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QC enhances Barangay Day Care program

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK IN a bid to prepare preschoolers for school, Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista recently signed an ordinance enhancing the city’s Barangay Day Care Center program, it was learned yesterday. Bautista said City Ordinance 2683-2018 or the “Barangay Day Care Center Enhancement Program of Quezon City” ensures that children aged four and below will be […]

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QC Council pushes anti-illegal drugs education program in schools

THE Quezon City Council asked the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council and the Quezon City Council Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs to include an anti-illegal drugs education program for parents and teachers association in all public elementary and high schools in the city. In City Resolution No. 7449-2018, Quezon City Allan Butch Francisco states that instructions on drug abuse prevention […]

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Canadian Prime Minister Says Marijuana Will Be Legal Nationwide Starting October

Canadian Prime Minister Says Marijuana Will Be Legal Nationwide Starting October

By Sputnik News ON Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that marijuana will become legal nationwide starting October 17. Canada’s Senate passed the federal government’s bill to legalize marijuana nationwide Tuesday. Although Trudeau’s government had hoped to legalize pot nationwide by July 1, the government announced Tuesday that it will take several weeks for provincial and territorial governments to prepare for retail sales. It’s […]

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Duterte administration urged to protect environment by implementing Ecological Solid Waste Management Act

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK IN the lead up to World Environment Day on June 5, an environment and public health watchdog called on the sitting administration to actively enforce Republic Act 9003 (the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act) and clean up the country’s 42,044 barangays. The EcoWaste Coalition directed its appeal to the Duterte administration for it to exert […]

Tobacco use is falling, but not fast enough – World Health Organization

Tobacco use is falling, but not fast enough – World Health Organization

TOBACCO use has declined markedly since 2000, according to a new World Health Organization report, but the reduction is insufficient to meet globally agreed targets aimed at protecting people from death and suffering from cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases. For World No Tobacco Day 2018 last May 31, the WHO has joined with the World Heart Federation to highlight the […]

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Keep out lead containing paints and items from schools – EcoWaste Coalition

A PHILIPPINE based environment and public health watchdog asked school heads and teachers over the weekend to be vigilant in keeping out lead containing decorative paints and other items from their campuses. In a statement, the EcoWaste Coalition, said school heads and teachers must make sure that no lead containing materials will be used in this week’s Brigada Eskwela, a […]

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PDEA inaugurates the country’s second Balay Silangan Reformation Center for drug dependents

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Thursday together with the Cabanatuan City local government, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) inaugurated the country’s second community-based reformation center for drug dependents. PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino led the simple inauguration rites of the 100-Bed capacity Balay Silangan Reformatory Center in historic Cabanatuan […]

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Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Victor Hocog signing a proclamation declaring May 6 -12, 2018 as Marianas March Against Cancer Week. Also in photo, left, CCA board president Bo Palacios and MMAC co-chair Bobby Cruz, right. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Cancer incidence in the Marianas on the rise

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE incidence of cancer in the Mariana islands rose by 66 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year. Thus said Mariana March Against Cancer (MMAC) Co-Chair Carline Sablan quoting records of the Commonwealth Cancer Association (CCA) during the proclamation of the MMAC Week last May 6 at the Hopwood Middle School (HMS) campus in Saipan. […]

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World Health Assembly delegates agree new five-year strategic plan

World Health Assembly delegates agree new five-year strategic plan

WORLD Health Organization Assembly delegates today agreed an ambitious new strategic plan for the next five years. The Organization’s 13th General Programme of Work (GPW) is designed to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – with a particular focus on SDG3: ensuring healthy lives and promoting well being for all at all ages by 2030. It sets three […]

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Ms. Marianas Celine Cabrera posed with students who attended the proclamation of Children's Mental Health Awareness Month.  Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Twenty percent of American children suffers from mental issues

By Lori Lyn Lirio ONE out of five children suffers from mental disorder in the United States and only twenty percent of those afflicted with it receive health care. This was learned shortly after Systems of Care (SoC), a program under the Community Guidance Center-Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. opened a house in San Antonio, Saipan early this month. Program Manager Vina […]

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QC intensifies campaign against junk food in schools

THE Quezon City government has intensified its anti-junk food and sugary drinks campaign by conducting a three-day orientation where participants learned about the ordinance that prohibits their sale in schools. Attended by newly elected and re-elected barangay officials, and representatives from public and private schools, the orientation was organized by the city’s health department early this week in an attempt […]

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Healthcare privatization row in Saipan comes out in the open (4)

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE row between the two primary health institutions in Saipan is worsening with one group now accusing the other of shutting them off from their patients. This after Kagman Community Health Center (KCHC) board member Matthew Gregorio accused CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muña of locking them out of the KCHC building. He said the KCHC […]

