Oro Rotarians mobilize for CoVid-19 Front Liners

Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro East Urban

The Rotary Clubs of Cagayan de Oro are mobilizing their resources to answer the call for assistance in securing urgently needed medical supplies for the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), the only COVID-19 referral hospital in Region.

One of the clubs, the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro East Urban, delivered to NMMC some of the much needed supplies and continues to procure and locally produce others for the hospital’s front liners.… Continue reading... “Oro Rotarians mobilize for CoVid-19 Front Liners”

FDA Approves five brand of Rapid Antibody Test Kits for COVID-19

In what could be a critical turning point in the country’s battle against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved today, March 30, 2020, the use of five (5) brands of Rapid Test Kits for COVID-19.

 “We approve kits that are registered and used in countries with advanced technology and wide experience with COVID 19.… Continue reading... “FDA Approves five brand of Rapid Antibody Test Kits for COVID-19”

How South Korea tamed COVID-19

Medical members wearing protective gear take samples from a driver with suspected symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at a “drive-through” virus test facility in Goyang, north of Seoul, on February 29, 2020. – South Korea reported on February 29 its biggest surge in new coronavirus cases and concerns grew of a possible epidemic in the United States as the World Health Organization raised its risk alert to its highest level.
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Chambers propose mass screening with RST to curb CoVid-19 spread

© RITM Researchers at the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine prepare to load reagents into a real-time PCR machine as they check their testing kits for the Zika virus on Wednesday, February 3.

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry today endorsed to President Rodrigo Duterte a resolution from its affiliate chambers in Mindanao urging the ramping up of mass screening of possible COVID-19 cases in the country through the adoption of the Rapid Serologic Test (RST) as a surveillance tool.… Continue reading... “Chambers propose mass screening with RST to curb CoVid-19 spread”

CDO Fil-Chinese Community delivers first batch of medical supplies to NMMC

Tomas Sia of the CDO Filipino-Chinese Community officially turns over the donated medical supplies to NMMC Domingo Gobalane. (photo courtesy of Jeffrey Ang)

The Filipino Chinese Community of Cagayan de Oro has delivered needed medical supplies to assist two government hospitals at the front line of the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Northern Mindanao (Region X).… Continue reading... “CDO Fil-Chinese Community delivers first batch of medical supplies to NMMC”

Mindanao Private Sector petitions PRRD for comprehensive COVID-19 relief package

The regional chambers of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Mindanao have petitioned President Rodrigo Duterte to consider a comprehensive package of measures to cushion the adverse effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and its countermeasures on business and workers in the island.

The petition was signed by Maria Teresa R.… Continue reading... “Mindanao Private Sector petitions PRRD for comprehensive COVID-19 relief package”

FDA issues Exemption Certificate for local SARS CoV-2 PCR Detection Kit

Harnessing the ingenuity of Filipino scientist and doctors with the full backing of the DOST, Dr. Raul Destura and his team were able to create the Lab-in-a-Mug device.
(Photo from the Philippine Genome Center).

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Certificate of Exemption for the locally developed and manufactured SARS CoV-2 PCR Detection Kit that will make it much cheaper for Filipino health professionals to test for the coronavirus.… Continue reading... “FDA issues Exemption Certificate for local SARS CoV-2 PCR Detection Kit”

Closing the Loop between Sanitation, Disaster Resiliency and Food Security for the ‘Base of the Pyramid’

A local foundation based in the boondocks of Mindanao was awarded the 2011 Raanan Weitz International Competition on Integrated Development Projects in Israel.  
Elmer Sayre and his sonJed Christian Sayre of the Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development (WAND) Foundation based in Libertad, Misamis Oriental received the award at the Weitz Center for Development Studies in Rehovot, Israel on December 19.

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