Four hundred thirty-one HIV cases—the highest number of cases reported in a month this year. The Department of Health announced that number and that claim only in June. But a month later, that figure would be breached with 449 new cases, a record high that didn’t last long. In October, the number climbed to 491, a new benchmark that’s about 66 percent higher than the 295 cases reported in the same month last year.
By Michael L. Tan
The Department of Health’s Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory last week warning about “the massive advertisement, promotion of food/dietary supplements which may have often misled some consumers to buy them as drugs or medicines,” and providing some advice on checking product labels and using the FDA website for more information. The advisory reminded [...]
By Rina Jimenez-David
“Have you ever been to Fabella Hospital?” Health Secretary Enrique Ona asked me over lunch during a break at the recent “Women Deliver” conference in Kuala Lumpur.
The program’s name may sound a bit silly, but the Department of Health’s newest internal endeavor packs more merit than meets the ear and is one enterprise all government offices might as well undertake—seriously. The concept is not exactly a DOH original; other entities, public and private, have applied it, albeit off-and-on, in many pasts and forms. Taken with even just half the level of sustained dedication and discipline that public service strictly and rightly demands, there’s no question both government agencies and employees would immensely profit from this investment not only in terms of a healthy body but also in terms of a wholesome public impression.
What has happened to the “Doctors to the Barrios” program? Not much has been heard of the government project that then Health Secretary Juan Flavier pioneered in 1993, which encouraged medical graduates to consider spending a couple of years or so of their professional practice in some of the country’s poorest and most remote barrios and villages, where healthcare needs are at their direst.
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
I decided to take on the objectionable posture of a government agency, the Philippine Regulatory Commission, in trying to apply guidelines and provisions over foreign medical missions that discourage rather than facilitate. It is this posture of PRC that reeks of utak wang-wang, that places people of authority disdainful of the plight of the poor.
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
The PRC is the Philippine Regulatory Commission. I believe it is tasked to regulate licenses of professionals like doctors, nurses, engineers, etc. I have never dealt with the PRC although I have been approached by interested parties asking for endorsements to become commissioners in this agency. Of course, I never got to accommodate any of these requests because I have no influence whatsoever with the appointing authorities.
The recent outbreak of dengue cases has reached alarming numbers (nearly 70,000 cases, with more than 500 deaths), but still the government, particularly the Department of Health, seems to be handling the “situation” as if it were a normal thing. Whether or not this situation has become a nationwide problem, it should already be a [...]