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Monday, May 23, 2011

Cebuano: Are you familiar with your culture and heritage?

Cebu City is the oldest city in the country. It is expected to have a rich culture and heritage. However, how many Cebuanos of today are even familiar with their heritage and culture?

Here is your chance to know your city more through the Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage) this coming May 27, 2011.  Brought to you by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated (RAFI), the Gabii sa Kabilin will feature 11 participating museums (more than last year's) that will open its doors to the public from 6 PM to midnight for a heritage tour you will never forget.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dear Healthcare Professional: Are you Pro- or Anti-RH?

The RH Bill of 2011. Some say it is an issue of morality. Others say it is an issue of health. Many things have been said.

But I am just curious. What is the stand among healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, medical technologists, physical or occupational therapists, midwives, etc.)? Are we divided among this issue?

Before voting below, you may want to read the said RH bill here first.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Why I'll not stop blogging even when there's FB and Twitter

"Why continue to blog when there's FB and Twitter?" I was asked this question by my physician colleagues who are not really into blogging and my immediate reply was, "Why not"?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Why it's important to have your child vaccinated against Measles

Measles in a child is not just cough, runny nose, watery eyes and a simple rash. It is a highly contagious disease which may have complications such as bronchitis, ear infection, pneumonia and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) which can be deadly. Consider the following statistics obtained from the World Health Organization (WHO):

  • In 2008, there were 164 000 measles deaths globally – nearly 450 deaths every day or 18 deaths every hour.
  • More than 95% of measles deaths occur in low-income countries with weak health infrastructures.

Measles has been responsible for many deaths among infants in the Philippines especially in the past and remains a threat. Vaccination is a very effective tool in preventing measles. Again data from the WHO showed that:

"Measles vaccination resulted in a 78% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2008 worldwide."

The Department of Health recently launched "Iligtas sa Tigdas ang Pinas" door-to-door campaign vaccinating all children aged 9 months to below 8 years old (originally from April 4 to May 4, 2011) which was extended until May 30, 2011. 63% of the targeted 18 M children have been vaccinated so far. This is to provide a "second opportunity" to catch children missing the first dose and to ensure protection of those children who already received the first dose.

Some parents may be afraid to have their children vaccinated against measles because of unfounded reports tying the vaccine to autism. No connection has been found between autism and the measles vaccine.

Measles vaccine is considered safe. Some children may have a slight fever after receiving measles vaccine but this can be countered with paracetamol, enough rest and sleep as well as plenty of fluids.

The Health Department Secretary is appealing to mothers to take advantage of this opportunity and have their children vaccinated within the next few days.

So mothers out there, you have seen the statistics. It is indeed important to have your child immunized against measles.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Celebrating Being a Blogger

Last May 2, 2011, Cebu-based bloggers lead by the Cebu Bloggers' Society celebrated World Bloggers' Day offline at the RAFI Auditorium in partnership with Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated,, RLCOMM International and Bo's Coffee.
The sponsors
The participants

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