Showing posts from July, 2013

Wives of seafarers warned: Be ready for HIV

Wives were urged to accept that the job of their seaman husbands makes them high-risk for getting Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a slowly replicating retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive.
This is because open-minded wives are a good support system for their husbands in order to avoid getting HIV. And if he has HIV, the wife can help the husband face the disease, get treatment and live a quality life.
This is the advice given by Charity Perea, regional coordinator for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) of the Department of Health (DOH).
“Some husbands commit suicide or run away from their families because they could not face failing their wives for having the disease. The wife should be practical. She could tell the husband to avoid bringing sickness by giving him a box of condoms. If the wife is accepting, she can tell the…

Good deeds in our midst

Herminia Pineda is a former scavenger who daily went through heaps of garbage at the Calajunan dumpsite in Mandurriao so she could sell these and use her income to take care of her family.
But her life improved when she became a Gawad Kalinga home beneficiary in year 2006.
Then came Smart Communications and PLDT who made their GK village in Sooc, Mandurriao a beneficiary of their corporate social responsibility projects.
“Smart and PLDT sponsored our training in sewing at the Western Visayas College of State Technology. Then, for two years, we made uniforms. Then in March of 2009, Smart-PLDT sent us to a seminar on making recycled materials. That’s when we started making bags out of the company’s used tarpaulins. The company orders from us,” Pineda said.
The designs were simple, until they became more creative, prompting more people to patronize their products like bags and pouches.
International lifestyle designer, PJ Aranador, an Ilonggo, taps the team to create his Nautilus collection o…

Farmers push for organic farming to ensure food security and safety

With the entry of products that have genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) when trade liberalization is implemented in 2015, Filipino farmers push for organic farming and encourage the support of the public by buying organic produce in order to ensure food security and food safety.
“If we do not unite against these market forces, like if we go on our own ways, we will not succeed. We have to be organized,” said Dr. Chito Medina, national coordinator of Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (Masipag) during their conference Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (Masipag) held the conference “Magsasaka-Siyentista Haligi ng Likas-Kayang Pag-unlad; Kumprensya Ukol sa mga Hamon ng Pagsasakatuparan ng Organikong Agrikultura sa Pilipinas” held at the Central Philippine University last week.
To inspire their fellow farmers, some shared how ‘bayanihan’ and organic farming have helped them ensure food security and safety in their communities.
Maximo Narvasa, president of…

‘No moral issue on SPHI’s stem cell therapy’

Saint Paul’s Hospital-Iloilo’s stem Cell Treatment does not go against moral standards because the stem cells will come from the patient himself unlike others being practiced, according to its hospital administrator.
Sister Rosamond Abadesco of SPHI, said their treatment is hospital-based, which goes along with the Department of Health’s effort to regulate the practice, “kasi if we are not careful, we can go into moral issues.”

“We can’t just do any stem cell treatment. The one that is accepted, which is what are promoting, is the autologous stem cell treatment,” she said.

The Autologous Stem Cell is a medical procedure in which stem cells (cells from which other cells of the same type develop) are removed, stored and later given back to the same person from whom it was harvested.

Abadesco said, “Another source is the embryo, which is definitely questionable because it is prone to abuse, like sometimes, the fetus is being developed just for the stem cells. Others are animals like sheep bu…

Kidney disease cases rising; doc offers prevention tips

The cases of kidney-related diseases are rising, according to an officer of the Department of Health recently.
Dr. Maria Lourdes Hembra, medical specialist of the DOH, said every year, they have observed an increase in dialysis treatments in the region, with an increment of 100 cases a year.

“In the past five years, it has been in the top 10 causes of deaths in the region,” Hembra said.
“Patients aged 60 to 70 years old are mostly hit, followed by those aged 40-59 years old. That’s due to age and risk factors,” she said, based on what’s reported by the 22 dialysis centers in the region.

She said that most kidney diseases are asymptomatic, so the patient usually is surprised when diagnosed with such.

“But it is preventable,” she said.

Dr. Ethel Cordero, during Saint Paul’s Hospital’s lecture on kidney diseases last Tuesday, shared ways how the public can take care of their kidneys.

“First is blood sugar control due to regular check-up. And if you are diabetic, regularly take your me…

Vaccines for kids available for free

Even poor parents and guardians can ensure that children are protected from certain diseases because a five-in-one vaccine and other vaccines are now being given for free in all government health centers in Western Visayas, according to the Department of Health.

Dr. Renilyn Reyes, medical specialist of DOH said that shots of Pentahib can protect children from diphtheria, pertusis, tetatnus, hepatitis B, and hemophilus influenza type B.

Diptheria is an upper respiratory tract illness whose symptoms are: sore throat, low fever, and an adherent membrane on the tonsils, pharynx, and/or nasal cavity.

Pertusis is a highly contagious bacterial disease causing severe coughing fits that last six weeks.
Hepatitis B is an infectious inflammatory illness of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV).
Tetanus, occurring through wound contamination, is characterized by a prolonged contraction of skeletal muscle fibers.

“If administered in private clinics, Pentahib costs P3,000 to P4,000. It requires…