Health

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, […]

Environment Health News

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 […]

Health News

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Environment Health News

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 […]

Health News

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 […]

Feature Story Health

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 […]

Culture and the Arts Health News

Alternative medicine, popular subject among middle schoolers in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio HERBAL medicine is one of the most popular topics in the bilingual class among the middle schoolers in Saipan. This according to Hopwood Middle School (HMS) teacher and herbalist Donald Mendiola, who was among the presenter in the recently held Pacific Island Bilingual Bicultural Association conference at the HMS campus. About […]

Health News

QC to establish comprehensive eye care program

QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista said the city government shall institutionalize a comprehensive eye care program, which includes primary eye care, for city residents. In a statement, Bautista said he has approved City Ordinance 2689-2018, which was introduced by Councilors Julienne Alyson Rae Medalla and Diorella Maria Sotto, paving the way for the institution of […]

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DBM urged to make sure government funds are spent on green programs only

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, urged the Department of Budget and Management to ensure that funded projects only use unleaded paints as its PhP2.5 billion “Green, Green, Green” program goes into full swing. At the same time, EcoWaste, through a letter sent recently to DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno and Assistance to […]

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Telehealth system soon to be available to serve far flung areas in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio TO provide clinical services with service veterans and others in need of medical services in far flung areas, the Kagman Community Health Center has started collaborating with Veterans Affairs Pacific Islands Health Care System via the telehealth system. In a phone interview, KCHC Chief Executive Officer Vince Castro said they signed […]

Health

Countries step up to tackle antimicrobial resistance

COUNTRIES are making significant steps in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR), but  serious gaps remain and require  urgent action, according to a report released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The report charts progress in 154 countries and […]

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Masinsing paglilinis sa Quezon City Jail ipinagutos

Ni Santiago Celario IPINAGUTOS ng pamunuan ng Bureau of Jail Management and Penology ang masinop na paglilinis ng Quezon City Jail upang hindi bahain ang loob ng detention facility dahil sa nagkalat na basura. Ang kautusan ay ipinalabas nitong Martes matapos mamatay ang isang detainee kamakailan dahil umano sa leptospirosis na kanyang nakuha matapos lumusong […]

Feature Story Health

Dr. Mildred Balbin Oliveros: Sa Pagtuklas ng Gamot at Humanitarianism

MARAMI sa atin ang “nagsusunog ng kilay” para sa sariling layunin – ang kumita at ng sa gayon ay umigi ang kalagayan sa buhay. Pero, para naman kay Audrey Hepburn, isang British actress at humanitarian, ang sabi niya: “Habang tayo ay tumatanda, matutuklasan natin na ang isa sa ating dalawang kamay ay para tulungan ang […]

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Violators of QC Anti-junk Food and Sugary Drinks Ordinance of 2017 fined.

THE Quezon City Health Department recently conducted a surprise inspection in selected school canteens to check their compliance with City Ordinance 2579 or the QC Anti-junk Food and Sugary Drinks Ordinance of 2017. Food categorized as junk foods and sugary drinks were found still being sold at Pasong Tamo Elementary School and Lagro High School. […]

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Vegetables now a regular part of the menu in Saipan’s middle and high school canteens

By Lori Lyn Lirio SALAD bars are now available in middle and high school canteen to promote health via the consumption of veggies among teenagers in Saipan. This was learned after the Commonwealth of northern Mariana Islands Public School System-Food and Nutrition Service said it started putting up salad bars in middle and high schools […]

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Manila City government asked to enforce ban on mercury contaminated beauty products

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK AN environmentalist group on Sunday asked Manila City government to take action against retailers of mercury-laced skin whitening products due to the imminent danger or injury they pose to consumers. The EcoWaste Coalition made the plea after its members were able to two brands of imported skin lightening creams from […]