By Rina Jimenez-David
That is what makes Ebola so scary. It is not just the disease, but the speed and ease of cross-border travel that raises the risk.
In the year that was, the Inquirer (doctors’ favorite newspaper) was replete with embarrassing reports about some Philippine Medical Association (PMA) members reneging on their civic obligation to pay taxes. And PMA leaders and former presidents were reported to be divided into hostile factions; some of its former presidents were even cited by the Professional Regulatory Commission as forgers. And for the first time in 111 years, the very foundation of the first national association of doctors in the country, which was established by the Americans in 1903, was shaken.
By Rina Jimenez-David
To mark the first death anniversary of Dr. Alberto “Quasi” Romualdez, former health secretary and staunch campaigner for and defender of health rights, especially reproductive health and rights for the country’s poor, a “memorial event” was hosted by several NGOs and the Department of Health last Monday.
I am one of the petitioners in the Supreme Court case on the Reproductive Health Law, on which a decision was made in April this year. I wish to express my and my family’s conscientious objection to the continuous promotion of various contraceptive drugs and devices by officials of the Department of Health— this, in the absence of implementing rules and regulations (IRR) they should be preparing for the RH Law. It is very sad that we continue to hear of the DOH having procured, distributed, sold and made available contraceptive drugs and devices in the market. Is the DOH ignoring the verdict rendered and the safeguards introduced by the Supreme Court concerning the implementation of the RH Law?
By Carin Van der Hor
The National Youth Commission, supported by the Department of Health and the World Health Organization, convened the 2014 National Summit on Teen Pregnancy last April 24. This summit, which saw the active participation of adolescent youth, delivered a clear message: Adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH), or the lack thereof, is fast becoming the defining issue of this generation of young Filipinos. Without a robust response from all stakeholders, the Philippines is on track toward a full-blown, national teenage pregnancy crisis.