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NDDU nursing students actively joined the kick-off celebration of the Family Planning Month with the theme: Kapag ang Pamilya ay Planado, Laging Panalo!, organized by the Department of Health (DOH) Region XII in partnership with the City Health Office of General Santos and CSO United Private Midwives of General Santos City Inc., happened last August 1 , 2017 at one of the best hotels in General Santos City.
It also marked the start of other DOH programs like the school-based immunization, National Breastfeeding Awareness and Adolescence Health, in response to the call of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for the full implementation of the RPRH Law #10354 and EO #12.
The kick-off celebration started with a motorcade from the Oval Plaza Gym where it was participated by different public and private organizations and agencies including the members of the academe, and participants from different hospital and lying-in operators.
The celebration of the Family Planning Month was a call for Filipino couples to space births of at least 3 years and to practice responsible parenthood so that every child born to a family will be properly fed, clothed, nurtured and educated.
In strengthening the public-private-partnership (PPP) towards a better health service delivery within the locality of General Santos City, a ceremonial ribbon tying was conducted, and followed by the pledge of commitment from the different partners of DOH. This symbolizes the coming together in the community to create a bond among DOH and other people who serve and represent the society.
Conjunction to the celebration, a ceremonial vaccination was also conducted. This signifies the start of the implementation of the collaborative school-based immunization program of the Department of Health, Department of Education and the Department of Interior and Local Government. The vaccines were injected to the selected Grade one (1) pupils and Grade seven (7) students from General Santos City. Grade one (1) pupils were given Measles Rubella vaccines, while grade seven (7) students were given the Measles Rubella (MR) and Tetanus Diptheria (TD) vaccines which are highly recommended by DOH.
Before leaving the venue, the participants, including NDDU nursing students underwent a Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) facilitated by the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP). This aims to provide skills and information to prevent early pregnancy or teen pregnancy, HIV infections and gender-base violence. They were very happy with what they have learned during the CSE and excited to disseminate the acquired information to help educate other people.
There will also be schedules barangay activities for the celebration of the Family Planning Month. For the schedule of the activities, you may refer to the guide below: