Mt. Province Medical Doctors Scholarship Program: Application Requirements and Eligibility

Good news to all aspiring doctors in the Mountain Province! The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of the Mountain Province have enacted an ordinance establishing the Mountain Province Medical Doctors Scholarship Program.  The SP came up with the ordinance to address the shortage of doctors in its government-run hospitals for the past years. What are the benefits under the Mountain Province Medical Doctors Scholarship Program? The provincial government will shoulder the following: Actual cost of the grantee’s tuition fees including laboratory fees but not to exceed P50,000.00. Tuition and other fees will be paid directly to the school where the grantee is enrolled. Book […]

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PFA releases fireworks usage safety guidelines

The Philippine Fireworks Association (PFA) has released a safety guidelines on the proper usage of fireworks. DO NOT buy illegal or smuggled firecrackers like the DANGEROUS PICCOLO. Be SAFE, be SMART. Buy only QUALITY tested fireworks products that bear the PS QUALITY MARK. To all parents, please DO NOT let your children use any firecrackers, especially the banned Piccolo which is responsible for most firecracker-related injuries. Use safer pyrotechnics (pailaw) instead of firecrackers (paputok). Read safety instructions found on the packaging of each firework on how to use the fireworks before your actually use it. DO NOT buy any fireworks […]

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CPG for TB in Adult Filipinos 2016 updates is available for FREE download

Tuberculosis remains one of the top causes of morbidity among adult Filipinos.  In a 2013 data from the Department of Health (DOH), tuberculosis is the 8th cause of death in the Philippines. In its aim to lessen, if not eradicate, the incidence of TB in the Philippines, health authorities are always coming up with new diagnosis, treatment, and prevention modalities. The Philippine College of Physicians or PCP offers the new Clinical Practice Guidelines for Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis in Adult Filipinos 2016 updates.

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How to apply to DOH’s Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) program?

In the new Philippine Health Agenda Framework 2016-2022 unveiled recently, the Department of Health aims to make health care accessible for all especially to the poorest families. Thus, the DOH continues to urge Filipino doctors to serve the underserved communities and be Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB). What are the benefits of being a DTTB? Plantilla item in DOH with Salary Grade of 25 with benefits and hazard pay FREE Masters Degree in Public Management major in Health Systems and Development at Development Academy of the Philippines PhilHealth benefits/reimbursements if Rural Health Unit (RHU) assigned to is accredited DOH trainings […]

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The Duterte Philippine Health Agenda Framework 2016-2022

The Philippine Health Agenda Framework 2016-2022 under the Duterte Administration was recently unveiled.   The new health system framework aims for: Financial Protection: Filipinos, especially the poor are protected from high cost of health care. Better Health Outcomes:  Filipinos attain the best possible health outcome with no disparity. Resposiveness:  Filipinos feel respected, valuedm and empowered in all of their interaction with the health system. The Department of Health said that the new health agenda framework will be attainable through the ACHIEVE strategy: A Advance health promotion, primary care and quality C Cover all Filipinos against financial health risk H Harness the […]

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20 Million Filipinos to Receive Mandatory Checkup Before Christmas

An estimated 20 million Filipinos will receive mandatory medical checkup as an early Christmas gift as part of the Universal Healthcare Program of the Duterte administration, according the Department of Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial. Ubial added that the DOH will conduct free checkups in the first 100 days which will mainly cater the poor Filipinos, particularly those who are included in the National Household Targetting System list of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Once an individual is found out to have an illness, the DOH will immediately give maintenance medications. The DOH is also looking to the possibilities […]

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Philippine Embassy in Singapore issues Zika virus advisory to Filipinos

The Ministry of Health in Singapore has confirmed a total number of 41 cases of the dreaded Zika virus infecion, particularly in the Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive area. Due to the rising number of documented cases in Singapore, the Philippine Embassy urges Filipino Nationals to take all precautionary measures to minimize the risk of being infected with the Zikavirus. Per advice of the MOH, the following should be observed: Those living in the affected areas especially pregnant women, should monitor their health. They should seek medical attention if they are unwell, especially with symptoms of fever and rash. Pregnant women should adopt strict mosquito […]

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PhilHealth launched Medical Detoxification Package

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) joins the present administration in tackling the drug problem in the Philippines.  Due to the government’s ongoing wage war against illegal drugs, an estimated 600,000 plus drug users have surrendered to authorities.  Most of them require rehabilitation due to drug dependence. The national health insurance have come up with a new insurance package especially for drug dependents, which will be called “Medical Detoxification Package” and is set for launching this September. The new medical package will focus on cases where patients are experiencing withdrawal symptoms.  It is priced at P10,000

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Study: Improper Use of Contact Lenses May Result to Eye Infections and Damage

A study by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC found out that unsafe use of contact lenses may result to eye damage.  The researchers analyzed nearly 1,100 cases of eye infections related to use of contact lenses from  2005 to 2015.  According to the study, nearly 1 in 5 patients had either a scarred cornea, required a corneal transplant or had other types of eye damage because of the infection.  More than 10 percent of the patients had to go to a hospital ER or urgent care clinic for immediate treatment. To avoid eye damage, experts recommend the following: […]

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FDA issues warning on Serc, Stugeron and Ketorocin-0.5

The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) issued a public warning against selected anti-vertigo drugs and an ophthalmic preparation after having been found out to be unregistered in their agency.  The FDA said that these drugs may pose health risk if taken. Based on FDA Advisory No. 2016-084, it issued public health warning against purchase and intake of Betahistine dihydrochloride (Serc) 8 mg tablet made by Highnoon Laboratories Ltd.; Cinnarizine (Stugeron) 25 mg tablet of Johnson & Johnson – Pakistan (Private); Betahistine diHCl (Serc) 16 mg tablet of Abbott Healthcare SAS; and Ketorolac Tromethamine (Ketorocin-0.5) Ophthalmic Solution 5 mL made by Appasamy Ocular Devices […]

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