DOH confirms first case of vape-linked illness in PH

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first_img E-cigarettes are seen as an alternative to regular cigarettes but the World Health Organization warned that e-cigarettes were “undoubtedly harmful” and should be regulated./PN Duque has earlier called for a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes in the country, claiming these devices posed health risks to users. Duque added that the information was retrieved from a private pediatric pulmonologist. It was learned that the girl was admitted to the hospital on Oct. 21 after she experienced difficulty in breathing and needed to be put on oxygen, and was soon brought at the intensive care unit. MANILA – The Department of Healthconfirmed the country’s first reported case of lung injury related tovaping or  use of electroniccigarettes. “The patient has already been discharged, but the DOH is still coordinating with the doctor who examined the 16-year-old,” the DOH report noted. President Rodrigo Duterte signs law hiking up taxes on alcohol, heated tobacco and vapor products as the government aims to raise additional revenues to fund the Universal Health Care program. ABS-CBN NEWS Health Secretary Francisco Duque IIIsaid the first recorded e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lunginjury patient was a 16-year-old female from Central Visayas. The unnamedvictim, who was currently being treated at an undisclosed hospital, had beenusing an e-cigarette daily for four months since March. last_img read more

Capiz lineman dies of electrocution

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first_imgJose Pablo Biaco, lineman of the Capiz Electric Cooperative, sustained burns on the body as he was fixing an electrical line in Barangay Malocloc Sur, Ivisan, Capiz yesterday. GLENN BEUP/PN The 31-year-oldJose Pablo Biaco of Dumalag, Capiz sustained burns on the body, according toCAPELCO general manager Edgar Diaz. “Gin unlocked niya iya safety belt para kay-uhon iya position kabangdanan na outbalance siya kag natandog niya ang live wire sang kuryenteresulta nga nahulog siya sa poste,” Diaz told Panay News.    He was rushed tothe Saint Anthony Hospital here where the attending physician declared him“dead on arrival.” ROXAS City – Alineman of the Capiz Electric Cooperative (CAPELCO) got electrocuted inBarangay Malocloc Sur, Ivisan, Capiz. Biaco was fixingan electrical line when he accidentally touched a live wire around 3 p.m. onTuesday, said Diaz. “It’s quiteunfortunate that this incident happened. Kungsa diin ga patapos na kami energize samga lugar didto pa nga may ara kami casualty,” said Diaz./PNlast_img read more

‘Still many blind spots’ on novel coronavirus – Duque

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first_img In a separate interview, Duque also said that the elderly are the most vulnerable to a new virus, as shown by those who died from the illness in China, who all had underlying medical conditions such as cancer and diabetes. The health official said they are waiting for the confirmatory results that will determine if the Chinese kid from Wuhan, China has contracted the 2019 novel coronavirus, which will come out from Australia today. Duque said it has yet to be confirmed if the novel coronavirus has reached the Philippines after it turned out that three Chinese nationals quarantined in Kalibo just had the flu, and while authorities wait for test results on a Chinese child in Cebu who showed flu-like symptoms. “Let me just underscore that thereare still many blind spots with regard to the novel coronavirus and theinformation stream continues,” the Health chief said at a news forum onWednesday. Duque explained that the coronavirus hassix known strains, four of which are thought to cause the common cold. Theother two, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East RespiratorySyndrome (MERS), spread globally and proved fatal in the past years. He also said the five-year-old child who has tested positive for a non-specific pancorona virus in Cebu City is close to recovering from having flu-like symptoms. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III The DOH secretary also said that the health condition of the child’s mother is stable, and that she is not showing any flu-like symptoms.center_img Common symptoms of coronavirus infection include cough, fever, shortness of breath and breathing difficulty. In severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. “Mula sa mga naiulat sa atin, ‘yung hirap ng paghinga o kakapusan sa paghinga ay posibleng sintomas na rin ito na tutuloy sa pneumonia o sa mabigat na komplikasyon o severe acute respiratory syndrome na pwedeng makamatay, lalong lalo na sa mga matatanda, ‘yung mga may underlying medical problem,” Duque told radio DZMM. Duque also said that, in the event the results will show that the child is positive for the 2019-n CoV, the DOH will immediately commence contact tracing, especially the first four passengers sitting beside the patient on the plane that transported him from China to Cebu City. MANILA – There is still much to be learned about a new strain of the coronavirus that originated from a city in Central China, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said. “Dapat talaga pinagiingat na ang ating mga kababayan na tutungo ng China. Hintayin natin ang advisory ng WHO (World Health Organization na oras-oras naman tayo ay nakikipag-ugnayan para sa pinakahuling ulat,” he added. Vaccines and medicine against the novel coronavirus have yet to be discovered, Duque said, but a strong immune system would prevent a person from contracting the illness. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as MERS-COV and SARS, according to the WHO./PNlast_img read more

No bail bond for rape suspect

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first_imgThe suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of the San Dionisio municipal police station./PN The 19-year-old Tayo – a resident of thesaid village – was nabbed on the strength of an arrest warrant around 1:30 p.m.on Feb. 1, a police report showed. No bail bond was recommended for DariusJoy Tayo’s temporary liberty. center_img ILOILO City – Charged with rape, a manwas arrested in Barangay Tiabas, San Dionisio, Iloilo. last_img

China records 1st ‘non-imported’ virus infection in 2 weeks

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first_imgPeople wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus walk at a government event aiming to stimulate consumer demand and consumption in Beijing, Saturday, June 6, 2020. AP China says it has largely stopped the spread of the virus at home, though it continues to have occasional localized outbreaks. It is on guard against imported cases as it begins to ease restrictions on flights and people arriving from abroad. (AP) The National Health Commission said Sunday that there were also five imported cases in the previous 24-hour period, bringing the nation’s total case count to 83,036.center_img BEIJING – China has reported its first non-imported case of the new coronavirus in two weeks, an infected person on the island of Hainan off the southern coast.last_img

Antique seeks DOTr nod on motorcycle backriding

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first_imgThe governor added that those who are aged 60 years old and above and below 20 years old are still not allowed to go out except when buying essential needs. The governor discussed the plan to provincial board members, municipal mayor and the provincial inter-agency task force for COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) at the Binirayan gymnasium here on Tuesday.During the meeting, Board member Fernando Corvera Sr. motioned that the governor again appeals to the DOTr. It was also decided during the meeting that curfew hours remain from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. SAN JOSE, Antique – The provincial government will appeal to the Department of Transportation-Land Transportation Office to allow motorcycle backriding as this province remains under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). “As the province is still under the MGCQ starting today until the end of the month, then hopefully the DOTr-LTO could also consider the plight of the motorcycle drivers whose livelihood had already been affected,” said Cadiao. Antique Gov. Rhodora Cadiao and other officials of the province attend a meeting regarding coronavirus disease 2019 at the Binirayan gymnasium in San Jose town on June 16. Cadiao said she will appeal to the Department of Transportation-Land Transportation Office to allow motorcycle backridng in the province as it remains under modified general community quarantine. PROVINCE OF ANTIQUE According to her, passengers in the remote areas in this province and the affected motorcycle drivers hope backriding will be allowed this time.center_img Restaurants are now allowed to open and serve dine-in food subject to health protocols.“Restaurant owners are allowed to serve 50 percent of the sitting capacity,” Cadiao said.(With a report from PNA/PN) Gov. Rhodora Cadiao said on June 16 that she will appeal anew to the two agencies as her previous one sent on May 19 was denied. This province has 11,986 registered motorcycle units so far. Board Member Karmila Rose Dimamay, for her part, said that they should also take into account that members of the Barangay Health Emergency Response teams who monitor locally stranded individuals  use motorcycles as their means of public transport. “Curfew is also an effective deterrence to crime,” Cadiao said.last_img read more

OPA hopes palay harvest in Antique hits 250-K MT

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first_imgCALAWAG. PNA “OPA already distributed 1,475 bags of seeds,” Calawag said. The OPA will finish distributing the remaining 4,093 bags of seeds to farmers by end of August.Under DA’s Rice Resiliency project for expanded hybrids, meanwhile, Antique was allocated with 9,675 bags of seeds – 7,331 were actually delivered to this province. “Of the total 36,425 bags of seeds, we were only able to distribute 32,332 bags to farmers as of July 20,” said Calawag, adding that they were also able to hand out 11,043 bags of fertilizers. Calawag said the DA-6 office has delivered to farmers in this province 36,425 bags of inbred seeds of and 17,582 bags of fertilizers under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).center_img He revealed that there was another rice support given by the DA that allowed farmers to plant early for the first cropping which are now mostly on the vegetative stage.“The DA support to farmers has really increased as compared with those given in the previous years. (Before,) this province only received a few bags of seeds and fertilizers which could be enough for about 4,000 hectares of irrigated lands,” he said. For the first cropping in this province this year, 80 to 90 percent of the 20,000 hectares irrigated rice lands had been subsidized or received seeds and fertilizers from the DA-6, Calawag added. (With a report from PNA/PN) The first cropping in Antique, which covers 43,000 hectares of rice land including the 20,000 hectares irrigated rice area, was slated from May to August. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) is optimistic that palay harvest in this province could reach the target of 250,000 metric tons this year.According to OPA chief Nicolasito Calawag, farmers in this province were able to plant early amid coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic as they have received various materials from the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 6. last_img read more

