Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mumbaki: of tradition and science

Doktor ka lang, hindi ka Mumbaki…Mumbaki ay manggagamot ng kaluluwa” such a powerful line from Apo Dangunay (Gruta) to Dr. Felix Lorenzo (Torre) on the Apo’s brink of death still holding firmly to his ancestral beliefs while receiving palliative care from the municipal physician. The film Mumbaki showed a perfect example of how modern medicine and traditional beliefs polarize and unite depending on how societies cope and adapt.

Monday, March 06, 2017

After 19 years, will the HIV Law receive its rightful make-over?

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The Philippines bragged of being one of those few countries that first legislated a law for the prevention of HIV and AIDS nationally but after nineteen (19) years, now an adolescent, this law is outdated and badly needs a total make-over.

After 19 years from the time the Republic Act No. 8504 or the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998 has been enacted, the Philippines declared HIV a concentrated epidemic among men who are having sex with men and young people. And in 2008, ten years after, the country throttled into a “fast and furious” rate making the country one of the topnotchers on new HIV cases recorded in Asia recently. In December 2016, the HIV/AIDS & ART Registry of the Philippines (HARP) reported seven hundred fifty (750) new cases of HIV infection with ninety-six per cent (96%) of the cases are involving men who are having sex with other men (MSM), and with more than half belonging to the 25-34 age group and twenty-nine per cent (29%) belonging to young people ages 15-24.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

[Vital Signs Column] Compulsory continuing education of nurses, is it beneficial?

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Nurse's Notes
August 2015 Column

Wondering about completing those Continuing Professional Education units in Nursing before getting renewed of your license? Recently, the Senate Committee on Civil Service & Government Reorganization being chaired by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV passed in final reading Senate Bill 5281 or the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2015. Along with Trillanes, Senators Cynthia Villar and Francis Escudero authored this bill.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

[Vital Signs Column] Unionising the Filipino Nurses

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Alvin Cloyd Dakis, RN
July 2015 Issue

Recently, I got the chance to talk to one of the top leaders of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) and he mentioned that there is now a proposal to unionize the PNA so it can better lobby for higher pay for nurses and to protect the welfare of nurses – after all nurses are health workers. I’m not quite sure how the elder nurses would react to this proposal, though I believe younger nurses would support this call, probably because almost all younger nurses are subjects to discriminations, unfair labor practices, hazardous work conditions, and meager salaries.

Friday, November 07, 2014

KNN's e-Kapihan Series: Ano nga ba ang RH Law?

After a 14-year wait since the Philippine Legislators' Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) made the first step to push for reproductive health policies, the Reproductive Health bill was finally signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III in December 2012 and upheld constitutional by the Supreme Court in April 2014. Despite this progress, Filipinos have yet to witness the real impact of the law on their lives.