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Environmentalists calls for a total ban of plastic balloon blowing kits in PH

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK THE Philippine Food and Drug Administration’s warning against plastic balloon blowing kits is not enough, a total ban should be implemented to protect children from its adverse health effects. EcoWaste Coalition Chemical Safety Campaigner Thony Dizon said “the FDA’s public health warning on plastic balloon blowing kits is very important but not enough to protect […]

Healthcare privatization row in Saipan comes out in the open (3)

Healthcare privatization row in Saipan comes out in the open (3)

By Lyn Lirio VINCE Castro is no longer the executive director of the Kagman Community Health Center, according to Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muña. This was learned as the row between the two primary health care institutions in Saipan continues. Castro was replaced effective immediately by Derek Sasamoto last April 4 as acting executive director of the […]

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Environmental group calls on barangay election candidates to go green in their campaign

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK A PHILIPPINE based environment and public health watchdog called on all barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election candidates to campaign in a way that will not aggravate the already battered environment and worsening public health conditions. The EcoWaste Coalition, which is also a zero-waste advocacy group, made the appeal Friday after the nationwide campaign period for […]

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Healthcare privatization row in Saipan comes out in the open (2)

By Lori Lyn Lirio KAGMAN Community Health Center board chairperson Velma Palacios reiterated the health center is not under the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation as stated in the co-applicant agreement. This after the CHCC said it is not obligated to transfer assets purchased for Kagman Community Health Center, which beginning May 1 has run as a private non-profit entity. “KCHC and […]

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Nine out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air – World Health Organization

AIR pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world. New data from WHO shows that nine out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution. “Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and […]

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Hospital in Saipan going solar

By Lori Lyn Lirio A SOLAR power system will be soon be implemented in the hospital operated by the government-run Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation in Saipan to make it less dependent on non-renewable energy. This after it was revealed that during last month’s CHCC Board of Trustees meeting, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands’ Department of Interior has extended a US$560,000 […]

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Healthcare privatization row in Saipan comes out in the open

By Lori Lyn Lirio AS the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation privatizes health care in the Marianas, it stressed that it is not obligated to transfer assets purchased for Kagman Community Health Center, which starting yesterday has run as a private non-profit entity. According to CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muña, the corporation is already communicating with HRSA and other authorities in […]

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CNMI issues a travel health advisory against the Philippines due to measles outbreak

By Lori Lyn Lirio HEALTH officials from the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands issued a health travel advisory cautioning travelers to and from the Philippines due to a measles outbreak in that Southeast Asian country. Following this development, Public Health’s Immunization Program manager Jeremy Sasamoto urged parents to bring their children to any of the Commonwealth Healthcare Centers’ public health […]

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A Fil-Am cop in Saipan is battling the “Big C” for his life, warns about the dangers of chewing betel nut and tobacco

By Lori Lyn Lirio POLICE Officer Israel Mendiola De Leon, 32, quit chewing betel nut in 2015, in a bid to avoid the “Big C” but to no avail. In 2017, he was diagnosed with stage 1 squamous cell carcinoma on his right buccal area. “I stopped chewing because my kids ask me to. I wanted also to stop because […]

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All roads lead to La Union for 2018 Fitness Party

DANCE by the Beach Fitness Party La Union 2018 promises to be a go-to event this summer slated on April 28, 2018 at Aureo La Union, San Fernando, La Union. “Zumba enthusiasts are in for a treat in this first Dance by the Beach Fitness Party,” states Reymond M. de Guzman, Creative Director of Happy Events by Deegee, Inc. “We’ve […]

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CNMI Congress to appropriate USD900k for cancer prevention programs in the Marianas

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands House of Representatives will take action on Tuesday concerning House Bill 20-29 which appropriates over UDS900,000 in funds to support and expand cancer awareness, detection and prevention programs in the Marianas Islands. CNMI District II Representative Angel Demapan (Rep.), who was at the proclamation signing of Oral Cancer Awareness Month […]

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The WHO and UNICEF issue new guidance to promote breastfeeding in health facilities globally

The WHO and UNICEF issue new guidance to promote breastfeeding in health facilities globally

THE World Health Organization  and the United Nations Children’s Fund today issued new ten-step guidance to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services. Breastfeeding all babies for the first 2 years would save the lives of more than 820 000 children under age 5 annually. The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding underpin the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative, […]

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Wanton disposal of mercury laden products continues to endanger the environment and waste workers – EcoWaste Coalition

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK THE continuing improper disposal of mercury laden burned-out fluorescent lamps is polluting the environment and posing health hazards to waste workers, especially those who are uninformed and unprotected. The Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, issued the warning following the release of its latest report “The Toxic Silence of the Lamps,” […]