible treatments, diagnosis of this disease  the month of May has been declared as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 368.

Inspite of being a curable disease, according to the Department of Health (DOH)  Cervical Cancer is the second leading type of cancer among women, with an estimated 7,277 morbidity cases and 3,807 deaths every year. Cervix is part of the female reproductive system located at the lower part of the womb. When there is a presence of uncontrolled growth of irregular cells in the lining of the cervix, this  may lead to cervical cancer. This disease is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus transmitted through sexual activities. Common symptoms of a cervical cancer patient are irregular, between periods vaginal bleeding; back, leg or pelvic pain; fatigue, weight loss, unpleasant vaginal discharge, loss of appetite and a single swollen leg. More severe symptoms may arise during advanced stages of this disease.

RO9 hypertension monthHypertension is a serious medical condition that has contributed to the high mortality rate worldwide. This disease leads to heart attack, stroke, cardiovascularcomplication and sometimes would lead to death. In order to prevent and control this health condition, the month of May is declared as Hypertension Awareness Month that aims to increase the awareness of the people on the prevention and control of hypertension and to encourage the public to counter this through avoiding its risk factors.

Hypertension or high blood pressure (HBP) takes place when the person’s blood exerts high force against the wall of the blood vessels. Blood pressure is regulated by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in the arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower the arteries, the higher the blood pressure.  According to the Philippine Heart Association, the ideal or normal blood pressure for people with lower risk of heart diseases fall under 120 over 80. There are common hereditary and physical risk factors for HBP that are hard to prevent. These factors include the age, family history, race, gender and existing health conditions such as Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). While these factors are harder to avoid, there are also modifiable risk factors that you can change to help you manage HBP. Below are the list of modifiable risk factors and how you can prevent them:

RO9 MahayagIn compliance with the Executive Order (EO) 51 known as the Milk Code of the Philippines, also, “National Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, Breastmilk Supplements, and Other Related Products” and under the Administrative Order 2006-0012 “Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of EO 51”, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur continues  the promotion of breastfeeding (BF) as sole food for the babies from 0-6 months and continued breastfeeding with complementary feeding to children 6-23 months old and beyond. This action is one among the various interventions that the municipality have implemented in order to address the nutritional needs and to boost immunity among preschool children. The barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) are doing home visits to give one-on-one counselling to mothers on infant and young child feeding good practices alongside the distribution of RUSF and RUTF to households with 6-23 months old children.

RO9 head and neck cancerYearly, the fourth week of April is declared as Head and Neck Consciousness Week by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 1676. This observance is spearheaded by the Philippine Society of Otolaryngology and the Department of Health (DOH) which aims to increase public awareness on the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment on the cancer of head and neck region. Based from the recent data of Philippine Cancer Society and DOH, there are about 12,510 new cases in the Philippines wherein head and neck cancer ranked as number 3 next to lung and breast cancer.

Head and neck cancer includes cancer of the ear and temporal bone, nose, mouth, oropharynx, thyroid and larynx. Since these structures are close to one another, cancer cells may spread to its nearby areas infecting the other organs. According to studies, alcohol and tobacco use are the two main risk factors for head and neck cancer. DOH says that eighty-five percent of head and neck cancer are connected with tobacco use and even secondhand smoke can increase the risk of acquiring this disease. Aside from smoking and drinking, other risk factors associated with this disease are prolonged sun exposure, viral infections, poor oral hygiene and poor diet intake.

RO9 ZDN securesFilipino people are known for having the spirit of communal unity or “bayanihan” especially during emergency situations. As the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 strikes the country, this spirit of bayanihan once again showed up as they work together in defeating the virus. At the forefront of this battle against COVID-19 are the healthcare workers, uniformed personnel, food and utility workers and other frontliners who work day and night to ensure the safety and survival of the citizens. In return  for their great hard work in serving the country, they must be provided with all the support and encouragement they need from other people.

Aside from alcohol, masks, and other protective equipments, COVID-19 frontliners must also be equipped with a healthy body and strong immune system to protect themselves from acquiring the virus. And this be achieved if they are provided with the proper nourishment through consuming a nutritious and well-balanced diet. The province of Zamboanga del Norte is one of the LGUs that showed a great example in securing their province’s COVID-19 frontliners nutrition. 

RO9 VaccinesWith the various disease outbreak happening now in the country, immunization remains the most effective protection of the body against diseases especially for children. To continue the advocacy of promoting the use of vaccines for the body’s immunity, the 4th week of April is observed as the World Immunization Week with the theme  “#VaccinesWorkForAll” by the World Health Organization (WHO). The campaign aims to create awareness  on how vaccines,  the people who develop, deliver and receive vaccines are considered heroes by their continued efforts in working to protect the health of the people all over the globe.