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Dengue infects over 59,000, kills 69 in Thailand

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:41 AM

Accumulated wastewater, rubbish in Rim Bung Makkasan, Bangkok, Thailand | CCTV via REUTERS

Thailand has seen over 59,000 patients infected with dengue fever, 69 of whom died from the disease, according to the figures given by the country’s health department in September.

In Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, the latest number of dengue sufferers is 5,899 with five deaths. Two victims came from the slum of Rim Bung Makkasan, one of the most dengue-hit areas in the city.

The sanitary condition in Rim Bung Makkasan is so bad, with a large amount of rubbish piled up there, and smelly wastewater accumulated in low-lying areas, which provide a suitable environment for insects like mosquitoes to grow up in the rainy season, intensifying the epidemic situation here.

Most of the residents living in the shanties in Rim Bung Makkasan are migrant workers and their children and elder family members.

For Uraiphon, her son and grandson were both infected with dengue, and the disease claimed the life of her son days ago.

Uraiphon said there are about 200 people in the slum, some of whom suffered dengue, but now the situation is getting better.

“After my son died of dengue, no one more was diagnosed with the disease here,” said Uraiphon.

Now Bangkok’s disease control department has taken measures to hold back dengue from spreading by killing mosquitoes and eliminating accumulated water.

“The government dispatched workers like avenue leader and medical staffers to help us wipe out disease. The mosquitoes were reproduced from wastewater and rubbish. In recent days, the government is conducting us to work at the sanitary work. We cooperated with each other to make the environment better. We thank them very much,” said Somtawin, another resident in Rim Bung Makkasan

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne contagious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. After infected, the patients will have symptoms like fever, headache, and arthralgia. Now there has no efficient drug to fight against the disease.

In Thailand, the peak time of dengue breakout is the rainy season from July to September. The data from the Thai health department indicate that last year, 9,368 people in Bangkok were infected with Dengue, six of whom lost their lives. — Reuters

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

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 10 January 2019 04:24 PM

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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President Duterte is in good health — Malacañang

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 10 January 2019 12:55 PM


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

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Miss Universe 2018 contestants flaunt swimsuit, evening wear in last night’s preliminary competition

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, 14 December 2018 08:39 PM

 

 

Ms. Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray in swimsuit attire

The Miss Universe 2018 candidates had their last strut on stage before the much-awaited coronation night.

Each candidate flaunted her own style to capture the judges’ and audience’s heart at the Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani while wearing their swimsuit and evening gown.

Several of them successfully stood out among the other contestants including Ms. Universe Thailand, South Africa, Canada, Russia, Japan, India and, of course, the Philippines.

Everyone was awestruck when Catriona Gray perfectly executed a slow-mo turn during the swimsuit competition.

It was followed by a loud applause and cheers when she walked on stage with full confidence while wearing an Ibong Adarna-inspired evening gown.

Several of the audience members — Filipinos and foreigners alike— admired Catriona’s performance in the preliminary competition.

“She nailed it the lava walk, it’s explosion. Everyone was a big ‘wow’. One hundred percent Catriona for the win,” said Jem, Catriona’s fan from the USA.

“Every time she comes out in the stage, talagang may pasabog. It’s overwhelming her looks, her aura, her gown, her body composure. It’s perfectly executed,” said Mhagsy, a fan of Gray.

“She’s so perfect and professional,” said Thitaree Kasorn, Ms. Universe Thailand 2018 1st Runner-up.

Even the designer of Miss Sweden, Aviad Arik Herman expressed interest in designing a gown for Catriona.

“Absolutely! I have a very, very special idea for Ms. Philippines which I would love to bring to life. I would love to do Ms. Philippines next year maybe. Hopefully, maybe with your help for this channel,” said Miss Universe 2018 Sweden’s designer Aviad Arik Herman.

Meanwhile, Catriona’s boyfriend, Clint Bondad was very proud and supportive of Catriona during the preliminary competition.

“Si Catriona, ang ganda niya at ang galling niya din. Nakita niyo talaga na na-prepare ang katawan niya. Super fit, saktong-sakto,” said Bondad.

Our fellowmen in the Philippines also cheered for Catriona during her performance and she immediately become trending in social media.

Witness who will reign as Miss Universe 2018 in the coronation night on December 17 at 7:00 a.m. in Thailand in Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani. — Kath Dumaraos | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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