Community health nurses and people’s health advocates of Mga Nagkakaisang Nars ng Bayan debunk the claims of health authorities that the Philippines is “ready” to handle and manage the threat of Ebola should it breach our shores.
Juan Flavier’s passing bereaves not just his family, colleagues and friends but the nation as well. Tiny he may have been, yet what a gaping wound his death has left on the national psyche.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
Former health secretary and senator Juan M. Flavier’s departure for the next life on Oct. 30 was timely. Timely—that is minus the prefix “un-” that denotes our human unwillingness to part with a loved one—because he departed from this world when government personages are embroiled in huge controversies and revelations that boggle the mind.
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.