RO9 Hypertension2021Hypertension is considered as the number one contributing risk factor for global deaths. It causes strokes, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular complications. Thus, in order to raise awareness, the month of May is declared as National Hypertension Awareness Month. This year’s theme “#KnowYourNumbers”, aims to enhearten everyone to have their blood pressure checked and measured.

RO9 ChildrenChildren are naturally hyperactive especially when they start to walk and talk. Activity levels in children vary with their age like a 2-year old compared to the active level and attention span of a 10-year old child. This also varies depending on the interest of the activity but the level of caloric intake of children however was believed to amplify these levels. Because of these, an increasing problem of overweight and obesity among children have been observed. Based on the Expanded National Nutrition Survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) 2019 data, an average of 2.9 percent among Filipino children under five years are overweight, and aged five to ten years old is around  9.8 percent. This may predisposes children to developing early disease conditions such as diabetes, heart-associated condition, and other metabolic diseases which are collectively called non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

RO9 WASHUniversal access to safe and clean water, adequate sanitation, and proper hygiene education can reduce different health problems, leading to improved health, poverty reduction, and socio-economic development. Sanitation and hygiene are critical to health, survival, and development. Safe drinking water, proper sanitation facilities, and proper hygiene are essential to health and wellness in the communities as well as preventing and protecting human health during infectious disease outbreaks, including the current COVID-19 pandemic. According to UNICEF in July 2017, 91% of the Philippines with an estimated 100.7 million population have access to at least basic water services, around 6 million Filipinos practice open defecation and some 20 million lack access to basic sanitation facilities.

RO9 DEntalYou’ve probably heard the saying, you are what you eat; well that's particularly true for your teeth and gums. Those starchy or sugary foods we love are also loved by the bacteria in your mouth that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Even with a good oral hygiene routine (brushing twice a day, flossing once a day), it can still be hard to keep your teeth healthy over the long term.

The World Health Organization states that dental caries is a major public health problem globally and is the most widespread non-communicable disease (NCD). It is also the most prevalent condition included in the 2015 Global Burden of Disease Study, ranking first for decay of permanent teeth (2.3 billion people) and 12th for deciduous teeth (560 million children). Severe dental caries affects general health and often causes pain and infection, which may alter activities of daily living and result in tooth extraction.

RO9 OlutangaLast 8th of April 2021, Barangay Solar of the Municipality of Olutanga, Zamboanga del Sur distributed BIMO Curls and other ready-to-eat food commodities to 6-59 months old children as part of their of complementary feeding to children who were identified to be malnourished using the MUAC tape with a reference of less than eleven point five centimeters (<11.5cm).  This initial complementary food feeding program aims to help decrease the incidence of malnutrition in the country, targeting zero malnutrition by the year 2030.

RO9 111In preparation for the implementation of the Tutok Kainan: Dietary Supplementation Program (DSP) for pregnant women and 6-23 months old children, NNC 9 Provincial Nutrition Coordinator (PNC) for Zamboanga del Sur, Ms. Marie-Claire Gaas, conducted an orientation to Nutrition and Health Implementers in the Province of Zamboanga del Sur (ZDS) on April 28 and 29, 2021.

On April 28 and 29, 2021, PNC Gaas, visited the Municipality of Ramon Magsaysay and Tigbao, respectively, to conduct the orientation where two (2) MNAO designates, one (1) Municipal Health officer and thirteen (13) nurses under the DOH-CHD9 deployed in Tigbao were in attendance.