New ward eases overcrowding at S. Cotabato provincial hospital

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 22 (PNA) — Overcrowding problems at the South Cotabato provincial hospital have finally eased, with the operationalization of the facility’s additional ward. Dr. Conrado Braña, provincial hospital chief, said Friday they opened earlier this week the hospital’s newly-converted temporary ward, which used to be its gymnasium and storage area. He said […]

UNICEF seeks fund to help 22-M African children

JUBA, March 29 (PNA/Xinhua) — The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday that it appealed for about 255 million U.S. dollars to respond to immediate needs of 22 million children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. In a statement, UNICEF said nearly 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of […]

Largest mass screening for TB held in New Bilibid Prison – ICRC

Manila, March 29 — The largest mass screening for tuberculosis (TB) in the country is being held for about 5,700 inmates in New Bilibid Prison (NBP), Muntinlupa City, as part of efforts to end TB in Philippine jails and prisons. The mass screening in the maximum security compound, which began on March 14 and will […]

Bringing back the water, bringing back the smiles

ARAKAN, Philippines, May 13 — Having a waterpoint about 30 meters from the front door of Julieta Locario is bliss. Julieta, 33, a mother of three, used to carry gallon containers of water for drinking and domestic chores uphill to her house in Kinawayan, Arakan town in southern Philippines. Clean water is expensive and collecting […]

HealthJustice supports sustainable funding for health promotion

MANILA — HealthJustice, a public health policy think tank, supports the efforts for sustainable health promotion programs in the Philippines. Irene Reyes, the organization’s Managing Director said, “We need to take a proactive approach in addressing health issues. With the current rise of lifestyle diseases, now is the time for us to shift the focus […]

WHO doctor tested positive for Ebola to be evacuated from Sierra Leone

GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday confirmed a WHO doctor working in an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone has been tested positive for the disease and the doctor will be evacuated shortly. WHO declined to disclose the doctor’s nationality and age, but noted the doctor is currently in stable condition in […]

Philippines keeping eye on Ebola virus

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday announced the conduct of strict monitoring in airports and other ports of entry in the country as preventive measure against the possible spread of the highly infectious Ebola virus disease (EVD) which already killed almost 700 people in West Africa. Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona said […]

Most HIV infections take place in Sub-Saharan Africa: report

JOHANNESBURG — Most HIV infections in the past 12 months across the world took place in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to figures released on Wednesday. During the period, over two million more people have contracted HIV, bringing the number of people living with HIV to 35 million globally, says a report released by the Joint United […]

Malnutrition cases in the Philippines

MIDSAYAP, PHILIPPINES –Against the backdrop of poverty, the problem on malnutrition persists across the Philippines. Argie Borbon, at 7 months, weighed barely 4.6 kilos and 54 centimetres tall, only a few grams heavier than an average new-born baby. The Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) indicates severe acute malnutrition at 10.8 millimetre, which is deadly if left […]

Australian researchers discover cerebral palsy breakthrough

SYDNEY — Australian researchers have discovered a new diagnosis method that allows doctors to identify cerebral palsy at birth, rather than waiting up to 19 months to begin treatment, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday. Some Australian hospitals are already using the method and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) has called for its […]

Japan Conducts First Operation Of Liver Cells Transplant To Baby

liver cells transplant to baby

TOKYO, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) — Japan’s National Center for Child Health and Development (NCCHD) said here Friday that it has successfully transplanted liver cells to a baby boy for the first time in Japan. Akira Matsui, the NCCHD hospital chief, said they have safely conducted the operation that could develop into regenerative medicine using embryo-stem […]

South Cotabato Taps Dilg In Campaign Vs. Dengue

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Aug. 24 (PNA) — Health authorities in South Cotabato has sought assistance from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in monitoring the implementation of the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD) campaign at the barangay level. Dr. Rogelio Aturdido, South Cotabato health officer, said Saturday such move is part of their […]

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