Medgate Recognized for Prestigious Awards
This 2020, Medgate Switzerland has been recognized by the Capital Finance International ( and The Health Care Insights for excellence in the field of telemedicine. awarded Medgate as The Best Global Telemedicine Provider of 2020 because of its breakthrough tech and how they develop, secure, and deliver convenient telemedicine solutions. Medgate continuously advocates for telemedicine as the future of healthcare and strives to spark a shift in mindsets and attitudes.
Medgate Abu Dhabi was also recently recognized by the Department of Health (DoH) - Abu Dhabi, the regulative body of the Healthcare Sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, for achieving a score of 98.7% on its JAWDA data assessment. JAWDA is an Abu Dhabi Healthcare Quality Index that has been developed by DoH – Abu Dhabi with the aim of improving the quality of patient care in Abu Dhabi. The framework for JAWDA has been created in alignment with global best practices for measuring the performance of those operating in the healthcare sector.
Medgate Philippines, the first Medgate branch in South East Asia, has been recognized by Health Care Insights as the most reliable remote medical service provider in the Philippines. Medgate Philippines were one of the first telemedicine companies accredited by the Philippine Department of Health to provide a telemedicine hotline during first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic due to the tried and tested protocols, policies, standards, and personnel employed by the company, as well as being one of the few telemedicine companies that complies with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 and is registered with the National Privacy Commission (NPC).
Due to the difficulties in accessing medical care during the pandemic, telemedicine has been recognized as a key tool to ensure that every Filipino has immediate access to medical care.
Since the founding of Medgate in Switzerland in 1998, Medgate has delivered over 9 million teleconsultations. Apart from intensive training of their doctors and nurses, the data produced the millions of consultations enabled them to create their own statistically-based tele treatment guidelines, which helps their doctors confidently diagnose and treat patients telemedically. Medgate brings you the best of Swiss technology, implementing a robust platform that delivers best-in-class services.
In 2019, Medgate Philippines was the recipient of CMO Asia’s Best Medical Practice Award for their work in the Philippines. These prestigious accolades in 2020 continue to validate Medgate’s strategic focus on high quality, innovative telemedicine solutions and digital health.
As the world grapples with COVID-19, telemedicine is more important than ever before. Medgate is trusted by millions of Filipinos to provide the best telemedicine service before, during, and after this pandemic.
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Global Handwashing Day
As the world fights this global pandemic, handwashing has never been more important. This Global Handwashing Day, the main goal for this campaign is to recognize how important handwashing is in reducing the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, including the COVID-19 virus. Health workers and community members alike can play a role in preventing infections by practicing regular and frequent handwashing.
The World Health Organization (WHO) are aiming, as part of the 2020 initiative, to:
1. Make hand hygiene a priority worldwide.
2. Inspire hand ygiene and improving actions.
3. Engage with health care workers in their role in clean care and the prevention of infections.
When should you wash your hands?
1. Before eating
2. Before and after attending to sick children or other family members.
3. Before, during and after preparing food
4. After using the bathroom
5. After handling animals
6. After smoking
7. When deemed necessary
The most effective thing you can do to protect yourself from a variety of infectious diseases, such as common cold, is to wash your hands properly and teach your children to do the same. Washing your hands not only prevents you from getting sick, but it also reduces the risk of infecting others.
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Preventing Eyestrain
As social distancing and remaining at home became completely necessary to flatten the curve, the coronavirus pandemic led to lockdowns across the globe. The boundaries between working hours and non-working hours began to blur when most workplaces were closed and people worked from home, so much that some people found themselves working for much longer than they were meant to.
Staring all day long at a computer screen, for a long period of time, certainly puts a strain on your eyes. Poor lighting, an improvement in visual requirements and inadequate blinking are all factors that lead to computer related eyestrain. In addition, many computer users also switch to smaller devices such as their phones, which just makes the pressure on your eyes much worse.
Here are tips to consider reducing or preventing eyestrain:
Taking breaks:
Taking breaks will not hurt you. Rest your eyes occasionally by looking away from the digital screen. Setting an alarm may be a helpful tool to remind you to take a break.
Implementing 20/20 rule:
Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
Blinking or winking often:
When working on a screen, many people blink less than normal, which may lead to dry eyes. Tears that moisten and refresh your eyes are created by blinking. When staring at a screen, consider making it a habit to blink more frequently.
Eye rolling:
Rolling your eyes can do wonders for your eye muscles, particularly if you have been sitting for hours in front of a computer screen. It is easy to pick up: simply close your eyelids in circular movements and move your eyes around.
Visual Scanning:
Help your eyes scan for both close and far between objects. Stand back and observe the space in which you are in. At one end of the room, locate an object and start to scan the outline of every single item in the room.
Proper Posture:
The computer should be at an eye-level and you are seated properly.
Bigger Font Size:
Adjust the font to a comfortable font size.
Not Too Close:
Make sure your computers or phones are 18 to 24 inches away from your eyes.
Screen Brightness:
Adjust the screwen brightness to a comfortable level.
No Fans on Face:
Avoid direct wind from a fan or air-conditioner as this may also cause dry eyes.
Do not let your eyes get weak from too much screen time and get excessively stressed. When you are on the screen, take care of your eye health with these quick eye exercises. Due to the pandemic, computers are being used everywhere, both at school and at work. Escape some of the hazards that can result in the straining of the eyes with these quick and easy to do breaks.
Just like other muscles in your body, your eyes are muscles; they get sore when held in one place for too long.
Let us give our eye muscles a break and they'll say thank you!
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Tips for regular bowel movement
Digestion may be a complete mystery for most of us. Our bodies appear to be doing just what they do, sometimes without any explanation.
Regular bowel movement is important for good health. An individual needs to poop to survive because otherwise the body has no way to excrete those wastes. If a person has not pooped for several days, the stool in the intestines will back up.Prolonged constipation may start putting your health at risk. That is why it is important to have a healthy and regular bowel movement. To ensure regular visits to the bathroom, here are a few tips:
1. Drink water
Every cell in our body requires water. Our bodies get the water we need from the liquids we drink, and the food we consume. The digestive system needs plenty of water to keep food waste moving through it. When you are well hydrated, less water will be drawn out of your colon, thereby keeping your stool soft and easy to pass. Otherwise, the stool can become hard and difficult to pass. 2. Add fiber in your diet
2. Add fiber in your diet
Fiber has a lot to do with natural bowel movements. Fiber is the portion that we cannot absorb from the plant foods. Thus, it forms the foundation for the stools we transfer during bowel movements.
3. Eat fruits, nuts, grains and vegetables
Furthermore, consuming foods with plenty of fiber is essential. This adds bulk to your stool, which stimulates the bowels and help propel the stools to move forward. Foods containing fiber include: fruits, such as strawberries, and apples; nuts and seeds, such as pistachios, almonds, or sunflower seeds; and green leafy vegetables.
4. Maintain a healthy eating habit
Develop a regular eating habit and chew your food properly before swallowing. It’s important to eat plenty of leafy vegetables and salads.
Bowel movements require food, fluids to create a more comfortable experience. If you're following those tips and your symptoms don't get better, talk to a doctor.
You may talk to specialist doctors from Medgate without having to worry to get exposed with different diseases such as COVID-19.
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Flattening the curve with the help of Telemedicine
Telemedicine has paved the way on flattening the curve during this pandemic but did you know that know that telemedicine first began as a form of healthcare delivery in the late 1960s?
For this moment in time, Telehealth, the virtual care platforms that allow health care professionals and patients to meet by telephone or video chat, appears tailor-made. Telemedicine or digital health was created to treat patients who are in remote places, or when travel is not feasible due to severe weather or an emergent condition such as a stroke. The current crisis makes virtual care solutions such as telehealth an important tool, as COVID-19 spreads across the world.
Today, the telemedicine industry is changing faster than ever before. Due to COVID-19, changes in the delivery of health care have occurred to reduce the exposure of workers and patients to sick people, conserve personal protective equipment (PPE), and mitigate the effects of influx of patients on medical facilities. Healthcare services will need to change the way patients are handled, assessed and cared for using approaches not dependent on in-person experiences.
Before COVID-19 blew up, Medgate has already been providing telemedicine to millions of Filipinos. Medgate has two decades of telemedicine experience, with expertise of over 9 million consultations. Medgate follows international standard and protocols, and has global presence on different parts of the globe.
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Staying healthy this ber months!
September is the start of the “ber” months which means Christmas is approaching, at least in the Philippines. Christmas is a time for presents, eating, drinking and being merry.
As we are officially nearing the Christmas season, Christmas comes the never-ending struggle of each of us – how do we stay healthy during this holiday season and maintain a healthy habit. Though, due to the pandemic, Christmas might be a little different and tweak our usual celebration by just spending the holidays in our homes.
Here are some tips so you can maintain a healthy you throughout the “ber” months:
1. Monitor what you eat
Find out what dietary choices are healthy or bad for you. Hold off the sugars, fat, and grease.
2. Do not overindulge
Stop overindulging on heavy, calorie-dense foods. Eating should be fun but too much fun can be a cause of disaster.
3. Be Active
A sedentary lifestyle can affect your health in many ways. For example, sitting for long hours while watching television, may increase the chance of developing blood clots in the deep veins of your legs. Simple home work-outs, doing chores in the house, walking around or marching in place while watching the television are some of the many things that we can do. Exercise does not always have to be intense. There are a lot of opportunities in our daily lives at home to sneak in that extra movement.
4. Stay hydrated
Make sure to drink eight glasses of water every day including a glassful when you wake up. In addition, we burn more fat when we are hydrated.
5. Take a walk
Since we are still advised to stay indoors, our usual 10,000 steps a day may not be possible. However, you may just walk around your house, and at least walk around as much as you can.
Everyone is hopeful that come Christmas day, the community quarantine all over the country will be lifted. But whether it has passed us completely or we are still advised to stay home, we cannot deny that this year, thousands of people will be without their loved ones. Coronavirus has already claimed the lives of the elderly, those with underlying conditions, and even the healthy and young.
This Christmas season is a time for reflection. We could be facing Noche Buena for the first time without someone we love. Or, if we look at the brighter side of things, you might have a big family get-together, with finally lifted lockdown rules.
The coronavirus crisis is making us appreciate the little things - this Christmas, virtual or otherwise, time with family will be more precious than usual.
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Hand exercises for tired hand
Our hands are made up of diverse networks of blood vessels, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and nerves. The nerves are perhaps the most important of all, because our nerves allow us to use our hands to feel, touch and most importantly, trigger movement so we can go on with our activities of daily living.
Today, computers play an integral part in our jobs and personal lives. It’s impossible to work without using our hands, and the long hours spent punching a keyboard can lead to aching hands. Fortunately, there are many ways to deal with the pain you are experiencing
Hand activities for people who use keyboards and mouse on large portions of the day have shown to have many benefits. Some of them include: relieving pain and discomfort, activating blood circulation, and releasing muscle cramps, tension, and mental blocks.
Here are some effective hand exercises you can do on a regular basis if you spend a lot of time typing or using your mouse:
1. Shake it out
Shake your hands as if you are air drying them after washing them off. Shaking the wrist and hands out after sitting in the same place for a while is a perfect way to reintroduce blood flow and relieve sore joints
2. Wrist stretches
With your arm fully extended, palm facing forward, use your other hand to pull your fingers back gently towards you. Count 5 to 10 seconds before release. . The basic wrist stretch is an excellent way to alleviate stiff joints in the wrist, especially after long days of typing and writing.
3. Thumb touches Hold your hands outwards with your palms facing the ceiling. With your hand, slowly bring your thumb to touch the tip of every finger. This will help increase coordination in the thumb and forefingers, and also help to reintroduce blood flow back to the area
4. Thumb flex and extension Begin with your hands out in front of you and with your palms facing forward. Slowly extend the thumb across the palm until you feel a stretch. And then, hold this stretch for ten seconds, then release back to the starting position. This is a great way to target the thumb specifically, which can grow stiff during long work days.
5. Grip Strengthening Strengthening your grip is an excellent way to increase your overall hand and forearm strength. Grip strengthening can be done by holding a hand gripper or stress ball. Squeeze and release the gripper using all four fingers and thumb in rapid succession.
The normal range of motion for our wrist is 60 degrees of extension and flexion. Stretching is an important part of any healthy routine which can help to maintain our range of motion, increase your body's circulation, thereby helping us with movement and mobility.
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Face Mask vs Face Shield
Which is better - face mask or face shield? Face mask and face shield are both protective equipment that we use to prevent on getting the Coronavirus.
Face Mask is used to fully cover the nose and mouth and prevent fluid penetration. Masks should fit snuggly over the nose and mouth. For this reason, masks should have a flexible nose piece and can be secured to the head with string ties or elastic.
Face shield, on the other hand, is a personal protective equipment device that is used for protection of the facial area and associated mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth) from splashes, sprays, and spatter of body fluids. The face shield should cover forehead, extend below chin and wrap around side of face.
Here are the advantages of both:
Face shield
● Protect a larger portion of the face however there is no tight seal around the mouth and nose to prevent inhalation or swallowing of tiny particles in the air.
● Can be disinfected easily
● No impact on vocalization
● Reusable and can be cleaned with soap and water or common disinfectants.
Face mask:
● Provides complete protection for the nose and mouth but does not cover the eyes.
● Readily available
Using both shield and mask together is more effective at preventing virus transmission than using only one or the other. Snug-fitting masks alone provide more protection compared to face shields alone. As encouraged by the IATF, both shield and mask should be worn in public.
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A partnership by Essensa and Medgate
Furthering its dedication to provide accessible health care to millions of Filipinos, Medgate Philippines Inc. is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Essensa Naturale Inc., a family owned corporation whose primary business covers the sales and distribution of health and wellness, cosmetic, household and agricultural products under multi-level marketing (MLM) business model.
Essensa Naturale Inc. was incorporated and started its operations in 2009. The company carefully crafted and positioned its products as an alternative to commercially available products that are known to contain harmful chemicals, and this provided the thrust of promoting Organic Way of Living as an effective branding statement. Essensa has recently been accepted as member by the prestigious trade organization – Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
With Medgate extending its services, Essensa’s members will have 24/7 access to specialist doctors from Medgate. Essensa Naturale’s Inc. wants to become the leading and most preferred company in the health & wellness industry maximizing the synergy of multi-level marketing and traditional concept of distribution. Likewise, Medgate is moving towards wellness. Medgate believes that wellness begins with an attitude and the practice of doing the right things for good health. Medgate puts emphasis on the community by keeping them safe and by willing to support their families and communities.
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National Lung month
As we celebrate national lung month, it is important that we do not take our lungs for granted. Our lungs help us breathe and for the most part, keep us alive and well.
Our body has a defense system that is designed to protect our lungs and keep germs at bay. Yet, there are some important things you can do to reduce the chance of contracting lung disease. Here are some ways to keep your lungs healthy:
1. Do not smoke
Smoking destroys our lung tissue and causes our lungs to swell. Cigarette smoke can narrow the air passages and make breathing more difficult.
2. Avoid second hand smoke
Second hand smoke, also known as passive smoking, can also cause lung related illnesses. Second hand smoke, chemicals in our home and workplace can cause or worsen lung disease.
3. Protect yourself from air pollutants
Protect yourself from dangerous carcinogens in the air. Wear a face mask if you are in an environment with high amounts of dust or chemical fumes.
4. Exercise
The easiest way to open up your airways is through exercise. Jogging or walking can improve your health, wellness, and lung capacity.
According to, smoking is the main cause of lung cancer, there are other factors also involved. When you have a lung cancer in your family history, there is an increased chance that you may develop it too.
Regular check-ups can help avoid infections, even though you feel fine. This is especially true of lung disease, which sometimes goes undetected until it is serious.
It is important that we protect our lungs by following the steps above and of course, undergoing regular check-ups. Your healthcare provider will listen to your breathing and make sure that you are doing well.
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A health care innovation between Medgate and MedMonitor
Medgate Philippines and MedMonitor Health Plan Services announced a strategic partnership to further expand telemedicine’s presence here in the country.
In this time of pandemic, it heavily contributes to the peace of mind of employers and office administration in monitoring continuously employees since the MedMonitor Solution consists of a wearable device, a dashboard that serves as a central monitoring station and a mobile application. The device can be used to measure and monitor respiratory rate, heart rate, blood oxygen and body temperature. It can set predetermined alerts real time that will notify if a patient crosses a threshold.
“Partnering with MedMonitor ensures a complete customer journey to its members by providing accessible medical consultation.” said Ronaldo Estrella, Medgate’s Country Manager. “Together, this is one way we can provide millions of Filipinos the best health care they can ask for.”
The partnership between Medgate and MedMonitor will further expand Medgate’s telemedicine services in the country. With Covid-19 reshaping social and professional day-to-day lives, telemedicine has changed the way health care is being delivered. Telemedicine aims to help reduce staff exposure to ill persons, preserve personal protective equipment (PPE), and help de-clog patient surges on medical facilities.
MedMonitor Health Plan Services provides safety for everyone in the workplace and school setting through real time and continuous monitoring to check temperature and symptoms. Through data analytics and machine learning, predictive models are identified to deliver sustainable solutions during COVID 19 and beyond.
On the other hand, Medgate offers high quality, convenient and confidential medical consultations over the phone. This means, that members have direct access to a qualified doctor for their daily health care needs, without visiting a clinic or a hospital. The Medgate Telemedicine Center, and the Medgate Partner Network integrate their work closely to guarantee comprehensive health care for the patient without the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 strain. All the doctors are licensed and certified to provide telemedicine consultations of the highest standard.
This partnership will surely help the lessen the transmission and the impact of COVID-19 to our communities.
For more information about this partnership, you may visit the following page:
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Home Exercises
In these stressful and trying times, being physically fit is hard achieve but that doesn't mean we can't. You can do exercises with or without equipment, and wherever you are, whether it's at home, in your kitchen, in your bedroom, or where you're actually sitting. Finding a way to adapt to these new conditions is vital to maintaining our health.
