President Duterte is in good health — Malacañang

admin   •   January 10, 2019   •   3303


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets members of Japan’s House of Councillors during their courtesy call together with Japan House of Councillors President Chuichi Date, at the Malacañan Palace on January 8, 2019. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang assured anew that the public has nothing to worry about President Rodrigo Duterte’s health.

The statement was issued after the result of a Social Weather Station survey showed that 66 percent of Filipinos are worried over Duterte’s health.

Based on the December 2018 Social Weather report, the number of Filipinos who are worried over the chief executive’s health has increased by 11 percent from the last survey in September 2018. Meanwhile, 34 percent are not worried about the Chief Executive’s health.

The report also shows that 49 percent of Filipinos believe that the president has health problems, 24 percent do not believe the president has health problems while 27 percent remain undecided.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is optimistic about the report as it shows, he said, that many Filipinos are concerned about the president and are praying for his health. — UNTV News & Rescue

Davao River tested positive for poliovirus, swim ban ordered

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2019

The Davao City Health Office has prohibited the public from swimming in Davao River after it tested positive of poliovirus.

Davao City Health Office Chief Josephine Villafuerte said they took a water sample from the river.

They sent it to the Department of Health (DOH) and the Environmental Management of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for testing.

“As of August 22, iyong specimen na nakuha nila sa may Bolton, positive siya for strain 2 (As of August 22, the specimen they extracted from the Bolton area is positive of strain 2),” Villafuerte said.

Villafuerte also advised the public not to swim in pools near Davao River.

“We can never tell if the virus came from inland papunta sa tabi or sa sewerage (towards the shore or in the sewerage) or maybe could have come from upstream going down kung pwede huwag lang muna (if possible, don’t [swim] for now),” she said.

The Davao City Health is also monitoring the residents near the river to ensure that they have not contracted the virus.

So far, there are no reports of a polio outbreak in Davao City.

The city will also have a week-long polio vaccine campaign starting October 14.—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

FDA warns public vs several unregistered food products

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against the purchase and consumption of several unregistered food products.

According to the FDA, they have verified through post-marketing surveillance that the products are not authorized and have not been issued with Certificates of Product Registration (CPR).

Because of this, the FDA said they cannot guarantee the safety and quality of the following products:

  1. JC PILI CENTER CLASSIC TURMERIC LEMONGRASS POWDERED TEA
  2. JC PILI CENTER CLASSIC TURMERIC MALUNGGAY POWDERED TEA
  3. JC PILI CENTER CLASSIC TURMERIC PANDAN
  4. CULINARY EXCHANGE PREMIUM ORO 100% PURE COFFEE
  5. CRUNCH TIME Flavorites, Fiery Glaze
  6. CRUNCH TIME Flavorites, Hot & Spicy
  7. CRUNCH TIME Flavorites, Soy Garlic
  8. CRUNCH TIME Flavorites, Creamy Cheese
  9. TSARAP’ TO! Cheesedog (250g)
  10. TSARAP’ TO! Tocino 230g (8.11oz.)
  11. TSARAP’ TO! Cheesedog 1kg (35.27 oz.)
  12. TSARAP’ TO! Cheesedog 500g (17.63 oz.)
  13. MIXMATE GINGERALE
  14. OK ® MINI PILLOW WAFER CHEESE FLAVOR SNACK
  15. MONIEGOLD GUMMY TAMARIND & PLUM
  16. BARRIO FIESTA JUMBO ROASTED PEANUTS SPICY
  17. PREMIO BRILLO CAFFE ARABICA MEDIUM DARK ROAST
  18. CARL’S SPECIAL FISH CRACKERS (TENDER & CRUNCHY)
  19. CARL’S SPECIAL FISH CRACKERS (TENDER & CRUNCHY) Hot & Spicy
  20. MAGIC VINEGAR
  21. ENG SENG FOOD PRODUCTS SPECIAL TOWER PASTILLAS
  22. AURO CHOCOLATE RESERVE 2016, 70% DARK CHOCOLATE
  23. CRACKLE SNACKS SALTED EGG
  24. Y. FARM DRIED DRAGON FRUIT
  25. DIZON’S FARMS FRESH HABIT COMLD PRESSED JUICE – JUST BEAT IT
  26. LEMON GRASS ICED TEA

The FDA has warned establishments against selling these products.

“All concerned establishments are warned not to distribute violative food products until they have been issued the appropriate authorization, a License to Operate (LTO) for the establishment, and a CPR for the food products,” according to the FDA.

They also advised the public to always check if a food product or food supplement is registered with the FDA through their website (www.fda.gov.ph).—AAC

 

London-based Filipino radiographer creates open MRI out of Lego blocks

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 12, 2019

London-based Filipino radiographer has created an open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner replica out of Lego blocks for patients experiencing ‘scanxiety’.

Apollo Exconde, who works as a radiographer at Croydon University Hospital, said that ‘scanxiety’ is a kind of anxiety experienced when undergoing a medical scanner.

“I came up with the idea because most of our patients here are claustrophobic and plus-size of all ages. They don’t only come from kids but some of our patients are elderly who are suffering from claustrophobia,” he said.

The MRI Lego replica is designed with a wide unobstructed view to better explain patients the MRI process. Patients will also be able to see what they will look like when they undergo an MRI scan.

Apollo hopes this replica can provide assurance to patients who are having “scanxiety”.

“A solution to help my patients conquer it one Lego brick at a time,” he said.

The said replica has gone viral on social media. It has also been featured in different radiology websites across Europe.

Apollo’s Lego idea already has 3,681 supporters. He would need 10,000 supporters for the Lego company to adopt and reproduce the open MRI.

“Hello mga kababayan! I’m Apollo. Please support my Lego Open MRI idea by typing in any search engine “Lego Open MRI”, register, and click support. Thank you!” announced Apollo.—AAC (with reports from Jovic Bermas)

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