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How body wind exploration got me back the groove

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 23 July) – "Does a Yoga master get sick?" A friend teased me when I told him I got ill....

4 more GenSan residents test positive for HIV; documented cases now 81

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNew/10 July) -- Four more residents here have tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the last five weeks,...

State of calamity declared in Tampakan due to chikungunya outbreak

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 July) -- Officials of Tampakan town in South Cotabato have declared the entire area under a state of calamity due...

3 more HIV cases recorded in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 January)-- Three more residents here have tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), with local health authorities noting that such...

Valencia dengue cases soar

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 Apr) -- Two children have died and 67 others fell ill of dengue infection as Valencia City faces an alarming increase in the number of dengue cases, an officer of the City Health Office (CHO) said. 

The 67 cases for the year’s first three months are almost the same as the number of cases for the whole 2008, Villa Rizon , sanitary inspector at the CHO’s environmental sanitation sector, said today.

Sarangani health execs probe food poisoning

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 Apr) -- Health officials in Alabel town in Sarangani province have launched an inquiry on the reported food poisoning case in one of its villages that earlier downed an entire family and later killed a young boy and unborn twins.

Botika ng Barangay not in poorest places

(The authors are senior journalism students of the University of the Philippines. This two-part report is an abridged version of their thesis, which was done under the supervision of UP journalism professor and VERA Files trustee Yvonne Chua. VERA Files gave MindaNews permission to disseminate this)

a minimum wage earner were to be stricken with diarrhea, relief can come cheap from the Department of Health’s Botika ng Barangay (BnB) outlets, where a 2-milligram capsule of generic loperamide would cost only P1.05.  

The BnB price is vastly lower than what loperamide costs in commercial drugstores—P4.10 for generic and P14 for branded.

ARMM has 248 operational Botika ng Barangay, says reg'l Health Sec

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 April)  -- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)  has 248 “operational” Botika ng Barangay in all five member-provinces, not 78 only, ARMM health secretary  Dr. Tahir Sulaik said.

Wanted: 445 nurses who would serve in the ARMM

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) – If you’re 35 or younger and a registered nurse who has had no nursing-related practice for the past three years, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) needs you to help the region’s 89 poorest towns under the Nurses Assigned in Rural Services (NARS) program.

Taosug doc is one of three "Diamonds In The Rough" awardees

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) – A Taosug doctor who is also a licensed nurse is one of three Diamonds In The Rough awardees.

Afdal B. Kunting RN, MD, MPH,  district health officer of Sangali in Zamboanga City,  the Mindanawon among the awardees, is also the youngest, at 36. 

SouthCot opens "Health Plus Pharmacy" for poor patients

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 Feb) – Poor residents in South Cotabato may now avail of "cheaper but effective" medicines through the local government's newly-opened Health Plus Pharmacy.

6 dead, 290 downed by amoebiasis in remote Malaybalay village

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/3 Feb) -- Six persons died, including a nine-year-old boy and three senior citizens, while more than half of the population of a remote village here fell ill of amoebiasis in the last two months, according to the City Health Office.

Valencia offers site for NorthMin mental hospital

VALENCIA CITY (MindaNews/29 Jan) – The city government of Valencia has offered six hectares out of its eight-hectare property in Bagonta-as for the Department of Health's proposed Regional Mental Health Institute, an official said.

Opening of new Bukidnon hospital reset anew

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/7 Jan) -- The provincial government has set another schedule for the opening of the new Bukidnon Medical Center (BMC), a hospital official said.

Relief ops for flood victims launched

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/13 May) – Relief goods have been distributed starting today in areas in Sultan Kudarat province affected by floods spawned by Typhoon Butchoy, the provincial social welfare office said. Henry Albano, provincial social welfare officer, said that they started repacking on Monday several food items for 2,658 families in at least nine villages in Esperanza and Lambayong towns.

Operation ‘tuli’ in NorthCot set

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/13 May) – At least 1,150 children will benefit from the simultaneous operation 'tuli' (circumcision) and milk supplementation program in North Cotabato on Thursday.

Many North Cot towns endemic to malaria

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/02 May) – Some 117 villages in North Cotabato have been classified as endemic to malaria, a mosquito-borne disease, records from the Department of Health (DOH) show.

Cheap meds bill sponsor doubts it will lower prices of drugs

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/30 April) – A chief sponsor of the Cheaper Medicines Bill newly approved by Congress has expressed doubts the measure would be effective in lowering down the prices of medicines in the country reportedly due to its lack of reliable price regulatory mechanisms.

Mosquito nets keep malaria away

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/17 April) --  Mosquito nets can save you from malaria, and death.

Dr. Josephine Ibalio, provincial malaria coordinator of the Department of Health in Bukidnon said they are pushing for greater public education on the anti-malaria campaign by urging people to use mosquito nets, among other things.

DOH: prices of meds in RP “100 to 1,000% higher”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 April) -- The prices of the medicines in the country are 100 to 1,000 percent higher than other Asian countries, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

House to tackle reproductive health bill anew

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/08 April) – In a move which may yet again draw flak from the influential Roman Catholic Church, the House committee on health said it will take another look at the controversial reproductive health bill as a possible measure to ease the country's population growth as it braces for a looming rice crisis.

Kidapawan City hospital celebrates first year

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/03 April) – For a year now, residents of downtown Kidapawan and neighboring villages no longer travel 20 kilometers north of the city to avail of services of a public hospital, some dying along the way to the Provincial Hospital.

Shaky prices blamed for lack of meds in Bukidnon hospitals

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/15 March) – Public hospitals in the province lack medicines and supplies not because there is no budget but because of fluctuations in prices, Bukidnon Governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. said.

14 dog eaters in North Cot cleared of rabies

MLANG, North Cotabato (MindaNEws/5 March) -- Health authorities in the province of North Cotabato have declared that the 14 residents of Barangay Bagontapay here who feasted last week on the meat of a rabid dog are out of danger from rabies.

Kidneys for transplant being sold in North Cot town

MLANG, North Cotabato (MindaNews/4 March) -- Poor residents in one of the villages here have been selling one of their kidneys for P200,000 to foreigners needing transplants, triggering an alarm among health officials here.

19 miners infected with TB in Surigao but firm says not work-related

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/01 March) – Nineteen of  96 workers of the nickel mining firm Platinum Group Metals Corp. (PGMC) in Surigao del Norte were...

GenSan fast tracks upgrading of city hospital

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 Feb) – The city government here is fasttracking the implementation of the city hospital's P21-million infrastructure development programs as it pushes for the full conversion of the facility into an economic enterprise this year.

NorthCot officials undergo random drug testing

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/20 Feb) -- In a surprise move, North Cotabato Gov. Jesus Sacdalan announced a random drug testing among elected and police officials of the province on Tuesday, letting personnel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) do the tests.

PhilHealth surpasses target goal in Region 12 despite fraudulent claims

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/18 Feb) -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has surpassed its target collection in Region 12 or Southwestern Mindanao despite fraudulent claims from medical practitioners.

Bukidnon docs: Yes to cheap meds, no to generics only prescription

VALENCIA CITY (MindaNews/January 26) – Members of the Bukidnon Medical Society are protesting a provision in the cheap medicines bill which bans doctors from including the brand name of a drug in any part of a prescription.

Results of anti-measles drive in GenSan ‘disappoinging’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 November) – Only 22 percent or 3,500 of 16,000 target children have benefited from the city government’s month-long anti-measles drive that ended last week.

Ateneo de Manila awards Dabawenyo doc

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 July) – The Ateneo de Manila University’s Board of Trustees today awarded Davao City’s Dr. Jose Manigque Tiongco the Ozanam Award in recognition of his “advocacy for cooperative health systems in addressing the delivery of health services for the poor.”

Drive vs mother-to-child HIV infection launched

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 July) – "Make sure that your child is free from HIV infection. Take the test. Free, voluntary, and confidential."

DOH downgrades fogging against dengue

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 July) – Contrary to popular belief, fogging operations alone cannot stop dengue, an official of the Department of Health said.

SoCot LGU probes disappearance of hospital funds

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/4 Jul) – The provincial government of South Cotabato has launched a probe on the alleged disappearance of a significant portion of the income remitted by the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital to
the provincial government's coffers last month.

Food supplement firms agree to BFAD review of ads

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / June 29) -- Distributors and manufacturers of alternative medicines classified as "food supplements" have agreed to subject their advertisements to a review prior to airing or printing in the media, the Bureau of Food and Drugs office here said.

Proponent of cheap medicine law sees early passage

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 June) -- A key proponent of the proposed   cheap medicine law sees an early passage of the measure in the 14th Congress that will open on July 23.

S. Mindanao losing health workers to greener pastures abroad

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 June) – The number of personnel in Southeastern Mindanao's public health sector has been dwindling over the years owing to the national government's lack of priority to health, the regional director of the Department of Health said.

There?s hope for leprosy victims — DOH

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/7 June) -- Persons afflicted with leprosy should not lose hope and instead immediately seek proper treatment since the disease can be cured, an official of the Department of Health's (DOH) National Leprosy Control Program (NLCP) said.

Lake Sebu village quarantined to prevent spread of malaria

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/4 June) – Health authorities have placed a mountain village in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato under isolation following the discovery of at least 80 cases of malaria in the area.

UP Manila holds health communication training in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (Akbay Kalusugan/29 May) -- The U.P. Manila College of Public Health and National Institute of Health in collaboration with its local NGO partner, Akbay Kalusugan, Inc.— a group of U.P. alumni and volunteers committed to serve humanity through partnership efforts for the advancement of health in the communities — will conduct a series of trainings in Mindanao starting August to help health workers and media people communicate effectively in varied health care settings.


Davao Doc holds 3rd postgraduate course

The Department of Internal Medicine of the Davao Doctors Hospital will hold its 3rd Postgraduate Course on February 23-24, 2007 at the Marco Polo Hotel. 
The theme of the post graduate is Practical Internal Medicine: The Saga of Mang Tonio. In a unique and innovative approach, the Scientific Committee--- chaired by Dr. Celia Castillo--- has found a more personal way to present the lectures as medical events or health problems in the life of Mang Tonio, a modern day version of the Filipino today.

Public clinic for women pushed in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Feb) – Women leaders are getting impatient on the delay of the establishment of a proposed government-run health clinic for women here.

EU sets aside P45.2-M for infra, health trainings in South Cot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 February) --  The European Commission (EC) has set aside some P45.26 million for the implementation of infrastructure work and conduct of training and research projects under the ongoing FOURmula One for Health Program in South Cotabato.