Press Release/29 June 2018
Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) will be immediately deploying health workers trained on Psychosocial Interventions on Monday, July 2, 2018, to provide direct interventions for Dengvaxia Vaccinees and their families.
“We need to immediately deploy these trained health workers to Dengvaxia affected communities in the region in order to address concerns such as depression, anxiety and psychosocial problems that vaccinees and their families have been experiencing since the start of the Dengvaxia panic,” Dr. Janairo stated during the conclusion of the training for Psychosocial intervention on June 28, 2019 in Tagaytay City, Cavite.
“These health workers can effectively facilitate interventions because they are taught to recognize signs of psychosocial distress and can employ supportive listening techniques, provide education about stress reduction techniques, as well as making a referral to specialist support if required, and available,” he explained.
The regional office has trained a total of 430 health workers, including provincial health team leaders, development management officers, program managers, nurses, medical technologists, provincial and municipal health officers and barangay health workers.
Janairo said that the DOH Psychosocial Support Team will conduct house-to-house visits to Dengvaxia vaccinees and their families wherein they will focus on compassionate care, supportive listening, and connecting them to to support systems and coping strategies accessible to them.
“This strategy will enable us to bring their trust back to the health programs of the DOH and will also assure them that support will be provided to them,”.
The Psychosocial Training for health workers are not only designed to support their clients, but also to manage their own difficulties and those of their families so as not to affect their daily task in the delivery of primary health care in the community,” Janairo added.
According to the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU), there were 366 additional suspect Dengvaxia cases reported from June 16 to June 22, 2018. A total of 15,121 from December 1, 2017 to June 22, 2018. There are 46 deaths associated with Dengvaxia vaccine. Majority of cases were female. Age ranged from 2 years old to 46 years old. Laguna had the most (4,504, 30%) reported cases followed by Batangas (4,101, 27%) and Cavite (2,981, 20%). One thousand two hundred forty-four (8%) cases were admitted, of which, 281 (23%) were diagnosed with Dengue fever.
Of the 15,121 suspect Dengvaxia cases, 402 (3%) were diagnosed with Dengue fever. Four (2%) were deaths. Most cases were from Laguna (108, 27%) followed by Batangas (98, 24%) and Rizal (86, 21%).
Majority (11,240, 74%) of cases were reported by rural health units, of which, 103 (1%) were diagnosed with Dengue fever. While the hospitals reported 3,881 (26%) cases, of which 299 (8%) were Dengue fever.
DOH-CALABARZOn Mental Health Program Manager Paulina A. Calo discusses the importance of the Psychosocial Training for Health Workers of the region during the three-day training on Psychological Intervention for Service Providers in Dengvaxia-affected Areas held at Splash Suites Hotel in Tagaytay City on Tuesday from June 26-28, 2018.
DOH-CALABARZOn Mental Health Program Manager Paulina A. Calo and Evelyn R. Go, Head of Adult Psychiatry and Women and Children Protection Unit of Quirino Memorial Medical Center with the p
articipants of the DOH-CALABARZON Psychosocial Intervention for Health Workers held at Splash Suites, Tagaytay City, Cavite on June 26-28, 2018
Ms. Evelyn R. Go, Head of Adult Psychiatry and Women and Children Protection Unit of Quirino Memorial Medical Center, teaches participants of the three day Psychosocial Intervention Training for health service providers in Dengvaxia-affected areas on how to deal with stress in their daily tasks held at Splash Suites Hotel, Tagaytay City from June 26-28, 2018.