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Mortality and Medical Care

I have been lucky since I have moved here. Except for a little athlete’s foot and an allergic reaction to a foot powder, I have not needed any medical care. From what I have heard, in Davao, there is good doctors and medical care available. This is part of what we need to think about and understand before moving here. Just going to a doctor or hospital here is different from what is normal practice in America. Here a doctor...

Herbal Remedies

Since living here in the Philippines I have heard of  uses of herbal remedies. In America we always joke about “Jewish penicillin” which is chicken soup. There are treatments and foods, applications and more to help relieve and help the body cure its self. There was one that worked well for me. About a year ago I had a bad case of diarrhea. I had never had such a problem before and thought it might be something I...

911 Davao

This past Wednesday one of the Ex-Pat organizations I belong to, Friends of Mindanao, had a field trip to visit the Command Center of 911 Davao City. I am writing this from memory, so I ask for forgiveness of any errors. We were greeted by Colonel Mario Verner Monsanto (Ret.), a retired military officer. In 1997 he was asked by the Mayor of Davao City to set up a disaster relief organization that became 911 Davao. Davao is...

Philippine Hospitals

About 2 weeks ago Elena went to see a doctor, she was spotting often. After all the tests the doctor diagnosed Elena has a Myoma. That is a fibroid tumor and is most times benign. Because of the location it was decided Elena would need a hysterectomy. She was admitted last Thursday evening into San Pedro Hospital. Now I do not know about all hospitals in the Philippines but I have heard from other circumstances a lot of...