DOH warns vs testimonials on herbal cure for cancer
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
The Department of Health (DOH) warns against testimonials circulating on Facebook about herbal supplements curing cancer.
According to DOH cancer program manager Clarito Cairo, testimonials are weak evidence so they are not considered acceptable.
The DOH made the statement due to reports that some cancer patients preferred to used herbal supplements and stopped taking their medication.
Cairo added that there aren’t enough claim to support that herbal supplements can help in curing cancer.
“There are anecdotes saying that they are proven safe and effective, there’s not enough evidence. And then some patients would go back to their oncologists since they have developed complications,” Cairo said.
A recent study showed that patients using Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) such as herbal supplements had worse survival than patients who did not use CAM.
“Unless we know what’s in [the herbal supplements], I would recommend patients avoid using them during radiation because [certain supplements] could interfere with treatment,” according to Dr. Nina Sanford, one of the authors of the study. — Aileen Cerrudo
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Saturday, May 18th, 2019
The Department of Finance (DOF) said there will be a funding gap of P62 billion for the recently passed Universal Health Care (UHC) if Congress will not increase sin taxes on tobacco and alcohol.
In a press briefing of the DOF and the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday (May 17), DOF Secretary Carlos ‘Sonny’ Dominguez III said there would be difficulty in implementing the UHC without new sources of revenue.
“If we do not establish new sources of revenue, we will not have enough funds to properly, fully implement Universal Health Care and ensure a better quality of life for all Filipinos,” he said.
He adds that if the increased sin taxes will be approved, the UHC can cover around 120 drugs to Filipinos.
Meanwhile, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said raising taxes will also reduce consumption leading to better health for Filipinos.
“Sin tax is first and foremost a health measure. When the prices of cigarettes and alcohol are higher, it is harder, especially for the youth to buy these very harmful products. We can only reduce consumption by making these “sin” products less affordable to consumers,” he said.
Both departments also envisioned the Philippines to be one of the healthiest in Asia by 2040. They propose to increase tobacco taxes by P60 per cigarette and P40 per liter of alcohol.
“With 9 days remaining in the 17th Congress, there is still time to collectively take action. We look forward to the support of our counterparts in the legislature, during this crunch time. This is the final round, tapusin na natin ang boksing, (Let’s finish the fight)” Duque added.
Senator Manny Pacquiao filed Senate Bill 1599 which aims to increase tobacco excise tax to P60 per pack in the first year of implementation, and an additional nine percent each year afterwards.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian filed Senate Bill 2177 raising tobacco taxes to P70 per pack while Senator JV Ejercito filed Senate Bill 1605 increasing tobacco taxes to P90 per pack.
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019
The Department of Health (DOH) has begun conducting psychological debriefing in Porac, Pampanga for victims of the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Luzon and Metro Manila on April 22.
The DOH said that the mental and emotional state of an individual are also severely affected by calamities, hence the need to conduct a psychological debriefing.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III explained that a victim’s state might worsen if they are not assessed and debriefed by social health workers or barangay health workers.
“Pwedeng humantong sa anxiety attack or panic iyong mga taong nakaranas ng malubhang takot doon habang nangyayari ang lindol. Minsan hindi sila nakakatulog matapos iyon. Iyong post-traumatic, trauma disorder, may solusyon po tayo diyan, ito iyong psycho-social debriefing, (It might lead to anxiety attack or panic. Sometimes, they might experience insomnia. It is called post-traumatic disorder. The solution is psycho-social debriefing)” Duque said.
The health department also advise relatives or friends to assist their loved ones who experienced trauma after a calamity such as an earthquake.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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