NAGA CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) - Putting the health of every Filipino in the forefront, the Department of Health Bicol Regional Office stressed the significant health and wellness campaigns that the government is pushing for the month of October.
In a press conference held last Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Villa Rosita Hotel, Concepcion Pequena here, DOH ROV Health Education and Promotion Officer (HEPO) II Kenn Nuyda, enjoined the members of the media to help the DOH reiterate to the public that their health programs are meant to ensure "sustainable and quality health for all Filipinos."
This is also part of the responsive health care system being pushed by the government.
One of their priority campaigns this October is the National Newborn Screening (NBS) Week pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 540, which endeavors to encourage the mothers to submit their new born to NBS to give these precious creatures a chance to live normal lives and safeguard them from possible health problems in the future.
DOH V Project Development Officer and Nurse Coordinator Twinkle Lorilla stated that NBS has a crucial role in determining early detection of inherited diseases which could prevent permanent damage to the growth of the affected baby.
Alongside with the NBS, DOH also directs its campaign to the celebration of the Elderly Filipino Week every 1st week of October as stated under Proclamation No. 470 signed in Sept. 1994 by then President Fidel V. Ramos. The mandate seeks to safeguard the welfare of the elderly, which according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is now numbering up of 3.4 million.
This week, the DOH also enjoins the public to direct their attentions in the observance of the National Mental Health Week.
Other observances to take note for the remaining weeks of October is the Health Education Week celebrated every 3rd week of this month which focuses on major public health concerns; the Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness Week or the National ADHD Awareness week which intends to raise the consciousness on the neurobiological disorder of children and the Food Safety week which reminds the consumers of the perils of unsafe foods to human health.
Today, we are also observing the World Sight Day which endeavors to reiterate the commitment of every WHO member-states to push programs geared towards the improvement of good eyesight for everyone.
On October 15, the country will join in the observance of Global Hand Washing day and World Psoriasis Day on Oct. 29.
DOH, in support of the programs of the Philippine Statistics Authority will also be celebrating the 29th National Statistics Month on Oct. 29 under the banner "Exploring Philippine Wonders in Numbers: Statistics Towards Sustainable Tourism Development." (LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur)