Written by Health Focus Staff
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act No. 11215 now also known as “National Integrated Cancer Control Act” on February 14, 2019. This shall serve as the framework for all cancer-related activities of the government, to decrease the overall mortality and impact of all adult and children cancer, lessen incidence of preventable cancer in adults and children, and prevent cancer recurrence, metastasis, and secondary cancer among survivors and people living with cancer. The new law compliments the Universal Healthcare coverage Act.
Written by Arjohn C. Gangoso, RN
New year brings new hope! This comes with the signing of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Republic Act 11166 or the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act of 2018. This repeal the Philippines AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998, which was hounded by the growing spread of the virus in the country.
The data from the Department of Health showed that in September 2018 alone, there were 954 new HIV positive reported to the HIV and AIDS and Antiretroviral Theraphy (ART) registry of the Philippines, which brings the total confirmed HIV cases to 59,135 since the first case was reported in 1984. Furthermore, 271 of the confirmed positive cases are between the ages 15-24 years old, with 34