Here are some home exercises you can do to stay healthy and keep yourself in top shape:
1. Yoga
Yoga can be done almost anywhere. What you need to get going is a yoga mat, comfortable apparel, and a program. You can order the yoga mats and other supplies from various online sources for home delivery. Since the pandemic, there are multiple yoga classes available online.
2. Brisk Walking, Jogging, or Running
Such exercises are activity of moderate intensity which greatly aid the body in using oxygen. Such exercises also help the lungs, reduce blood pressure, improve endurance and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases
3. Weight/resistance training
Most of us do not have an in-home gym, but you can still train at home using some purchased equipment online like dumbbells or resistance bands. If you do not want to spend the money, you can use common household products to make your own weights.
4. Stretching
Stretching exercises can use less oxygen and cause the heart to pump a little less, but the heart may still benefit from stretching and exercise strength.
Our present condition may have made it impossible for you to engage in your preferred types of exercise. While doing, it's natural to feel that working out isn't as fun, or even stressful. Do not beat yourself up. Start reflecting on how much better you would feel after you work out.
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Preparing yourself for the new normal
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused massive changes in our daily lives quickly and abruptly and our world has changed dramatically. Many people are lucky enough to adapt; others have a hard time coping with the new situation, which is causing an immense amount of stress.
All of this has made stress management important to people, families, workers and companies.
As we open our doors for the new normal, here are some ways on how you can prepare yourself physically and emotionally:
1. Observe the changes
They key part that was introduced to us are the changes in our lives. Working from home, remote education, cancellation of international flights, shut down of retail and restaurants are the major changes caused by COVID-19. With these changes, we can identify and create plans so we can continue with our lives.
2. Spend time with friends and family.
Stay constantly in touch with your loved ones by using the technology available. Allow your loved ones to share with you their thoughts and concerns and show empathy.
3. Talk about it.
This will help you alleviate tension and understand that others have the same thoughts and feelings that you have. Remember that all the feelings that we are undergoing right now are valid.
4. Care after yourself.
Take the most rest and workout you can find. Seek to continue any religious rituals or events centering on you. Set a schedule for yourself to avoid overworking.
5. Take one step at a time.
Returning to our usual task is a process. Break the job up into doable tasks. Complete that task first and then move on to the next one.
6. Stay positive and keep looking forward.
Days, eventually, will get better. We have to stay positive and keep up our long-term goals. We also have to realistically plan long-term if in case the pandemic will still be present in the coming months.
Last and most importantly,
7. Help, if you can.
We need to help each other to fight this pandemic. Donate blood, help prepare meals for the elderly, volunteer to clean up and rebuild a community, or even just simply educating the people within your network on the proper safety measures that should be practiced. We need to work together because we, as a people, are the only ones who can stop the spread of the virus.
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Road to a better LIFE foundation
Medgate, the leading telemedicine provider in the Philippines, announced today that it has partnered with Real LIFE Foundation, through Purple Cow and Etiqa PH, as they strive to provide accessible healthcare to Filipinos.
Purple Cow is a unique health plan that stands out in the field of Employee Benefits. Founded on August 8, 2008 by Tom Gotuaco, a former religion teacher, Purple Cow’s mission is to spread the good news of great healthcare to all SME. Today, Purple Cow is the largest intermediary for Etiqa PH in terms of number of SME accounts.
Purple Cow has adopted the Real Life Foundation’s scholarship program as its CSR for 2020, and beyond. This is in line with Purple Cow’s goal to support nation-building through health & education. By providing healthcare to Real Life Scholars, Purple Cow supports the Real Life Foundation’s efforts to “Change a Life. Change the Nation.”
“Both Medgate and Real LIFE Foundation firmly believe that a strong and healthy community offers far-reaching benefits to future generations and businesses”, said Ronaldo Estrella, Medgate’s Country Manager.
Real LIFE Foundation is a Philippine non-government organization that exists to honor God by serving and empowering the underprivileged youth of the Philippines through educational assistance, character formation, and leadership development.
The Real LIFE Foundation provides its scholars financial assistance for tuition and miscellaneous fees, transportation and meals, and other school related expenses. The scholars under the program are not only given monetary support, but are also plugged into LIFE groups where they are coached in the areas of leadership, integrity, faith, and excellence. Since its humble beginnings, the foundation has produced 482 university graduates from different parts of the nation. Today, they have over 900 scholars enrolled for this coming school year.
Medgate offers high quality, convenient and confidential medical consultations over the phone. This means, that members have direct access to a qualified doctor for their daily health care needs, without visiting a clinic or a hospital. The Medgate Telemedicine Center, and the Medgate Partner Network integrate their work closely to guarantee comprehensive health care for the patient. All the doctors are licensed and certified to provide telemedicine consultations of the highest standard.
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Easy to cook meals for having a balanced diet
Good nutrition is vital to our health, particularly in periods when the immune system may need to fight back. Staying at home for a long period of time may increase our consumption of highly processed food, which are high in fats, sugars, and salt.
Reduced access to fresh food will compromise opportunities to eating properly for a balanced and diverse diet. However, we can still maintain a safe and balanced diet, even with minimal ingredients and pantry choices.
Here are easy to cook meals at home that are rich in vitamins and can increase our immune system:
1. Ginisang Ampalaya
Ginisang Ampalaya is one of the healthiest Filipino recipes. This meal is rich in nutrients and can help lower blood sugar levels.
2. Pinakbet
Pinakbet has different types of vegetables in one dish. This traditional dish is cooked by sautéing vegetables with oil, garlic, and onion. And sometimes, it may include pork or any choice of protein.
3. Lumpiang Ubod
Lumpiang Ubod is rich in vitamin A which helps in promoting good eye health and also boosts the immune system. Ingredients used in this dish are lettuce, sinkamas, carrot, spring onions, and ubod or edible coconut pith.
4. Enseladang Talong
Enseladang talong is the perfect side dish for heavier protein dishes such as grilled pork and fish. This dish is made up of eggplant, tomatoes, onions, and a touch of bagoong.
5. Chicken Tinola
One of Tinola’s main ingredient, sayote, contains high amounts of folic acid – which is why it is highly advisable for pregnant moms. This dish can also be cooked with semi-ripened papaya and malunggay leaves, known to be a potent milk-boosting supplement.
6. Ginisang Munggo
This dish contains a mix of bitter melon and monggo beans. It has several health benefits like iron, magnesium, folate, thiamine, manganese, and phosphorus.
Aside from eating nutritious meal, you may still be active and remain healthy at home by taking some online exercise classes, dancing, playing active video games, jump ropes, and practicing muscle strength and balance training. Remain #HealthyatHome by following all these tips!
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How to properly discard your face mask after use
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said the discarded medical face masks, along with disposable plastics and other trash, are “slowly becoming a frequent sighting in Manila Bay waters.” Single -use face masks are being washed up on the shores of Manila Bay due to its inappropriate disposal.
Because of the pandemic, the “new normal” made us wear a mask every time we go outside. To protect us on getting the Coronavirus, we make sure we equip ourselves with protective gears such as face mask, face shield, gloves, hand sanitizers and alcohol.
To help everyone on how to handle and dispose their medical mask, we came up with steps on how to remove and dispose a medical mask properly:
1. Remove the mask from behind the ears or head.
2. Keep the mask away from you and surfaces while removing it.
3. Fold the mask into small layers so that it won’t consume a lot of space in the bin. This will also ensure that the bacteria stay in the mask.
4. Discard the mask immediately after use preferably into a closed bin.
5. Wash your hands after discarding the mask.
Disposable face masks should be used once and thrown in the trash. You should also remove and replace masks when they become moist.
DENR appealed to Metro Manila residents to properly dispose used face masks and other medical wastes, or better yet use washable face masks. The steps mentioned should be practiced whenever we use and dispose medical mask to help spread the viruses and help the environment.
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Taking care of your overall wellbeing
Taking care of yourself is paramount to your success. It is never a bad time to focus on taking extra good care of yourself as your body and mind are your most valuable assets. They need to be kept in good shape to get through each day. You can find little ways to take care of yourself in just a few minutes a day, which don't eat into your busy schedule.
1. Drink water everyday
Hydration is important to vitality and your overall wellbeing. It helps to encourage digestion, increase energy, and, among other benefits, keep your skin clear.
2. Eat right
Eating unhealthy foods can contribute to weight gain. Foods with a high calorie content and saturated or “bad” fats can increase blood pressure and cholesterol. Eat fruits and vegetables to boost your energy, mood, and overall wellness.
3. Be active and exercise
A little exercise will go a long way to reducing stress. Even a short morning walk will give you energy and inspiration for the day ahead.
4. Meditation
Take a few moments to relax before you begin preparing for the day. Simply sit and focus on your breath for at least 1 to 5 minutes or preferably 15 to 20 min a day.
5. Get enough sleep
Not only is sleep good for the body but it is good for the mind as well. A well-rested body and mind can accomplish great things.
There are many factors that play a part in staying healthy. Remember to tune yourself up by doing some of the above-mentioned activities every day. Good health will, in effect, reduce the risk of developing certain conditions. Those include cardiac disease, stroke, cancer and injuries.
Learn what you can do to maintain your and your family’s health by availing the Medgate Unliconsultation Plan. With the plan, you won’t be needing to leave your homes to get medical consultations from a doctor.
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The risk and impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Philippines
The world has undergone a prolonged period of confusion and chaos triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has already (and still counting) affected the lives of peoples in nearly 200 countries globally.
Because of our proximity to China, the Philippines is at a far greater risk than other countries of experiencing increased cases of novel coronavirus infection. Currently, the Philippines has the second most COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia as of Monday night, July 6, with a total of 46,333 infections.
What began as a health crisis has been transformed into a full-blown economic crisis that has affected the country. It has destroyed consumption activities and paralyzed the economy. To help our economy, the government decided to lift the lockdown in certain areas in the country. But since only companies that are involved in the supply chain of essential commodities are operational, the rest of the industries need to determine how they will respond to this unusual situation. The current business continuity plans might not be enough to resolve the rapidly evolving variables that COVID-19 introduces.
Let us help stop this pandemic by remaining vigilant and cautious at all times. Stay indoors when you do not have any important matter to attend to outside and when you do need to step outside, be prepared by wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing.
If you need to have a medical consultation, you can prevent contact with possible carriers by consulting with Medgate’s specialist doctors. You do not need to go outside and be at-risk. Grab your phones and call doc!
To consult with specialist doctors from Medgate, you may call the following numbers:
Manila: 02 8705 0700
Davao: 082 285 5111
Cebu: 032 265 5111
Dumaguete: 035 522 5111
Globe: 0917 536 2156
Smart: 0998 990 7541
Sun: 0925 714 7794
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Preparing for the rainy season (common diseases)
According to PAGASA, the climate of the country can be divided into two major seasons: (1) the rainy season, from June to November; and (2) the dry season, from December to May.
Our country is considered to be the victim of major typhoons, including the strongest to ever strike Asia, Yolanda. Preparation is crucial to mitigate the effects of natural disasters. The proactive steps you can take will not only save your home and family from catastrophic losses, but will also cushion your recovery in times of crisis.
Our country is considered to be the victim of major typhoons, including the strongest to ever strike Asia, Yolanda. Preparation is crucial to mitigate the effects of natural disasters. The proactive steps you can take will not only save your home and family from catastrophic losses, but will also cushion your recovery in times of crisis.
Being prepared is crucial in surviving another typhoon. Below are a few things you should be planning for the rainy season:
1. Create a kit for survival
a. Prepare a kit where you can store emergency necessities such as
i. Flashlight
ii. Extra batteries
iii. Fully-charged powerbank
iv. Canned Goods
v. Bottled water
vi. Medicines
vii. First aid kit
2. List down all the emergency numbers
3. Preparing for floods
Floods are common during rainy season. Make sure your essential furniture and appliances are stored away from the windows and doors to plan. Once the water rises, move electronics and furniture to higher parts of the house. Another trick is placing sandbags around the house to hold the floodwaters in bay.
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How to properly wear your face mask
The “new normal” made us wear a mask every time we go outside. To protect us on getting the coronavirus, we make sure we equip ourselves with protective gears such as face mask, face shield, gloves, hand sanitizers and alcohol.
As more people are using public transport to go back to work, World Health Organization (WHO) advices to always wear a face mask, whether it is surgical or non-surgical, when going outside for work or necessities.
Facemasks can help limit the spread of germs. When someone talks, coughs, or sneezes they may release tiny drops into the air that can infect others.
1. Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask.
2. Adjust the mask to your face without leaving any gaps on the sides.
3. Make sure that you cover your mouth, nose, and chin.
4. Avoid touching the mask.
5. Clean your hands before removing the mask.
6. Remove the mask by the straps behind the ears or head.
7. Pull the mask away from your face.
8.Store the mask in clean, resealable bag if it is not wet or dirty and you plan to re - use it.
9.Remove the mask by the straps when taking it out of the bag.
10.Wash the mask in soap or detergent.
11.Clean your hands after removing the mask.
1.Wash your hands before touching the mask.
2.Inspect the mask for any damages.
3.Determine which side of the mask is the top. The side of the mask that has a stiff bendable edge is the top and is meant to mold to the shape of your nose.
4.Ensure the colored - side faces outwards.
5.Make sure you cover your mouth, nose, and chin.
6.Adjust the mask to your face without leaving any gaps on the sides.
7.Avoid touching the mask.
8.Remove the mask from behind the ears or head.
9.Keep the mask away from you and surfaces while removing it.
10.Discard the mask immediately after use preferably into a closed bin.
11.Wash your hands after discarding the mask.
Disposable face masks should be used once and then thrown in the trash. You should also remove and replace masks when they become moist.
Always follow product instructions on use and storage of the mask, and procedures for how to put on and remove a mask.A fabric mask or surgical mask can protect you and other people around you.To protect yourself and prevent the spread of COVID - 19, remember to maintain social distancing, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly, and avoid touching your face and mask.
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Fitness is fun
Due to the pandemic, we have mostly been indoors for almost 3 months. Beginning in early March, people across the country started limiting their movements as the coronavirus spread.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can make it difficult to maintain a physically active lifestyle.
A daily physical activity is necessary for all of us, regardless of age, to stay healthy. Compared to sitting around most of the time, moderate-intensity physical activity is associated with improved immune function. Regular physical activity can help to reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety (which many of us may feel because of the COVID-19 pandemic).
According to Kevin Steele, PhD, exercise physiologist and vice president of 24 Hour Fitness Centers, an effective fitness program has five components, all of which you can do at home:
• A warm-up
• A cardiovascular (aerobic) workout.
• Resistance (strength-building) exercises
• Flexibility moves
• A cooldown
A warm-up might be an easy walk on a treadmill or outside, or a slow pace on a stationary bike. Walk or pedal faster for the cardiovascular portion, do step aerobics with a video, or jump rope — whatever you enjoy that gets your heart rate up. The portion of the resistance may be as simple as squats, push-ups, and abdominal crunches.
Working out should never feel like a punishment. You should only be moving in such a way that your body feels comfortable and makes your well-being feel good. Finding the right exercise may take some trial and error but continuing to try is important. After you find that one workout you love and start getting more comfortable with exercise, you will open the door to more workouts. Should you have any medical conditions, it would be best to consult with your trusted Medgate doctor.
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Stay at home
We have been reminded by our peers, friends and loved ones on how to keep ourselves healthy during this Pandemic. All of us deal with different problems every day. However, we can control some things that can keep us away from engaging to more problems during this pandemic and one of which is staying home as much as we can to prevent acquiring and spreading the virus.
Since the start of the Pandemic, there has been changes in the work of things however, the guidelines being set to us by the World Health Organization has not been changed not that COVID-19 cases in the country is still increasing.
In times like this, we MUST take care of ourselves. If there is no need to leave your homes, you should stay indoors. Let us take care of each other by:
1. Wearing face masks or face shields
2. Maintaining physical distancing
3. Staying at home when need be
4. Avoiding crowded places
These things are controllable on this situation. It does not end educating oneself but sharing information to other people is one way to flatten the curve.
Remember, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. It protects you and everyone around you.
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Dengue Awareness Month
Most of us take care of ourselves to prevent the coronavirus from occurring. But when doing so, we may have forgotten that some diseases still needs our attention.
June is dengue awareness month. Dengue has been considered by Department of Health (DOH) as a year-round disease which incidents rises during rainy seasons.
Dengue is transmitted by the mosquitoes Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus, which are found throughout the world. It is a tropical disease caused by a virus carried these mosquitoes. This virus causes dengue fever, and there is no specific medicine or antibiotic to treat it. For typical dengue fever, the treatment is directed toward relief of the symptoms.
The virus can cause fever, headaches, rashes, and pain throughout the body. Symptoms may include:
1. High Fever
2. Severe headaches
3. Pain behind the eyes and in the joints, muscles and/or bones
4. Abdominal Pain
5. Bleeding (such a nosebleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising, dark stools)
6. Rash over most of the body
7. Fatigue
8. Nausea
9. Vomiting
Fatalities from dengue can be avoided with early detection, which is why even a fever should not be ignored–especially for young children. The best way to prevent Dengue is to avoid areas with prone to mosquitos. Let us take necessary precautions by: Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, using insect repellent, and controlling mosquitoes by cleaning stagnant water inside and outside your home.
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How To Take Care of Your Skin
Most of us is getting used to the “new normal” and working from home. Typically, before we get into our business and go to work or school, we get up, take a shower, wash our faces, and then eat breakfast. But because of the pandemic, most of us might have changed and skipped some of the usual routine.
Historically, a strong skincare practice in the Philippines has centered on treating skin with complicated rituals and harsh products.
