Burn ImageOne of the most common household injuries especially in children is burn, a type of injury to the skin or tissues caused by heat, cold, chemicals, electricity, radiation or friction. Mostly it is due to heat from hot liquids, solids or fire. Females have the higher risk which is related to open cooking fires or unsafe cook stoves. Other factors are alcoholism, smoking, self-harm or violence between people.

Under Proclamation No. 360, March was declared as Burn Prevention Month by President Corazon C. Aquino on January 23, 1989 for the intensified campaign on burn prevention and to minimize sufferings brought about by burns.

Depending on the degree and cause of the injury, most of the burn victims can recover from burns without serious health consequences while those with severe burn injury require immediate emergency medical care to prevent complications and death.


Children and infants are the most vulnerable to burns. Certain jobs may also cause a higher risk and it also happens to home and the following are the preventive measures which can be taken at home:

  • Keep children out of the kitchen while cooking
  • Place matches and lighters on proper place and away from children’s reach
  • Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove
  • Electricity cords with exposed wires must be discarded
  • Water heater temperature must be keep under 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Wear gloves when handling chemicals and keep it out properly and out of reach
  • Avoid peak sunlight and wear sunscreen protection if necessary
  • Cigarettes and other smoking product should be thrown and stubbed out totally

In case of the event of a fire, crawl underneath smoke to minimize the risk of passing out and becoming trapped in a fire.

Cough and colds imageCoughs and colds are caused by germs called virus which infect the nose and throat. Viruses are passed on by coughing and sneezing into the air.


Cold is a mild viral infection which is very common and clears up on its own within a week or two.  The main symptoms are sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and cough.


Fever usually doesn’t occur in colds but with a more severe symptoms including high fever, headache and aching muscles may be a sign that there’s a bacterial infection or you got flu.


In children, there are some symptoms that should be look for as sometimes a more serious infection may develop caused by an initial viral infection. Among those are ear infection, chest infection or pneumonia, others are breathing problems such as wheeziness, fast breathing, and noisy or difficulty with breathing.

2016 rnacDavao City - Last December 16, 2016, the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony was conducted by the National Nutrition Council XI headed by the good Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Dr. Maria Teresa L. Ungson. The awarding was attended by 142 participants from different LGUs, stakeholders, partners from NGAs, NGOs and academe. Also present was the BNS national president Ms. Jocelyn Lumaad and the newly elected NAOPA secretary Lynneth Demaisip. The following RNET’s was also present: Ms. Nemia Lumaino from DTI XI, Ms. Clemencia Fabia from Dep Ed XI and Sulbanon Quibo from NCMF XI who helped Dr. Ungson during the giving of awards and recognition.

This year’s ROBNS 2016 was awarded to BNS Daisy J. Bollifer, from Baragay Katipunan, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province among the 8 contenders within the region. With her during the award was Mr. Roldan Bollifer, her husband and Brgy. Captain Paz Maglangit. BNS Bollifer served her barangay from January 2, 2000 until present. The other BNS contenders were also recognized during the awarding ceremony  and they received cash and certificates. Following the recognition of ROBNS was the recognition of the Green Banner awards of City-level and municipal level. A short AVP presentation was shown to highlight the Nutrition Programs of the two Green Banner Awardees.

heart month photoFebruary is considered as “Heart Month”, but do we know that one of the leading causes of death is related to heart disease?

Based on WHO estimates, more than 17.5 million people died of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack or stroke in 2012. Contrary to popular belief, more than 3 out of 4 of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries, and men and women were equally affected.

The good news, however, is that 80% of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable. (Source: World Health Organization)

Foods good for the heart:

Fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids which help to reduce blood pressure, regulate heartbeat and decreases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Vegetables which are packed with vitamins, fiber and carotenoids like carrots, red peppers, sweet potatoes and acorn squash must be consumed.

Fruits rich in fiber, beta-carotene, potassium and magnesium such as papaya, orange and cantaloupes are good for the heart including strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and blueberries which high in soluble fiber and phytonutrients.

Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa are essential for the heart health.

NEA Aguila Onse Induction pixNNC Davao Region organized the nutrition media group called NEA AGUILA ONSE which stands for News, Events and Activities, while Aguila symbolizes the famous Davao Eagle as one of the icons in Davao City that characterizes “king of the skies” which can be attributed to power, courage and strength. The NEA AGUILA ONSE media group aims to strengthen and sustain the campaign on good nutrition and healthy lifestyle in the region through multimedia including radio, print, TV and social media to increase public’s awareness on the importance of good nutrition that will facilitate change of behavior towards good nutrition practices.

dengue article photoIt’s rainy season again and mosquitoes possibly lay their eggs on old tires, flower vases, cans, stagnant waters and depending on their breeding sites per region and therefore it must be cleaned.

According to World Health Organization, dengue is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito infected with one of the four dengue virus serotypes. It is a febrile illness that affects infants, young children and adults with symptoms appearing 3-14 days after the infective bite.


As to the Department of Health, the following are the signs and symptoms of dengue hemorrhagic fever:

  • Sudden onset of high fever which may last 2 to 7 days
  • Joint & muscle pain and pain behind the eyes
  • Weakness
  • Skin rashes - maculopapular rash or red tiny spots on the skin called petechiae
  • Nose bleeding when fever starts to subside
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting of coffee-colored matter
  • Dark-colored stools
  • Cover water drums and water pails at all times to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
  • Replace water in flower vases once a week.
  • Clean all water containers once a week. Scrub the sides well to remove eggs of mosquitoes sticking to the sides.
  • Clean gutters of leaves and debris so that rain water will not collect as breeding places of mosquitoes.
  • Old tires used as roof support should be punctured or cut to avoid accumulation of water.
  • Collect and dispose all unusable tin cans, jars, bottles and other items that can collect and hold water.

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