DOH nurse arrested for selling illegal drugs in Davao City

A nurse of the Department of Health (DOH) XI was caught selling illegal drugs during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Indangan, Davao City, Monday afternoon.

The 36-year-old alias Madam was allegedly assigned to the Davao City Health Office as a surveillance officer.

She is 7th on the drugs watch list of Region XI.

According to the report, she sold P16,000 worth of drugs to the police poseur buyer.

A large sachet containing suspected shabu valued at P80,000 was also confiscated from her.

It was 2017 when she was also caught using illegal drugs, but was released in 2019.

The suspect will face charges of violating Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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DOH Butuan conducts COVID-19 vaccine simulation

In preparation for the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in the country, the Butuan local government held a simulation exercise on Tuesday at Father Saturnino Urios University Morelos Campus.

The LGU and the Department of Health (DOH) led the simulation which previewed each step in the process.

This is to see what needs to be remedied.

First, the vaccinators will go straight to the waiting area, they will be given forms and priority numbers.

If their number is called, they will go straight to the registration area.

They will immediately undergo counseling before taking vital signs.

Those with coughs, colds, and other symptoms cannot be vaccinated.

If qualified to be vaccinated, the individual will go straight to the area.

After being vaccinated, it goes to the holding area where the individual is observed for possible side effects of the vaccine on the body.

An emergency medical response unit and ambulance are also on standby if needed.

According to City Administrator Reynante Desiata, the first 6 processes will only take an hour.

Vaccine recipients have a card that contains details such as when they were vaccinated, how many doses, and what brand was used.

The city has 19 posts and each team has 22 staff.

The current priority is 5,156 frontline health workers; 14,287 indigent senior citizens; 8,816 senior citizens; 142,746 indigent residents; and 1,519 uniformed personnel.

Butuan targets to vaccinate all priority groups in just 7 days to preserve the vaccine.