Taking care of you skin should not be skipped even if circumstances may have changed.
Here are a few ways on how you can care for your skin:
1. Wash your face – It is best to wash your face with lukewarm water to prevent stripping the oil our skin needs.
2. Moisturize your skin – To avoid dry skin, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider moisturizer that contains SPF
3. Limit your time in the sun – Protect yourself from the sun by applying sunscreen generously. Avoid the sun between 10AM to 4PM, when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
4. Avoid smoking – Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. It also damages collagen and elastin – the fiber that give your skin strength and elasticity.
5. Hydrate – While drinking water does not directly hydrate the skin, it helps all the body systems to function better.
6. Prioritize sleep – Getting enough sleep will ease anxiety and stress.
7. Have a daily vitamin routine – Taking care of your skin is one, but looking out for your immune system is another. Take vitamins that will boost your immune system and your overall health.
Take care of yourself and be comfortable in your own skin. During this hard time, it is important that we maintain a healthy lifestyle by having a balanced diet, doing an exercise that you love and enjoy, and taking care of your overall well-being.
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Can pets get COVID 19
A very small number of pets, including dogs and cats, have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Researchers and authorities are constantly learning about the new coronavirus, but it appears it can spread from people to animals and between animals (particularly cats) in some situations. The risk of human-to-animal transmission is still considered low but at this time, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets or livestock, can spread COVID-19 infection to people.
Coronaviruses are common in several species of domestic and wild animals, including cattle, horses, dogs, cats, camels, bats, and others. This is similar to the COVID-19 virus and can cause several common diseases in domestic animals. Some dogs are vaccinated for another species of coronavirus (Canine Coronavirus) as puppies. However, this vaccine does not protect for COVID-19.
It's important to remember that viruses can sometimes infect an animal but not become transmissible to others. Currently, there is no COVID-19 vaccine available for people or animals. If you want to be cautious, don’t let other people outside of your household handle your pets. Social distancing applies to the entire household and not just the human members.
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Pandemic, Epidemic, Outbreak
What is an Epidemic?
Bigger and spreading.
Epidemic refers to a sudden increase in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected.
What is an Outbreak?
Small, but unusual.
An outbreak occurs when there is a sudden rise in the number of cases of a disease. It carries the same definition as an epidemic but is often used to describe a more limited geographic event.
What is a Pandemic?
International and out of control.
A pandemic is an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents
What is the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic?
A pandemic is considered a global disease outbreak. It can cause social disruption, economic loss, and general hardship. It differs from an outbreak or epidemic because:
• It affects a wider geographical area, usually worldwide.
• It causes a higher number of deaths compared to an epidemic
• It infects a greater number of people
• It is often caused by a new virus or a strain of virus that has not circulated among people for a long time. The virus spreads quickly from person-to-person worldwide.
COVID-19 is declared a pandemic because of the speed at which it has spread globally.
The World Health Organization declares COVID-19 to be a controllable pandemic and continues to provide advice on precautionary ways to stop the spread of the virus.
Preparing for a pandemic:
• Make a list of important contacts for home, school, and work
• Prepare for disruption to the kinds of services that are most vulnerable in your community
• Ensure essential prescription drugs are on-hand
• Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they get sick.
• Buy and store supplies of food, water, medicine, and facemasks.
• Stay as healthy as you can by getting adequate rest, managing stress, eating right, and continuing to exercise.
If the World Health Organization declares a pandemic, what do you do? First, you should not panic. This can cause stress and anxiety to the people around you. Depending on the virus and fatality rate, many people who become infected may show few symptoms.
Staying ahead by making plans and being calm will help you to be ready for the next pandemic.
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Basic protective measures against COVID-19
COVID-19 has changed us a lot in a different way. How we live, how we approach people, how we go grocery shopping, and how we think. We became careful about our surroundings and how we communicate with people around us. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person by droplets. When an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and then these droplets lands in our mouths or nose, we can obtain the virus.
Currently, there is no vaccine that can prevent COVID-19. As long as there is no vaccine and the government may opt to lift any form of quarantine, we still need to practice protective measures to avoid obtaining COVID-19:
1. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
2. When coughing, always cover your mouth and nose
Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.
3. Wear a face mask every time you go out
Everyone should wear a face mask when they must go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
This does not only include the daily objects we touch such as: tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks, but we also have to ensure disinfect objects that are being borrowed from us such as ID, pens, notebook, and even laptop.
5. Practice social distancing
To reduce the transmission of bacteria, we should distance ourselves from other people so that bacteria will not easily be transferred.
Prevention is always better than cure. As the number of people with COVID-19 continues to increase, everyone has a role to play in taking care of themselves and their loved ones and slowing the spread of the new coronavirus.
Seek medical care early if you or one of your family members have a fever, cough, body malaise, or difficulty in breathing.
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Everyday items we should clean and avoid
The COVID-19 virus can be transmitted through coughing and sneezing by way of direct contact with an infected person's droplets, and touching virus-contaminated surfaces. The virus can survive on surfaces for hours or days.
Good thing for us, the virus can be killed by disinfectants.
Regularly washing and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces in your home is an effective measure to reduce the risk of infection.
What are commonly touched surfaces?
Each home is different, but commonly touched surfaces include:
• Door handles
• Tables & Chairs
• Handrails
• Countertops• Toilets
• Light switches
• Gadgets
• Computers
• Toys
How can you disinfect your home?
If a surface in the house is dirty, first thing you need to do is to clean it with soap or detergent and water. Afterwards, use a disinfectant product containing alcohol (should be 70% solution) or bleach. Here are more tips for disinfecting surfaces in your home:
1. Make sure there’s good ventilation in the area where you are cleaning
2. Wear disposable gloves
3. Use a diluted household bleach solution, or an alcohol-based solution with at least 70% alcohol.
4. Follow instructions on the cleaning product’s label
5. Wash your hands when you are done.
Disinfecting your home should not only be done during a Pandemic but should be done regularly to protect you, the community and the family as well.
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Proper food preparation
The world is facing a pandemic called COVID-19. People are being told to stay at home to help reduce the transmission from person to another person. On the other hand, the enhanced community quarantine in the country has resulted in the closure of many establishments. For some people, working from home, teleworking, and online discussions and meetings are now normal practices.
By now, we maintain social distancing, head to the supermarket to do our routinely grocery shopping, and then hit our hands with a pinch of hand sanitizer on the way out, and then wash them again as soon as we get home and take care of our groceries.
Can the coronavirus exist on food?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at refrigerated or frozen temperatures. The biggest concern regarding the Coronavirus and food safety depends more on general hygiene of people handling it than the contamination of food.
To ensure that your food is safe, strict measures should always be followed such as separating keeping raw meat from other goods, always refrigerating perishable items, and cooking meat to the right temperatures.
For fruits and vegetables, make sure to wash them off as soon as possible before eating. Water alone is sufficient.
Cooking food properly will help make sure that any harmful bacteria are killed. It is very important to make sure that poultry, pork and meat products such as burgers, sausages are properly cooked all the way through.
1. If you are checking a burger, sausage, or a portion of pork, cut into the middle and check there is no pink meat left. The meat should also be steaming hot in the middle.
2. If you are checking a whole chicken, pierce the thickest part of the leg (between the drumstick and the thigh) with a clean knife until the juices run out. The juices and bones should not have any pink or red in them.
Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before preparing or eating food, as well as doing so at other times throughout the day like after you sneeze or use the bathroom. If we want this virus to end, we should practice good hygiene and a healthy lifestyle.
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Activities you may do with your children while WFH
The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused countries all over the globe to implement a total lockdown. Many countries have closed schools and universities, and large gatherings of people have been stopped. As the cases of COVID-19 in our country rises, it has forced many employees to shift to remote work or work-from-home.
Clearly, most work-at-home parents count more time with the kids as a huge plus. Work-at-home families spend a lot of time together and allows you to be a part of your children's routines throughout the day.
Here's a definitive guide to doing work from home with children:
1. Bathroom
a. Bubble bath with waterproof toy animals and sponges.
b. Give pets a bath
c. Make paper boats and sail them
d. Let them help you clean the bathroom sink or floors
2. Kitchen
a. Involve them with mixing ingredients or kneading dough
b. Bake something that interests them
c. Prepare a meal with them.
d. Make an ice cream or a smoothie and serve it as a treat.
e. Let them help you clean the kitchen table and floors
3. Bedroom
a. Involve them in organizing and decluttering old clothes and toys
b. Remind and assist them while fixing their bed
4. Art
a. Provide them paper and pencils, markers, and crayons.
b. Let them draw animals, or even maps of places.
c. Try sponge painting as a new technique. Let them use their hands too, if paint is washable.
d. Make use of old boxes to build miniature houses, building, cars
5. Games
a. Learn new card games.
b. Play scrabble
c. Basketball with paper and trash bin
d. Play tick tack toe
e. Race toy cars
f. Play grocery store with canned goods from the pantry and fake money, if available.
g. Play mail: write letters, place in envelopes and take turns delivering them.
h. Play pin the tail on the donkey (with tape).
There’s a lot of things that you can do while you work from home with your kids. Family time is always the best time.
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The best foods for boosting your immune system
Our immune system defends us against disease-causing microorganisms. But sometimes, germs invade our body successfully and makes us sick.
As the COVID-19 cases continue to rise, taking daily precautions such as hand washing, maintaining a social distance of at least 2 meters, exercise, and getting enough sleep is key on boosting your immune system and lowering risk of infections. Maintaining a balanced diet will also help improve your immune system and give you an advantage.
Certain foods may be helpful for boosting the immune system and preventing colds and the flu. Here are foods that are high in vitamins and will give you the boost that your body needs:
1. Red and green bell peppers
Both red and green bell pepper are high in Vitamin C and acts as an antioxidant.
2. Fruits
Citrus fruits such as orange, strawberries, and lemon are also high in Vitamin C.
3. Garlic
Not only is garlic full of flavor, but it’s packed with health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and reducing risk of heart disease.
4. Mushrooms
Mushrooms can be mixed in different foods. Just like the vitamins we get from the sun, mushrooms also contains a lot of Vitamin D.
5. Yogurt
Yogurt is a good source of probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria that helps our body to have a healthy gut and immune system.
6. Sunflower seed
Sunflower seeds are high in Vitamin E which also works as an antioxidant helps boost our immune system.
On your next grocery run, you may consider the list of food to boost your immune system most specially now during the pandemic.
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Protocols for entering your home
COVID-19 is spreading in different communities all across the globe. WHO and DOH urges everyone to stay home and practice social distancing. As a family, you can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak. When you need to go out for important items like shopping for food or medical treatment, keep at least 2 meters away from a person. Do your part to avoid the spread by taking routine precautions including: constantly washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
Here are steps and protocols that you can do whenever someone leaves the house for necessities:
1. Before leaving the house, make sure to have a face mask on to avoid any droplets that has the COVID-19 virus and wear gloves for extra protection.
2. When you leave the house, practice social distancing
3. When you’re in public places, be responsible whenever you sneeze or cough.Cover your mouth and nose to avoid particles being spilled.
Before entering your home:
1. Before entering your home, ask your family members to open the gates and doors to avoid touching other surfaces.
2. Take off your shoes.
3. Go directly to the bathroom and take a bath
4. Make sure to change your clothes and separate it from your laundry
5. Dispose your face mask properly and wash your hands with alcohol after
6. Disinfect the items you brought outside including your personal items and private car.
Let us all be vigilant and be updated on the news about this Pandemic.
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Taking care of your mental health amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
Last January 2020, the World Health Organization declared an outbreak of a new coronavirus disease which originated in the province of Hubei, China. All over the globe, public health authorities are doing their best on containing the disease from spreading.
Since the cases of COVID-19 are increasing rapidly in the country, our government decided to implement a community quarantine in the metro. A week after, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the entire Luzon area under 'enhanced community quarantine, which is effectively a total lockdown, restricting the movement of the population.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this time of crisis is generating stress in the population. People may be feeling afraid, worried, anxious and overwhelmed by the constantly changing alerts and media coverage regarding the spread of the virus.
Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and can take a toll on our entire physical and mental well-being. Here are a few things you can do to support yourself:
1. Limit your exposure to different media coverage
Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that cause you to feel anxious or distressed; seek information mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones. Get updates at specific times during the day once or twice.
2. Get the facts.
Gather information at regular intervals, from WHO website and local health authorities platforms, in order to help you distinguish facts from rumors.
3. Connect with others.
Assisting others in their time of need can benefit the person receiving support. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
4. Honor caretakers and healthcare workers
Support the people affected with COVID-19 in your community. Acknowledge the role that everyone plays to save lives and keep your loved ones safe.
5. Take Breaks
Take breaks from your daily routine. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. This will allow yourself to feel refreshed. Get plenty of sleep too.
The Department of Health (DOH) has a national crisis hotline to assist people with mental health concerns ranging from counseling to psychiatric emergencies and suicide prevention.
The hotline is operated by the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH), which has trained respondents to properly deal with people with mental health issues 24/7.
The hotline can be reached through the following numbers:
0917-899-USAP (8727)
According to Duque, “the hotline aims to send a message to those with mental health issues that they are not alone. It's okay to not be okay.... There is hope. Recovery is possible and there should be no shame in getting help.”
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What can you do at home to stay well?
A lot of us are likely working from home due to the enhanced community quarantine imposed by the Philippine government to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During a pandemic like COVID-19, our wellness is very important. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, and sleeping well should still be observed. These are crucial in preserving your physical and mental health.
1. Eating a well-balanced diet
Our health and nutrition should be our priority. This lockdown presents a great time for maintaining and enhancing your health as you practice social distance. Healthy eating is especially necessary to keep the immune system in good condition. We should at least try to avoid eating processed food and prepare a freshly cooked meal.
Exercise is important for your overall healthy well-being, but it is vital to protect yourself from diseases. Every hour, make it a habit to stand-up and go around the house. This will also help you refocus on your work. The basics such as planks, pushups, squats, leg lifts, or bicycles and burpees for an easy workout that you may do before or after working, that will build strength and get your heart rate up.
Sleeping at the right time
Getting enough sleep will help you boost your immune system. Sleep is important as sleep-deprived people can have suppressed immunity, meaning that they're more at risk of catching viruses.
A daily dose of vitamin
Being nutrient-deficient can lower your immune function. Various micronutrients are essential for immunocompetence, particularly vitamins A, C, D, E, B2, B6, and B12, folic acid, iron, selenium, and zinc.
Staying hydrated
Drinking enough water is extremely important to keep your body healthy, and reduce the risk of infections. To be reminded to drink water, try placing your water bottle beside your working station.
Communicate with others
Reaching out to people and checking up on them is a good practice. Since we are unable to meet personally, talking virtually will help all parties maintain a healthy mental health. This is one way of telling each other that we are all in this together.
All these tips should be taken personally if we want the pandemic to stop. The most effective way to avoid the virus still remains; washing hands, not touching the eyes, nose or mouth, and practicing social distancing when you are out of the house to buy essential needs.
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Health Tips to prevent viruses
Viruses can be transmitted through close contact and several situations such as: living or working with people, sharing items, and giving care to another person. When a family member has a virus, this can cause distress. Thankfully, there are some preventative measures you can take to avoid bringing these illnesses into your home.
Here are a few health tips to help you and your family avoid and prevent viruses:
1. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap
2. Stay away from crowded places
3. When coughing, always cover your mouth
4. Wear a surgical mask
5. Cook meat properly and thoroughly
6. Drink plenty of water
7. Get enough sleep to boost your immune systemPrevention is key to staying healthy.
Getting enough sleep, washing hands often, keeping your home and work environments clean and sanitized can go a long way towards being able to enjoy your life.
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Advantages of a clean workstation
A safe and clean working environment increases efficiency and morale, so keeping on top of the office mess should be a priority.
When your workstation and desk is dirty and messy, it provides the perfect host for bacteria to flourish, it is essential to maintain a strict cleaning schedule to ensure you remain positive and safe at work.
Why do you need to clean your workstation?
1. You get more breathing space and storage.
2. It can reduce stress. Improving your desk hygiene can significantly reduce stress levels throughout the workplace. A cluttered desk can make focusing on projects difficult and distracting, raising your level of stress throughout the day.
3. You protect your health by cleaning and wiping down the desk surface. This will help you breathe safely.
4. Your productivity goes up immediately because now you can find things. You will become way more efficient.
5. Your work area is safer and protects you and others from unauthorized use of sensitive information.
6. You look professional. A clean desk from day one shows respect and portrays you as organized, efficient and in control.
7. The cumulative effect of many orderly work environments is happier people all around.
Have you been feeling cold recently? Eating lunch at your desk? An office desk can be a germ refuge. For the sake of your wellbeing, disinfect your desk and computer keyboard on a regular basis.
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Hand Washing techniques
Hand washing has a lot of benefits. It supports the statement prevention is better than cure. It is better to stop something bad from happening than it is to deal with it after it has happened.
Contaminated hands may spread a series of infectious diseases from one person to another. Washing your hands with soap regularly will help prevent the spread of the germs that cause these diseases like bacteria and viruses. Germs are expelled into the air as tiny droplets, as people sneeze or cough. If these droplets get through the air or something you touch and then you touch your mouth, eyes or nose without removing the germs by washing your face, you take the infection with you.
When you wash your hands, you eliminate germs and reduce illnesses.
When should you wash your hands?
1. Before eating or before cooking
2. Before and after attending to sick children or other family members.
3. Before, during and after preparing food
4. After using the bathroom
5. After handling animals
6. After smoking
How to wash your hands properly
1. Remove any hand or arm jewelry
2. Wet hands with water
3. Apply soap and cover entire surfaces of your hand
4. Use soap and running water
5. Rub hands palm to palm
6. Wash the front and back of your hands, as well as between your fingers and under your nails
7. Washing should last for at least 20 seconds, preferably a minute.
8. Lather for 15 seconds
9. Rinse your hands well under warm running water
10. Wipe and dry your hands gently with a paper towel or clean towel.
11. Turn off the tap using the paper towel so that you do not recontaminate your hands.
The most effective thing you can do to protect yourself from a variety of infectious diseases, such as common cold, is to wash your hands properly and teach your children to do the same. With this, you get less time off of work or school and reduce medical bills. Washing your hands not only prevents you from getting sick, but it also reduces the risk of infecting others.
