Stem cell medicine in Iloilo

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Friday, March 8, 2013


THE Philippine Society for Stem Cell Medicine has brought early March a technology in Iloilo City in a bid to promote stem cell medicine and therapy.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the arrival of the stem cell medicine in Iloilo would attract tourists and for physicians to practice in the city.

Mabilog said aside from stem cell medicine, Iloilo City is ready to absorb other branches of science such as in-vitro fertilization and cryogenic as several hospitals have adequate facilities, specialist doctors and trained personnel to offer.

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In Iloilo City alone, there are seven private tertiary hospitals and one government medical center, seven district health centers and more than 100 barangay health centers out of the 180 barangays, more than 20 private health service providers on top of private medical practitioners with their own clinics.

Society president Dr. Leo Olarte said a memorandum of agreement (MOA) will be forged between the association and St. Paul’s Hospital here for the acceptance of the program and put up a stem cell center to serve the needs of the Ilonggos.

Olarte said stem cell medicine is a new wonder medicine and the cure of the future. Its successful effects had stemmed the tide of several devastating diseases today and it is considered a good cure for multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons disease, even tuberculosis, diabetes, HIV-Aids and all types of degenerative diseases.

Olarte said although the Department of Health (DOH) has approved the new technology, he warned that harvest of stem cells must be from the human body or the patient himself.

The DOH is expected to issue a guideline on stem cell medicine with the month of March.

The activated stem cells may come from the combined sources of blood, bone marrow and adipose tissue of the patient that maybe operated or injected in three to five hours operation, Olarte said.

The private hospitals operating in the city are Iloilo Doctors Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital, West Visayas University Hospital (Don Benito Hospital), Iloilo Mission Hospital, Medical City, St Therese Hospital and Amoesup International Hospital.

The tertiary government hospital is the Western Visayas Medical Center.

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