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Newly- renovated city health office now ready for bigger, more services

By: Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO

The newly rehabilitated Naga City Health Office now better known as Naga City Center for Health and Nutrition, has been formally inaugurated to render more improved and convenient services to clients— the general public.

The new building complex of the Naga City Center for Health and Nutrition now features additional two dental clinics, three doctor’s office, a consultation room, a TB Dots room with laboratory, cold room for vaccines, stock room for medicines, nine comfort rooms, a social hygiene clinic for HIV patients and a well-ventilated reception area and lobby.

The expanded building will also be housing the City Population and Nutrition Office and the Naga City Dialysis Center, in partnership with a private dialysis provider.

Midwifery classes under the City Community College are also being conducted in the same building.

In addition, the newly- renovated building will now be housing the DOH Camarines Sur Field Office.

Mayor John Bongat in an interview disclosed that the expansion of the building was constructed thru a P5.6M grant from the Department of Health (DOH), with the equivalent counterpart amount from the city government. The city is now ready to deliver centralized health services in the city.

Iyan ang pinakakonsepto kaini, na maging centralized ang delivery ng health services pag-abot sa health and nutrition,” mentioned Mayor Bongat.

He clarified, however, that severe health cases beyond the capability of the center will still be referred, as a matter of standard procedure, to other hospitals in the city, namely: Naga City Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Infirmary and the Bicol Medical Center (BMC).

  • November 17th 2017
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Naga City continues efforts to mitigate dengue cases; urges cooperation from constituents

By: Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO

FOGGING OPERATION. Photo By: Roberto O. Naval, CHO Fogging Team

The City Government of Naga urges cooperation from the city dwellers to help in the measures being undertaken by the city government to mitigate the rising incident of dengue cases in the city this year.

The City Health Office (CHO) reported 399 dengue cases as of the month of September this year— an increase of 147.82% compared to the 207 dengue cases reported in the same period last year.

Topping the list among the 27 barangays of Naga, which all turned out to be affected with the epidemic, is Barangay Cararayan, with 55 reported dengue cases, followed by Concepcion Pequeña with 50 cases; San Felipe with 36; Balatas , Concepcion Grande and Pacol with 25; and Triangulo with 21 dengue cases.

City Councilor Dr. Jose “Sonny” Rañola, the Vice Chairman of the Naga City Health Board, said they are now focusing in the Search and Destroy operation which includes the Barangay Health Workers (BHW).

Despite the “alarming” state of the dengue case in the city, as being widely labeled, Dr. Vito “Butch” Borja, the City Health Officer, stated that there is no need to declare the city under the state of calamity, given the less number of reported cases, compared to the 1, 200 reported dengue cases in 2012 when the city was last declared to be under the state of calamity.

Dr. Borja also encourages the participation of every household in eradicating the breeding area of the Aedes Egypti mosquito which is believed to be the carrier of the dengue virus, among which are used tires filled with stagnant water— a breeding ground of the mosquitos which are commonly observed in the top five inflicted barangays and are noted to be one of the main reasons of the increase in the dengue case.

Although the Department of Health (DOH) has already introduced the dengue vaccine in some of the municipalities and cities in the Philippines, it is yet to come in the Bicol region. Dr. Borja said they in CHO are anticipating the same from the DOH as it would largely benefit those children and families at risk.

Meanwhile, their fogging and misting operation every Saturdays and Sundays continue in the barangays in the city.

Along with this, their plea to every families to be cautious of this dengue virus continues— its symptoms, prevention and cure— to be taken care of, as one of the common problems noted by the CHO is the delayed admission of dengue patients to hospitals, wherein the city recorded 3 deaths related to dengue for this year.

Proper information and education with regards to the dengue virus and fever would greatly help the constituents and the city prevent such mortalities, to which the city government would intensify its efforts on.

In line with this, Dr. Borja continues to remind the public to use mosquito nets at home, put window screens and be aware of the mosquito bites in the critical hours of the morning— from 6am up to 8am.

They are also encouraging the barangays, especially this rainy season, to continue the 4 o’clock clean- up habit, as was noted to be the practice of the barangays with zero (0) dengue case reported last year.

The city already recorded about P800, 000 cost in the fogging and misting operation supply and machineries, along with other measures to stop the rising epidemic.

The city government believes that this fight could be won together with the cooperation of every household in the city.

  • October 12th 2017
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Safe motherhood congress mulled

By Jason B. Neola

BUNTIS CONGRESS.  A medical doctor from the Naga City Hospital conducts blood-typing on several pregnant mothers who attended the safe motherhood congress

BUNTIS CONGRESS. A medical doctor from the Naga City Hospital conducts blood-typing on several pregnant mothers who attended the safe motherhood congress

THE local government unit here wants to arrest cases of maternal deaths in poor communities brought about by pregnancy and childbirth delivery.

Reports said that the number of deaths in the least economically resilient communities (LERCs) is higher than in any area of the city as most of the pregnant mothers in impoverished areas have limited resources in gaining access to improve their knowledge on safe childbirth delivery.

“Inadequate knowledge on maternal care before, during and after child delivery also put the mothers at great risk,” says Dr. Joen Sebastian, a community medical doctor who partners with the Ginhawang Nagueño and the City Social Welfare and Development Office in organizing the safe motherhood congress which was conducted last July 25, this year.

  • August 9th 2017
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