Raymundo W. Lo, MD, FPSP

Support the mayors for good governance

A historic event happened on Aug. 24, 2023, when over a hundred mayors from all over the Philippines signed a pledge for good governance in the University of the Philippines Diliman, itself a hotbed of change. This was spearheaded by Mayors Benjamin Magalong (Baguio), Joy Belmonte (Quezon City), Marcy Teodoro (Marikina), Rommel Arnado (Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte), Sitti Hataman (Isabela, Basilan), and Felipe Romollo (Dumaguete). Other Metro Manila mayor-signatories were Ruffy Biazon (Muntinglupa), John Rey Tiangco (Navotas), and Vico Sotto (Pasig).

Quackery in medicine

Modern medicine has grown by leaps and bounds since the mid-20th century. From basic physical examinations, we have progressed to delving into the molecular aspects of the human body.

Rabies-free by 2030? Why not?

Rabies is the most dreaded zoonotic disease that kills its victims with 100 percent efficiency. The Philippines’ rabies death toll is 250–300 cases a year. Rabies patients suffer a most horrible death. 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Almost everyone was all praise for the decision to put up specialty centers for health in different parts of the country. They cite the difficulty of accessing advanced health care by folks from the provinces, who have to trek all the way to Imperial Manila for the expertise required for highly specialized heart, lung, kidney, and pediatric care. Yet, the budget for the DOH has been slashed by ₱10 billion for 2024. So, how can we put up the necessary infrastructure, equipment, and personnel for these new centers?

Redirecting health priorities

With the downgrading of Covid-19 from pandemic to endemic, our health system should be redirecting its priorities to other more prevalent and preventable infectious diseases. The following are the most prevalent and deadly infections/infestations that deserve a closer look: