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CHCC unveils completion of new standard-compliant pharmacy renovation

By Lori Lyn Lirio IN A bid to comply with the new standard set by the United States Pharmacopeial Convention 797 and to make its pharmacological service efficient, the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation has renovated its pharmacy department and announced its completion. With the focus on complying with the new standard, which will take effect on December 2019, the first phase […]

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Every 40 seconds, someone dies by suicide – World Health Organization

CLOSE to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year and many more attempt suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 years old globally but can affect people of any age. If you know someone who may be considering suicide, talk to them about it and encourage them to seek professional help. Suicides are preventable. […]

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Cellphone repair technicians are exposed to health hazards due to lead solder wires – EcoWaste Coalition

AN ENVIRONMENT and public health watchdog called on the Philippine government inculcate health consciousness among cellular phone repair technicians after noting their use of lead as a soldering material. In a recent statement, the EcoWaste Coalition pressed the Department of Labor and Employment through the Occupational Safety and Health Center to conduct training programs in collaboration with shopping mall management […]

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An LA County sheriff shows the tracking device that will be installed on county helicopters to track missing persons under the project “LA Found.” Looking on are LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn (5th from the left on the background) and LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell. Photo by Abner Galino

LA County helps families keep sight of loved ones with autism, dementia

By Abner Galino THE County of Los Angeles last week launched a countywide program dubbed as “L.A. Found,” which was aimed at quickly finding persons with autism, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease whenever they wander and go missing. The Wednesday launching of the project was led by Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, Sheriff Jim McDonnell, and Cynthia Banks, director of […]

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An open letter to the Filipino nation

An open letter to the Filipino nation

Rise for climate, justice and integrity of creation march  Official statement: 8th of  September, 2018 QUEZON CITY – We, Filipinos committed to the tenets of climate justice, the preservation of the integrity of creation, and the protection of the inalienable human right to a healthful and balanced ecology and civil and political liberties, call on leaders of the public and […]

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There is a gap between healthcare and ordinary folks in Saipan

There is a gap between healthcare and ordinary folks in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio THERE is an existing gap between ordinary folks and healthcare in Saipan, according a Fil-Am intern of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. Abigail Dimaano made this observation during her internship at the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC). She said her observation confirmed her desire to want to pursue either medicine or take physician assistance program in […]

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Currency Notes Pose Health Hazards, Indian Traders Demand Govt. Intervention

By Sputnik News IN a letter to the Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Traders Body has sought an investigation to assess the “potential health hazards allegedly posed by currency notes.” New Delhi (Sputnik) — The Confederation of All India Traders Body (CAIT) has quoted findings from various studies which claim the currency notes are often contaminated with disease-causing pathogens that have the potential to transmit […]

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DENR suportado ang pagbabawal ng paggamit ng plastic sa Boracay

DENR suportado ang pagbabawal ng paggamit ng plastic sa Boracay

Ni Santiago Celario PARA maprotektahan ang kalikasan, nagpahayag nitong araw ng Linggo ng suporta ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sa ang ginawang pagbabawal ng lokal na pamahalaan sa paggamit ng disposable na plastic sa isla ng Boracay. Ayon sa isang pahayag, suportado ng DENR ang inisyatiba ng Pamahalaang Bayan ng Malay sa lalawigan ng Aklan na ipasa […]

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Boracay is a No Smoking zone

ENVIRONMENTALISTS and health advocates have lauded Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat for banning smoking in public places. Action on Smoking & Health (ASH) Philippines, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance, Philippines (FCAP) and the Ecowaste Coalition, in a statement, said Romulo-Puyat took a bold step in protecting the island of Boracay. “We laud Sec. Puyat for her recent pronouncement […]

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Salt reduction heart-healthy but only for people with the saltiest diets?

Salt reduction heart-healthy but only for people with the saltiest diets?

By MIMS Multidisciplinary / Elvira Manzano CUTTING down on salt is thought to be the holy grail of cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention, but new evidence from the PURE* study suggests that salt reduction is only good for people with the saltiest diets. “Sodium is an essential nutrient, lowering too much can actually increase mortality,” said lead author Associate Professor Andrew […]

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Betel Nut chewing highest infractions at Kagman HS in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio CHEWING Betel Nut is an addiction among a number of Kagman High School students. Thus said KHS Principal Leila Staffler after noting that the most infraction committed by her students is Betel Nut chewing. “I have been paying attention to the numbers and looking at our discipline data, chewing Betel Nut is what students get in […]

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Environmentalists seek the immediate closure of the open dump in Mapandan, Pangasinan

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environmentalist and public health watchdog, recently asked the government to close the illegal municipal dumpsite in Mapandan, Pangasinan following mounting concerns by local residents. Reacting to the environmental and health concerns raised by residents of Barangay Primicias in Mapandan town, the EcoWaste Coalition, early this month, asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and […]

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World Humanitarian Day, 19 August

