Archive | August, 2011

Leyte Park Resort Hotel – DSWD MOA for Makamasang Tugon

25 Aug

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Aug 3 (PIA) -– Nine Eastern Visayas municipalities represented by their local chief executives, confirmed their commitment to support the Makamasang Tugon modality of the KALAHI-CIDSS during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) held on July 22, at the Balay Inasal, Leyte Park Resort Hotel Compound.

Assistant Regional Director Jaime Eclavea of the DSWD Field Office 8 identified the municipalities as Bato, Javier, Kananga, Leyte, and Tabango of the Province of Leyte; Paranas and Tarangnan of the Province of Samar; Sulat, Eastern Samar and Cabucgayan, Biliran.

These towns, all veterans of KALAHI-CIDSS implementation are ready and raring to take the lead role in the community-driven development poverty reduction initiative.

The Makamasang Tugon modality is an incentive extended to municipalities that recorded satisfactory implementation of the KALAHI-CIDSS Project.

According to Assistant Regional Director Jaime Eclavea, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an independent funding agency of the United States, will finance the year-long Makamasang Tugon in said these municipalities.

Eclavea also disclosed that seven other municipalities that will be implementing Makamasang Tugon this year. These are Julita, La Paz, Mahaplag, Mayorga, San Isidro, Tabon-tabon, and Tabango, all in the Province of Leyte, ARD Eclavea revealed.

Present during the signing of the agreements were Board Member Atty. Roque Tiu who represented Leyte Governor Jericho Petilla. Other guests included officers of the participating municipalities.

All the nine mayors and the Leyte Provincial Government thru Board Member Tiu expressed their commitment to support the project and thanked the DSWD for the opportunity.

Makamasang Tugon is a program in which the municipalities are the direct implementors of the projects thus, the LGUs are expected to harmonize their local investment planning with community driven development thrusts. The LGUs are also expected to mainstream the principles of participation, transparency, and accountability in local governance. (PIA 8 )

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Hotel Alejandro – Kidney Preventable – NKTI

25 Aug

TACLOBAN CITY, August 1 (PIA) — “Kidney diseases can be prevented through proper diet and by undergoing regular urine check-ups with the doctor,” thus said, Dr. Antonio R. Paraiso, Adult Nephrology Consultant of the National Kidkey and Transplant Institute (NKTI) and Program Manager of the Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP) during the one-day forum dubbed as “Urinalysis: Maximizing the Use of A Basic Tool for Diagnosis and Prevention of Kidney Diseases” held at Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban city on July 28, 2011.

Dr. Paraiso disclosed that kidney diseases rank as the number 10 killer disease in the Philippines which causes death of some 7,000 Filipinos every year.

He informed that to avoid being affected by the various kidney diseases, the most important step to do is the early recognition and prevention of the causes.

How do we do this, he said, is to submit for regular check-up with the doctor at least, once a year for the urine examination.

Persons affected with kidney abnormalities look and feel normal, however, the abnormalities will be known only when the urine of the person is examined.

He added that the only way to detect problems about the kidney is to subject the person to a routine urinalysis.

He urged everyone to undergo a yearly urinalysis in order to avaoid such expensive replacement therapy like dialysis and kidney transplantation.

The forum on “Urinalysis: Maximizing the Use of A Basic Tool for Diagnosis and Prevention of Kidney Diseases” was attended by some 90 participants majority of whom were doctors of medicine working in government hospitals, municipal health offices and other government agencies in the six provinces in Eastern Visayas which include Leyte, Biliran, Southern Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar.

The forum was jointly sponsored by the NKTI, Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA). (FEJ/PIA 8 Biliran)

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Hotel Alejandro Tacloban – NKTI Promotes Urinalysis Cheap Kidney Function Evaluation

24 Aug

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, July 28 (PIA) – A one-day seminar on urinalysis as a basic tool to detect kidney dysfunction is set to be conducted in Tacloban City on July 28, 2011.

Dubbed as ‘Urinalysis: Maximizing the Use of a Basic Tool for Diagnosis and Prevention of Kidney Diseases,’ the activity slated to be held at Hotel Alejandro in Tacloban City, is an undertaking of the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) in collaboration with the Department of Health and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) amid the identification of kidney disease as among the top 10 leading causes of mortality among Filipinos.

Around 100 provincial, city and municipal health officers from the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran and Samar are expected to attend the seminar that is aimed at enhancing the physicians’ capability of evaluating kidney function through urinalysis.

No less than Dr. Antonio Paraiso, the program manager of REDCOP is expected to lecture on the Urinalysis and the 10 clinical Syndromes in Nephrology.

Dr. Paraiso will be joined by Dr. Joyce Rosario Matoza, Adult Nephrology consultant who will lecture on the basic anatomy of Urinalysis; and Dr. Avito Salinas, who will talk on the approach to the diagnosis of kidney diseases: the 10 Renal Syndrome.

On hand to give their inspirational messages are Department of Health Region 8 Director Edgardo Gonzaga and PIA 8 Director Olive P. Tiu.

As kidney disease has been identified as the seventh leading cause of deaths in the country, the NKTI under its Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP) and in partnership with the PIA is leading a nationwide education campaign to identified stakeholders such as physicians, health professionals, local executives and ordinary folks through trainors’ training, workshops, fora and media conferences.

People with kidney disease especially those with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) undergo dialysis to prolong their lives while every year, 12,000 Filipinos with ESRD need such treatments which are expensive spending an average cost of P4,000 per month. Those without money to pay for dialysis eventually die, according to the REDCOP project brief.

Kidneys are responsible for removing wastes products from metabolism such as urea, uric acid and creatinine by producing and secreting urine. The kidneys also help maintain homeostasis by regulating acid-base balance or the concentration and volume of fluids.

Kidney transplant on the other hand, is very costly as transplanted patients spend P800, 000 to P1.2M and require lifetime drug maintenance with an average cost of P20-30,000 a month, this was learned.

The National Kidney and Transplant Institute-Renal Disease Control Program (NKTI-REDCOP) is a national program that aims to reduce the rising number of kidney diseases in the country.

For more than a decade, the NKTI and PIA have been working closely in bringing REDCOP to institutions, campuses and homes to help the public understand and prevent kidney diseases.

Because of the successful partnership between the NKTI and PIA which has made a huge impact on the promotion of REDCOP, the program was hailed as the Outstanding Public Information Tool in Print Category during the 13th Gawad Oscar M. Florendo.

The REDCOP was also heralded as the 2010 Outstanding Health Research Award (OHRA) by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the Department of Health because of the impact of the research which lead to the improvement of the lives of patient with ESDR. The award was given during the Department of Science and Technology-National Science and Technology Week last year.

For the Tacloban event, the PIA is helping the NKTI promote urinalysis as an inexpensive method of evaluating kidney function. Such similar activity already started in Central Luzon, Region 6 and intends to cover the whole country. (PIA 8)

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