Cutting-Edge Medical and Stem Cell Technology Available in the Philippines but DoH Cites Concerns

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Department of Health Undersecretary Dr. Teodoro Herbosa recently urged the public seeking treatment using stem cell technology to only undergo procedure initiated by reputable hospitals in the country.

The highly advanced procedure of using stem cell technology has recently gained popularity due to success claims of scientists here and abroad. However, due to the increasing demand for this technology, USEC Herbosa expressed concern that some individuals needing treatment might end-up in bogus clinics usually offering lower fees. "Just to ensure safety, it will be best for patients to seek treatment only among reputable hospitals," Usec. Herbosa stated in an interview.

Incidentally, a leading global Filipino scientist in the field of genetics and microbiology stated that the Philippines is now one of the leading countries in the world, even a step ahead of Germany, in the field of health science. Presidential Awardee Dr. Samuel D. Bernal, a Filipino-American regenerative medicine expert, medical oncologist, molecular biologist, chemist and a lawyer, calls on Filipinos here and abroad to patronize the technology we have here in the country.

"Very few know about it, but we can already actually culture or clone a human heart in the Philippines," claimed by Dr. Bernal in a recent lecture he delivered recently at UST College of Medicine CME Auditorium before hundreds of University of Sto. Tomas scientists, professors, medical doctors and students.

During the lecture event, dubbed, "Future of Molecular Medicine," Dr. …