Category Archives: Health & Nutrition

School Health Bulletin May-October 2014

MAY 2014

1 – Suggested SBM SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAM activities to be integrated in NATIONAL MAINTENANCE WEEK i.e.
  • School and Classrooms inspection for safety, sanitation,ventilation, proper lighting and seating arrangements.Elimination of unnecessary furniture and bulletin boards inside the classroom is advised.
  • Refurbish and sanitize School Offices and classroom lavatories, Canteens, Lunch and Feeding Centers, School Clinics and the entire premises to reinforce advocacies on DENGUE – PREVENTION and other water-borne diseases prevention.
  • Construction or renovation of Indoor/Outdoor  Handwashing and Toothbrushing (Essential Health Care Program-EHCP) facilities for group activities ,and provide adequate water supply for drinking and handwashing. (Reg’l. Memo. No. 36 s. 2014,DepEd Memo no. 124 s. 2013 and Division Memo no. 124 s. 2013).
  • Revitalize FOOD PRODUCTION Projects and organic farming / GULAYAN SA PAARALAN for year – round food supply to complement School – Based Feeding Program.
  • Sanitize and maintain safe WASTE DISPOSAL AREA and practice waste segregation, composting and practice 5Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle, repair, rethink).

2 – Identify stakeholders of  ADOPT A SCHOOL and SCHOOL-BASED FEEDING PROGRAM (SBFP) “Hot Meals for 100-120 feeding days” for provision of commodity or financial support. (DepEd Order no. 54 s. 2013) Submission of List of school’s identified partners due May 26,2014, Attn: Analy L. Ocier EPS –Division SBFP Focal Person.

JUNE 2014

1  –  Division Orientation of School Heads/Focal person on 2014-2015 DepEd – DSWD School – Based Feeding Program.

2 – Height and Weight Measurement of pupils/students and personnel .Consolidated Baseline Nutritional Status reports submission not later than June 20,2014, to the Office of the District Supervisors.

3  –  Submission of Masterlist of Beneficiaries for School-based Feeding Program (SBFP) Division Office Attn: Analy L. Ocier EPS – Division SBFP Focal Person June 23, 2014. (see enclosed SBFP Forms 1 and 2)

4 – Proposed Essential Health Care Program (EHCP) signing of Memorandum of Agreement between DepEd, Division of Malaybalay City and Malaybalay City Government.

5 – School reproduction and distribution of  Individual Health Examination Cards to  Kindergarten,/Grade I  and Grade VII Students , transferees and T/NT Personnel for  annual health profiling.

JULY 2014

1 – 1st round Mass deworming of students –School consolidated reports shall be submitted to the Office of the District Supervisors on or before July 25, 2014.

JULY- AUGUST 2014 – Commencement of 2014 School-Based Feeding Program.

OCTOBER – Midline Nutritional Assessment of Wasted and Severely Wasted pupils and SBFP beneficiaries

  • School Consolidated report due October 24, 2014, submitted the Office of the District Supervisors.

June – October (1stsemester) Health personnel conduct school visitations, Health and Nutrition Program monitoring,evaluation,provision of health services and technical assistance on health  and nutrition.

shns/nld/2014Posted in School Health BUZZ Corner

HIV & AIDS Education and Prevention in the Workplace

20130926_075110Pool of trainors from the Department of Health, Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC), and Department of Education-Health and Nutrition Center (DepEd-HNC) conducted the Training of Trainors on Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Education and Prevention in the Workplace on September 25-27 at RELC, Region X, Cagayan de Oro City.

Participants from the City Division of Malaybalay were Lou-Ann J. Cultura (EPS in MAPEH), Jasmin J. Adriatico (EPS in ALS), Nancy L. Dequito, RN (Nurse II) and Jutchel L. Nayra, DPA (Administrative Officer V).

The training was mainly conducted to develop core of trainors in the regional and division level for the implementation of HIV and AIDS Policy and Program in the Workplace and come up with an Action Plan for 2013-2014 consistent to DepEd Order Nos. 45 and 47, s. 2012.

According to the trainors, this is part of the AIDS Medium-Term Plan (AMTP) of the PNAC which the DepEd with 16 other government agencies and 9 non-government and professional organizations are core members. The need to provide the workforce accurate information on HIV and AIDS, equip them with the correct knowledge to prevent and avoid it, distinguish fact from falsehood, encourage them to practice health-seeking behaviours and seek treatment, and lessen the stigma and discrimination associated with the disease are some of the underlying principles of this training.

