Malaria scare in Madagascar checked | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

If you will be visiting an area of Madagascar with malaria, you will need to discuss with your doctor the best ways for you to avoid getting sick with malaria. Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. Humans get malaria from the bite of a mosquito infected with the parasite.

Ways to prevent malaria include the following:

· Taking a prescription antimalarial drug

· Using insect repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves to prevent mosquito bites

· Sleeping in air-conditioned or well-screened rooms or using bednets

Malaria symptoms may include

· fever

· chills

· sweating

· headache

· body aches

· nausea and vomiting

· fatigue

Malaria symptoms will occur at least 7 to 9 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Fever in the first week of travel in a malaria-risk area is unlikely to be malaria; however, you should see a doctor right away if you develop a fever during your trip.

Malaria infections with Plasmodium falciparum, if not promptly treated, may be fatal and will lead to death. Despite using protective measures, travelers may still develop malaria up to a year after returning from a malarious area. You should see a doctor immediately if you develop a fever anytime during the year following your return and tell the physician of your travel.

Two personnel of the Philippine Embassy in Nairobi were dispatched to Madagascar on Wednesday to get information on the conditions of Filipino workers at the Ambatovy Project in Tamatave.

The move was taken after OFWs working in the area raised concerns about contracting malaria at the site. Unconfirmed reports alleged that 16 OFWs working at the Kentz Engineers and Constructors tested positive for malaria. There were also reports of an increasing number of OFWs going to the clinic to be tested for possible malaria.

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Hospital officials, staff face raps for alleged wrong HIV diagnosis | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

It was in year 1998 when Jed Dragg, 32 years old, was diagnosed HIV-positive at the San Lazaro Hospital. He was again tested at the same hospital on October 30, 2009 but the result turned out to be negative. He was also HIV negative when tested at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine on November 4, 2009.

Jed believes that San Lazaro Hospital committed mistakes.

"It may be the reagent or must be the kit, o nagka-switch ang blood sample, and I am not sure about it but the definitely it really made a mistake… there is no really a cure for HIV, so how could it happen?" he said.

Because of this, Jed wants San Lazaro to be held liable for losing his job and a life being not normal because of this.

Jed filed administrative cases before the Ombudsman, the Professional Regulation Commission and the Philippine Medical Association against the ten officers and staff of San Lazaro that was led by Dr. Arturo Cabanban, the former medical center chief.

It is at the National Reference Laboratory for HIV in San Lazaro Hospital where screening and confirmatory test for patients who want to know whether they are negative or positive for HIV is being done.

However, the governing body of San Lazaro laboratory asserted that they did not commit mistake and that they do quality work. They already answered the accusations of Jed to the Ombudsman. They also cautioned about the possibility that Jed’s illness might return.

On the other hand, the Department of Health assured that they can bring out the results of their investigation of Jed’s case.

As a medical technologist, I do believe that getting a negative result after more than ten years is possible for the reason that the patient’s antibody or antigen might not already be enough to be detectable assuming that Jed’s illness is currently in silent state after taking antiretroviral treatment. And also, there is no such test available that is 100 percent accurate, sensitive, or specific.


Below is the 2011 schedule for the National External Quality Assessment Scheme (NEQAS) for Bacteriology, Parasitology, and Mycobacteriology.

Enrollment (EN) is all year round.  Sending of analytes for the proficiency testing (PT)  will be four (4) times in a year except for TB Culture Program (TBC) which will be sent twice a year only.

Batch cut-off (BCO) will be every 30th of scheduled month or 100 labs, whichever comes first.  Labs with incomplete documents before BCOs will not be included in the proceeding PT,  however, these labs will instead be included in the next scheduled PT.

Batch cutoff: 30th of Jan. or 100 labs, whichever comes first
Batch cutoff: 30th of Jan. or 100 labs, whichever comes first
Batch cutoff: 30th of Jan. or 100 labs, whichever comes first
Batch cutoff: 30th of Jan. or 100 labs, whichever comes first

Enrollment Procedure:
  1. Fill-up the Enrollment Form correctly and sign
  2. Refer to the box below for the amount to be paid or contact the NEQAS office for clarification
  3. Send Enrollment Form and Payment to the NEQAS Office for payment evaluation and processing (enrollment will not be accepted without the enrollment form and payment as well as PAYMENTS WITH INCORRECT AMOUNT)
  4. The Official Receipt and a notice on when you will expect to receive your Proficiency Test Panels will be sent through registered mail (for enrollments made through courier only) 

NEQAS Office:
Department of Microbiology
Research Institute for Tropical Medicine
FILINVEST, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Bacteriology, Parasitology, TB
P 7,500.00
Bacteriology with/without Parasitology or TB
P 7,500.00
Parasitology and TB
P 4,200.00
Parasitology or TB
P 4,200.00

Note: Please download the updated enrollment form and see the new payment scheme here >>>>


Disclaimer: This is for information purpose only.  For complete details and clarifications please contact the RITM NEQAS office with telefax number:  (02) 850-1949 or visit 

16th PAMET Mid-Year Convention

The Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET) Bohol Chapter will host the 16th PAMET Midyear Convention at Bohol Tropics Resort and Convention Center, Tagbilaran City Bohol on May 19-20, 2011.  The theme for this year's convention is "Medical Technology: Gearing Towards Idealism and Beyond..."

The LABOTECH 2011, as part of this yearly tradition, will showcase the latest laboratory technologies that diagnostic companies recently have.  It extends a wide array of innovative equipments, reagents, and supplies from amongst the biggest laboratory companies/suppliers nationwide.

Hosted by: PAMET Bohol Chapter
The event will start on: 19 May 11 07:00
And will end on: 20 May 11 17:00
(038) 411-3695

16th PAMET Mid-Year Convention

Source: Philippine Association of Medical Technologists, Inc.  For more info visit

Training for Drug Testing Analysts on March 23-25, 2011 at East Avenue Medical Center

The Seminar/Workshop on the Manual of Operations for Analysts of Drug Testing Laboratories will be conducted by the National Reference Laboratory - East Avenue Medical Center (NRL-EAMC) on March 23-25, 2011 at the Mini-Conference Room, Dietary Department, East Avenue Medical Center. The seminar/workshop will run from 8:00AM - 5:00PM.
This seminar is for licensed chemist, chemical engineer, medical technologist and pharmacist. Interested parties outside Metro Manila may pay thru Postal Money Order, thru LBC or thru JRS.
  1. Download and fill the registration form
  2. Pay thru postal money order using the following details:

    Pay to: East Avenue Medical Center
    Address: East Avenue Diliman, Quezon City 1101
    Sum of: Three Thousand Five Hundred Pesos
  3. Send registration form together with the postal money order to NRL-EAMC at this address:

    East avenue, Diliman
    Quezon City, 1101
Interested parties within Metro Manila, please visit NRL-EAMC at the above-mentioned address.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The Seminar/Workshop fee is P3,500.00, inclusive of training kits, two (2) snacks & lunch. These shall cover for the reservation of food and related supplies during the seminar.
  2. In case there is a change in the name of participant, the NRL-EAMC should be notified in writing before the start of the scheduled date.
  3. In case of cancellation, please notify NRL-EAMC through mail, fax, and email or telephone one week prior to the actual training schedule.

Upcoming Seminar/Workshop(s) for Drug Testing Laboratories

  • July 6 - 8, 2011
  • September 21-23, 2011
  • November 23-25, 2011

For inquiries please contact NRL-EAMC at tel/fax 435-71-36.
Source: Department of Health, National Reference Laboratory for environmental, occupational health, toxicology, and micronutrient assay.

Screening Drug Testing Laboratory AnalystsTraining Registration Form

IFCC-APFCB-PAMET Workshop on Quality Assurance Program

The International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC), Asia-Pacific Federation of Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (APFCB), and Philippine Association of Medical Technologists, Inc. (PAMET) will conduct a workshop on quality assurance program on March 23-25, 2011 at the Crown Plaza Galleria, Ortigas Avenue.

Hosted by: pamet
The event will start on: 23 Mar 11 08:00
And will end on: 25 Mar 11 17:00

IFCC-APFCB-PAMET Workshop on Quality Assusrance Program

Source: Philippine Association of Medical Technologists, Inc.  For more info visit


I was finally able to visit the Nuffnang office last February 3rd to get my Nokia C7.  It was a long trip from my hometown, Angeles City to Bonifacio Global City. My excitement continued to build up as I get closer to their office.

From left: Denise, Loren, myself, and Jason

I met Ms. Trixie and she took me to the Nokia agent office, Carat, for the awarding. When we got there, representatives from Carat welcomed us and they immediately handed me the phone afterwards. Thank you Nuffnang, Carat, and Nokia for this awesome Christmas present!

As I expected, it was very easy to fall in love with this smart phone. The slim profile and high resolution screen alone made me realize more that joining the contest was well worth it. I won't just be singing the features of the phone now, I actually get to check them out and enjoy them.

What can be a perfect gift for your loved ones this Valentine's Day? Without a doubt, I highly recommend this smartphone to your special ones. They will fall in love over and over again with all the apps, games, videos and more.

Activities and Guidelines in the Performance of External Quality Assessment Program (EQAP) of the National Reference Laboratory for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B & C and STIs

Under Administrative Order 2007-0027 section 6.B.f.ii, all clinical laboratories shall participate in an external quality assessment program administered by the designated National Reference Laboratories.

In this connection, all laboratories performing HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B & C, and Syphilis serologic testing are hereby directed to strictly adhere to the schedule of activities and guidelines set by the National Reference Laboratory for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B & C, and other STIs for 2011 EQAP.

Refusal of the laboratory to participate in an EQAP conducted by the designated NRL will be a violation and will result to non-issuance of license to operate a clinical laboratory.

The schedule of activities in the conduct of NRL-SACCL 2011 EQAP is as follows:
January to June 30
  • Submission of registration form and payment
August 01
  • Distribution of panels for testing to participating laboratories
September 01
  • Submission of final results of laboratory participants to NRL-SACCL / DigitalPT
October 15 to November 15 
  •  Analysis of results
December 30
  • Dissemination of final report and results to participating laboratories
In order to observe the timeliness of the above activities, the said schedule will be strictly adhered to.  Since there is 6-month ample time to register and subsequent activities are dependent on the number of registrants, late registrations submitted beyond the said deadline will not be accepted.



TRUE FAITH @ Royal Mandaya Hotel Davao

Spend “A Perfect Valentine” with your loved ones at the Kamayo CafĂ©, Royal Mandaya Hotel Davao on February 14 at 6:00pm, Monday.

Make sure to whet your appetite and fall in love again with your loved ones by having a romantic dinner buffet at the Kamayo Cafe. Desirable delicacies, succulent meats & veggies, delightfully sinful desserts will certainly satisfy you.

Top off your date with a live performance by the Manila-based band "TRUE FAITH." Be one of the firsts to witness them perform in Davao again after so many years. Get ready to swoon and feel the magic of their songs on the Day of Hearts.

All this will surely make your Valentine's Day a Perfect one!
Dinner at the Kamayo Cafe starts @ 6pm
Concert at the Royal Ballroom starts @ 9pm

For tickets & reservations, please call  (082) 225-8888 loc. 6179 or 6173 or text 0932-167-1467 (Sun)/ 0917-749-6343 (Globe).

Sales Account Executive
The Royal Mandaya Hotel Davao
Tel No : (082) 225-8888
Fax No : (082) 225-1885
Mobile No: 0932-167-1467 (Sun)/ 0917-749-6343 (Globe)
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What:  Takbo... Bilis... Takbo... Para sa Koalisyon Fun Run 2011 (1.5 to 3 Kilometer distance run) hosted by the Center for Health Development  3, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
When:  February 11, 2011
Where:  Bren Guiao Convention Center (Formerly Pampanga Convention Center) 
Cash prizes plus medals/trophies await the winners.
Special Prizes:
Best in Uniform
Top 5 Early Birds
Mr. And Ms. Fun Run
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