Palace: ‘Cure-all’ stem cell therapies not true

MANILA - Hospitals in the Philippines offering stem cell treatment should be accredited by the Department of Health, Malacaang said Friday. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said hospitals must file the needed requirements for accreditation beginning August 31.

The DOH will issue an administrative order regarding this in the wake of reports that three politicians died after undergoing the treatment abroad. Ang ina-accredit po ng DOH ay mga ospital para po doon sa mga ganitong treatment and come August 31, kailangan na pong mag-file ng mga ospital noong kanilang accreditation requirements for them to continue to offer this treatment, kung sakaling meron na po sila. So may accreditation process po yan, Valte said. She warned the public against individuals or clinics that claim they are authorized to conduct stem cell operations and those that claim they are capable of giving cure-all stem cell treatments. Uulitin po natin, yung ospital po yung ina-accredit hindi po yung doktor. Hindi po individual. Yung mga stand-alone clinic po, hindi po yan pwedeng magpa-accredit sa DOH so yun po yung isang warning po natin doon sa ating mga kababayan, Valte said. Isa pa pong interesting point, mula po sa DOH: Yung stem cell treatment daw po is geared toward a certain purpose. Yung mga sinasabi pong mga cure-all ay peke po yun. Wala pong ganoong treatment that will cure all of your ills much less your love problems. Pero meron pong mga kinds po ng mga stem cell treatment. Meron ho tayong nung prohibited, iyong galing po sa embryo at saka mga plant products. Meron po tayo nung restricted, galing po yan sa humans pero nagkakaroon ng genetic manipulation at kailangan po, yung mga produktong meron po nyan, kailangan ho iyan ng clearance mula po sa FDA. At yung mga allowed naman po, yung stem cells na galing sa humans, from the individual himself who is to be treated, the patient, or from donors.

She said the public may report to the DOH any violation. Pag meron ho kayong mga nakitang tingin ninyo ay lumalabag, i-report po natin sa DOH kasi pwede po silang ipasara, or pwede pong masuspende iyong lisensiya ng any medical practitioner na nage-engage doon sa mga pinapagbawal po ng Department of Health pagdating po dito sa stem cell treatment. So huwag po tayong magpapaloko. Ang ospital po ang pwedeng may accreditation para mag-facilitate po ng mga stem cell treatments, she said.

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Palace: 'Cure-all' stem cell therapies not true

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