The DepEd, as a core member, supports the realization of a unified goal in resolving the issue for national development. The DepEd HIV and AIDS Policy and Program in the Workplace, embodied in DepEd Order No. 45, s. 2012, derives its mandate from Republic Act No. 8504 also known as “The Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998” and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) adopted in 1999. It is also guided by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Announcement No. 21, s. 2010 entitled “Guidelines in the Implementation of Workplace Policy and Education Program on HIV and AIDS” for all government agencies.

The trainors emphasized the significant role of DepEd in HIV and AIDS Education and20130925_150139a Prevention. Significant learning was acquired from the seven interesting modules of the Basic STI, HIV, and AIDS Education Module-Trainer’s Guide. These include the Rationale for HIV and AIDS Education Prevention (Module 1), Republic Act No. 8504 “Philippine HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act” (Module 2), Gender, Sex, Sexuality, and Reproductive Health (Module 3), The Basics of STI, HIV, and AIDS (Module 4), The Impact of HIV and AIDS (Module 5), The Country Response (Module 6), and Challenges to the Country Response (Module 7).  Other topics include discussions on the PhilHealth Circular No. 19, s. 2010, DepEd Order No. 45, s. 2012, and Protocol for HIV and AIDS in the DepEd. Part of the training includes individual return lecture-demonstration, action planning for implementation at the regional and division level, and reporting.

The training ended with a commitment of the new set of trainors to implement the same in their respective region and divisions. In Malaybalay City Division, SDS Edilberto L. Oplenaria announced and professed support in the implementation of the DepEd HIV and AIDS Policy and Program in the Workplace during the Division-wide World Teacher’s Day Celebration on October 5, 2013 at BNHS, Malaybalay City. Consequently, he issued Division Memorandum No. 293, s. 2013 entitled Designation of Division HIV and AIDS Education and Prevention Training Team and Technical Working Group (TWG). He also approved the Division Action Plan for SY 2013-2014 on October 11, 2013 for implementation. This Office further conforms to the submission of an annual report on the status of the implementation to the DepEd through the HNC to the CSC, copy furnished to the PNAC Secretariat Monitoring and Evaluation,  no later than January 15 of the following year as required in DepEd Order No. 45, s. 2012.

By:  Jutchel L. Nayra, DPA
Administrative Officer V

Busog Lusog Talino School Feeding Program bustling on its 2nd Year

The Malaybalay City Division launched   its 2nd year of “DAILY LUNCH-HOTMEAL” feeding program sponsored by Jollibee Foods Group/Acornbilt Foods Corporation and the Malaybalay City Government on July 17, 2013. This 136 feeding days   project was awarded to 5 beneficiary schools among 109 Grades I-III feeding recipients namely:  MALAYBALAY CITY CENTRAL SCHOOL (31 pupils), CASISANG CENTRAL SCHOOL (15 pupils), KALASUNGAY CENTRAL SCHOOL (23 pupils), BANGCUD CENTRAL SCHOOL (18 pupils), MANAGOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (22 pupils).The project aims to help improve attendance and learning outcomes among pupils and promote local collaboration to improve educational system.  

bltsf1As a component of the feeding project BLT PROGRAM STAKEHOLDERS ORIENTATION was conducted by the Division School Health and Nutrition personnel, in coordination with Jollibee BLT program Coordinator in all 5 school beneficiaries on July 11-12 and 15, 2013. Basically, the orientation served as the avenue to ensure parent, school and community commitment and involvement. The organized BLT Core Group shall be engage in program implementation, monitoring and evaluation, with the School Administrator who actively oversees overall management of the feeding program until its completion in February 2014.

This laudable undertaking is a manifestation of a collaborative effort amongst stakeholders to address health and nutrition concerns besetting the undernourished schoolchildren. The economic and technical assistance from Jollibee Foods Corporation and Acornbilt Foods Corporation (local Jollibee Franchisee) with the Malaybalay City Government as Local Implementing Partners (LIPs) and of Division of Malaybalay City workforce, shall facilitate efficient operation and achievement of this essential program as part of this DIVISION’s quest to integrate health and nutrition programs and project which would remarkably impact learners’ and school performance.

Our sincerest gratitude to the benefactors—GODBLESS!!!!!!

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

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.