The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) XII, in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) XII, conducted a briefing on Analysis of Causes of National Deaths for Action (ANACONDA) to RHU Doctors, Medical Officers and staff of SOCCSKSARGEN Region on August 8, 2019 at Villa Amor Hotel in Koronadal City.
ANACONDA is an electronic tool that assesses the accuracy and completeness of data on mortality and cause of death by checking for potential errors and inconsistencies. The technical basis of ANACONDA was developed by the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. The software was built by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) at the University of Basel.
The objectives of the briefing were: a) to revisit the basics of reporting the causes of death in the death certificates; b) to introduce the ANACONDA as a tool to analyze/improve the quality of death reporting and statistics; and c) specifically, to address the errors in death certification which leads to poor quality of data.
There were twenty-nine (29) participants from various municipalities who attended and actively participated in the briefing. The RHU Doctors were represented by Dr. Gilson Laspiñas of Esperanza, Dr. Efraim Collado of Lambayong, Dra. Arlene H. Cardos of Tampakan, Dr. Chariz May Abalos-Ursabia of Polomolok, Dr. Ariel B. Lagamon of Surallah, Dra. Jocelyn C. Etulle-Encienzo of Kidapawan, City, Dra. Rhemia G. Guianan of Matalam, Dr. Glecerio C. Sotea, Jr., Dr. Edwin L. Cruzado of Pikit North Cotabato, Dra. Lalaine M. Calonzo , Dra. Fe T. Congson , Dr. Jacinto T. Makilang, Dra. Corazon Gloria S. Rodaje of General Santos City and Michael T. Dimamay of Maasim. The other participants were nurses and medical staff.
Atty. Maqtahar L. Manulon, Regional Director of PSA XII, in his opening message, extended his warm welcome and appreciation for the time spared by the participants most especially by the RHU doctors to attend the briefing. RD Manulon expounded on the purpose of the briefing and talked about the many applications and uses of death statistics, the need to address the issues on the quality of data on death statistics of the country and of Region XII as well, and some emerging trends in the field of statistics.
Ms. Jennifer M. Omictin, the OIC-CRASD, presented the legal mandates, and the rules and procedures in registering deaths while Ms. Em L. Gayosa, Statistical Specialist II, presented the specific instructions in accomplishing the Certificate of Death and in certifying the cause of death of the person. In the afternoon, Mr. Edward Donald F. Eloja, Senior Statistical Specialist, presented the Overview of the ANACONDA and the Basic Demographic and Epidemiological Concepts underlying data quality assessment using ANACONDA tool and detailed the 10 steps to improving the quality of the data.
The activity also served as a venue for the RHU doctors and staff to raise issues and concerns related to their functions in registering and certifying the circumstances of death of a person.
Civil registration-related flyers, and other information materials were distributed to all the participants including Infographics on the latest available statistics generated by the PSA .