COTABATO CITY - The Family Health Cluster of the MOH-BARMM administered a training on Expanded Newborn Screening, Newborn Screening Policy and Strategic Framework Orientation for Newborn Screening Coordinators of Special Geographic Areas (SGA) on February 7-10 at North Cotabato, and Cotabato City.
The Newborn Care Program yearns for more Bangsamoro Health Warriors to be equipped with knowledge and skills in the implementation of Expanded Newborn Screening and to provide quality health services by ensuring that all Filipino newborns are screened and properly managed for a common and rare congenital disorders to reduce preventable deaths.
The newly trained ENBS Nurses and Midwives will further support the rate of reaching the national target of 95% of screened babies in the coming future and to attain excellence in care.
The BARMM has at least 59% active facilities of the overall percentage for the past two years since it was reactivated, and it will shortly achieve the national target by the end of 2030.
Attendees during the program were Minister Dr. Rizaldy L. Piang, Director of Public Health Bureau Dr. Ahmad-Fawadz A. Israel, Head of Family Health Cluster Dr. Analyn G. Dimapanat together with the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) of the Medical Technology Unit, Ms. Teresita A. Ylasco, RMT, Ms. Aster Lynn D. Sur, Institute of Human Genetics, NIH, UP Manila, and Mr. Ronald C. Aguilar, RN, MPA, Project Development Officer of NSC-Mindanao.
COTABATO CITY - To accentuate the health programs of MOH-BARMM, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Asian Development Bank ABD) together with Undersecretary of Health Dr. Abdullah Dumama arranged an initial visit to tackle the health issues and concerns in BARMM.
On the meeting, the UNICEF would like to address continuous treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition through the Philippine Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) Program that was institutionalized by the DOH Administrative Order 2015-0055: “National Guidelines on the Management of Acute Malnutrition for Children under five years”.
Meanwhile, the ADB aims to support on constructing the City Health Unit in Marawi and Rural Health Unit in Lumabayanague, Lanao Del Sur. The construction of two storey building is with the compliance to the DOH 4in1 facility with birthing, TB Dots, animal bite and the check-up facility.
The meeting concluded with the hope that the MOH-BAMM together with the development sectors will continue to exert efforts to serve the people in BARMM.
COTABATO CITY - To build a strong health system for the Bangsamoro region, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday Feb. 1, in this city jointly organized a meeting.
The meeting discussed the current health programs of the MOH and sought possible health development partnerships and collaborative projects to be implemented in the Bangsamoro region.
“We will share best practices based on our expert experiences and we will provide technical guidance for assuring a quality improvement approach of health in the region,” Gast said.
Representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) affirmed their shared commitment to improved health for underserved Bangsamoro.
“ We have to boost online campaigns about Family Planning within the context of sexual and reproductive health, informed choice and responsible parenthood, and adolescent health and development launch in the region,” Gast said.
“The beauty of collaborative efforts in the BARMM project could fill the gaps with the important participation of influencers at all levels such as religious, government, and social media influencers pushing the messages in educating young women and families as well,” Gast added.
He further stressed that in health services the Ulama and Mufti play a big role in the campaign to achieve successful programs in the region.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Piang raised three (3) essential interventions that could be the priority health programs: “Tuberculosis (TB) programming, supporting poverty improvement, and the implementation of Universal Health Care in the Bangsamoro region”.
Piang also expressed his gratitude for the visit of the US-Philippines Society with high hopes that the partnership will soon be realized for the welfare of the Bangsamoro people.
Furthermore, the US-Philippines Society is based in Washington DC, USA, builds on the rich and longstanding historical ties between the United States of America and the Philippines.
The Society was founded by the Late Roberto Romulo, currently chaired by Ambassador John D. Negroponte and prominent Filipino businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan.
DOH and MOH-BARMM grants nine government jails as the "DOH Red Orchid Award Hall of Fame 2022."
The awardees are: BJMP-BARMM Regional Office, Cotabato City Jail, Upi Municipal Jail, Parang District Jail, Wao Municipal Jail, Malabang District Jail, Lamitan City Jail, Jolo District Jail, Bongao District Jail.
The Red Orchid Award is an award system developed by the DOH to encourage the LGUs, government offices and hospitals to ensure a 100% Tobacco-Free Environment.
The said awarding ceremony facilitated by Non-Communicable Diseases Cluster headed by Dr. Ehsan D. Paudac, and Joery D. Amad, RN, LEd & Tobacco Cessation Program Manager.
Present to the said awarding were Dr. Ahmad-Fawadz Israel, Dr. Pancho Cruz, BJMP officials and jail officers from different cities and municipalites in BARMM.