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Boost your immune system
You can prevent yourself from getting any virus such as the Coronavirus by boosting your immune system. Improving the body’s resistance can help fight the virus when it enters the body.
A strong immune system will make our body more and more healthy, fight off diseases, especially infections and cancers. With changes in your diet and routine, you can ensure that your immune system is strong enough to protect you against the virus infection. From sleeping for 8 hours to walking in the sun to eating a balanced diet, the ways are simple but they can really be helpful if followed.
How can you achieve a healthy immune system?
1. Getting enough sleep and managing your stress - staying up too late can weaken your immune system
2. Having a healthy lifestyle - Exercise, active life, improving the living environment in harmony with nature helps the body to stay healthy and increase resistance.
3. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables - having a healthy diet will provide your body with the nutrients your immune system needs.
4. Get enough sunlight - Sunlight triggers the skin’s production of vitamin D. When spending prolonged time in the hot sun, wear sunscreen, and stay hydrated.
5. Avoid tobacco smoke - it undermines basic immune defenses and raises the risk of bronchitis and pneumonia.
6. Limit alcohol intake - excessive consumption impairs the immune system and increases vulnerability to lung infections
7. Start eating mushrooms - One of the healthiest foods on the planet, mushrooms are rich in essential nutrients and minerals.
The Coronavirus can be hazardous when your immune system is weak but having a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle will help prevent you from getting infected.
Follow these steps, make changes to your lifestyle, and stick to them.
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Benefits of wearing a surgical mask and how to properly dispose it
Surgical Masks were first introduced by doctors in the 1800s. They quickly became popular among a public eager to protect itself against the influenza pandemic of 1918.
Masks contain filters that prevent germs from being spread. A good quality surgical mask generally has a three-ply layer with the innermost white layer used for absorbing moisture, the middle layer is a filter, and outermost colored layer repels water.
For hygiene reasons, use disposable masks and replace them when they get moist. Masks can only be worn for a maximum of eight hours it is best to change them regularly so they can remain effective.
Here are the correct ways to wear and properly dispose of a mask.
Step 1:
Hold the mask in your ear loops and then place them over your ears. The colored part of the mask is the non-absorbent layer and should be faced outside. While the white part, which is the absorbent inner layer, should be faced towards you.
Step 2:
Pinch the metal strip or stiff edge so it takes the shape of your nose bridge.
Step 3:
After pinching the metal strip in your nose bridge, pull the bottom of the surgical mask over your mouth and chin. Ensuring that it covers your mouth and nose.
Step 4:
Once the mask is soiled, remove it by holding the ear loops. Masks can only be worn for a maximum of eight hours and it is best to change them regularly so they can remain effective.
Step 5:
Dispose the soiled mask into the biodegradable bins.
Step 6:
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after disposing the mask.
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An advantage of Telemedicine: No Disease Exposure
A lot of people now are very conscious about their health. They ensure they practice proper hygiene to avoid getting sick or yet acquire the Covid-19. It is ironic that people are now having doubts going to a medical facility whenever they feel sick because they are paranoid that they may get the virus.
One advantage of Telemedicine, where a patient can consult with a Physician through phone, is that there is no disease exposure. A virtual visit from a doctor is a great option for those who are worried that they might be affected and yet get treatment from their home and limit the spread of the virus.
Don’t panic if you’re not feeling well and are worried that you may have come in contact with an infected person. Since the symptoms of the Covid-19 and flu are very similar, it is very important to have your symptoms checked with a specialist doctor.
Taking advantage of a doctor's virtual visit may be a good first step towards getting and feeling better while reducing the spread of the virus. To consult with specialist doctors from Medgate, you may contact us through the following touchpoints:
Landline number:
Manila: 02 8705 0700
Davao: 082 285 5111
Cebu: 032 265 5111
Dumaguete: 035 522 5111
Globe: 0917 536 2156 / 0917 536 2715 / 0917 548 7673
Smart: 0998 990 7540 / 0998 990 7541 / 0998 990 7542 / 0998 843 2880
Sun: 0925 714 7794 / 0925 714 7793
Or by messaging us on Facebook:
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Healthy habits for your teeth - Oral Health Month
Did you know that our teeth are the hardest substance in our body? Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to our overall well-being.
The goal of proper oral hygiene is to remove or prevent formation and buildup of plaque and tartar, to prevent dental caries and periodontal disease. Our mouth is home to bacterial communities and in the process, these bacteria can cause tooth decay.
Oral health begins with clean teeth.
Keeping your teeth clean can cavities and prevent gum disease while keeping your tooth surfaces clean.
Here are some brushing basics for proper oral hygiene:
Brush your teeth twice or thrice a day - When brushing your teeth, don’t rush. Take about two minutes to do a thorough job.
Use proper equipment - Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably.
Keep your equipment clean - Always rinse your toothbrush with water after brushing.
Know when to replace your toothbrush - Invest in a new toothbrush every three months.
Floss after brushing - You can't reach the bacteria in the tight spaces between your teeth and under the gum line with a toothbrush - That's why daily flossing is important.
Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and is much less painful, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.
Make sure you set an appointment with your dentist regularly. Remember, early detection and treatment of problems with your gums, teeth and mouth can help ensure a lifetime of good oral health and a smiling face throughout the day.
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Healthy New Year's resolution - Having a healthy diet this new year
It has been a practice that every new year we set and follow a resolution. This resolution is a testament of change. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity for all those who have failed to start making the changes that they said they would make. The key is not to set a New Year’s resolution at all - it’s setting the right ones and not waiting for a new year to start fresh.
Many new year's resolutions revolve around health, and for good reason. Having a healthy physical and mental health is the foundation of achieving any other goals, both personal and professional, so improving your health and dedicating time, energy and resources is the best investment you can make.
Here are a few ways you can do to improve your overall health this 2020:
Water is the primary building block of cells. We need at least 8 glasses of water every to keep us hydrated. It also helps enhance physical performance and it also increases brain function.
Pick an activity you like: walking, dancing, swimming, running, jumping rope or whatever fits your lifestyle, as long as you’re sweating, it will be beneficial for you. Find something that you will do willingly. Exercise relieves stress, sharpens your mind and improves your physical health.
Having a balanced diet
A balanced diet is important because your organs and tissues need proper nutrition to work effectively. Without good nutrition, your body is more prone to disease, infection, fatigue, and poor performance. Always remember that have a good balance of your go, grow and glow foods.
Getting enough sleep
Getting enough sleep helps your brain to be sharper and helps boost your mood.
Regular doctor’s appointment
All the said tips are a good way to stay healthy, but in order for you to remain healthy, you also need to have your regular doctor’s appointment. Early intervention and prevention is key to being healthy. With Medgate, this is possible. You may consult with specialist doctors right at the comfort of your home. Skip the hassle, skip the traffic. Our doctor is just a phone call away.
A resolution won’t be successful if it’s not sustainable. A sustainable resolution exists and can help you build the foundation for a long, healthy, happy life. A blessed and a happy new year!
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Gift yourself this holiday
Holidays are a good time for our taste buds, but for your waistline, this is not exactly an ideal season. Maintaining to stay healthy is a struggle, then comes the holiday season. Holidays revolves around fun, family, friends, gifts, and most importantly, food.
Be guided following these simple steps to stay healthy during the holiday season.
1. Eat Carefully
Holiday foods can be high in calories and low in nutrition. When you eat, sit back and really enjoy the flavors of your favorite holiday. Pay attention to the food's taste, flavor and texture.
2. Avoid overeating
Digestive disorders, including indigestion and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), can result from food excesses. The best way to avoid these digestive problems is to moderate your dietary intake, and knowing when you've had enough is the best way to do that. Try to eat slowly as it takes about 20 minutes for the brain to let you know that you are full.
3. Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated will help you kill a potential hangover and fight off any germs that come your way. This also increases metabolism and helps get rid of toxins. An average person should have at least eight 2 liters glasses of water.
4. Prioritize your exercise
Plan your workout regimen around your holiday schedule. Staying active will keep your immune system strong
These are just a few tips you can do to enjoy your holidays in a healthy way. Balance is the key to staying healthy during the holiday season. You can enjoy festive foods while still being mindful about your health when you engage and indulge mindfully and moderately.
This holiday season can be very busy. Whenever you’re feeling sick, always remember that Medgate is here to give you the care you deserve, wherever, whenever. Skip the hassle and traffic by consulting with specialist doctors from Medgate at the comfort of your home. Stay healthy and Happy holidays!
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World Diabetes Day 2019: Family and Diabetes
World Diabetes Day is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.
The theme for World Diabetes Day 2019 is Family and Diabetes. The goal is to raise awareness of the effect diabetes has on the family and support the network of those affected, as well as to encourage the role of the family in the management, treatment, prevention and education of diabetes
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that causes high blood sugar. It is about the body’s ability (or lack of it) to produce the required amount of a hormone called insulin to control glucose levels in the blood. Insulin moves sugar from the blood into the cells to be stored or used for energy
Different types of diabetes can occur and the treatment of the condition depends on the type of diabetes a person has. There are mainly three types of diabetes:
1. Type 1 Diabetes
Occurs when the body fails to produce insulin. About 10% of people who have diabetes have type 1 diabetes, or insulin-dependent diabetes.
2. Type 2 Diabetes
Also known as non-insulin dependent diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects the way the body uses insulin. While the body still makes insulin, the cells in the body do not respond to it as effectively as they once did.
3. Gestational Diabetes
Occurs in women during pregnancy when the body become less sensitive to insulin.
General Symptoms
Diabetes symptoms can be caused by rising blood sugar. Additionally, other symptoms as dizziness, headache, mood changes, fast heartbeat can be due to low blood sugar.
Some of the general symptoms of diabetes may include:
●Increased appetite
●Increased thirst
●Weight loss
●Frequent unrination
●Blurry vision
●Extreme fatigue
●Sores that won't heal
Symptoms in men
Among general diabetes symptoms, men with diabetes may have lower sex drive, erectile dysfunction (ED), and poor muscle strength.
Symptoms in women
Women with diabetes may also have symptoms such as infections of the urinary tract, yeast infections, and hot, itchy skin.
It is very important for people with diabetes to maintain good control of their condition to help reduce and avoid long-term complications. Over the past few years, there have been huge advances in this area for easier detection of the disease. Development work, however, is vitally important to ensure that people with the condition will live a life as normal as possible.
Some types of diabetes like type 1 are caused by factors beyond the persons control. If any of your loved ones have diabetes, support them in all things possible so they may be encouraged to a well, active and healthy lifestyle.
Most importantly, do not hesitate to consult with Medgate's doctors about diabetes. Early prevention is the key to a healthy, long-term life.
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World Mental Health Day
Mental illness is a condition that impacts how you believe, feel, behave, or connect to other individuals or your environment. It's very prevalent. Many individuals had one or know somebody who's got one. Some mental illnesses and mental health problems are social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, drug addiction, and personality disorders.
Many variables lead to mental health issues, including: biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry and life experiences, such as trauma and abuse. Are you unsure if someone is living with mental health problems? Whether someone is developing a mental health problem cannot be reliably told; however, experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:
1. Mood swings
2. Having low or no energy
3. Sleep problems (too much or too little)
4. Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
5. Keeping problems to themselves
6. Inability to perform daily tasks
7. Thinking of harming their self or others
This 2019, World Mental Health Day focuses on suicide prevention with an objective to raise awareness on the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every 40 seconds, someone dies of suicide. The WHO states that close to 800 000, people dies by suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds.
Most suicidal people give their intentions with warning signs or signals. Recognizing these warning signs is the best way to avoid suicide if you think a friend or family member is suicidal. You can play a part in preventing suicide by pointing out the options, demonstrating you care, and involving a doctor or psychologist.
Mental health problems are common and help is available. People with mental health problems can get better.
For anyone with public with mental health concerns, you may contact the NCMH Crisis Hotline at 09178998727.
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Color Blindness in men
Color Blindness is more common in men.
Color blindness occurs when a person cannot distinguish between certain colors. Majority of people with deficient color vision is hereditary and has been inherited from their mother.
Men are much more likely to be color blind than women because the genes responsible for the most common, inherited color blindness are the X chromosome. Men have only one X chromosome while females have two X chromosomes.
Different types of color blindness are:
- Red-green color blindness, the most common;
- Followed by blue-yellow color blindness;
- And a complete absence of color vision.
However, total color blindness is rare. Most blind people can see things as clearly as others, but they cannot completely see red, green, nor blue color.
There are varying degrees of color blindness. Some people with mild color deficiency can normally see colors in good light, but they have difficulty in dim light. Others are unable to distinguish certain colors in any light. The most severe form of color blindness, in which everything is seen in shades of gray, is unusual. Color blindness usually affects both eyes equally and remains stable throughout life.
Color blindness has no cure. However, individuals with red-green color blindness may be able to use a unique set of lenses to assist them perceive colors more precisely. This is not available locally but these lenses can only be used outdoors under bright light circumstances. Visual aids were also created to assist individuals deal with color blindness.
The Ishihara Color Test is the most common test of red-green color blindness. The experiment comprises of a sequence of colored squares, each of which includes a set of squares in distinct colors and dimensions called Ishihara tables. There are points within the ring that are obviously noticeable to those with ordinary color vision but unseen or hard to see for those with red-green blindness.
Take the Ishihara Color Blindness Test now to find out if you are color blind. Be aware that the display settings of your screen can affect your test result.
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PCOS among Women
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or also known as PCOS is a disorder in the endocrine system that affects women during their reproductive years. This is when cysts, a small fluid-filled bags, develop in the ovary. It starts in the teen years of a female and can be mild or severe.
Women with PCOS may experience irregular menstrual cycle, increased sex hormone levels, excess hair growth, acne, and obesity. Apart from having cysts in the ovaries, symptoms of PCOS may include:
➔ Sleep apnea
➔ Infertility
➔ Oily skin, and dandruff
➔ Dark patches of skin
➔ Fatigue
➔ Pelvic pain
➔ Depression and anxiety
➔ Decreased libido
A diet that meets the nutritional needs of a person, maintains a healthy weight and promotes good insulin levels can help women with PCOS feel better. Since insulin levels plays an important role on PCOS management, a diet that meets the nutritional needs of a person, maintaining a healthy weight and promoting good insulin levels should be considered. Here are some foods you can take for your diet:
Whole Foods
Whole foods are free of artificial sugars, hormones and preservatives. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes are foods that you can add to your diet.
Balancing Carbs and Protein
Carbohydrates and protein affect your energy levels as well as your hormone levels. Eating protein stimulates insulin in your body. Focus on having enough good protein such as fish, tofu, and chicken.
Increasing Iron Intake
Some women with PCOS have severe bleeding during their period. This can lead to iron deficiency or anemia. You may add iron-rich foods to your diet such as spinach, eggs and broccoli.
Increasing Magnesium Intake
Some foods that are rich in magnesium are almonds, cashews, spinach, and bananas.
Being Physically Active
Getting certain hours of exercise a week is enough to improve your insulin sensitivity in women with PCOS.
Lifestyle changes and a balanced diet can be key factors on reducing impact of PCOS. Before changing and following a different diet, consulting a doctor is a must. With Medgate, you may enjoy hassle-free consultations with Filipino specialist doctors. Call Doc today!
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Obesity Prevention Awareness Week
What is Obesity?
Obesity is a chronic disease that affects kids, teenagers and adults. This occurs when an individual has excess weight or body fat that may affect his health. Usually, a doctor may suggest an individual has obesity if they have an elevated Body Mass Index (BMI). You can have an elevated BMI and be healthy, or a regular BMI be unhealthy. Still, BMI is a good place to begin assessing whether your weight is problematic, waist to hip ratio is another factor that the doctor can refer to. Young people usually become overweight or obese because in combination with poor eating habits, they don't get enough physical activity. Genetics and lifestyle contribute to the weight status of a child as well.
People who are overweight or obese are much more likely to develop serious conditions including:
● Heart disease
● Stroke
● Diabetes
● Bone and Joint Disease
● Breast Cancer
● Colon Cancer
Obesity can also affect the quality of life of a person and their relationship with their family and friends. This can lead to psychological problems such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. It can also lead to a number of day-to-day problems, such as breathlessness, increased sweating, physical activity difficulties, and joint or back pain.
Improving eating practices and physical activity in adults play a crucial role in obesity prevention. Some of the things you can do are:
● Regularly weighing yourself
● Avoiding foods that are high in fat or calories
● Avoid eating sweet and salty food
● Being physically active
For children, there are ways that parents can help prevent obesity and support healthy child growth. Parents can do many things to assist their kids on attaining and maintaining a good weight:
● Be conscious of the growth of your child
● Provide low-calorie nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables
● Help your kids get the recommended amount of physical activity every day. Exercise may include brisk walking, bicycle riding, swimming, and etc.
● Limit their juice intake and make sure they get the adequate amount of water everyday
Obesity is a result of biopsychological factors, which includes the individual's genetic predisposition and current hormonal conditions.
Start by taking small, gradual steps toward healthy eating like adding salad to dinner every night, or swapping French fries for steamed vegetables. As small changes become a habit, you can continue adding more.