Birdhouses, Chainsaws, Childrens Crafts And More At Art Fair

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first_imgA birdhouse that will be for sale at the Batesville Regional Fine Arts Fair this weekend. (Image: Facebook)The Batesville Regional Fine Arts Fair will be held this weekend at the RomWeber Marketplace. The art show, sponsored by the Ripley County Tourism Bureau, kicks off Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. with a Preview Night by Rural Alliance for the Arts. Tickets are $10 per person.The show continues Satruday from 9-5 p.m. and Sunday 11-3p.m., with no admission charge.Over twenty local artists will show off their skills decorating bird houses, creating one-of-a-kind pieces of art that will be available for sale starting Friday night, and sold throughout the weekend.The artists project last year featured Adirondak chairs painted by local artists. The chairs were judged and sold to support this year’s show, and some will be available this year for those who didn’t get one last year.“We have water color artists, glass etching artists, wood turners, jewelry makers, stained glass artists, and a variety of other forms of art which will be on display and for sale during the show, “ noted Katherine Taul, director of the Ripley County Tourism Bureau.“Some will be doing demonstrations throughout the weekend, including Seth Bickis, who creates beautiful pendants in front of an audience. We are so pleased with the quality of artists that are drawn to our show. It’s a fun, creative weekend, and I hope everyone comes out to support the artists and enjoy their talents.”Samples of painted bird houses available at the art show for children to paint.A Children’s Craft Corner will be a new feature at the art show that includes three art projects that children can do and take home, for only $5 each. Tri-State Artisans (a local art gallery) will help them create a unique painted free-style piece, Clayworks Pottery (from Indianapolis) will work with the children on a pottery piece, and small birdhouses will be available to paintAlso new to the show, Chainsaws for Charity will be set up outside the art show, creating unique items out of wood. The items will be auctioned, with donations to Safe Passages, the Chainsaw’s charities, and to support the 2015 Art Show.The Batesville Car Club, weather permitting, will also be set up outside, displaying talents in automobile restoration.Steve Gore with Chainsaws for Charity was at the Ripley County Fair last summer.  (Image: Facebook)Music will be provided throughout the weekend by Miss Shannon’s Music Studio, as well as Leon Enneking’s students from the Batesville Middle School.Neusole Glassworks will again be demonstrating glass blowing in their mobile unit Friday night and Saturday. They will also have items for sale.“I really appreciate the dedication of artist Debi Black, RomWeber Marketplace’s Mary Ellen Rippe, the Rural Alliance for the Arts, and others who have worked so hard to make this art show possible,” Taul added, “and this year it will especially be a good excuse to escape the homes we have been huddling in all winter and see lots of color and beautiful things!”View additional information and artwork on the Batesville Regional Fine Arts Fair Facebook page. Visit http://ripleycountytourism.com/or call 812-689-7431 for more information.last_img read more

Bulldogs Girls CC Team Place 1st At Greensburg

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first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs ran tough Thursday night, finishing their regular season with a victory at Greensburg’s 11 team invitational. Batesville scored 56 points beating Connersville by 12 points as they had 68, followed by East Central-75, Greensburg-80 and rounding out the top 5 was Oldenburg Academy with 118.All of the Batesville runners were in the top 30 of the meet and they were led by Senior Kesley Gausman who was the meet runner up with a time of 19:59 and behind North Decatur’s, Megan Hoover. The Bulldogs then took, 11th, 12th, 14th and 18th place. They were Mary Poltrack, Sarah Poltrack, Emma Gausman And Katie Baumer respectively. Finishing the top varsity 7 were Maria Wessel with a 26th place finish followed closely by Kylie Lehman at 28th.In the JV race, Batesville’s Madeleine Robben was the champion with a finishing time of 23:25. Many of the JV girls came in one right after another as the Bulldogs claimed 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th and 12th. Finishing in those spots were Liz Cuttle, Mary Catherine Barnett, Sarah Canady, who ran a persoan best, Jamie Day, Molly Weigel, Candice Roell, Breanna Hartman and Heidi Shaw.The team now begins to prepare of the EIAC meet next Tuesday that will be held at East Central.Courtesy of Bulldogs Lisa Gausmanlast_img read more

Cardinals 6th Graders Team Champs At STL Tourney

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first_imgThe St. Louis 6th grade boys basketball team played on Saturday in their Annual St. Louis tournament and came away as the tourney champs by beating Milan in the championship game.The Cardinals played great defense in the first half holding Milan to only 6 points and went in at half by the score of 18-6. Milan fought back in the second half but came up short as St. Louis won by the score of 30-22.Earlier in the day, the Cardinals won their first game against St. Lawrence by the score of 27-10 putting them in the championship game. Milan won their first game by defeating St. Michael’s in a close game.The Cardinals played great defense in both games along with a balanced scoring attack.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.last_img