Friday, June 6, 2014

MHO reminds the increasing cases of teenage pregnancy in Boracay

Posted June 5, 2014
Written by Alan Palma Sr.

Malay Municipal Health Office (MHO) is now busy providing definite information on pregnancy which is a part of their campaign for Safe Motherhood and Responsible Parenthood.

This is because Boracay is being noted of having a large number of teenage pregnancy cases during the past year.

The office statistics data show that teenage women aged 15-19 years old reached 0ver 211 pregnancy cases, 100 are from Brgy. Manoc-manoc, beyond 70 cases in Brgy. Balabag as well as 30 cases from Brgy. Yapak.

The data also revealed a continuing rise in the number of pregnancies and births outside marriage.

According to Health and Educational Promotion Officer Arbie Aspiras, some of the reasons for teenage pregnancy are not having of parental guidance and state of life.

"Evidence and lessons from local areas shows us young people need comprehensive sex and relationship education in and out of school and targeted support for those most at risk", He added.

MHO also encouraged the young pregnant women to visit the Health Center in order for them to provide the proper guidance since that pregnancy is a serious matter.

While some are shy, Aspiras said that “we should consider the life of the unborn and the health of the mother”.

The Safe Motherhood and Responsible Parenthood is one of the advocacies of the Department of Health (DOH) which was included in the provision of controversial RH Law and upheld by Supreme Court on April 8, 2014.

Translated by Gloria Villas

Thursday, June 5, 2014

As rainy season approaches, MHO issues tips to prevent flu spread

Posted June 4, 2014
Written by Gloria Villas

As the rainy season approaches, the Municipal Health Office (MHO) on Wednesday  issued tips to prevent the potential spread of influenza (flu).

Municipal Health Education Promotion Officer Arbie Aspiras said influenza is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system, and is different from the stomach flu virus that causes diarrhea and vomiting.

"Young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people who have weakened immune system are highly susceptible to flu. Incubation period is one to three days," He added.

Furthermore, according to Aspiras, the flu can be transmitted when the Influenza virus (A, B, or C) enters the respiratory tract when someone coughs or sneezes.

Flu can also spread via "contact with the surfaces, material, and clothing contaminated with discharges of an infected person," He said.

On the other hand, the Department of Health (DOH) said a study in 2013 showed seasonal influenza epidemics are likely in cold-dry and humid-rainy conditions.

The MHO also suggested that people distance themselves "by at least one meter from people who are coughing or have influenza."

It suggested as well that people cover their mouths and noses when sneezing or coughing to prevent the spread of the virus.

People should also wash their hands frequently with soap and water.

Gov. Miraflores, led the LPP-TB Program in Aklan

Posted June 3, 2014
Written by Jay-Ar Arante

Aklan Governor Florencio “Joeben” Miraflores led the home-free Pamilyang Pilipino Laban sa TB (LPP-TB) program in the province of Aklan.

Together with Miraflores are the entire municipal mayors in the province where they signed the pledge of support which was wrapped up during the provincial local chief executives dialogue as regards to tuberculosis (TB) this Friday.

It is being said  that there were 20 rural health units, three hospitals and clinics in the province that are accredited and certified by DOST facilities.

However, it was also noted that there were 91 percent of tuberculosis cure rate last year which has increased 77 percent in 2010.

On the other hand, in connection with such agreement, the provincial government will provide financial support to strengthen the TB Service Delivery Mechanism, as well as to strengthen public-private partnerships and multi- sector to be able to control the increase of TB cases in Aklan.

It is also expected that the government will have a different plan the same as putting a Multi-Drug Resistant TB Satellite Treatment Center at Dr.  Rafael S. Tumbukon Memorial Hospital.

The collaboration of the Department of Health, Provincial Government has seen the TB Diagnostic Treatment and Information Services as a big help to the community.

Translated by Gloria Villas

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

NILLASCA: Class opening in Boracay, successful ang peaceful

Posted June 2, 2014
Written by Gloria Villas

The opening of classes this week in Boracay has been successful.

This was the assessment of the Boracay National High School (BNHS) Principal II Jose Niro Nillasca a day after classes resumed in public elementary and high schools here.

No untoward incidents had happened, Nillasca said.

“We have not received or recorded any complaints against snatchers or pickpockets. We are happy for that,” He added.

Nillasca believed that  one of the factors for the success of the school opening was police visibility in schools, malls and all streets.

Futhermore, Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) has placed police assistance desks in schools and terminals for any complaints by passengers and students.

Meanwhile, the principal put across that they’re encountering the usual problems associated with the beginning of the school year like the lack of classrooms, supplies, books and chairs plus violations of the policy of nonpayment of any fees in public schools.

Nillasca also advised the parent and guardian (s) to enroll their children as early as possible for they will not be late in diverse class lessons.

AKELCO Annual General Assembly convened this Saturday

Posted June 2, 2014
Written by Jay-Ar Arante

Aklan Electric Cooperative (AKELCO) will conduct its Annual General Assembly on June 7, 2014 at Augusto B. Legaspi (ABL) Sports Complex Kalibo.

This is after the request of AKELCO member consumers who wants to hear from General Manager Chito Peralta on how he manages the power firm during the past year.

Peralta is said to be involved in different controversies because of an alleged mismanagement of the power cooperative that he also denied.

However, AKELCO is hoping that member consumers coming from 17 municipalities in Aklan will attend the said assemblage.

Translated by Gloria Villas

Members of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, further increased

Posted June 2, 2014
Written by Bert Dalida

Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) further increased its members in Boracay Island.

According to PCGA Western Visayas Commander Commodore Athelo Ybañez.

He is glad that the 609 Squadron Coast Guard Auxiliary in the island motivated another batch of men to join their ranks.

Ybañez added that PCGA Boracay do a lot of contribution especially in times of emergency despite of being a volunteer organization.

“They were also enthusiastic of giving free services for the island especially to several tourists who visited Boracay”, He added.

Meanwhile, during the Induction Program on Saturday it is said that there were 79 new members of PCGA Boracay who cooperatively work with the PCG.

Translated by Gloria Villas