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A cloud with a bright outline along its edges indicates that the sun is behind it. This natural phenomenon is the basis of the popular saying “every dark cloud has a silver lining,” which means it is possible for something good to come out of a bad situation.
The need to protect children amidst the measles outbreak in several regions of the country has galvanized the commitment of Filipino physicians to restore public trust and confidence in vaccination and increase the country’s immunization coverage.
Pneumonia is a serious infectious disease and should never be taken lightly. It is one of the leading causes of sickness and death in the country, according to the Department of Health (DoH). Pneumonia is a bacterial infection caused by Streptococcus pneumonia, more commonly known as the pneumococcus (plural: pneumococci). Pneumococcal disease, which refers to any type of infection caused by pneumococci, includes pneumonia, meningitis (inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord) and febrile bacteremia (presence of bacteria in the blood); otitis media (ear infection), sinusitis and bronchitis. Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) is the second most common cause of bacterial pneumonia.
With the exception of clean drinking water, it has been proven that vaccines are the most effective means of reducing and preventing contagious diseases, preventing an estimated 2.5 million deaths each year. Among the deaths prevented are those that may come as a result of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis that also afflict children.
Cold and changing weather increase our risk of getting sick with seasonal flu (or simply “the flu”). Caused by the influenza virus, the flu is among the leading causes of illness in the country, according to the Department of Health (DoH). From Jan. 1 to June 30, 2018, the DoH Epidemiology Bureau recorded nearly 60,000 influenza-like illness cases nationwide.
CANCER remains to be the third leading cause of death among adult Filipinos, and fourth in child mortality. The Department of Health (DOH) noted an increase in the incidence of cancer estimating up to eight deaths per day for childhood cancer and about 11 new cases and seven deaths every hour for adult cancer.
PALLIATIVE care aims to improve the quality of life of people with serious illnesses by preventing or treating symptoms and side effects of disease...
IN 1986, Mayor Jejomar Binay signed an agreement with the Makati Medical Center to allot a number of beds to poor residents, with the city government subsidizing the beneficiaries’ hospital bill. The increasing demand for health services eventually prompted the city government to push for the construction of its own full-service hospital.
The provincial government of Bataan is a good example of how leadership and governance play a vital role in the effective implementation of health programs.
Davao City is one of the country’s most progressive cities, thanks to its strong and forward-looking local government. The city’s dynamic approach to governance extends to the provision of a comprehensive range of high-quality health services.
IN 2017 AND 2018, the South Cotabato provincial government funded the construction of seven halfway houses. Called Bahay ni Nanay, these dwellings were built to take care of full-term pregnant tribal women waiting their turn to deliver in government birthing facilities that are often filled to capacity. “Around 30% of my constituents are indigenous peoples [IPs] who live in remote upland villages. Tribal women whose pregnancies have reached term and their companions can stay in Bahay ni Nanay until they are about to give birth,” said South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes, during the 2018 Health for Juan and Juana Forum: Moving Forward with the Philippine Health Agenda.
HEALTH is on the top of the list of South Cotabato’s convergence approach in the responsive delivery of social services.
WHERE is the Philippines now in its journey to Universal Health Care (UHC)? This was the critical question that Dr. Gundo Aurel Weiler, Country Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), answered during the recent “Health for Juan and Juana: Moving Forward with the Philippine Health Agenda” forum.
THE 2018 Health for Juan and Juana Forum (HJJ Forum) held last week gathered the country’s healthcare thought leaders and experts and galvanized their commitment to make Universal Health Care (UHC) happen for all Filipinos. Among the health champions who graced the forum were luminaries who are at the forefront of the UHC advocacy in the country.
IN A PREVIOUS COLUMN, we highlighted the efforts of the Cancer Coalition Philippines (CCPh) in urging Congress to pass a bill that will ensure quality health care for all Filipino children and adults with cancer. A national alliance of patient groups, health care providers, and advocates, CCPh is pushing for the enactment of a National Integrated Cancer Control Act, which increases investments for the prevention, early and accurate detection, and optimal treatment for all forms of cancer. The law also mandates the adoption of an integrated, multi-disciplinary, and patient/family-centered approach to cancer management.
A NUMBER of important global issues took center stage during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. These...
THE QUALITY, safety, and efficacy of medicines are primary to the drug discovery and development process. When a candidate medicine demonstrates promising results, its...
Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla (Second of two parts) Each year, about 700,000 people die due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). While the number is considered low compared...
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