Ministry of Health (MOH) headed by Health Minister Dr. Rizaldy L. Piang, in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) and its Malasakit Program, is currently hosting ‘Consultative Meeting 2023 on the Implementation of the Malasakit Program and Medical Assistance to Indigent Patients Program Batch 1 Visayas-Mindanao Cluster’ at Sotogrande Davao Hotel today, October 4 to 6, 2023/19-21 Rabī'ul Awwal 1445 AH.
ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Ministry of Health-BARMM, Members of the Parliament, and Integrated Provincial Health Office-Basilan (IPHO) have formally signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for land ambulances, sea medical ambulance, transport vehicles, and awarded cash incentives to selected Barangay Health Workers (BHW) of Basilan on September 28, 2023, at Palacio Del Sur.
The acquisition of the medical vehicles was under Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF) 2022, sponsored and turned over to the BARMM hospitals by the Members of the Parliament namely MP Hatamil Hassan, MP Muslimin A. Jakilan, MP Eddie M. Aliah, MP Muslima A. Asmawil, MP Amilbahar S. Mawallil, MP Rasol Y. Mitmug, and MP Abdulmuhmin A. Mujahid.
The distribution of ambulances and transport vehicles marks a significant step forward in the improvement of emergency response in both urban centers and remote areas with limited access to healthcare facilities.
By strengthening medical transport and responses, the Ministry hopes to reduce the response time and increase the chances of saving lives during critical situations.
Among the beneficiaries of the medical transport and vehicles are Parang District Hospital, Holy family Hospital, Al Barka LGU, Lantawan LGU, Tabuan LGU, Sumisip LGU, and brgy. Tuboran, Hadji Mohammad Ajul.
The MOU also highlights the vital roles of BHWs in delivering quality health services by awarding them cash incentives as rewards for their efforts and dedication rendered for this noble profession.
The Ministry of Health-BARMM and Members of Parliament have been working together to strengthen the healthcare system and ensure the well-being of the community.
Through these collective efforts, the region is expected to witness improved healthcare accessibility, faster emergency response times, and a motivated and empowered healthcare workforce.
COTABATO CITY - The Ministry of Health in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOH-BARMM) discussed its generic medicine advocacy during its celebration of the Generics Awareness Month at the City Hall, Cotabato City today.
Licensing Officer III of Food and Drug Administration, Ms. Reshyl Jean T. Morano, RPh emphasizes the reason why generics medicine offers low cost is because they don’t have to repeat animal and clinical human studies that are required to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the drug.
“There’s no difference between generics and branded drugs. Only the low cost.” Morano said.
Speakers such as Ms. Zenaida P. Bale, RPh, MPA, Food and Drug Relation Officer III of MOH, Ms. Abla G. Muhammad, RPh, MPA, Pharmacist V of MOH, Harris R. Ali MD, Medical Officer IV, Ms. Zohora C. Malasigan, RPh, President of Philippine Pharmacists Association, Barmm Chapter had delivered different messages but targets one main message to the public; Generics Medicine is safe, effective and available to all.
COTABATO CITY - The Ministry of Health in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao conducted a joint surveillance, monitoring and response to the ongoing measles outbreak in Marawi City and Lanao Del Sur on September 21-23.
The 3-day monitoring aims to determine the primary cause of the spread of measle disease resulting to the declaration of outbreak in the said areas.
The data shown is based on September 21 record of the Integrated Provincial Health Office and City Health Office of Marawi.
The monitoring revealed that most of the patients were unvaccinated during the MR-OPV SIA vaccination campaign in May of this year.
Some rejected the vaccine due to misinformation and fear of the possible aftermath, while some claimed that it is against Islamic belief, despite having declared through Fatwa from the Darul Ifta of Bangsamoro that the said vaccine is halal and is not bearing destructive effects to the body.
Saida Diocolano-Ali, Health Education and Promotion Officer of the Ministry of Health, coordinated with several RHUs and APMC to conduct a focused group discussion with the health professionals and citizens from various municipalities of Lanao del sur.
The FGD aimed to raise awareness about the danger of measles and provide information on prevention and control measures.
Ali said that by engaging community members in an open dialogue the hopes to empower the residents to protect themselves and their family, ultimately working towards containing the outbreak and safeguarding public health.
The ongoing outbreak made the citizens of Lanao Del Sur and Marawi realized the significance of visiting health centers, consulting health professionals and partaking in vaccination campaigns.
The activity was spearheaded by Health Promotion Unit and Communications Management Unit (HPU and CMU), Regional Epidemiology surveillance Unit(RESU), Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases(EREID), and Health and Emergency, Management staff(HEMS) of the Ministry of Health-BARMM, in coordination with their provincial counterparts.