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Medgate Philippines recognized with Healthcare Leadership Award
Stavros Athanasiou, President & Group Chief Financial Officer, Medgate Asia (left) and Chetan Wakalkar, Group Director, Indira Group of Institutes (right)
Medgate Philippines was recognized with the Healthcare Leadership Award by CMO Asia for its continuous innovation and providing accessible healthcare to millions of Filipinos. Medgate has been operating in the Philippines for 3 years and is partnered with best in class companies, such as Allianz, AXA, Generali, Intellicare (part of Fullerton Health), and many more.
“We at Medgate Philippines are very happy to see our efforts to provide accessible healthcare to Filipinos being singled out for excellence. Telemedicine saves time and reduces costs significantly for insurance companies, employers, and end users, while delivering high quality medical consultations.” Said Stavros Athanasiou, Medgate Philippines’ President.
Medgate offers 24/7 medical consultations with a highly skilled team of Filipino telemedical assistants and licensed physicians that may be reached through multiple touch points. Other features include laboratory results interpretations, issuance of e-treatment plans and e-prescriptions, and delivery of medicines.
Medgate was founded almost 20 years ago in Switzerland. Medgate is a leading international provider of telemedicine, with operations in Switzerland, the Middle East, India and the Philippines. It has forged partnerships with global organizations such as Swisscom, Mubadala and Aetna to bring its brand of telemedicine to the world.
CMO Asia is a premium forum that brings elite marketers, advertising, and creative honchos together. The program provides an intimate atmosphere for top marketing experts, organizations and advisors to recognize and reward excellence. CMO Asia was introduced in 2010 to plug a marketing community vacuum. This is a peer-to-peer networking body that seeks to link all marketers across industries on a common platform.
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Your HOUSE to accessible quality health care
The biggest challenges that a Filipino families face are poverty and a lack of family planning. a lack of family planning and poverty. There are a lot of young adults who are trying to break free from their families’ long cycle of poverty. Filipinos are having a hard time surviving in such difficult conditions, and more and more are falling into extreme poverty. With this issue, Filipino parents can’t make enough money to support their families which in turn, children must be taken out of school to work in harsh conditions.
For hundreds of Filipino youth who are impoverished, abused, and trafficked, providing them with an education scholarship is not enough to give them a better life. HOUSE Foundation have made it their mission to educate, employ, and empower at-risk youth to give them a second start in life.
HELPING OURSELVES PROGRAM (HOP) by HOUSE Foundation is a unique curriculum that they were able to develop for over eight years. Their approach focuses on four pillars:
1. Academic Education
2. Values Education
3. Work Skills Training
4. Work Ethics Training
We are dedicated to contributing towards the betterment of the society. For every purchase of our Medgate Unlimited Plan, a percentage of proceeds will go to HOUSE Foundation to help fund many of its programs. With this, HOUSE foundation will be able to take in more young adults into their program and give them a brighter future. Here’s where all your money will go:
HOUSE foundation and Messy Bessy are also affiliated with one another. When you purchase a Messy Bessy product, all its proceeds go directly to HOUSE Foundation. They also welcome volunteers who would be interested in tutoring high school and college students in various subjects. You may contact HOUSE foundation through this number: (632)-844-5133.
A small effort comes a long way. Purchase a Medgate Unlimited Plan today to help the Filipino Youth by giving them a fighting chance at having a better future. Medgate is your HOUSE to accessible quality health care.
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Family Planning Month
Annually, the month of August has been considered as the Family Planning Month. Family planning is the method of safely and effectively arranging the birth spacing of children, as well as the number of children desired in the family. Such planning is pertinent for Filipino families to attain a better quality of life.
To date, many Filipino families still lack access to modern family planning. In order to address the growing need for modern family planning, the Department of Health (DOH) developed the National Family Planning Program. The program aims to promote reproductive health and rights of Filipinos by giving them accessible information and services for safe, legal, and effective modern family planning methods. Examples of these methods include counseling, education, and contraception.
Aside from the basic interventions that the program provides, the National Family Planning Program also gives a great amount of importance to the health and well-being of mothers and their children, due to the risks that may accompany pregnancy. By providing mothers with information and services on family planning, problems such as unintended pregnancies, early childbearing, unsafe abortion, and death from early and late childbearing may be prevented. Ultimately, modern methods on family planning may decrease maternal deaths, infant deaths, teenage pregnancies, and induced abortion cases, which are problems currently rampant in the country.
Despite placing a great deal of importance to the health and well-being of women and children, family planning still encourages the participation of each member of the family in deciding their way of life that will suit their needs and health.
With proper Family Planning,
The mother can:
1. Quickly restore her strength after pregnancy and childbirth;
2. Prepare for each pregnancy;
3. Have more time for her family and herself; and
4. Have more time to take care of her children.
The father can:
1. Accumulate for the education and needs of his children; and
2. Have more time for his family
The baby and the children have more time for:
1. Breastfeeding;
2. Vaccination;
3. Proper nutrition;
4. Dental care;
5. Adequate education; and
6. Love and care
As mentioned earlier, one of the family planning methods include contraception. Such method is available at pharmacies at affordable rates; or at companies that provide contraceptives to their employees. Meanwhile, the cost of ligation, vasectomy or IUD assumptions - some basic forms of contraception - is covered by PhilHealth's benefit package. For more information about family planning, consult your doctor, nurse, or midwife at the clinic, health center or hospital nearest you.
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Nutrition Month 2019
Nutrition Month is a campaign held annually every July, as mandated by Presidential Decree no. 491, also known as the Nutrition Act of the Philippines. The National Nutrition Council (NNC) leads the observance of National Nutrition Month together with this year’s theme: "Kumain nang wasto at maging aktibo...push natin 'to!".
The objective of this campaign is to bring awareness among the Filipinos about the important role of nutrition to an individual's overall health and wellness and to promote the Philippine Plan of Action (PPAN) 2017-2022, which is to address malnutrition in the country. The PPAN 2017-2022 is a results-based plan of action to stem the progression and improve Filipino problems on nutrition such as wasting, stunting, micronutrient deficiencies and overweight and obesity.
The purpose of this campaign is to help everyone to become aware of the importance of having good nutrition and having a healthy eating plan. A healthy eating plan has been proven to provide numerous health benefits, such as reducing your risk of several chronic diseases, heart diseases, and keeping your body healthy.
In line with this year’s theme, we have assembled a few tips that can help you in getting a nutritious diet that promotes your overall health:
1. Eat fruits and vegetables. Eating a wide assortment of healthy whole foods like fruits and vegetables helps ensure that you get all of the health-promoting benefits that foods can offer.
2. Limit fast and processed foods. Processed foods undergo some form of processing before consumption. More highly, processed foods have generally undergone industrial processing and are often higher in energy and lower in micronutrients.
3. Portion Control. Control the size of your food by eating from a smaller plate. It has been proven that the size of your dinnerware can affect how much you eat. Eating from a large plate can make your portion look smaller, while eating from a small plate can make it look bigger.
4. Be active. Doing 150 minutes of physical activity weekly like walking, riding a bicycle, running and dancing raises your heart rate and helps you release lots of sweat, which flushes cholesterol out of the body.
Individuals can do this by being aware of how to eat a balanced diet and how to read nutrition facts labels.
Some of these tips will help you keep your portion sizes reasonable, while others will help you add nutrients to your diet or adapt to something new. When followed, they’ll have a big impact on making your overall diet healthier and more sustainable, without a huge change in your habits.
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Country Bankers Insurance Group partners with Medgate
(From left) Eileen Enobal, Senior Assistant Vice President for Underwriting & Micro Insurance, Country Bankers Insurance Group;, Menchie Alcoran, Assistant Vice President for Marketing, Country Bankers Insurance Group; Luisito Bautista, Vice President for Marketing, Country Bankers Insurance Group; Geraldine Desiderio-Garcia, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Country Bankers Insurance Group; Stavros Athanasiou, President & Group Chief Financial Officer, Medgate Philippines; Juan Rabell Mendoza, Senior Assistant Vice President for Business Development, Country Bankers Insurance Group; Ronaldo Estrella, Country Manager, Medgate Philippines Ces Alinea, Vice President for Client Relations Management, Medgate Philippines.
Medgate, the leading telemedicine provider in the Philippines, announced today that it has partnered with Country Bankers Insurance Group (CBIG) to further expand its presence here in the country.
CBIG is composed of two companies - Country Bankers Life Insurance Corporation(CBLIC) and Country Bankers Insurance Corporation(CBIC), which provides life and non life insurance plans, respectively. CBIG traces its roots from the prestigious group of Rural Bankers hailing from all regions of the Philippines, founded by the late Don Jose E. Desiderio, Sr., and Don Alfredo L. Montelibano Sr., both well - known rural bankers, almost 60 years ago.
CBIG concentrated its main thrust in the countryside, servicing small business entrepreneurs, industrialists, farmers, fishermen, and many others who seldom have the opportunity to avail of insurance coverage.
"Partnering with Country Bankers Insurance Group to deliver telemedicine transformation will allow us to provide accessible health care for everyone." said Ronaldo Estrella, Medgate’s Country Manager. "Together, we can provide millions of Filipinos the best health care they can ask for."
True to their catchphrase, "Kapag Sigurado, Hindi Kabado", CBIG will bundle Medgate with their Classic Benefit, CB Kalinga and Alalay Sa Buhay (ASB) plans for life products and Personal Accident (PA) plan for non-life product, with options for limited or unlimited consultations.
On the other hand, Medgate offers high quality, convenient and confidential medical consultations over the phone. This means, that members have direct access to a qualified doctor for their daily health care needs, without visiting a clinic or a hospital. The Medgate Telemedicine Center, and the Medgate Partner Network integrate their work closely to guarantee comprehensive health care for the patient. All the doctors are licensed and certified to provide telemedicine consultations of the highest standard.
"We believe that the best way to reach and help more Filipinos is by partnering with a company who through the years, remained competitive with product innovations," Estrella added.
Medgate offers 24 / 7 medical consultation over the phone and has call back option for patients who want to schedule their consultation.Medgate has 24 / 7 telephone lines with multiple contact points and follows International guidelines and protocols followed by their specialist doctors.
By offering their products and services, Medgate, together with CBIG, will provide a new experience for Filipinos. They strive to give Filipinos innovative medical consultation that will help their well - being.
For more information, you may visit the following pages:
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Dengue Awareness Month
June was declared Dengue Awareness Month (Proclamation No. 1204) since 1998 to highlight how prevention and control of dengue would require collaborative efforts among national and local government agencies as well as private NGOs.
Dengue has been considered by Department of Health (DOH) as a year-round disease which incidents rises during rainy seasons. This is the fastest spreading insect-carrier disease in the world endemic in 100 countries. As per DOH, the goal of Dengue awareness month is to reduce the burden of dengue disease with an objective to reduce dengue morbidity by at least 25% by 2022.
Dengue is transmitted by the mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, which are found throughout the world. It is a tropical disease caused by a virus carried these mosquitoes. This virus causes dengue fever, and there is no specific medicine or antibiotic to treat it. For typical dengue fever, the treatment is directed toward relief of the symptoms.
The virus can cause fever, headaches, rashes, and pain throughout the body. Symptoms may include:
1. High Fever
2. Severe headaches
3. Pain behind the eyes and in the joints, muscles and/or bones
4. Abdominal Pain
5. Bleeding (such a nosebleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising, dark stools)
6. Rash over most of the body
7. Fatigue
8. Nausea
9. Vomiting
Sometimes, symptoms can be mild and can be mistaken for those of the flu or another viral infection. Symptoms of dengue fever are generally mild in younger children and those who have the disease for the first time. However, serious problems can develop. Severe dengue can be life-threatening within a few hours and often requires hospitalization.
The best way to prevent Dengue is avoiding mosquito bites. Let’s take necessary precautions by: Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, using insect repellent, and controlling mosquitoes by cleaning stagnant water inside and outside your home.
Controlling and preventing dengue fever are essential steps for keeping people healthy. Know the symptoms of Dengue by asking specialist doctors from Medgate, anywhere, anytime.
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Road Safety Month
Presidential Proclamation No. 115-A declares the month of May as Road Safety Month to promote road safety and raise awareness about hazards we can encounter while driving and commuting. Road safety is vital to us.
In Metro Manila, most traffic crash happen in Quezon City, Manila, and Makati since these are the busiest cities we have in the metro. A lot of people lose their life or get injured in road accidents due to the lack of awareness about traffic rules and the behavior of disregarding them. In order to lessen the traffic accidents, awareness to traffic rules is imperative.
Remember to:
1. Check your vehicles regularly.
2. Know your routes before going on a trip.
3. Don’t text while driving.
4. Don’t speed.
5. Always use seat belts
6. And most especially, remember the acronym BLOWBAGETS
At Medgate, you can consult with a specialist doctor trained in telemedicine wherever you are. If you’re not feeling well during your trip or while on the road, never hesitate to look out for your health and Call Doc! We are open 24/7 to give you hassle-free consultations, anywhere, anytime…not just while driving.
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Celebrating World Health Day 2019
World Health Day is fast approaching. This event is meant to raise awareness and for the improvement of global health. Below are the things you need to know for this occasion.
What is World Health Day?
World Health Day is celebrated annually every 7th day of April. It’s objective is to raise awareness and address the diseases that may impact the population. Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) chooses a specific health-related theme that will focus on in-media campaigns all year long.
For 2019, the theme for World Health Day is Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere.
Universal Health means that people have access to comprehensive quality health care, without any kind of discrimination, whenever, wherever. It’s not just guaranteeing that everyone is covered, it’s also ensuring them that they have access to health care anytime they need them.
It is possible to handle and tackle every task when the person has good health to address all the activities; one’s well-being is paramount to achieve all the activities accurately without any problem.
Having knowledge to certain diseases a person has is one, but having access to a remedy is another. Everyone has a part to play - it’s time to do yours! Spark the conversation and contribute to the advocacy that may help the world achieve universal health.
In Medgate, we aim to provide accessible healthcare to everyone all over the country with 24/7 consultation to Filipino doctors using your phones. Get your hassle-free medical consultation now and receive the care you deserve!
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Have you had your Cervical Cancer Vaccine?
Cervical Cancer has taken the lives of numerous women around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women. In 2018, cervical cancer had approximately 570,000 new cases. The mortality rate is staggering – 90% of patients in low and middle income countries die.
According to the Philippines’ Department of Health, cervical cancer is the 2nd most common cancer amongst women with roughly 7,277 new cases with 3,807 deaths expected to occur each year.
The Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) is the primary cause of Cervical cancer.
HPV is commonly acquired through sexual intercourse, but in some rare instances, HPV can also be acquired through other means.
Most patients with cervical patients have had some, or a combination of the following:
• Multiple sexual partners
• Sexual partner/s (regular or casual) who themselves had several sexual partners
• Sexual partner/s who is infected with human papilloma virus
• First sexual intercourse at a very early age, possibly 15 or 16 years old
Watch out for these symptoms
• Irregular, intermenstrual (between periods) or abnormal vaginal bleeding after sexual intercourse
• Back, leg or pelvic pain
• Fatigue
• Weight loss
• Loss of appetite
• Vaginal discomfort or odorous discharge
• A single swollen leg
How do we prevent Cervical Cancer?
• See your Doctor. The first step is to have a regular check-up with your gynecologist who will most likely do a Papanicolaou smear or more commonly known as Pap smear/ test. A Pap smear is a procedure to test for cervical cancer. It involves the collection of cells from your cervix for analysis. Early detection is the key to survival. Most of the medical organizations suggest that women should have a Pap smear at the age of 21.
• Vaccine. Getting an HPV vaccine is another option for cervical cancer prevention. Vaccine is most effective before a girl becomes sexually active
• Practice safe sex. It’s best if you are always protected. Condoms are proven effective in reducing the risk of cervical cancer.
• Don’t smoke. Smoking has never been good for anyone’s health. Smoking and HPV predisposes a woman to cervical cancer.
When in doubt, it is still best to consult your doctor. Always remember prevention is better than cure. For any health concerns, you may call Medgate doctors 24/7, even on holidays.
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How's your heart?
Have you had a heart check-up lately? The cheesiest lines from your favorite movie may not be enough for a heart in the pinkest of health. Don’t miss out on the chance of prolonging your life and enjoy spending quality time with your family and friends According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ”Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) take the lives of 17.9 million people every year, 31% of all global deaths.”. Some of the factors that trigger CVDs are the use of tobacco, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol consumption.
If you are one of those people who consumes 1-2 packs of cigarettes a day, consumes big, oily, fatty burgers with French fries on the side and hates walking or running, drinks alcohol at parties from dusk ’til dawn, then you’re a prime candidate to become cardio vascular disease patient. It’s not too late. Change your lifestyle, now!.
Here are some helpful tips from "Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life!" .
Eat 5. “Can’t eat that…”, “Nope, can’t eat that either”. Stop worrying about the food you can’t eat. Focus, instead on having at least five servings of fruits and vegetables in your meals. Fruits and vegetables are also good to munch on, in between meals. Just focus on consuming more fruits and vegetables, rather that those you are forbidden to eat.
Move 10. Add at least 10 minutes of physical activity on top of what you’re doing every day. Studies have shown that a 30-minute (or more) physical movement a day can do wonders in preventing Cardiovascular Diseases. Fact is, a 10-minute walk or run or stair climbing is a small commitment that would make a huge difference in your life. But of course, always seek clearance from your doctor if you can do such activities.
Sleep 8. Remember when we’re kids, our parents would force us to sleep to keep us healthy? Welcome to the adult world where sleep is a reward and not a punishment. Do you remember your parents telling you to turn off the TV while watching your favorite cartoon because you need to get at least 8 hours of sleep? Yes, that’s right. You wish that’s the case now. In today’s fast-paced environment, It may be difficult to get that elusive 8-hour sleep cycle, but it’s important that we exert conscious efforts to do so. According to Mayo Clinic, “each person's sleep needs vary slightly, but eight is a good number to shoot for.”.
Want to know more about how to be careful with your heart? Call Megdate’s friendly Filipino doctors any time of the day or night, for more information. Medgate, giving you the care your deserve.
