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Cardiovascular disease, leading cause of death

by JMD Abangan

Tagum City (10 February) -- Cardiovascular disease (CVD) particularly hypertension is today's leading cause of deaths in the Philippines, Davao Regional Hospital internal medicine chief Dr. Aryeel Llanos said.

Gracing the Monday Convocation hosted by the provincial government of Davao del Norte, Dr. Llanos hinted the situation is quite alarming as hypertension is also among the top five leading causes of morbidity in the country.

Noting how hypertension puts lives at risk, he cited it as the leading risk factor of myocardial infraction and heart attacks

While still raging at the peak among the causes of deaths, a lot of Filipinos are getting CVDs.

Dr. Llanos said recent estimate of hypertensive Filipinos is placed at 15 million from eight million in 2002.

Overall prevalence rate of CVD is estimated at 21 percent but the figure runs high with age group. He said that CVD prevalence of 40 to 59 years of age is 29 percent while those at 60 years of age and above is 44.3 percent.

While the risk of dying is high, less than 50 percent of CVDs are diagnosed by physician and only 37 percent of CVD cases have been treated. Of those treated, 59 percent already had organ damaged.

Dr. Llanos said poor detection and control is adding a burden to the surge of CVD cases.

The medical community takes gear in reducing CVD cases. While changing lifestyle can be an effective way of curbing such disease, Dr. Llanos said such practice has not been much observed.

To save oneself from CVDs, he recommended reducing sodium intake; doing moderate exercise; taking adequate potassium, magnesium and calcium; putting a limit of alcohol intake; reducing body weight; and quit smoking. (PIA)

Davao Norte PPO takes child feeding

by JMD Abangan

Tagum City (10 February) -- Police authorities are taking a different stroke in getting public cooperation to solve crimes. They are feeding children.

Davao del Norte Provincial Police Office (DN PPO) yesterday embarked on a second round of its Pagkaon Para sa Katawhan sa Davao del Norte at the Provincial Government Center in Mankilam, Tagum City.

Superintendent Jessie Estrada, chief of DN PPO Investigation and Detection Management Section, with Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario yesterday led the ceremonial feeding of children during the regular People's Day.

In an interview, Estrada explained that the feeding project of DN PPO "is a way of getting people's sympathy" in solving crimes and of delivering the message to the public that the police "is just behind their backs".

DN PPO made its first feeding drive at Barangay Cagangohan in Panabo City Sunday.

"We are targeting far-flung places," he said. "But we would go to where we are requested," he added.

Targeted to serve about 200 to 300 kids a day, the feeding activity of the police gets the support of the private and the business sector aside from the usual government links, Estrada said.

Meanwhile, Estrada volunteered the police workforce to do community work especially with regard to building of day care centers.

Estrada was first looking at using the police manpower to construct a daycare center in Barangay Gupitan where he saw the need of such kind of facility for early education of children.

"We can do it in a bayanihan way," he said. (PIA) [top]

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