  EVERY year on 19 August, World Humanitarian Day brings citizens of the world together to rally support for people living in crises and to pay tribute to the aid workers who help them. Emergencies cause immense suffering for millions of people – usually the world’s poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable individuals. Humanitarian aid workers, including health care workers, strive […]

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Civil society groups urged health and police authorities to crackdown on the illegal trade and sale of hazardous cosmetic products

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK A PUBLIC health watchdog and a pro-consumer group urged health and police authorities to intensify drive against health hazard cosmetics. This after EcoWaste Coalition and Laban Konsyumer Inc., a consumer protection group, noted the proliferation of dangerous cosmetics in the market. Just recently, EcoWaste Coalition found out that lipsticks contaminated with dangerous levels of arsenic, […]

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QC promotes breastfeeding awareness

THE QUEZON City government under Mayor Herbert Bautista is actively promoting breastfeeding among mothers and their infants due to its importance in building the baby’s immune system and creating that bond between mother and child. As such the city government has conducted a series of activities to promote breastfeeding, the latest of which is the Aug. 8 milk-letting event At […]

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Guam Memorial Hospital’s loss of accreditation is no cause of concern for CNMI residents — lawmaker

By Lori Lyn Lirio A COMMONWEALTH of Northern Mariana Islands lawmaker said local residents need not worry about the loss of accreditation by the Guam Memorial Hospital. Thus said Senator Teresita Santos as she noted that the GMH’s recent lost of accreditation from the Joint Commission has no impact to CNMI patient referrals as the hospital has not been terminated […]

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QC urges DOH to assist residents vaccinated with Dengvaxia

EIGHT months after the World Health Organization has confirmed the dangers brought about by the Dengvaxia vaccine to those who have not been previously infected by the Dengue virus, the Quezon City Council asked the health department to grant medical assistance to city residents who were inoculated with the said vaccine. In City Resolution 7469-2018, introduced by Councilors Precious Hipolito-Castelo, […]

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CNMI Department of Public Health officials join Gay Pride celebration

By Lori Lyn Lirio CELEBRATING equality and their uniqueness, members of the local LGBT community recently hosted the first-ever Gay Pride in Saipan. Event organizer Sharmaine Casquero said the July 29 celebration, which was held at the GIG Discotheque, was a success as she announced that they will do it yearly. Initially, she said, the show was meant to raise […]

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Poisonous Chinese made lipsticks sold in Divisoria – EcoWaste Coalition

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, warned the public about the toxic lipsticks being sold in Metro Manila. The Coalition issued the warning in a recent press conference where it detailed its discovery of the continuing unlawful sale in Manila of Qianxiu and counterfeited MAC lipsticks with high concentrations of poisonous heavy metals. The discovery was made […]

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90 percent of STEP-UP participants in CNMI pursue science and health career

90 percent of STEP-UP participants in CNMI pursue science and health career

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE innovative and highly experimental Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons program is a continuing success. According to Minority Health Research Coordination director Dr. Lawrence Agodoa, about 85 to 90 percent of the students who participated in the Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons or STEP-UP have pursued science-and health-related courses in college. Under the National […]

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Duterte committed to improve medical support for the PNP

Duterte committed to improve medical support for the PNP

By Rodolfo Andal SPECIAL Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte is committed to improving the health services being provided for the Philippine National Police. This was learned after Go attended the PNP-Health Service Anniversary in Camp Crame. He said the President gave the PNP his assurance that they will receive reasonable medical services […]

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EcoWaste Coalition urges DOH and DENR to investigate alleged bio hazard dumping in Benguet

AN environment and public health watchdog urged Health Secretary Francisco Duque and Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu to investigate the reported bio hazard dumping in Tuba, Benguet. In letters sent to Duque and Cimatu through the DOH and DENR offices in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the EcoWaste Coalition called the incident a deplorable scandal. “We request your […]

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QC gov’t approves ordinance providing free anti-rabies immunization to residents

QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista has recently signed an ordinance providing free and complete doses of anti-rabies immunization to city residents into law. Bautista, in a statement, noted that City Ordinance 2682-2018, introduced by Councilor Diorella Maria Sotto, is in compliance with the National Rabies, Prevention, and Control Program under Section 7 of Republic Act 9482, otherwise known as the […]

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William S. Reyes Elementary School counselor Rebecca J. Flores teaching life skills lesson to fifth grade students at the second week of summer camp program.

Summer camp to keep teenagers from bad habits held in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio TO ween teenagers away from bad habits and behaviors that put them at risk, the William S. Reyes Elementary School in Saipan recently held a summer camp program that focuses on teaching children life skills. About 60 students – composed of third, fourth and fifth graders from WSR participated. The facilitators are counselors and teachers, who […]

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Twenty three million Americans are recovering from alcohol and drug addition

By Lori Lyn Lirio ABOUT 23 million Americans are in long term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. According to Faces and Voices of Recovery executive director Patty McCarthy Metcalf, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Island should be part of this community as there are also recovering alcohol and drug dependents in the islands. “You have people here in CNMI […]

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