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Medgate joins forces with RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG to enter the German market for telemedicine – Memorandum of Understanding to establish a joint company with RHÖN - KLINIKUM AG has been signed.
• Medgate and RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on extensive collaboration in the growing telemedicine market
• Foundation of Medgate Germany, in which RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG will hold a majority of 51 percent; Medgate's stake will be 49 percent
• Medgate Germany will offer digital medical consultations via video or phone with a smartphone app for easy, fast, personal and digital access to doctors
The transaction also complements RHÖN - KLINIKUM AG's cross-sector campus concept, which combines outpatient and inpatient services such as preventive care, aftercare, treatment, rehabilitation and nursing, and now offers a pre-existing telemedicine treatment program
• Medgate and RHÖN - KLINIKUM AG are jointly examining interests in Medgate Holding AG(which represents Medgate’s international activities) and / or one of its subsidiaries, or the possible foundation of another joint company with RHÖNKLINIKUM AG
Under the agreement, Medgate plans to provide telemedicine and digital medical services in Germany.According to the memorandum of understanding, RHÖN - KLINIKUM AG intends to acquire a 51 percent stake in the new company("Medgate Germany") based in Germany.
In future, patients with urgent or general medical concerns will receive advice and treatment by phone, Internet or video link from Medgate Germany (powered by RHÖN - KLINIKUM) in the framework of the legal regulations in force in Germany.Among other things, Medgate Germany wants to help to close the increasing gaps in medical care, especially in rural areas, and to offer up - to - date medical services in line with modern consumer behavior.The technical requirements, such as a smartphone or a computer equipped with a camera, are already available in most households. These advanced services address the requirements of an increasingly digital society and its needs for efficient, convenient and above all, rapid health care wherever patients are located.
Medgate Germany aims for market leadership
With Medgate Germany, the two companies are aiming for market leadership in the area of telemedicine and digital medical services in the Federal Republic of Germany.Medgate is pleased to have found an established partner in RHÖN - KLINIKUM AG for its market entry in Germany.Dr.Andy Fischer, CEO of Medgate said: "We share the vision of developing efficient and high-quality healthcare concepts thanks to digital resources, and making them accessible for the long term to all persons with health insurance in Germany. The potential in Germany is huge. In Switzerland, almost every resident with health insurance has access to telemedicine services and these services are used frequently. The new legislative situation now makes a similar development possible in Germany as well. RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG is the ideal partner for such an innovation project", according to Fischer.
Stephan Holzinger, CEO of RHÖN - KLINIKUM AG said: "Medgate Germany - powered by RHÖNKLINIKUM - has the potential to become a significant additional business for our company. As a leading innovator in healthcare, we already offer telemedicine services. With Medgate Germany, we will expand these services significantly and continue the digital transformation of RHÖNKLINIKUM AG that I initiated. We are taking advantage of the opportunities offered by digitization to provide patients with excellent medical services that will save them from long journeys and unnecessary waiting times, and make medical consultations, diagnoses and treatment faster, more convenient and better in quality. Of course, we will continue to be a broad-based, highquality hospital group - but with these telemedicine services, we are adding considerable value to our supply chain. With Medgate, we have found an experienced partner that shares our requirements for high quality and safety in telemedicine services."
Relaxing the ban on remote treatment increases the demand for telemedicine
Medgate and RHÖN - KLINIKUM AG are convinced that with the gradual relaxation of the ban on remote treatment, the demand for such services will increase significantly in Germany in the years to come.In May 2018, the German Medical Assembly(annual meeting of the German Medical Association) approved an amendment to the(model) professional code for physicians working in Germany, and relaxed the previous legal prohibition of exclusive remote treatment.Many federal states have since followed.
In addition to the founding of Medgate Germany, RHÖN - KLINIKUM AG’s stake in Medgate Holding AG and / or one of its subsidiaries will be examined, or the founding of another joint company in which the intellectual property and know - how necessary for the services of Medgate Germany will be bundled and developed further; the necessary IT solutions will also be realized.
Media contact
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Medgate, Postfach, 4020 Basel
Phone + 41 61 377 88 10, Mobile + 41 79 455 20 41, Fax + 41 61 377 88 20,
About Medgate
Medgate uses digital healthcare solutions to bring the doctor to where he or she is needed.The focus is on the well - being of the patient and the benefits for society.Medgate was founded in 1999 and currently has more than 330 employees in Switzerland, including more than 100 physicians.Medgate has operated its Tele Clinic since 2000.This is now the largest telemedicine center in Europe, and has considerable experience and expertise in the field of telemedicine.For local consultations, Medgate’s patients can attend the Medgate Mini Clinics, as well as the doctors and clinics in Medgate’s partner network.In addition, Medgate successfully exports its concept to other countries, and has a presence in diverse locations such as the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, India and Slovakia.
RHÖN - KLINIKUM AG is one of the largest healthcare providers in Germany.The clinic group provides excellent medical care with direct links to universities and research institutes.More than 830, 000 patients are treated annually by about 16, 700 employees at five locations: Zentralklinik Bad Berka, Campus Bad Neustadt, Klinikum Frankfurt(Oder), Universitätsklinikum Giessen and Universitätsklinikum Marburg.With its RHÖN Campus plan, the company is currently implementing a novel and pioneering project that raises cross - sector medical care in rural areas to a new level of excellence and is geared to the growing needs of patients.
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How to eat after the Holidays
It’s that time of the year when we feast on mouth-watering meals. Christmas parties, birthdays and year-end celebrations are but a few reasons to eat. We are supposed to be enjoying each and every bite however, you are thinking about the holiday pounds you’ll potentially gain. Worry no more!Allow yourself to indulge and satisfy your cravings without putting on that extra weight. Here are some tips to cleanse and rid your body of unwanted elements , especially after the holiday feasts.
1. Savor it
Food restriction, in some instances, can back fire and may lead to overeating. According to Mayo Clinic , “The more you enjoy the food you eat, the greater the likelihood that you'll be satisfied with less.”
2. Focus on portions
Avoiding your mother’s signature dish will be hard to do especially if it’s sinigang or adobo or caldereta. Instead of going through an agonizing ordeal, just keep in mind the amount of food you’re munching. Small frequent meals are often far better than full size or considerably huge portions in one go. Eat what you like but take small portions . That’s the key.
3. Keep it simple
Set realistic goals. Include exercise at least once or twice a week in your busy calendar. Easy, right? . If you have the means, go to the gym or better yet, create your own routine at home. Lessening, if not totally eliminating sweet products or your favorite soda, would be helpful as well.
4. Incorporate movement
Instead of just surfing the web, why not play that video and make some cool moves to get you going. Or how about a 30-minute walk in the park with your pet. These could help you burn some calories. Who knows? You might just find a friend or two.
5. Reflect and repeat
Consistency is what you need. Stick to your goals and never let anything or anyone get in the way. A good way of monitoring your progress is documenting your activities and improvements. It will help you distinguish which activity best fits you so you’ll know which ones to do over and over again.
But before you do any modifications to your current physical activity and food intake, it’s still best to consult a specialist. Medgate has friendly Filipino doctors for any health concerns. They are available 24/7, so you can call them any time. What are you waiting for? Pick up that phone, call Medgate and enjoy your holiday food trip – minus the worry.
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Why bananas?
Still remember your parents asking you to eat bananas whenever you have an upset stomach? You have probably asked yourself, “why bananas?”.. You may also be wondering why many people include bananas in their daily dietary intake. Banana is a well-loved fruit. It’s readily available almost anywhere in the world. We love its colors as well as its taste. As an added bonus, Bananas give us 10-12% of our daily fiber needs.
According to Ritika Samaddar, regional head, dietetics, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket, New Delhi says, “One medium banana delivers just 100 calories and is loaded with a particular kind of fiber called resistant starch (RS), which not just fills you up, but also keeps those damaging cravings away, boosts your metabolism, and keeps constipation at bay too.”
Some of the vitamins bananas contain are vitamin B6, which help produce red blood cells and vitamin C, an important vitamin group that supports brain health. Vitamin C also produces serotonin, known as “happy chemical”.
Pratima Mishra, clinical nutritionist, Columbia Asia Hospital, Ahmedabad say “Bananas are a happy fruit as they have tryptophan, which gets converted into serotonin in the body, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.”
So, if in case you are stressed and grumpy, worry not. Bananas are your happy and healthy alternatives to chocolates that give you natural sugars like sucrose, fructose and glucose that can liven up your day.
Bananas varies from unripe , ripe or fully brown bananas and choosing what’s best for your will depend on your health needs and preference. Here are some quick tips for you.
Underripe banana
-less sugar
-good for people with diabetes
Over ripe bananas
-easier to digest
-better for people with indigestion problem
Fully brown bananas
-full of antioxidants
One word of caution though: We need to take into consideration bananas have high potassium content and will not be good for people with medical conditions.
To know which specific medical conditions to look out for or for any health concerns, you can always talk to Medgate’s doctors, available for you 24/7.
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Want to boost your health? Travel!
If laughter is the best medicine, travelling could not be that far behind. When’s the last time you travelled? No, no, no. Not business travels. Let’s talk about the type where you literally disconnect from your work and get away from life’s vicious cycle called, “routine”. Now, if you can combine travelling and laughter, then you’re a winner. Let’s look at some health benefits travelling can give you.
Travelling makes you healthier.
Experts say that travelling is good for your health. This is according to the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, in partnership with the U.S. Travel Association. They conducted a research and concluded that travelling has a wide array of health benefits. Something that would rival mental exercises such as puzzles, in terms of physical and cognitive development. According to the study, the benefits are both immediate and long term.
1. After only a day or two, 89% of respondents saw significant drops in stress.
2. Women who vacationed every six years or less had a significantly higher risk of developing a heart attack or coronary death compared with women who vacationed at least twice a year.
3. Men who did not take an annual vacation were shown to have a 20% higher risk of death and about a 30% greater risk of death from heart disease.
To level the playing field, the researchers did consider and factored in conditions pertaining to income levels and the participants’ overall health.
Travelling is a stress buster
With the hassles of travelling set aside, a well-planned and well executed itinerary, will prove to be one of the best things you’ve ever done. A poll conducted by the U.S. Travel Association discovered that travel, prevents dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study also found that 86% of those who travel are more satisfied with their outlook on life, compared to the 75% who do not travel. Not only does traveling enrich your brain power, it also strengthens your heart health. The Framingham Heart Study found that those who didn’t take a vacation for several years were more likely to suffer from heart attacks, than those who traveled annually. Once you get away from your work and usual daily routine, stress and anxiety typically goes down, which in turn, decreases the strain on your heart and brain. The outcome is a rested mind, body and an overall better mood, which can linger for a few weeks post-travel, according to one study.
Travel is exercise
If you’re travelling with that world food expo as your main motivation, that may be a different story. But in general, travelling is far better than trying to burn calories while sitting on your office chair. Travelling will force you to walk, run or even engage yourself in paddle boarding, hiking and cycling. A trip to a theme park may require you to walk a few thousand steps or a beach activity can rack you up a sweat. Bottomline, you have more physical activity while travelling than switching your “couch potato” mode on while working in the office. So there you go, travelling has proven benefits for your physical, mental and even spiritual wellbeing. You can gain a lot from switching off that computer, disconnecting from your email and basically turning off your phone and head off to a place you’ve never been to.
If in case you have health or wellness questions you need to address while preparing yourself for that much awaited adventure, remember that you have Medgate doctors at your disposal, 24 hours a day. Just text or call 0917-5362156; 0998-9907540; 0925-7147794.
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Manage Your Cholesterol Trough Lifestyle Changes
Have you ever wondered why the world is so concerned about high cholesterol levels ? For one, it increases your risk of having heart disease and heart attacks. You may not know it, but your current cholesterol levels may already be jump starting a disease process in your heart. Better have yourself checked. There are many ways to manage cholesterol levels. One such option is taking anti-cholesterol medications, that are usually synthesized in the liver. This is the most convenient way, but depending on your overall health, you could see various side effects such as muscle pain, liver damage, increased blood sugar and some neurological symptoms.
The other way, is to make modifications to your lifestyle. But before doing that, make sure you have the appropriate clearance from your doctor. Here are some things you may want to change in your lifestyle that could help manage your cholesterol. If you’re already under medication, these changes could make the outcome a better one.
Eat Heart-Healthy Food
Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, spinach, oysters and tofu, to name a few, help reduce blood pressure and plasma triglyceride levels. It is also recommended to increase intake of soluble fiber to help reduce the absorption of cholesterol in your bloodstream. Food such as oatmeal, apples, beans, avocados and sweet potatoes are good sources of soluble fibers. Whey protein is another food that can help you manage your cholesterol. Studies have suggested that whey protein has beneficial effects on lipid profiles by lowering triglyceride levels.
Countless trials and studies have shown that the right amount and frequency of exercise can do wonders to your body. One of which is increasing your HDL (high-density lipoprotein), or the “good cholesterol” in your body, through moderate physical activity such as brisk walking.
Stop Smoking
A former colleague, during his motivational talk about quitting smoking, once said, “Don’t quit, quitting”. And that’s absolutely right. Don’t quit in trying to quit smoking because the benefits of no smoking far outweighs the brief pleasure it brings. Higher concentrations of good cholesterols have consistently been observed in people who stopped smoking. Quitting smoking also helps lower your blood pressure, while blood circulation improves. As a result, you lessen your risk of heart disease/ attack.
Lose weight
Carrying even an extra load on your body can contribute to your day-to-day struggles. You’ll feel down. You don’t want to move. Your overall physical strength will diminish over time. Being overweight or obese tends to increase your bad cholesterol. Appropriate diet and exercise can help you achieve the ideal weight that is fit for your lifestyle and body.
Before going through lifestyles changes or modifications, please consult a doctor first to determine if it is right for your needs. Medgate’s doctors are available for you 24/7 should you have any healthcare or wellness questions.
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Cold vs Allergies How To Tell The Difference
Tomorrow’s a work day, but you’re not feeling well. Another ‘tardy’ remark on your records is out of the question, let alone taking a leave-of-absence for a checkup. You’re coughing, sneezing, your nose is stuffy, you have nasal congestion and so much more. What would you do? Right! You Google and then self-medicate, sleep and hope that tomorrow, everything will be alright. That’s a hit or miss thing because you’re not even sure if what you have is a cold or allergy. So, what’s the difference?
What is a cold?
-If you have allergies or prone to allergies, you may have higher chances of catching a cold.
-Colds are passed on from person to person, when droplets containing the virus is spread by an infected host through coughing or sneezing.
-Usually, the average duration for a cold is about a week. Anything more than that, your cold virus may have triggered or caused a more concerning infection – usually in the upper respiratory tract.
-Some severe form of colds may also bring along headache, body pain or fever.
-You will usually have coughing, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose and occasional sore throat.
How to prevent colds?
-Frequent and proper handwashing.
-Disinfect common areas or equipment, especially if someone in your living or working zone has colds.
-Don’t share straws, drinking glasses, spoons, forks or anything that might facilitate the transfer of the cold virus.
-Use disposable wipes or tissues when sneezing and immediately discard once used.
-Eat well, eat right and exercise.
What are allergies?
We all have immune systems and it’s a wonderful thing. It protects us from anything harmful like bacteria, viruses and others that might make us ill. However, in some instances, our immune system reacts adversely to some external or internal triggers, known as allergens. When this happens, our body releases a chemical known as histamines – these chemicals are the cause of allergy symptoms. Common reactions are rashes, inflammation and other minor irritations. In some cases, a severe reaction like anaphylactic shock, can be life threatening.
Allergies and colds share several symptoms, that is why people are sometimes confused if they have colds or allergies. Here are some commonalities.
-Sore throat
-Runny nose
-Nasal congestion
-Watery eyes
How to prevent allergies?
You can keep a log of possible allergens and track your reactions so you can avoid them. A doctor can help you identify these triggers so you can get appropriate medical intervention.
How to tell the difference between allergies and colds?
Since colds and allergies share a lot of common symptoms, it’s best to get familiar with the ones that are unique in each condition.
You have higher chances of getting aches and pains in colds, as well as fever and sore throat. Allergies will most likely cause skin rashes, itchy eyes and wheezing.
You may also consider the time of the year. Though you can get colds in summer, it is more prevalent during the wet season, where viruses have the right conditions to thrive and multiply. Another way to differentiate colds and allergies is the duration of symptoms. Colds usually last for a few days to a week, while allergies will linger until the allergen is removed or you get specific treatment. Early intervention is critical. But who wants to go to the doctor’s office for a common cold where traffic and long waiting time are expected? If you have access to telemedicine services, it’s best you consult over the telephone or via video calling mobile apps. The same can be said for allergies, except for severe cases, it’s best to see your doctor face-to-face.
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Three Health Issues for Millennials
The registered voters in the Philippines last 2016 are aged 17 to 34, while 53% of the working-age population are millennials. That is just a snapshot of how they rule today’s world. The Western narrative says millennials love watching TVs, streaming videos, texting, mobile music, going out with friends, being online a whole lot more and are used to easy access. This same narrative describes millennials as those who put premium on their value and worth over stability and prefer empowerment with a gray lines separating entitlement. A lot more has been said about these generation, but one thing is certain – millennials have health concerns too.
These health concerns can be attributed to a lifestyle backed by technology, resulting in sedentary lifestyles. Instead of dropping by markets or town plazas, to walk and find the items they need, millennials prefer online shopping. Click and wait – that’s the game. Gatherings are also finding its way to video calls and social media, thereby eliminating travelling, or any type of physical activity. Yes, it’s convenient, but it can also be detrimental to one’s health if left unchecked. Surveys show that millennials prefer fast food, sodas, street food, fried chicken over healthy food intake due to their mobile routine. These, combined with a lifestyle that lacks physical activity, can lead to various health issues. Here are three health issues amongst millennials.
