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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,” […]

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Mercury laden cosmetics openly sold in Davao City

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK DESPITE the warnings about the life threatening potential of mercury laden cosmetics, at least six wholesale and retail outlets in Davao City still continue to market them to unsuspecting consumers. This prompted the EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, to alert Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte about the matter. The coalition told Duterte […]

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Environmentalists and labor groups demanded the fulfillment of Canadian PM promise to take back toxic waste

By Nelson Flores, LlB., MSCK A COALITION of environmentalists and a labor center demanded that the Canadian government provide a timeline to show when it will take out the toxic waste it illegally shipped to the Philippines months after it pledged to do so. The demand was made in the middle of this week by EcoWaste Coalition and the Sentro […]

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No More “Code Black” in LAC+USC

By Abner Galino THE efforts undertaken at the Los Angeles County+University of Southern California Medical Center markedly reduced patient wait-times and overcrowding, and improve patient flow throughout the hospital – reducing time spent in “Code Black,” the most critical level of hospital overcrowding. This was revealed in a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Medicine. […]

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Free summer camp in Texas for kids with Disabilities, Diabetes and Cancer

THE Texas Lions Camp is again offering this summer camping experience for free for kids with disabilities and medical conditions. Texas Lions Camp The Texas Lions Camp is a residential camping facility for children with physical disabilities, type 1 diabetes and cancer. The Camp is located on over 500 acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, and is designed to […]

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World Health Organization: Breathe Life – How air pollution impacts your body

Air pollution is an invisible killer that lurks all around us, preying on the young and old. Learn how it slips unnoticed past our body’s defenses causing deaths from heart attack, strokes, lung disease and cancer. Help breathe life back into our cities and take action to protect our health and climate at: http://BreatheLife2030.org   Video © YouTube

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Properly dispose old televisions, PC monitors and other electronics — EcoWaste Coalition

By Nelson Flores, LlB., MSCK THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog in the Philippines, urged the public to properly dispose in recycling centers cathode ray tube monitors for computers and old television sets, and other electronic devices saying these items pose environment and health hazards if just left on the streets or thrown into waste dumps. The […]

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Study: Popular Bottled Water Brands Contaminated with Plastic Particles

By Sputnik News A new study published Wednesday by Orb Media, a US-based nonprofit organization, concluded that the world’s top brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles. The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, tested a total of 259 water bottles from 11 brands sold across nine countries such as Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand and the […]

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Pro people groups urged government to protect e-product consumers from adulterated and dangerous merchandise

By Nelson Flores, LlB., MSCK PHILIPPINE environment, public health watchdogs and consumer protection groups warned the public about the proliferation of adulterated and dangerous products in e-commerce sites as it call on the government to ensure that online shoppers are adequately protected. In a joint statement issued ahead of the World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) on March 15, the Laban […]

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CNMI will preserve nursing positions to NMC students and those already employed under CW permits

By Lyn Lirio THE Commonwealth Healthcare Center is giving job opportunities for local nursing students by reserving the vacancies for nursing position to Northern Marianas College students. CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muña, who was the guest lecturer at Current Issues class at NMC on Wednesday, said they opted not to the hire nurses through H1-B visa adding that they […]

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The world needs more women leaders in public health – WHO

“We imagine a world where every woman and girl has access to quality and affordable health care.” On this International Women’s Day (March 7), we imagine a world where every woman and girl has access to quality and affordable health care, a world in which women and girls can freely exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights, and one where […]

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PH Interior and Local Government department bans the use of lead based paints

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK IN WHAT could be its most public health and environment friendly move, the Department of Interior and Local Government ordered the immediate mandatory phase out of the use of lead based paints in all local government structures and projects. The order was contained in Memorandum Circular 2018-26 issued by DILG Officer-in-Charge-Secretary Eduardo M. Año last […]

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Protect women and children from pollution – PH environmentalist and public health advocates

ENVIRONMENT and public health advocates called on Philippine authorities to protect women and children from chemical and waste pollution. The call was made in a Monday forum at held at the St. Scholastica’s College, three days ahead of the celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday. The event which was attended by more than 100 people including members of civil […]

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EcoWaste Coalition cautions public about mercury laden cosmetics

AS the celebration of the National Women’s Month gets underway, the EcoWaste Coalition, a Philippine based environment and public health watchdog, cautioned the public against the purchase and use of cosmetics contaminated with mercury, a potent neurotoxin. The warning was issued after the coalition observed that mercury-laden cosmetics, particularly skin whitening facial creams, are being sold in the Philippines and […]

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Nursing Now Global Launch a success

Nursing Now Global Launch a success

NURSING Now, a global organization of nurses promoting health, disease prevention and treatment on Tuesday held launch events and activities across the world, including the UK, Switzerland, Jamaica, USA, Jordan and South Africa, to promote global health. More than 30 countries were represented and people pledged their support and joined the campaign from around the world. Nursing Now is in […]

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