IN PHOTOS: In the aftermath of the tragic bombings at the Dimaporo Gymnasium during a Mass Catholic gathering in Marawi City, the Ministry of Health has taken immediate action to provide medical support and aid.
The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management for Health-Ministry of Health (DRMMH-MOH) swiftly mobilized resources and donated crucial medical supplies to the Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC) to assist in treating the injured.
The Ministry is closely coordinating with the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC) to reinforce medical supplies to APMC. This intervention aims to ensure that the medical facilities in Marawi City are equipped to handle the surge in patients and provide the necessary care to those affected by the bombings.
Moreso, the MOH has unequivocally condemned the bombings at the Dimaporo Gymnasium resulting to the loss of 4 innocent lives, and injured others. The Ministry emphasized the importance of safeguarding public spaces and places of worship, denouncing any act that jeopardizes the safety and well-being of innocent civilians.
The swift response highlights the MOH commitment to ensuring the health and safety of its citizens in times of crisis. The collaborative effort among the MOH, APMC and CRMC and other stakeholders demonstrates the resilience and solidarity of the healthcare system in Marawi City, as medical professionals work tirelessly to provide immediate assistance to those affected by the tragedy.
As investigations into the bombings continue, the Ministry reassures the public that all necessary measures will be taken to address the health consequences of this senseless act of violence.
The commitment to rebuilding and supporting the affected community remains steadfast, as the nation collectively mourns the loss and stands united against such acts of terror.
COTABATO CITY - Ministry of Health in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOH-BARMM) through Nutrition Division launches the Philippine Multisectoral Nutrition Project in Alnor Convention Center, Cotabato City, today.
The mandates shall be the primary authority in planning, implementation, development and coordination of policies and programs for nutrition.
Minister Dr. Rizaldy L. Piang mentioned the importance of having a multisectoral commitment to ensure that no aspect of nutrition is left behind. He is also open on recommendation on how to address malnutrition especially on children.
“We are committed in eradicating malnutrition,” Piang asserted.
Chief Minister Ahod B. Ebrahim, Al Haj also commits to working with the national government agencies through Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Services and Development. He also asked all the involved parties to actively participate in achieving all of the project’s deliverables.
“I hope through this project, we will capacitate all the bangsamoro families in the area of good nutritional practices, eradicate malnutrition and uplift the standards of primary healthcare and nutrition in the bangsamoro.” Chief Ebrahim said.
Ustadz Saadawi Mamaluba also shared Nutrition in Islamic with his Perspective and how it can relate with the Ministry’s program.
MSSD Director General Atty. Mohammad Muktadir Ahmad Estrella highlights the obligation of the state in protecting and promoting health conscious among the people.
“On the part of the Ministry of Social Services and Development we accept the challenge and we commit to bring nutrition a reality in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.” Atty. Estrella said.
DOH Undersecretary of Health Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama Jr., MPA, CESO I, Assistant Secretary and NNC Executive Director Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang, MCH CESO III (presented by her representative), Member of the Parliament Dr. Kadil M Sinolinding Jr., UNICEF Health and Nutrition Specialist Martin R. Parreno, Vice Mayor Benjamin M. Bagul shared their thoughts and knowledge about Nutrition and their full commitment in supporting the ending of malnutrition in the region.
Supported by different organizations such as the Department Of Health, City Health Office, Ministry of Social Services and Development, Bangsamoro Parliament, Ministry of the Interior and Local Government, Province of Lanao Del Sur, Sulu, Maguindanao Del Sur and Norte, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), National Nutrition Council (NNC), United Nation World Food Programme, Integrated Provincial Health Office of Lanao Del Sur, Sulu, and Maguindanao, the project targets 40 cities and municipalites including Sulu, Lanao Del Sur and Maguindanao and aims to achieve key impacts on the health and nutrition of children particularly on reducing the gaps in key nutrition and maternal and child health outcomes between low performing and high performing regions.
Wao, Lanao Del Sur – In a proactive effort to address the growing concern of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the Pharmaceutical Unit of the Ministry of Health-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOH-BARMM) conducted a comprehensive awareness program during the Philippine Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week, Nov. 28, 2023, at Wao District Hospital.
The program featured informative sessions on the responsible use of antibiotics, the consequences of misuse, and the importance of preventing the spread of infections.
Experts from Wao district Hospital, Amai Pakpak Medical Hospital, and World Health Organization have shared insights about the current status of antimicrobial resistance and discussed strategies to promote prudent antibiotic use.
Highlighting the significance of community involvement, the Pharmaceutical Unit organized interactive workshops to engage participants in understanding the consequences of antibiotic misuse. The program aimed to dispel common misconceptions and encourage responsible practices in medicine.
Abla G. Muhammad, head of the Pharmaceutical Unit, emphasized the need for a collaborative approach to tackle antimicrobial resistance. She claimed that this momentous event serves as a platform to foster a collective understanding of the dangers posed by AMR. "By empowering communities with knowledge, We can work together to ensure the efficacy of antibiotics for future generations." She added
Dr. Asnawi R. Dalidig, chief of Wao District Hospital, played a pivotal role in providing a venue for health professionals to engage with the community and disseminate crucial information. He assured that the hospital's commitment to promoting public health aligns with the broader goal of MOH-BARMM in addressing health challenges unique to the region.
The Pharmaceutical Unit, Provincial Health Office of Lanao Del sur, Wao Municipal Office, and Barangay health workers simultaneously pledged their commitment to spreading awareness and education within their communitie, and pave the way to a more heightened and responsible use of antibiotic.
The success of this program hinges on the continued dedication of all stakeholders involved, from healthcare professionals to community leaders and residents. As the Ministry takes bold steps in addressing AMR, the collective commitment forged during this initiative serves as a beacon of hope for a healthier and more resilient Bangsamoro.
MAGUINDANAO DEL NORTE - Around 1,049 MILF and MNLF combatants have attended the BHW Capacity Training on Basic Health Services and Distribution of Cash Allowance to the Newly Barangay Health Workers (BHW) from MILF and MNLF Command on November 27, 2023 at Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat Maguindanao.
According to Chief of Planning Divison and Regional BHW Coordinator, Anisa Matuan, the BHWs are under the Republic Act 7883 or known as Barangay Health Workers' Benefits and Incentives Act of 1995.
Furthermore, the BHWs must have completed a training program under any accredited government or non-government organization and voluntarily provide primary care services to the community after being accredited by the local health board in accordance with the guidelines of the Department of Health and the Ministry of Health-BARMM.
BHWs are under the Municipal Health Officers, Nurses and Midwives under the Rural Health Unit or Barangay Health Station.
The combatants are composed of different individuals from provinces of Lanao Del Norte, Lanao Del Sur and Maguindanao Del Norte and Maguindanao Del Sur.
In addition, the newly BHWs have received cash incentives amounting PHP2,000 pesos each month with a total of PHP24,000 pesos in a year.
The recipient have been categorized accordingly: 100 from General Staff and Central Mindanao Front, 50 from Administrative Department, Murshideen Department, Military Disciplinary Board, Research and Development, Material Procurement Department, Planning Department, Intelligence Department, and Training and Education Department. More than a hundred recipients from North Western Mindanao Front (Lanao Del Norte) and Eastern Mindanao Front (LDS).