1. Obesity – Every three out of ten Filipino adults are obese. It’s a growing epidemic in the Philippines, according to Dr. Rosa Allyn Sy , an endocrinologist (doctor who specializes in diseases related to hormones). With less physical activity, high consumption of “junk food” and a lifestyle centered on technology, millennials are prone to being obese with increasing prevalence as they grow old. Obesity is costly. It is related to an array of noncommunicable diseases ranging from Type 2 diabetes to cardiovascular diseases leading to stroke to certain types of cancers. Obesity can also contribute, directly and indirectly, to an increased rate of absence from work, due to illness and poor health. Social lifestyles like excessive consumption of alcohol, poor dietary quality and erratic sleep patterns can also contribute to the development of obesity. It’s been said that prevention is better than cure. So, start moving – literally. Walking at least 30 minutes a day will do a lot of wonders for you. Water intake is key. The World Health organization recommends that we drink at least 3.7 liters of water per day to address hydration, fluid loss and various activities. Choose organic, healthy salads over French fries, burgers and sodas. There are many diet and exercise programs out there that can be helpful or dangerous, depending on your approach. There are so many factors to consider in choosing the right diet and exercise program. That is why, It is best you consult a doctor to see what’s best for you.
2. Stress – Obesity and stress are like husbands and wives. They go hand in hand. Stress, undoubtedly is one huge factor contributing to obesity, according to Dr. Edgardo Tolentino , the president of the Philippine Psychiatric Association. Studies have shown that our brains are hard wired, through evolution, to seek food that will comfort us in times of stress – thus the term “stress eating”. Stress can also contribute to higher risks of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Other common effects of stress according to the Mayo clinic are headache, muscle pain, chest pain, fatigue, change in sex drive, upset stomach and sleep problems. Stress has effects on your mood too. It can manifest as anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation and focus, feeling of being overwhelmed, irritability or anger, sadness or depression. While overeating, drug or alcohol abuse, tobacco use, social withdrawal and lack of physical activity are some effects of stress on your behavior. If you have any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you consider stress management activities like regular exercise, relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation, setting aside time for hobbies like reading a book or socializing with friend and families. However, if you’re not sure about stress and how to manage it, better talk to a doctor to help you map out the best course of action.
Mental Health – According to the Department of Health, one out of every five Filipino adults have some form of mental illness. In the Philippines, mental health is either laughed upon or simply dismissed. This stigma and dismissiveness make it difficult for patients to even talk about mental illness. Cost is another factor to consider. Most insurance model in the Philippines do not cover mental health or anything remotely related to it, while psychiatrists ask for a hefty sum just for one consultation. That is why many of us are forced to just shrug it off and go on with our lives. With the recent passage of the Philippine Mental Health Law, or Republic Act 11036, we now have a platform to bring the stigma of mental health into the open, as well as provide access to appropriate healthcare professionals. One common mental illness is depression, which can be linked to a wide array of factors. According to the World Health Organization , depression is characterized by persistent sadness, loss of interest in things and activities one would normally enjoy, inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks. Depression, like most mental illness, is treatable. Family support is crucial as well as open communication. Therapies and other medical intervention are also helpful. Talk to someone you trust or reach out to your doctor if you feel you’re suffering from mental illness.
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Back-To-School Blues
It’s back-to-school season once again. Exciting time for kids but not necessarily for you. Adults around the world go through a lot of stress this time of year. Asking themselves if the kids have complete school supplies. Will they be able to fit in? What about their “baon”? Will I give them money or prepare their “baon” myself? These are common scenarios during school days that we learn to handle as we go along. However, there are other serious concerns that we need to keep an eye on. Here are some of them and a few tips to address these back-to-school worries.
Unhealthy Eating
Kids have multiple access to unhealthy food. Getting used to sweets and processed food will be a hard habit to break, if left unchecked. If there are no school policies regarding the type of food being served in the canteen, talk to the officers, rally other parents, be vocal in meetings or even start a petition for the school to have, and implement policies geared towards healthy eating. If one is already in place, make sure it’s being implemented. Talk. Have a heart to heart discussion with the little ones and tell them how important healthy eating habits are. You can also prepare their “baon” so you are 100% sure they have nothing but healthy food to consume.
Disease Transmission
If we could put kids in a bubble to protect them from harmful viruses and germs, we would. But that wouldn’t be fun at all, right? The good thing is, our immune system naturally protects us from common diseases. But there are cases where immunity takes a back seat, and this is where healthy eating comes in. If kids eat right, they are more likely to develop a better, stronger immune system. Vaccinations, vitamins and nutritional supplements can also help in protecting children from common diseases such colds or flu. It is also important that we teach children proper hygiene, like hand washing, a sure way to prevent the spread of germs and viruses.
Bullying is a serious issue and can be, at most times, difficult to detect. A healthy, open communication within the household is crucial in determining if a child is being bullied. Common signs include explainable injuries; lost or destroyed clothing, books; changes in eating habits, like skipping meals or binge eating; difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares; declining grades, loss of interest in school works or not wanting to go to school; avoidance of social situations; feeling helpless or poor self-esteem. Learn to read your child’s body language or see if they avoid eye contact. A child’s silence may be more telling. If there’s suspicion of bullying, arrange meetings with people who have frequent interactions with the child. Teachers, classmates, friends are a few examples. Find out where the bullying occurs so you could ask help from the most appropriate people. Support children the best way you can and emphasize that you believe in them and you’re always ready to help.
Lack of Exercise
In this day of technological advancements, children are often seen sitting, interacting with their smart phones or tablets. This inactivity could take a heavy toll on them. It has been proven that proper exercise, along with a well-balanced diet can lead to a healthy adult life. Encourage play, it’s a form of exercise. Insert as much physical activity as you can in children’s daily routine. If the destination is nearby, walk. Involve kids in household chores. The sooner a habit of physical activity is built, the easier it will be for children to disengage themselves from a sedentary lifestyle.
These back-to-school blues can ruin a perfectly good day. But remember, prevention is key. For you to prevent and manage all all these issues, you must know what to look for and know how to execute your plan. Medgate is the best source of information about your health concerns. Call them now to talk to any one of their specialist doctors!
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June - Let's talk about men's health
Richard Gomez, Aga Muhlach, and Ian Veneracion. Apart from their stunningly good looks, what else do they have in common? All of them have breached that dreaded 40-year-old mark. Not 40 yet? Continue reading because this is for you too. What you do in your 20’s and 30’s, will be reaped when you get to 40 – good or bad, it’s up to you. If you’re 40’ish, you can still change the course of your health for the better. Here are some tips you can do before and after 40, for a healthier you.
Choose what you eat.
Always go for green, leafy salads over processed food. Watch your rice intake as this is a huge source of sugar (remember, carbs turn into sugar in your body). Go for water instead of powdered juices. And please, skip the unli-rice and unli-iced tea. Prepare your own food if you have time and gravitate towards lean, light colored meat and fish. Eat slow – yes, you’ve read it right. Eating fast skips one step in the digestive process, where you chew your food fine enough before swallowing. Bigger pieces of food reaching your stomach means your body will have a harder time digesting it. This creates inefficiency in digestion, leading to poor nutrient absorption.
Focus on flexibility.
Yes, you’re young, you’re flexible. But 20 – 30 years from now, you won’t be able to touch your toes even with knees bent. It doesn’t matter if you’re 20 or 40, flexibility is something you can’t do without. Just imagine your activities of daily living like putting on your clothes or shoes, taking a bath, reaching overhead. These activities can be like completing a course in American Ninja Warrior if you’re not flexible enough. Focus on a workout routine that puts premium on flexibility. This gives your body a full workout without putting too much stress on your joints. While young, maintain flexible muscles in preparation for your 40’ish adventures.
Quit smoking.
If you’re smoking, quit. Don’t quit, quitting as the saying goes. Countless studies have pointed to smoking as a predisposing factor to deadly diseases like lung cancer, emphysema and other lung conditions. If you’re in your 20’s and reading this, you have more time to quit. If you’re 40 now, then stop and feel the difference. It’s not too late.
Sleep well.
Sleeping well is fast becoming a privilege. With traffic and work taking the bulk of our day, it’s no wonder many Filipinos, are lacking sleep both in number of hours and quality. The sooner you form a healthy sleep pattern, the sooner you’ll be able to achieve quality sleep. Exercise, eating right and kicking that tobacco out of your system, will all help in achieving this goal.
Now you know what to focus on, all you need is an expert to guide you. For any health concerns, call Medgate's telemedicine center so you can have a consultation with one of their specialist doctors. They will attend to your health concerns any time of the day or night.
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Common Summer Diseases And How To Avoid Them
It’s the fiesta season! But don’t let common summer diseases ruin your day. According to the DOH, the five most common summer diseases are sunburn, flu, sore eyes, stomach ailments and skin diseases.
Sunburns are fairly common during festivals that peak during the month of May. Revelers are exposed under the grueling heat with their skins exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. Try to avoid outdoor activities while the sun is at its peak between 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. If festivities are expected during this time, make sure you wear proper eye protection like sunglasses, loose clothing and apply sun screen at least 30 minutes before going out. It is also critical that you are properly hydrated. Keep a bottle of water by your side – this could save a life.
Flu-like symptoms abound during summer specially in the festive season of May, where flowers and pollens are plentiful. Mother nature can be unpredictable so watch out for colds and coughs. A hot and humid day can suddenly turn into a cold downpour. Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough to help prevent the spread of viruses and please stay at home if you feel sick. Frequent hand washing can help prevent the spread of flu viruses.
The summer heat helps in speeding up the spread of bacteria in pre-prepared food leading to spoilage. You may not notice it, but the food you’re eating may not be fit for consumption. Vomiting and diarrhea are two common outcomes after consuming contaminated or spoiled food. Watch out for signs of dehydration due to unabated loss of body fluid. It’s good to have oral rehydration solutions just in case. If you’re the designated food handler, don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching the food you’ll serve.
Conjunctivitis, or more commonly known as “sore eyes” is not your typical eye irritation. If left untreated, it could lead to serious complications. It could be due to a bacteria or virus that easily spreads during this season where the conditions are right for them to thrive. People are mostly out, interacting with each other – a good way to spread infection. Regular handwashing and avoiding touching or scratching your eyes are sure ways to prevent this.
Many of us beat the summer heat by going to the beach or plunging in the nearest swimming pool we can find. But don’t be too fast. Unkempt and poorly maintained water can lead to various skin diseases. Take a bath before and after swimming. Watch out for changes in your skin color, temperature and possible appearance of rashes.
Remember. Prevention is key. However, if you already have any of the five diseases mentioned, you have the next best thing. Just call Medgate’s 24/7 doctors for easy, fast and convenient consultations over the phone.
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Telemedicine’s Potential Role in the Philippine Healthcare System
Ever wondered why it takes so long for you to see a doctor? Or why most doctors shuttle from one clinic to another to serve a multitude of patients? The answer is quite simple. There are not enough doctors to serve the public. According to Dr. Paulyn Ubial, DOH’s former secretary, “The Philippines has a ratio of one doctor to 33,000 persons.” Calling it a serious problem, is an understatement. Cuba has a far better ratio of one doctor for every 1,075 persons. In 2016, the DOH’s “Doctors to the Barrios” program was able to send 398 doctors to far-flung areas of the Philippines. However, they still lacked 116 doctors. Since compensation is a major issue, most doctors would choose to practice abroad, rather than stay and build their practice in the Philippines. The outcome is clear – crowded clinics and hospitals, long lines waiting for the doctor even for the simplest of illness, rushed consultations to cover more patients and increased cost because doctors order a lot of laboratory and diagnostic procedures to support their diagnosis.
So what can you do to help? Simple! Use telemedicine to address and treat common outpatient illnesses. But what is telemedicine? Telemedicine is a way to conduct medical consultations over the phone or through a customized mobile app via video conference calls. Be careful though. Not all telemedicine providers are the same. Medgate was founded in Switzerland almost 20 years ago with operations in Europe, Australia, Abu Dhabi, India, and the Philippines. During its years of worldwide operations, Medgate has developed statistically-based teletreatment guidelines so their doctors can address and treat non-emergency cases. In their Swiss office alone, they have conducted over 7 million consultations already. Good thing you have Medgate as your telemedicine provider.
What happens if I use telemedicine instead of going to the clinic or hospital? The immediate benefit would be convenience. Imagine not going through hours and hours of traffic or lining up at the clinic for a quick, ten-minute consultation. Because of telemedicine, you now have the opportunity to rest and recover. Tele-consultations conducted by Medgate’s doctors are thorough and detailed since medical governance is at the core of their practice. You also save on cost because you don’t have to pay for travel expenses to and from your house and clinic.
But the bigger picture is this – using telemedicine to get treatment means you are supporting the nation’s healthcare system and your fellow Filipinos in general. How? You are helping to declog clinics and hospitals because you are having medical consultations over the phone. This allows doctors in those clinics and hospitals to concentrate their time and efforts on emergency and complicated cases.
Remember! Telemedicine is not just a convenient way for you to have medical consultations, it also helps an ailing nation’s healthcare system.
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eMedical Certificate via Medgate
Have you ever been too sick to get out of bed, but you still need to see a doctor? Being sick will not give you a free pass, you still have to go through hours of road traffic, long queues at the clinic and a huge amount of stress while travelling. Medgate understands your pain, and has nothing but your health and well-being in mind. This is just one of the many reasons why leading HMOs partnered with Medgate, a world leader in telemedicine services.
Medgate provides tele-consultations, ePrescriptions, Care Plans (summary of consultation) and members can now request for FREE electronic Medical Certificates. You just need to pick up your phone, call and have a tele-consultation with any of Medgate’s specialist doctors on duty.
Who is Medgate?
Medgate is anchored on almost 20 years of telemedicine experience, statistically-based tele-treatment guidelines and the vast clinical experience of specialist doctors who have gone through a rigorous training program in telemedicine. This ensures each patient receives proper diagnosis, appropriate treatment and where applicable, a prescription and a medical certificate.
Expert medical care is literally at your fingertips – a convenient option to the hassle of traveling to a doctor, while giving you unparalleled ‘peace of mind’ and round-the-clock access.
With this innovation, your employers are able to extend ‘duty of care’ to you in a very convenient and efficient way. It’s a win-win situation for all.
How to access Medgate?
Apart from your trusty old landline and cellphones, Medgate gives you additional touchpoints like a free mobile app, SMS call back, web portal messaging and Facebook messenger. Medgate’s friendly nurses will be the one to call you on the agreed time before setting up the call with Medgate’s doctors. Isn’t that special?
As an added feature, a real-time video call with Medgate’s specialist doctors is also available. Using this platform, you can have your consultation via video call— as if you are in the clinic.
What to do next?
Maximize your benefits. Inform your colleagues and management about this innovative feature of Medgate. It will surely make your life, as well as the lives of your family and colleagues, better.
Remember. If you are sick or have any health concern, just Call Doc. Anywhere. Anytime. No line ™!
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Intellicare launches eMedical Certificate via Medgate
Have you ever been too sick to get out of bed, but you still need to see a doctor? Being sick will not give you a free pass, you still have to go through hours of road traffic, long queues at the clinic and a huge amount of stress while travelling. Intellicare understands your pain, and has nothing but your health and well-being in mind. This is just one of the many reasons why Intellicare partnered with Medgate, a world leader in telemedicine services.
Medgate provides tele-consultations, issuance of ePrescriptions, Care Plans (summary of consultation) and Intellicare members can now request for FREE electronic Medical Certificates. You just need to pick up your phone, call Medgate and have a tele-consultation with any of Medgate’s specialist doctors on roster.
Who is Medgate?
Medgate is anchored on almost 20 years of telemedicine experience, statistically-based tele-treatment guidelines and the vast clinical experience of specialist doctors who have gone through rigorous training in telemedicine. This ensures each patient receives proper diagnosis, appropriate treatment and where applicable, a prescription and a medical certificate.
Expert medical care is literally at your fingertips – a convenient option to the hassle of traveling to a doctor, unparalleled ‘peace of mind’ and round-the-clock access.
With this innovation, your employers are able to extend ‘duty of care’ to you in a very convenient and efficient way. It’s a win-win situation for all.
How to access Medgate?
Apart from your trusty old landline and cellphones, Medgate gives you additional touchpoints like a free mobile app, SMS call back and web portal messaging and Facebook messenger. Medgate’s friendly nurses will be the one to call you on the agreed time before setting up the call with Medgate’s doctors. Isn’t that special?
As an added feature, a real-time video call with Medgate’s specialist doctors is also available. Using this platform, you can have your consultation via video call— as if you are in the clinic.
What to do next?
Maximize your benefits. Inform your colleagues and management about this innovative feature of Intellicare . It will surely make your life, as well as the lives of your family and colleagues, better.
Remember. If you are sick or have any health concern, just Call Doc. Anywhere. Anytime. No line ™!
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News Update: National Press Club
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Special Feature: Medgate Philippines
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Innovative quality healthcare: Intellicare and Medgate Philippines partnership
Business World
Vol XXX Issue 151
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As a new age of swift communication and modern technology continues to unfold, Intellicare keeps abreast with today’s pulse with its commitment to lead, innovate, and trailblaze a holistic approach to healthcare management. It utilizes modern developments to deliver quality service at the touch of one’s fingertips, thus, the partnership with Europe’s telemedicine provider, Medgate.
Medgate is the leading international provider of telemedicine, with 18 years of experience and operations in Switzerland, Middle East, Australia, and now, the Philippines.
Intellicare members may now access their 24-hour telemedicine center at no additional cost. Medgate offers high quality, convenient, and confidential medical consultations over the phone for non-emergency cases. Medgate’s pool of doctors are composed of specialists in most fields of medicine with extensive knowledge of the local healthcare system. They actively manage the patient’s consultation making sure prompt and the appropriate diagnosis and treatment are rendered. They may now experience the same quality healthcare management provided by a qualified doctor without the inconvenience of travelling for hours to go to a clinic or hospital and waiting in line to physically consult with a physician.
