Articles

2011
RH Bill Circus
12/15/11
myin_21
       In the seemingly never-ending discussions and debates whether or not the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill should be passed in Congress, the side shows became more entertaining than the main feature, making it HEALTHbeat’s Top Health News of 2011. Many stood and are still standing for what they truly believe in on the controversial issue, while many others are in the i...
Voluntary Blood Donation
12/15/11
myin_21
       “More blood, more life.” This was the global theme for World Blood Day on June 14. This was also the theme adopted by the Department of Health when it observed the National Voluntary Blood Donation Month in July. A few heeded the call in blood letting activities, mostly from coming from the health sector and some from the police and the military. Others were...
Woeful Suicide
12/15/11
myin_21
       On February 8, controversial former military chief and Energy Secretary Angelo T. Reyes was reported to have committed suicide while visiting his mother’s grave at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City where he shot himself in the chest using a Caliber .45 pistol which pierced through his heart. Before this incident, he has been in the hot seat due to allegatio...
Smokin’ Superstars
12/15/11
myin_21
       When health and showbiz news combined this year, the issue was smokin’ hot because it was dangerously treading on artistic freedom. But shouldn’t we all be concerned about the health of the people too?      On June 2, when the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced the extension of the submission of scripts for the 37th Metr...
Iligtas sa Tigdas ang ‘Pinas
12/15/11
myin_21
       On April 4, the Department of Health launched its month-long, nationwide, door-to-door measles vaccination campaign dubbed “Iligtas sa Tigdas ang Pinas” for about 18 million children aged nine months to below eight years. The main objective of the campaign is to reduce the number or pool of children who are at risk of getting or susceptible to measles and ach...
PhilHealth Schemes and Things
12/15/11
myin_21
       One of the two health issues that made it to the second State of the Nation Address of President Benigno S. Aquino III on July 25 is the enrolment to PhilHealth’s insurance program of 5.3 million poor families identified in the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s National Housing Targeting Survey for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). (The other health i...
Plight of the ‘Nightingales’
12/15/11
myin_21
       In December 2010, Dr. Leah Paquiz, founding president of “Ang Nars” told ABS CBN “Bandila” that the government should look into the practice of hospitals that require registered nurses to pay for their training. She revealed, “Nag-o-onthe-job training (OJT) volunteerism, sila pa ang nagbabayad, tapos ‘yung  certificate, hindi nama...
Dengue Surge in Luzon
12/15/11
myin_21
       When dengue cases peaked in July and August in Luzon and a number of children died, one angle that some media people in news and commentary hyped was the inaction of government in what they saw as a crisis. For the Department of Health, this was uncalled for and very much unjustified.      For more than a decade that dengue mosquitoes have been attacking t...
Global Concern for Non-Communicable Disease
12/15/11
myin_21
       In August, the news that Jukebox King April Boy Regino was suffering from prostate cancer shocked the local entertainment industry. By October, the news that he was “cured” by taking the food supplement was even more shocking to many outside showbiz. Anyway, the news died a natural death, so-to-speak.      But the real shocking news happened on...
Smokefree Metro Manila
12/15/11
myin_21
       Why did this health news rank so high in HEALTHbeat’s countdown? Well, this is one of the very few instances when tobacco control advocates took the offensive against the rich and mighty tobacco industry that for so long has considered the Philippines as their “Disneyland” because of the lax and lenient tobacco regulation laws and policies.