AdDU Lactation Station LaunchingDAVAO CITY – Ateneo de Davao University launched its new and first Lactation Station on April 10, 2017 at 4th Floor, Community Center, AdDU Jacinto Campus. Assistant to the President for Research and Advocacy Atty. January Faye R. Bello gave a brief rationale of the event.

Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Maria Teresa L. Ungson participated the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony which was headed by the University President Fr. Joel E. Tabora of the Society of Jesus. Among the attendees were Atty. Niceforo V. Solis, Jr. (HR Director), Regional Director Raymundo Agravante (DOLE XI), Ms. Naomilyn C. Abella (Assistant Regional Director, DOLE XI), Ms. Ma. Clarose M. Mascardo IYCF (Infant and Young Child Feeding) Regional Program Manager, Dr. Josephine J. Villafuerte (Head, City Health Office) and Ms. Lyn Tan (President, LATCH Davao).

After the brief ceremony, it was then followed by the Rite of Blessing of the new Lactation Station officiated by Fr. Joel E. Tabora assisted by the College Campus Ministry Office.

The lactation room has two nursing stations where the mothers can express milk or nurse their babies. Inside the room are a refrigerator, a table for changing baby’s diaper, lavatory and two breast pumps.

According to Ms. Nelia T. Villarta, Wellness Officer of the Ateneo de Davao University, they are also planning to put up a Lactation Station at their Elementary and High School Campus located at Matina, Davao City.

Finally, a short talk on breastfeeding myths was discussed by LATCH Davao (Lactation – Attachment – Training – Counselling – Help) a Non-Profit Organization in Davao City. It was attended by pregnant and lactating mothers / staff of Ateneo de Davao University.

womens health imageEvery woman has the right to enjoy physical and mental health which is vital to their life and well-being. It helps them to participate in all areas of life. As defined by WHO, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Women have unique health issues such as pregnancy, menopause and conditions of the female organs. According to World Health Organization, every day in 2010, about 800 women died due to complications of pregnancy and child birth, including severe bleeding after childbirth, infections, hypertensive disorders, and unsafe abortions.

Compared to men, women are more likely to die following a heart attack, show sign of depression and anxiety, effects of sexually transmitted diseases can be more serious, affected of osteoarthritis and more likely to have urinary tract infection problems.

On the other hand, depression also affects women in some events like losing a baby or having trouble getting pregnant. Depression can be mild to moderate with symptoms like apathy, loss of appetite, difficulty in sleeping, low self-esteem and low-grade or severe fatigue. Women feel depressed for many reasons and some don’t even know why.

Some experts believe that the increased chance of depression in women may be related to changes in hormone levels that occur throughout a woman's life. These changes are evident during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, as well as after giving birth or experiencing a miscarriage. The hormone fluctuations that occur with each month's menstrual cycle probably contribute to premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD -- a severe syndrome marked especially by depression, anxiety, and mood swings that occurs the week before menstruation and interferes with normal functioning of daily life. ( )

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.

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.

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.

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.

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