Intellicare members may avail of this service by simply calling Medgate through their hotline or downloading Medgate’s free mobile app. A trained nurse will verify the identity of the patient upon call and will be endorsed to Medgate’s line up of qualified and experienced physicians.
In order to complement the patient’s total telemedicine experience, Medgate also partnered with an outpatient pharmacy with delivery service capabilities. Medgate sends them the patient’s prescription, they then call the patient to explain the delivery service, including but not limited to the following: delivery time, minimum order, delivery charges, payment options, and delivery address.
The welfare of Intellicare members is important and the company trusts that this alternative method of medical consultation offers the accessibility of immediate medical assessment.
With this partnership, Intellicare and Medgate did not just bring a bright innovation on the table but this brought about a true complementary support to PhilHealth’s advocacy to provide accessible healthcare to the Filipinos.
In photo (L-R: are David King, Medgate director; Robert Parker, Medgate president; Jeremy Matti, Intellicare senior vice-president for Marketing and Sales; and Mario Silos, Intellicare chairman and president.
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In The News: Early Detection Best Bet to Avoid Dengue Fatalities
Written by: Samuelle Sison
Fatalities from dengue can be avoided with early detection, which is why even a fever should not be ignored–especially when young children are involved.
“Children have the highest case fatality rate (CFR) for dengue, at close to 1%,” stressed Medgate Philippines Chief Executive Officer Robert Parker, who added that this is more than double the CFR for the dreaded mosquito-borne disease, which has an average CFR of .48%.
Parker’s company, Medgate Philippines, is the leading international provider of telemedicine, with operations in Switzerland, the Middle East, Australia, and the Philippines. Telemedicine is the use of electronic communications to transmit and exchange medical information and data to treat patients. It allows people to consult doctors via their cellular phones instead of lining up at the doctor’s office.
“The numbers may not appear alarming at first glance, but when you consider that the Philippines had a total of 211,108 cases of dengue in 2016, this means that last year more than a thousand Filipinos died from a disease that is very, very treatable if detected early,” added Parker. Data from the Department of Health-Epidemiology Bureau (DOH-EB) reveals that dengue resulted in 1,019 deaths last year, with the 1-4 age bracket recording the highest CFR at 0.98 percent. All in all, 211,108 dengue cases were recorded from January 1 to December 31, 2016.
According to Medgate Philippines Medical Director Dr. Arlene Claudio, the prevalence of dengue has made it unwise to ignore common afflictions such as a fever.
“The advantage of Medgate Philippines subscribers is that they’re able to consult a doctor the moment they suspect that they may have dengue, without having to line up for hours just to see a doctor,” explained Claudio.
“Now, if our on-call doctors determine that a caller has the symptoms associated with the disease, they can immediately advise our subscribers to go to the nearest hospital to get immediate medical attention. The faster dengue sufferers get treatment, the greater the chance the disease doesn’t become life-threatening.”
DOH Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial, on the other hand, has emphasized the need for dengue prevention by ensuring cleanliness in our communities.
“It is very important to search and destroy the potential breeding sites in order to prevent the spread of Aedes mosquitoes that serve as vector of the virus. We reiterate that cleanliness is still the key against mosquito-borne diseases,” she said.
Ubial said that the public should be mindful of the “4S” stategy when dealing with dengue.
“The public is reminded to be vigilant and pre-cautious in eliminating mosquito breeding places through the ‘4S campaign’. The 4S means Search and destroy mosquito breeding places, use Self-protection measures, Seek early consultation for fever lasting more than two days, and Say yes to fogging only when there is an impending outbreak,” said Ubial.
Dengue is a virus transmitted by the bite of an Aedes aegypti mosquito. It is characterized by the sudden onset of high fever, which may last from two to seven days; joint and muscle pain and pain behind the eyes; weakness, skin rashes, and nose bleeding when fever starts to subside; abdominal pain, vomiting of coffee-colored matter, dark-colored stools, and difficulty in breathing.
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Kick the habit and save lives, Medgate urges
by Manila Standard
GIVING up smoking could be the best new year’s resolution for the country’s 17-million smokers, saving smokers and their families from tens of thousands of pesos in potential medical costs.
Medgate Philippines Chief Executive Officer Robert Parker said the Department of Health should be commended for launching an aggressive anti-tobacco campaign that highlights the health and economic harms of smoking to families.
“Modern medicine allows us to address many of the health problems encountered by smokers, but the best solution to all these problems is simply quitting,” said Parker, whose company, Medgate Philippines, is the leading international provider of telemedicine, with operations in Switzerland, the Middle East, Australia, and the Philippines.
Telemedicine is the use of electronic communications to transmit and exchange medical information and data to treat patients. It allows people to consult doctors via their cellular phones instead of queuing in line at the doctor’s office.
Parker explained smokers were vulnerable to medical issues, “like emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, and heart disease.”
“Telemedicine provides a means by which a smoker can immediately consult a doctor so he or she can find out the extent of one’s health issues.”
Launched last October, the DOH anti-smoking campaign, called “Protect Your Family, Stop Smoking!” is designed to encourage quitting the habit.
“With more than 17 million Filipinos still addicted to tobacco use, there’s more work to be done to reduce the health and economic harms of tobacco. We are confident that this campaign, with its clear message targeted at Filipino families, will encourage more people to try to quit smoking tobacco,” said Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial.
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In The News: Smoking costs PH P188B every year
Written by Paul M.Gutierrez
GIVING up cigarette smoking may well be the “best” New Year’s resolution for the country’s estimated 17 million smokers with the vice’s ill-effects reportedly costing the country upwards to P188 billion in health cost and productivity losses.
This, according to Medgate Philippines’ chief executive officer Robert Parker, who also lauded the campaign of the Department of Health (DoH) headed by Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Russel-Ubial to stop tobacco addiction through the department’s “Protect Your Family, Stop Smoking” campaign.
Launched last October, the campaign is designed to encourage smokers to quit the vice.
“With more than 17 million Filipinos still addicted to tobacco use, there’s more work to be done to reduce the health and economic harms of tobacco.
“We are confident that this campaign, with its clear message targeted at Filipino families, will encourage more people to try to quit smoking tobacco,”
Ubial said. Ubial said the campaign was very timely, “as President Rodrigo Duterte moves towards implementing his clear vision of the Philippines’ tobacco control priorities.”
“This includes comprehensive smoke-free laws and the full implementation of graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging earlier approved by Congress,” the official said.
The department has already identified tobacco as the primary risk factor in the Philippines for a range of non-communicable diseases.
Aside from costing the country some P188 billion in health cost and productivity losses, it was also found out that more than 71,850 Filipinos are killed by tobacco-related diseases every year.
The Philippine Cancer Society has also reported that around 3,000 non-smoking adult Filipinos die every year of lung cancer as a result of inhaling second-hand smoke.
For his part, Parker noted that while modern medicine can now address many of the health problems encountered by smokers, “the best solution to all these problems is simply quitting.”
Medgate, his company, is one of the world’s leading international providers of telemedicine, with operations in Switzerland, the Middle East, Australia, and the Philippines.
“Telemedicine” is the use of electronic communications to transmit and exchange medical information and data to treat patients. It allows people to consult doctors via their cellular phones instead of queuing in line at the doctor’s office.
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In The News: Inclusion of CPR training in basic education sought
By Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star)
A lawmaker proposed yesterday the inclusion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in the physical education curriculum of private and public secondary schools.
“We need CPR knowhow, especially during this season when more Filipinos are succumbing to heart attack,” Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones said.
Citing a study by the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP), Aragones said medical emergencies and admissions triple during the Christmas holidays.
These usually involve heart attacks, strokes and diabetes as a consequence of excessive eating and drinking, Aragones said.
Based on the PCP study, the number of medical emergencies in Metro Manila between January and November ranged from 30 to 50 cases a month.
“The numbers in December showed a significant rise in cases: 153 in 2004, 163 in 2005, 172 in 2006, 170 in 2007 and 170 in 2008,” Aragones said.
“Half of these emergency cases resulted in death. Who knows how many lives could have been saved if immediate medical treatment in the form of CPR was administered. CPR saves lives, which is why everyone should be required to learn it,” she said.
She noted that Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial supports her advocacy.
Aragones quoted Ubial as saying that all Filipinos, not only health workers, should learn how to do CPR.
Filipinos who have yet to learn CPR have an alternative.
Medgate Philippines chief executive officer Robert Parker said the telemedicine pioneer provides a step-by-step guide on performing CPR through mobile phone or landline.
“Of course, nothing beats learning CPR in a class but when emergencies strike, teleconsultation through smartphone app is the closest thing you can get to getting an instant tutorial,” Parker said.
Teleconsultation is one of the advantages offered by telemedicine – the use of electronic communications to transmit and exchange medical information and data to treat patients.
Medgate is the leading international provider of telemedicine, with operations in Australia, Middle East, Switzerland and the Philippines.
“The best treatment is to nip these problems in the bud,” Medgate Philippines medical director Arlene Claudio said.
“If something doesn’t feel right, you should see a doctor right away and ask if it’s something serious. That’s something we always advise our clients; if you feel off, call at once so you know if you have a real emergency on your hands,” Claudio added.
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In The News: First aid know-how a must — lawmaker
by Manila Standard
With data showing that more Filipinos succumb to heart attacks and strokes, a lawmaker reiterated the need to include cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in the physical education curriculum of both private and public secondary schools. “According to the Philippine College of Physicians, hospital records reveal that medical emergencies and admissions triple during the holidays, and these usually involve heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes as a consequence of the excessive eating and drinking commonplace during the holidays,” said Laguna 3rd District Rep. Sol Aragones , who is the author of House Bill 1858, or the CPR Instruction Act of 2016.
The PCP, citing a survey of hospitals in the National Capital Region conducted from 2004 to 2008, showed that from January to November, the monthly average of medical emergencies and admissions was between 30 and 50 cases. The numbers in December, show a dramatic rise in cases: 153 in 2004, 163 in 2005, 172 in 2006, 170 in 2007, and 170 in 2008.
The same sentiments are shared by Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, who has supported the passage of legislation that would make CPR training mandatory for graduation.
Ubial had required CPR training in work evaluations for employees in Davao health regional offices under then Davao Mayor and now President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
Filipinos who have yet to learn CPR, however, have an alternative. Medgate Philippines Chief Executive Officer Robert Parker said that the telemedicine pioneer provides a step-by-step guide on performing CPR via mobile phone or landline.
“Of course, nothing beats learning it in a comprehensive class, but when emergencies strike, teleconsultation via our smartphone app is the closest thing you can get to getting an instant tutorial,” Parker explained.
Teleconsultation is one of the advantages offered by telemedicine––the use of electronic communications to transmit and exchange medical information and data to treat patients. Parker’s company, Medgate Philippines, is the leading international provider of telemedicine, with operations in Switzerland, the Middle East, Australia, and the Philippines.
Medgate Philippines Medical Director Dr. Arlene Claudio stressed, however, that the best treatment “is to nip these problems in the bud.”
“If something doesn’t feel right, you should report your symptoms right away and ask a doctor if it’s something serious. That’s something we always advise all our clients; if you feel off, call at once so you know if you have a real emergency on your hands.”
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Medgate Telemedicine Center Opens in the Philippines
Earlier this year, Medgate Philippines started operations. The Philippines are already the third country outside Switzerland, where the successful telemedicine concept of Medgate takes root, after the opening of the Abu Dhabi Telemedicine Center in the United Arab Emirates in 2014 and the Telemedicine Center ReadyCare in Australia in 2015.
At Medgate Philippines, 25 doctors and 8 telemedical assistants currently provide advice and diagnosis around the clock, 365 days a year, for patients with acute and general medical questions. Patients are treated according to the high quality guidelines as developed and implemented by Medgate in Switzerland. Doctors at Medgate Philippines can also provide their patients with medication prescriptions and a certificate of inability to work, if necessary.
The Medgate concept has established itself over the last 16 years in Switzerland and is attracting a lot of interest abroad. A further expansion of Medgate International is therefore planned and negotiations for further countries are already underway. Medgate is convinced that through the exchange of experience at international level, new impulses can also be set in Switzerland.
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In The News: Medical innovator urges action on doctor shortage
by Manila Standard
WITH the Philippines needing almost one million new doctors, a law providing for medical school scholarships and telemedicine services are being touted as measures that can be adopted to ensure that every Filipino has access to immediate medical care.
Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, who was directed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to travel to Cuba in August this year to study the country’s health care system, pointed out that Cuba has a ratio of one doctor for every 1,075 patients––a far cry from the Philippines, which has a ratio of one doctor for every 33,000 persons.
According to Ubial, the prohibitive costs of medical school and length of study required discourages many Filipinos from becoming doctors.
“We’re producing only 2,600 a year. Right now, it’s very difficult to go into medicine,” Ubial said.
There is a bill in the Senate that seeks to establish medical scholarship programs to increase the number of doctors in the country. Senate Bill 2717, authored by Senator Sonny Angara, would provide scholarships for deserving students in the University of the Philippines College of Medicine from every province of the country.
“According to data from the UPCM, about 80 percemt of its graduates leave the country to practice medicine abroad. Unfortunately, this trend has been increasing for the past 10 years. The effect is evident in the lack of medical doctors to serve our underprivileged countrymen,” said Angara.
If passed into law, the measure would require graduates of the program to work in provincial hospitals for five years.
Medgate Philippines Chief Executive Officer Robert Parker says that these programs “are a good long-term solution to the dearth of doctors in the Philippines.” “However, the thousands of doctors needed won’t be produced overnight. Given the urgency of the problem, we have to look at viable, immediate alternatives to mitigate the impact of doctor shortages, especially in rural areas where doctors are scarce,” Parker stressed.
One option, according to Parker, is telemedicine––the use of electronic communications to transmit and exchange medical information and data to treat patients. Parker’s company, Medgate Philippines, is the leading international provider of telemedicine, with operations in Switzerland, the Middle East, Australia, and the Philippines.
“In some areas in the Philippines, you have doctors servicing over 20,000 people. This means long waiting times just to consult a doctor,” explained Medgate Philippines Medical Director Dr. Arlene Claudio.
“What telemedicine does is give every one who has a cellular phone access to a doctor 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So when you’re sick, you can consult a doctor anytime, anywhere.”
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In The News: Health care bill pushed
Written by Paul M.Gutierrez
THE Department of Health (DoH) and stakeholders in the health sector are calling on Congress to expedite the passage of Senate Bill 2717 creating a scholarship program for doctors of medicine to boost the country’s overall healthcare system.
The proposal, authored by Sen. Edgardo ‘Sonny’ Angara, seeks to provide scholarships for at least one deserving student in every province of the country at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine (UPCM).
In his introduction to the bill, Angara noted that available data disclosed that 80 percent of UPCM graduates leave the country to practice medicine abroad, a trend that has started more than 10 years ago.
“The effect is evident in the lack of medical doctors to serve our underprivileged countrymen,” said Angara.
The exodus abroad of Filipino doctors has become problematic considering that Philippine medical schools are only producing some 2,600 each year, according to Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rossel-Ubial.
If passed into law, the measure would require graduates of the program to work in provincial hospitals for five years.
Last August, Ubial was instructed by President Rodrigo Duterte to visit the communist nation of Cuba to study its health care system, which is one of the best in the world.
Ubial reported that Cuba has a ratio of one doctor for every 1,075 patients––a far cry from the Philippines, which has a ratio of one doctor for every 33,000 persons.
The DoH chief opined that the “prohibitive cost” of medical school and the length of years in school required —10 years—have discouraged many Filipinos from becoming doctors.
To help remedy the situation, Medgate Philippines, a leading medical group engaged in “telemedicine” using the Internet and electronic telecommunications, has offered its services and techonology in reaching out to the most number of Filipinos regarding their health.
Medgate Philippines Chief Executive Officer Robert Parker says that these programs “are a good long-term solution to the dearth of doctors in the Philippines.”
“Given the urgency of the problem, we have to look at viable, immediate alternatives to mitigate the impact of doctor shortages, especially in rural areas where doctors are scarce,” Parker stressed. Parker claimed Medgate is the leading international provider of telemedicine, with operations in Switzerland, the Middle East, Australia, and the Philippines.
“What telemedicine does is give everyone who has a cellular phone access to a doctor 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So when you’re sick, you can consult a doctor anytime, anywhere,” the official said.
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Intellicare partners with Medgate
28 September 2016. Fast-growing HMO Intellicare and Medgate Philippines announces its partnership to the public in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. With the joint aim of providing swift and compelling healthcare service to members, both companies continue to enhance the service experience by providing tele-medical consultations, plus more avenues to communicate thru the website, APP and social media pages.
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Medgate Philippines Joins ASPLI’s 17th Annual Summit
The Association of Service Professionals in Life Insurance (ASPLI) held its 17th annual summit in Iloilo last 08 September 2016. Focusing on their theme: “Customer Service Simple and Personal in the Digital Age”, Mr. Robert Parker, CEO of Medgate Philippines discussed how in an age where more and more transactions are made online or thru digital channels like social media and mobile phones, friendly and satisfactory customer service still remain the number one requirement in the service industry to leave a mark in the hearts of customers.
A friendly tone and being able to quickly solve their problem or concern are given top marks by clients. Fast delivery of service is also very important, otherwise customers would consider alternatives.
How does Medgate achieve all this? Investment in a strong platform for the delivery of tele-medical services, and professional training for its Tele-Medical Assistants, Customer Service Representatives and Medical Doctors. Lastly, the willingness to listen to both good and bad feedback, and be flexible to changing customer demands allow Medgate Philippines to provides its member with the best possible service each day, 24/7.
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