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    DOH-10: Get “Ka-Heartner” for healthy lifestyle

    by Jasper Marie O. Rucat

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–The Department of Health Center for Health Development Northern Mindanao (DOH-CHDNM) urged individuals to get a “Ka-Heartner” or a “partner in health” to help live a positive and healthy life, may be a family member, friend, or loved one.

    In Talakayan sa PIA, media forum at SM CDO City Uptown, Dr. Tristan Jediah V. Labitad, head of the non-communicable diseases cluster of DOH-CHDNM, said “Ka-Heartner” is part of their advocacy for having a healthy lifestyle involving help from someone you love to maintain a daily habit of healthy living.

    “Pwede imong bana, imong kauban sa opisina, imong girlfriend, boyfriend, imong mama ug papa, para kitang tanan healthy sa Region 10,” Labitad said.

    (It could be your husband, coworker, girlfriend, boyfriend, mother, or father in order for us all to be healthy in Region 10)

    Causes of mortality are non-communicable diseases, says Labitad; this means diseases that cannot be transferred from one person to the next.

    On January 23, 2023, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released the top three causes of death in the country from January to September 2022, which included ischaemic heart diseases, which accounted for 77,173 cases or 18.5 percent of total deaths; cerebrovascular diseases, which came in second with 42,890 deaths (10.3% share); and neoplasms, commonly known as cancer, which accounted for 42,497 recorded cases (10.2% share).

    Meanwhile, deaths due to diabetes mellitus recorded 26,774 cases, or 6.4 percent of all deaths, making it the fourth leading cause of death, while deaths due to hypertensive diseases, which ranked fifth, recorded 23,971 cases, or 5.7 percent of all deaths.

    The reasons why these diseases develop go back to a person’s lifestyle and behavior, Labitad said.

    Smoking or vaping, eating fatty, salty, sweet, or sour foods and fast food, not being physically active, and using illegal drugs are all unhealthy things to do.

    In the implementation of the Universal Health Care Act, Labitad said the health department is now focusing on primary care, meaning more on the prevention side through advocacy and early detection.

    Doctors and nurses in rural health units and government hospitals have the training they need to provide services like self-breast exams and tests to see if women have cervical cancer.

    He reiterated that services in these facilities are free. (JMOR/PIA-10)



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