COTABATO CITY - Officials inaugurated on Friday three technical buildings, Warehouse and Laundry Building at the Maguindanao Provincial Hospital. The inauguration was spearheaded by Minister of Health Dr. Rizaldy Piang, together with Dr. Ahmad-Fawadz Israel, Director II for Health Bureau, and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Elizabeth Samama.
Government hospitals are for the people. This concept is affirmed today, that public hospitals are not dilapidated but presentable,’ Piang said
‘‘We want to provide more of this this facility and we want our people to have the best health care through this facility towards a better life and we will support any measure,’’ Israel said.
“We thank the Bangsamoro government through the MOH for supporting our health programs especially facility development which is a vital necessity for a geographically isolated and disadvantaged area (GIDA) like the archipelagic province of Maguindanao,’ said Samama, a medical doctor herself.
With a population of 1,667,258, Maguindanao is one of the provinces under MOH-BARMM. According to the region’s report the leading causes of mortality in the province are heart diseases, pneumonia, cerebro vascular accidents, and hypertension.
The new building is the symbol of hope for the Bangsamoro – proof of the Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim commitment to the universal health care program for all.
COTABATO CITY - Office of the Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim organized a medical outreach program in Pikit North Cotabato on Saturday that benefitted at least 1,347 residents.
"We have chosen to put a health program here because this community is far from the city, it is difficult for people here to go a long way to consult specialists," representative said.
The team from the MOH-BARMM offered medical consultation, free circumcision, eye screening with free glasses, and distributed medicines and vitamins, particularly for children, dental checkups, mental health consultation, flu vaccination, provision of assistive devices and maternity kits.
The group also distributed hygiene kits that include toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and towel.
Noria Yusop, 75, lauded the Chief Minister and its partners for choosing Camp Rajamuda as a recipient of basic services and medical programs.
Yusop was one of the beneficiaries living within
the area who has barely access to decent health services, including education and sustainable livelihood. With her husband's meager income from fishing, kaingin, and planting vegetable crops, healthcare is the least of their priority.
Guiria Abdul Karim is one of the Arabic teachers in the community who teaches students. With only one classroom and one lesson plan for all grade levels, the quality of education in the area greatly suffers.
According to Dr. Elizabeth Samama, Provincial Health Officer II of Maguindanao, people living in far-flung areas are among the sectors that greatly need government attention. "They need to gain access to basic government services, to be empowered. It is not always easy to reach out to them and meld into their lives," he said.
Meriam Malik, RN who heads the Medical Outreach Program also shared that serving the less fortunate has always been fulfilling. MOH's team deployed 10 physicians, one surgical team, five dentist, and support staff.
COTABATO CITY - More people are now realizing that donating blood does not only help recipients but also offers quite a few health benefits for the donor.
Among the people who have known this all along is Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) volunteer Kaharo Ulama, 43, who has been donating blood every three months.
“Buti na lang natanong ako, nakapagbigay ako, nalaman ko paano kasi talagang gusto ko ng magbigay ng dugo (It was good that I was asked and I donated my blood, something I have been wanting to do),” Ulama said.
By donating blood, he said he not only helps others but also stays healthier as it allows his body to produce new blood cells, with studies even linking it to lower blood pressure and lower risk for heart attack.
For his part, Ulama logged his 30th time donating blood last June 14 in celebration of World Blood Donors Day.
He, however, said that he began giving blood because he realized the need of women in the community during times of need.
Caroline Biruar Piang, who spearheaded the Muslim bloodletting activity, said in a statement on Saturday encouraged qualified blood donors to continue doing their good deeds.
"This program was begun by BDA in 2008 and has been ongoing ever since; in fact, the activity is carried out every three months year after year," Piang said.
"This year is extra special because we have partnered with the Ministry of Health - BARMM," Piang said.
She further said blood transfusion benefit people suffering from leukemia, those who undergo surgery, and those having dialysis treatment, among others.
Especially during the rainy season, blood is a sought-after resource by patients who are suffering from severe dengue fever.
The World Health Organization has set the world blood donor day every June 14 to inculcate the value of voluntary blood donation to assure a safe blood supply for all those in need.
“The Bangsamoro people readily give their blood, especially when needed by a loved one. There are also several who walk in and give their blood every three months," said Piang.
A donor is also assessed for his health condition and must fill out a checklist of information which is a safety requirement for the donor.
COTABATO CITY - The Ministry of Health - BARMM has convened with various government media, private media, and developmental stakeholders to strengthen partnership and provide a comprehensive information to the region on Wednesday.
According to Minister Rizaldy L. Piang,MD, each partner has an important role in the next year’s polls.
“Our partners represent plays important roles in times of crucial dissemination of information. From various media and developmental partners, we are extremely grateful and delighted to have you and your entities as part of our family in this challenging but fulfilling endeavor.”
Saida Diocolano-Ali added that the partnership of MOH-BARMM and various media and developmental partners is a step towards a more informed and transformative programthat will decide the regions future.
“I have no doubt that we as partners can work together not only to deliver timely and relevant news and fight disinformation but to encourage discussions on relevant issues and empower the Bangsamoro people to make their lives better through us” she explained.
Dr. Ahmad-Fawadz Israel, Director II for Public Health Bureau, on the other hand, expressed gratitude to HPU and CMU for the initiative, saying it helps ensure the success of the office.
Philippine News Agency contributor Edwin Fernandez said, “We are one in supporting all MOH’s programs and activities in any effort to ensure the delivery of news in the region.”
Sharing the same vision with the MOH-BARMM Community and Family Services International including other developmental partners said in unison“This initiative of MOH with its partners, with us, is very significant and in fact very critical. The people deserve right information so that we can be empowered to become more discerning.”
Through the joint efforts of MOH-BARMM with various partners, the Bangsamoro people can look forward to an orderly and comprehensive news coverage about the ministry’s programs and implementation.
In the same activity, the Healthy Bangsamoro a localized version of Healthy Pilipinas is also highlighted, where it aims to provide accurate, culturally contextualized, and up to date information health, illness, diseases and wellness to all Bangsamoro people.
Other officials attended the activity Dr. Abdulhalik M. Kasim, Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Tato Usman, Director II for Operations Bureau, Laxaman Bangcola, Director II for Admin and Finance, Dr. Alexander Ampatuan, OIC Chief Technical Division, Anisa Matuan, Chief of Planning Division.