Coming Across the Nurses’ Orientation in TB in Children

TUBERCULOSIS is an infectious and may be lethal disease that should be paid more attention to, especially when it affects children. In the Department of Education, Tuberculosis in children is one of the focuses we need to view since school children are the spotlight in the workplace.

Since Implementing Tuberculosis Control Program in Children was mandated in the Administrative Order No. 2008 – 0011, providing a policy for casefinding, treatment of children with TB, tracing of children at stake of developing TB and standard recording and reporting of NTP activities are the objectives to be acted on.

As health initiators in the Department of Education, the nurses that were trained from the TB in children, namely Mrs. Mary Larcy B. Pojas and Mrs. Sheryl Jane T. Melendez from the School Health and Nutrition Section designed an orientation to all the nurses in the Division of Malaybalay City to augment the information they have acquired during their training in Oroquieta City.

Last January 4, 2013, the Division nurses were gathered round at the Home Economics Room at Malaybalay City Central School for a one-day orientation in TB in children. Mrs. Pojas and Mrs. Melendez shared the facts about the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) in the Philippines specifically TB control in children. With the said program, the nurses were able to come by the information that TB in children is important to understand because unlike adults, assessing the diagnosis of TB in children is difficult and complex.

The five highlights that were discussed and accentuated during the orientation were the (1) Identification of Tuberculosis in Children, (2) Administering Treatment, (3) Registering and Monitoring Treatment of Children with TB Disease, (4) Prevention of TB in Children and (5) Quarterly Reporting.

Bit by bit, nurses have learned a whole heap about how TB in children can be managed. Careful history and clinical examination is an important approach to consider apart from securing the diagnostic examinations from the client.

The orientation activity was a fun, learning experience since Mrs. Pojas and Mrs. Melendez gave a pre and post tests to the nurses that made the learning process easier and participant-friendly. Also, there was never a dull moment during the discussion because all nurses were participative by reading important highlights, which led to open discussions and sharing of opinions.  Lots of questions were raised and answered and somehow, nurses were able to learn many things.

In general, the TB in children orientation was beneficial. It directed the nurses to a whole new perception about the goals that we need to carry out. Managing TB in children takes a lot of effort and challenge, but with the hand in hand cooperation from all of us, our goals will only direct us to many things—attainment of a better health to a better learning—and a better future to envision.

– by NANCY L. DEQUITO, Division Health & Nutrition Head Nurse

D: Mountaineers joins NMRAA 2012 and Gabi ng Parangal

Dec.10-14, 2012 the five day joint Northern Mindanao Regional Athletic Association (NMRAA) meet and Education Week Culmination Cum Awarding Ceremony (Gabi ng Parangal) held at the Mindanao Civic Center (MCC), Pigcarangan, Tubod, Lanao Del Norte. The joint activities aim to: integrate the sports and arts competition for student athletes and school administrators, recognize internal stakeholders of the region for their outstanding achievements in the fields of sports, teaching and management and to celebrate achievements through camaraderie and healthy competitions.

The top student/pupil-athletes from each  Division of Region X competed in 17 sporting events archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, athletics, badminton, baseball, boxing, chess, football, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and tennis.

In conformity with the Palarong Pambansa standards and adherence to Republic Act No. 900 as The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, the contingents had observed Clean, Green and Eco Friendly Palarong Pampook throughout the duration from day of the arrival up to the departure including the technical officials.

MC Mountaineers as moniker for our division composed of 435 athletes, coaches, chaperons with SDS Edilberto L. Oplenaria  as Head of Delegation and  Lou Ann J.Cultura as PESS Supervisor , together with asst. Athletic & event managers, support staff, nurses, drivers, food/mess hall kitchen staff, supply and finance committee.  In elementary division MC Mountaineers rank 6th and in secondary level it   ranks 5th among the 14 division, for overall results both elementary and secondary MC  was 5th Runner – up .

Gabi ng Parangal, Governor’s and Deped Night is a unique activity in the evening of Dec 10 in line of the Education Week Celebration. A certificate of recognition  and cash prize of One Thousand Pesos (Php 1,000.00) were received by the outstanding teachers, school administrators, Education Program Supervisors and administrative staff in our Division namely: Angelica M. Leonardo, Reinate  Noel N. Pelagio, Karen D. Tan Nery, Feliciano Sante Jr., Hainah Jean S. Olvida, Ruilyn Z. Crusio, Persie B. Respito, Lucia E. Melendez, Carlos G. Rara, Many B. Pimente, Leny G. Ama, Pariso L. Orong, Amparo C. Bautista, Apolinario L. Ravidas, Maria Concepcion S. Reyes, Ralph T. Quirog, Daisy V. Parchamento, Paulina M. Minao, Oliver T. Lugmay, Marciano P.Jurolan, and Francisca V. Pagobo.

This year‘s  theme  is K to 12 Basic Education Program: Engaging Stakeholders and Communities Forward which aims to reaffirm and emphasize the role of education in empowering and developing the young Filipinos to be productive  citizens of the country and responsive to the needs of the times.

– by Maria Concepcion S. Reyes, Division Filipino Coordinator


Ensuring Physical Power: The Role of SHNS during the Northern Mindanao Regional Athletic Association Meet

The Northern Mindanao Region held its annual Athletic Association Meet last December 10-14, 2012 at Mindanao Civic Center, Lanao del Norte. The event was hosted by the province of Lanao del Norte under the governance of Gov. Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo.  Fourteen delegations from Region 10 including the Division of Malaybalay City headed by SDS Edilberto L. Oplenaria participated in the said event.

For years, as the athletic meet happens, the School Health and Nutrition Section  take part by providing general health services. This year, six nurses from the School Health and Nutrition Section under the leadership of Sheryl Jane T. Melendez functioned as health team during the regional athletic meet. The Alternative Learning System room in Malingao Central School served as the station of nurses throughout the activity.

Since day one, the health team ensured physical wellness through the provision of health related services to athletes, coaches, school heads, and working personnel. All the delegates with health related concerns were given medical attention in the health station. Athletes and coaches with physical complaints were examined and treated during the nurses’ morning and night rounds. Cleanliness and orderliness in the quarters were also monitored by the nurses during their rounds.    In addition, vitamins and food supplements were distributed to guarantee physical fitness for the games. Gatorades were also provided to maintain hydration throughout the sports competition. Aside from that, nurses also facilitated the distribution of supplies such as toiletries and liniments to delegates.

During the playoffs, nurses were positioned to standby on the different game venues to render first aid services in case of injuries to athletes. Overall, majority of the cases encountered by the nurses were minor casualties such as sprains, strains, and muscle cramps. Unfortunately, a case of acute gastroenteritis with severe dehydration happened to a special event athlete. The athlete was not able to join the competition and was admitted at Lanao del Norte Provincial Hospital for three days. The nurses, through 12-hours shifting, served as the athlete’s watcher in the hospital.

The result of the Regional Athletic Meet was triumphant. From rank 6, the Malaybalay City Division thrived to rank 5.  The victory was made possible through preservation of the delegates’ wellbeing and physical fitness because a healthy mind and body adds power in reaching for the gold. Indeed, the involvement of nurses from the School Health and Nutrition Section a played a crucial role in the realization of the event’s success.

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