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GIS EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Willie Ong to prioritize improvements in PH health care system when elected

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Veteran physician Willy Ong gestures during his interview on the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on January 10, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Veteran physician Dr. Willie Ong became a social media sensation for his helpful tips on almost every health condition.

His knowledge in the medical field has been his tool in helping people especially the poor who need medical help.

“Masarap makatulong sa isa, dalawa, tatlo. Pero baka makatulong tayo sa isang libo, dalawang libo why not, di ba? Baka may gusto pa ang Dios na ipagawa sa akin. Iyon talaga ang purpose ko,” he said.

Dr. Willy is also active in a number of public services in different parts of the country.

“Ang nakikita ko yung ginagawa sa UNTV, libreng gamotan, libreng lab test. Alam ko yung nababalitaan ko sa mga mahihirap kong pasyente marami pumupunta dito sa inyo. Pag nakita ko sa isang matutulungan, example lang heart patients yung mga may congenital heart, kaya nating tulungan yung 1, 250 thousand. Eh limang libo sila, papaano yun?” he argued.

Based on the latest survey, Ong landed on the 21st to 29th spot. Despite this, he is still confident of landing a seat in the Senate.

If given the chance, Ong wants to push for what he calls as his GOALS.

GOALS means G or free ‘gamot’ medicine especially for the poor;
free O or operation for minor surgery;
proper Advise or diagnosis from attending doctors;
‘ligtas’ or safe and secured drugs, immunization and food for the public.

Among others, Ong considers illegal drug addiction as a long-standing problem in the Philippines.

To address this, Ong said drug dependents must be given proper attention to help them recover

“Ang konti lang, yung less than 1 gram. Pag nahulihan idederetso na sa rehab. Hindi yung dadalhin sa kulungan makukulong siya doon,” he explained referring to the weight of offense for a drug dependent.

“Kasi kapag kinulong natin… unang una puno na yung Jail natin. At naaddict sya doon di naman siya criminal nahulihan lang siya ng konti isasama mo doon sa mga criminal. Pag doon sa kulungan natin ano problema? Napakataas ng Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS mataas din sa kulungan,” he added.

Ong has earned 9 million followers on Facebook which makes his social media account on top 22 of all FB accounts in the country.

He ranked 43, meanwhile, among the top Youtube accounts with 840,000 subscribers. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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80% of lightning survivors sustain long-term damage

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

Gustavo Maisde40km, Courtesy : Unsplash

Specialists say that 80% of lightning survivors sustain long-term damage.

Based on scientific data, around 24,000 individuals died after getting struck by lightning while around 240,000 survived the strike.

However, experts say that surviving a lightning strike can still lead to severe long-term damage.

According to aesthetic dermatologist Dr. Catherine Dela Rosa-Porciuncula some of the long-term damages include nerve and muscle injuries, hearing loss, and cardiac problems.

“Kapag tinamaan ng kidlat ang ating puso ay very prone ito sa cardiac arrest, to arrhythmia at iba pa pong saikit sa puso kasi tumatakbo ang ating puso sa mga tinatawag nating electrical conduction (If we get struck by lightning, it is very prone to cardiac arrest, to arrhythmia and other heart diseases because our heart runs in what we call an electrical conduction),” she said.

She also advise to take the victim straight to the hospital.

“Kapag lightning hindi mo aantayin, idi-diretso mo siya sa hospital, sa ER. usually kapag nagiging unconscious sila or nag-develop ng seizures, ine-electric shock (You have to take him straight to the hospital, usually if they become unconscious or develop seizures they experience electric shock),” she adds.

Experts advise to remain inside the house and stay away from electric posts or any metal during lightning. They also said to avoid having any gadgets near the body.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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WHO warns against the spread of antimicrobial resistance

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 20th, 2019

A person holds pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013. REUTERS/SRDJAN ZIVULOVIC.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns against the spread of antimicrobial resistance around the world.

A recent UN report showed that 700,000 people die each year due to drug-resistant diseases. Among the 700,000 there are around 230,000 people who die from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

“Drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050 and damage to the economy as catastrophic as the 2008-2009 global financial crisis,” the report reads.

On June 18, the WHO launched a campaign which aims to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance, adverse events and costs. 

The AWaRe tool or Access, Watch, Reserve tool aims to make antibiotic use safer and more effective. The tool specifies which antibiotics to use for the most common and serious infections.

Dr. Hanan Balkhy, WHO Assistant-Director General for antimicrobial resistance said tackling antimicrobial resistance requires a careful balance between access and preservation

“The AWaRe tool can guide policy to ensure patients keep being treated, while also limiting use of the antibiotics most at risk of resistance,” she said.—AAC

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Senator-elect Marcos to prioritize laws on poverty alleviation, agriculture

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Saturday, June 1st, 2019

Imee Marcos

MANILA, Philippines – If Senator-elect Imee Marcos were to be asked, she would choose to chair the Senate Committee on Social Welfare as she wants to focus on crafting bills that would help alleviate poverty.

“Gusto ko sana social welfare,” the incoming senator said during an interview with the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on Friday (May 31).

“Titingnan natin ang 4Ps kasi dapat i-expand iyong work tapos ibabagsak ang presyo, importante iyon,” she added.

But in consideration of the more senior senators, Marcos said it will depend on the decision of Senator Joel Villanueva who currently chairs the Social Welfare Committee if he would give up the chairmanship.

Nevertheless, the senator-elect said she is still okay with the Senate Committee on Local Government as it also fits her credentials having years of experience in local governance.

Despite the controversies thrown against her and her family, Marcos ranked eight in the 2019 senatorial race with over 15,800,000 votes.

When the 18th Congress begins, Senator-elect Marcos said she would prioritize measures on lowering poverty incidence in the country, land reform, and peace and order or the anti-terror bill among others.

“Land reform agad-agad. Iyong wala nang utang utang (kundi) ibigay na ang lupa. Hahanap tayo ng Sistema dyan,) she noted.

Marcos also wants to amend the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and push for more Cash-for-Work programs instead of the ‘dole-out’ scheme.

She said she supports the establishment of a Department of Water to address the country’s water problem as well as measures for agricultural development and lowering the price of basic commodities.

She also wants to amend the current Solo Parent Law and push for more benefits for single parents.

“Dahil walang masaydong benepisyo ang mga nanay na mag-isa. Mahirap kasi. It’s hard to bring up kids by yourself,” she explained.

Marcos admitted she is against the Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC), a preference contrary to the Duterte administration.

She would support, however, measures that would establish a mandatory citizenship service instead of mandatory military service.

“Citizenship training na hindi pinipilit na maging military dahil hindi po pwedeng pilitin ang tao na maging sundalo,” she explained.

“I can bring another perspective to the issue. Hindi pwedeng pilitin ang bata (na maging sundalo) pero iyong citizenship ng isang Pilipino, iyong pagiging makabayan, iyon kailangan at agree ako na gawing mandatory iyon,” she added.

She wants an increase in tobacco and other sin taxes; reinstate the death penalty for drug-related crimes; extend the term of barangay officials and synchronize elections with the national level; benefits for retiring local officials; reform Sangguniang Kabataan system; and, the establishment of the Department of Overseas Filipino Worker.

When asked if she would revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, a known legacy of his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, the incoming senator said it is not necessary as there are alternative sources of energy similar to the windmills of Ilocos Norte. – (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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