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The Dengue Situation in Region VI (July 2019)

by: Rey Palmares | July 29, 2019 | Healthcare
Last 9 July 2019, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III declared a dengue outbreak in Region VI of the Philippines.  Iloilo City included, the region is undergoing its worst dengue epidemic in recorded history. As of 29 June 2019, statistics indicate 13,164 dengue cases. These numbers rapidly swelled from to 18,834 cases in just twenty days.…
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Philippine Maternal Health: Longer Maternity Leave and Higher Financial Benefits

by: Abigail Sabido | July 17, 2019 | Healthcare
February 20, 2019 marks the enactment of the lauded Expanded Maternity Leave Law. Under this mandate, women working in government and private sectors have 105-day paid leave regardless of the mode of delivery. On top of this are additional 15 days for single mothers, 7 days transferable to fathers, and another 30 days of unpaid…
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Iloilo’s WVSU Still PH’s Leading Nursing School

by: Abigail Sabido | July 3, 2019 | Uncategorized
Iloilo City (where our VMAs are based) made headlines after topping the 2019 nursing licensure exam once again. West Visayas State University secured a 100% passing rate and dominated the Top 10 with 12 graduates bagging the top spots. One WVSU passer ranked first alongside a nursing graduate from Central Luzon.  The university maintains its…
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US Healthcare Spending Hits Record High $3.65-trillion

by: Rey Palmares | June 18, 2019 | Healthcare
Healthcare coverage in the US is a controversial topic. Over the course of its many legislative debates, the international community has not shied away from sharing their own ideas. As a distinctive system among first-world countries, the US implements a health system just shy of universal healthcare. Instead of being subsidized by the government, healthcare…
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Fun Filipino Rides: The Philippines’ Unique Forms of Transportation

by: Abigail Sabido | May 31, 2019 | Company
“It’s more fun in the Philippines” is the popular tourism slogan that showcases vibrant festivals, breathtaking destinations, and the gentle and hospitable locals. But what makes traveling to the country more fascinating are the unique forms of transportation that dominate its streets  Jeepney Arguably the most iconic, the jeepney’s prototype was an upcycled version of…
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Ebola Outbreak Resurgence in Congo

by: Abigail Sabido | May 2, 2019 | Blog
On April 30, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement regarding the situation in Ebola-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after the death of WHO epidemiologist Richard Mouzoko. Dr. Mouzoko was killed by armed men on April 19, 2019 in Butembo University Hospital while responding to the outbreak. Rising Cases and Lagging ResponseAccording…
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Measles Hits Record-High Since Declared Eradicated

by: Abigail Sabido | April 29, 2019 | Healthcare
At the time of writing, 695 confirmed measles cases have been recorded in 22 states in the US. This is the highest number since the infection was declared eradicated in the year 2000, says the officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on April 24, 2019. The largest outbreak is documented in New…
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How the Outsourcing Industry is Creating More Job Opportunities

by: Abigail Sabido | April 25, 2019 | Business
The business process outsourcing (BPO) has become a corporate trend in many countries. This is a process of hiring third-party service providers either for cost-reduction purposes or to address staffing shortages. Process-based services like customer care, technical support, data entry, and information technology (IT) are among the BPO expertise. But along with its continued expansion…
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FDA Approves 59 New Drugs

by: Abigail Sabido | March 11, 2019 | Healthcare
In 2018, the US Food and Drugs Administration approved 59 new drugs for medical use. This marks the highest record of approvals to date. This is in comparison to the 46 approvals in 2017 and 22 in 2016. The Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) releases lists of recently authorized products annually, ranging…
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Hospital Management as a Career

by: Gene Dofitas | February 8, 2019 | Business ,Healthcare
Many experienced healthcare providers choose to take their career to the next level as a hospital manager. Hospital managers’ jobs rarely involve face to face interactions with patients, yet they are directly involved in the creation of policies and systems that either make or break patient care. Position titles that typically fall under hospital management…