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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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Davao City Retailers Defy Ban on the Sale of Mercury-Tainted Skin Whitening Cosmetics. Image © EcoWaste Coalition

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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Donald Mendiola, center, has been practicing herbal healing for 47 years now. He conducted Amot Chamorro at the PIBBA conference. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

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 20 participants, mostly women, who […]

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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 the eye care program in […]

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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 Cities Program Manager Julia Nebrija, […]

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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 a memorandum of understanding with […]

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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 reveals  wide discrepancies.  Some, including […]

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Michel Sidibe, the executive director of UNAIDS, presents a UNAIDS report during a press conference at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Science Po), July 18, 2018, in Paris. (Photo by AFP)

UN sounding alarms about hazard of AIDS amid dwindling funding

By PressTV / AFP GREAT strides in preventing AIDS deaths and new infections risk being halted, even reversed, if funding and focus continues to dwindle, the UN warned Wednesday. Announcing the lowest annual death toll in two decades for 2017, and a record number of people on life-saving treatment, UNAIDS cautioned that a creeping “complacency” threatened these achievements. “We are […]

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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 sa baha sa loob ng […]

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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 ating sarili, at ang isa […]

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

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. The school canteens were also […]

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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 in Saipan. PSS nutritionist and […]

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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 China that the Food and […]

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Pagtataas ng kaso ng leptospirosis dahil sa basura-DENR

Ni Santiago Celario KUMBINSIDO ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) na ang pagtaas ng kaso ng leptospirosis sa bansa ay dahil sa mga nagkalat na basura sa kalye na nahaluan ng ihi ng daga. Ayon kay DENR National Solid Waste Management Executive Director Eli Ildefonso, ang kawalan ng disiplina sa pagtatapon ng basura, lalo na sa Metro Manila, […]

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