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Seeing the rise of cases of measles in the region, the Department of Health (DOH) Bicol intensified its prevention campaign and urged the public to avail vaccines. According to DOH, unvaccinated children and pregnant women are among the population with increased risk of acquiring measles.
 
The DOH Bicol has recorded 197 cases from January to September this year, which is a 194% spike from the 67 cases from 2017. Masbate holds the highest record among the other provinces with 69 cases as of date, followed by Camarines Sur – 60, Camarines Norte – 41, Albay – 12, Sorsogon – 12, and Catanduanes - 3. The DOH attributes the rise of cases to the public’s resistance to vaccination.
 
“The increasing trend of cases of measles in Bicol is alarming and that is why we are strengthening our information caravan to increase the level of awareness of the general public regarding tigdas (measles), as well emphasize the importance of getting vaccinated as part of the prevention method,” said Regional Director of DOH Bicol, Dr. Napoleon Arevalo. He also advised the public to seek and avail vaccines from Supplemental Immunization Activities of DOH.
 
“Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment for measles so the best that we can do here is make sure we prevent it, the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine is 93% effective at preventing measles and we included it in our Basta Wednesday Bakuna Day program,” he added.
 
Complications from measles can be serious and even fatal resulting in blindness, severe diarrhea, respiratory infections such as pneumonia, encephalitis or the acute inflammation of the brain, and even death.
 
DOH Bicol assured that it would continue its information and education campaign on the prevention of measles in the region. Part of the strategy that DOH employs is the routine measles vaccination for children through school health caravan, and fixed house-to-house immunization.
 
DOH Bicol Family Health Cluster Head, Dr. Rita Mae Ang-Bon reminded that vaccines are safe and further encouraged stakeholders to help their immunization program.
 
“We want to inform everyone that vaccines are safe and it is the primary prevention for measles. We also have ongoing campaigns in schools and communities and we would need everyone’s support in order to make Bicol tigdas-free,” said Ang-Bon.
 
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             The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) and Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD), in cooperation with Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE) and Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) is organizing the 13th National Medical Writing Workshop and 6th Writeshop for Young Researchers on 8-9 January 2017 in Legazpi City. The workshop aims to help young investigators in health and health social sciences acquire practical knowledge and skills in preparing a scientific article for publication in a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. Successful applicants will be granted free workshop registration, accommodation for participants and meals during the workshop, and assigned to a mentor-facilitator who will guide them in preparing their articles for a brief presentation.

The Philippine National Health Research System and Philippine National Ethics Board launches the 2017 National Ethical Guidelines for Health and Health-Related Research last August 24, 2017 at PICC, Pasay City, Metro Manila during the 11th PNHRS Week Celebration.

During the PNHRS Pre-conference session entitled, Emerging Issues in Research Ethics, Dr. Marita V.T. Reyes discussed the introduction and highlighted the new provisions to the National Ethical Guidelines for health and Health-Related Research and in the 2017

Two hundred copies of the said handbook were produced and was distributed during the launching. PHREB apologizes to attendees that due to the limited copies produced, only the accredited RECs will be given a copy and only one per institution.

PHREB guarantees that the copy of the 2017 national ethical guidelines is readily available for download at their website http://www.ethics.healthresearch.ph/ (BCHRD/Kevin Capoles)

 

The Philippine Health Research Ethics Board-Committee on Standards and Accreditation (PHREB-CSA) and Forum for Ethical Review Committee in the Asian and Western Pacific Region (FERCAP) conducted a 4 day training and survey visit for PHREB Accreditation last August 13-16, 2017 at University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial School, Aurora Blvd. Quezon City.

The training consists of lectures and group on topics related to PHREB visit and by a practicum on-site visit from August 15-17, 2017 at the same institution.

It was attended by six accreditation trainees including members and staff of BHCRD. The attendees were divided in to three groups. Each group was headed by a team leader from PHREB or FERCAP surveyor. Group 1 was led by Dr. Tri Wibawa, group 2, Dr. Tito Atienza and group 3 was Prof. Michael Peralta. (BCHRD/Kevin Capoles)

 

 

 


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