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PIA Press Release
2008/08/13

Foreign media to film Antique's best practices on health

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (13 August) -- The BBC World Television with Rockhopper Productions is set to film a TV documentary on Pneumonia Control and Management in the Philippines, said Juliana O. Cepe Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator.

Pneumonia is prevalent among children especially in tropical countries like the Philippines. It starts with a cough accompanied by fever and if not properly managed and treated can lead to death. The most vulnerable groups are children below 6 years old, explained Mildred Quilino, Information Officer Provincial Health Office (PHO).

The team from the BBC World and Rockhopper Productions will come to Antique next week to shoot good health practices in Barangay Linaban and Rural Health Unit in Hamtic and Antique Provincial Hospital. Specifically the team will observe how the midwife and barangay health workers assess and recommend treatment for children with pneumonia.

PHO reported that there is a significant reduction of pneumonia cases among children for the past few years. Among the factors considered are the trainings of all midwives and nurses on the management of childhood illnesses and enhance child growth training under the Country Program for Children supported by UNICEF.

The local government units are also supportive of health programs by providing budget for medicines, medical supplies and even expansion of health centers and construction of health and nutrition post in populated and remote puroks or sitios of the barangays which also count for the reduction of pneumonia cases.

"With the recommendations of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Antique's best practice on Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) finally gained international attention. It is more than recognition of health service providers especially the midwives and the barangay health workers who are the frontliners but also our way of sharing good practices that can be replicated in other parts of the country and the world," said Cepe.

Quilino emphasized that the collective efforts of LGUs, Department of Health and other health stakeholders all supports the national goal of keeping the Filipinos healthy for a strong republic in consonance with the call "Alagaan ang Kalusugan". (PIA) [top]

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