Hospitals performing stem cell therapy are yet to be accredited – DOH

By: Azer N. Parrocha, Philippine News Agency March 28, 2013 3:16 AM The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines - Although guidelines for stem cell therapy in the country have already been released, the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reminded the public that hospitals performing the treatment are as of the moment, not accredited.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona, in a press conference, explained that for a hospital or clinic to be considered accredited, a years worth of tests and studies have to be done to prove that the procedure is indeed safe and effective.

I hope the general public understands that these stem cells, although called innovative (form of treatment) is not standard and should not be advertised as though it is already an accepted form of treatment, Ona said.

Ona explained that the DOH still continues to look on the capacity of the treatment and will make sure that the stem cells used for procedure are accepted as protocol.

Stem cells like those coming from embryos or animals which are restricted will also be looked into by the DOH to see if there are any hospitals or clinics that do not abide by the administrative order.

If the protocol is accepted, report of results should be evaluated, he said. They are evaluated about a year to see if their claim is effective [and if it is] it will be validated.

At present, there are no hospitals or clinics completely accredited for the stem cell therapy yet. Given that, certain processes must be followed before doctors are allowed to use the treatment.

I cannot see a so-called clinic yet certifying that there is a process that is very effective, Ona explained. We have to see the type of stem cell, the type of claim they have.

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Hospitals performing stem cell therapy are yet to be accredited – DOH

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