Category Archives: Health & Medicine

Filipina Nurses To Washington State Senator: We Don’t Play Cards, We Play Online Sudoku

D52D4C82-B74A-4722-AEB5-4F7DCDCC7169SEATTLE, Washington (The Adobo Chronicles, Seattle Bureau) – Washington State Senator Maureen Walsh (R) infuriated healthcare workers nationwide after making outrageous comments about nurses who “play cards” on their shift.

The Senator’s remarks came during a heated debate in the Washington State Senate over SHB 1155, a new law that would establish mandatory meal and rest breaks for nurses. Walsh argued for an amendment to the bill that would exclude smaller hospitals from the requirement, suggesting most nurses sit around idly at work playing games.

Reacting to the Senator’s remarks, members of the Filipino American Nurses Association said they were deeply hurt and insulted, saying they never play cards during their work shift.

”Playing cards is so passé. This is the age of modern technology and the Internet. Most of us play online Sudoku on our smart phones,” an association spokesperson told The Adobo Chronicles.

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Why Rappler Reporter Was Barred From Covering Tuberculosis Prevention Event In Malacañang

 

36002BAC-74A7-46C3-8851-42313199DC9AMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Once again, Rappler has been barred from covering an event at Malacañang, this time the launch of a government initiative to end tuberculosis, where President Rodrigo Duterte will be in attendance.

Like clockwork, Rappler immediately cried foul and “suppression of Press Freedom.”

But Malacañang and the Department of Health today issued a statement on the real reason the Rappler reporter was not issued accreditation to cover the event.

Tuberculosis is a highly contagious bacterial infection that can quickly spread if not caught, isolated, and treated early. It is an airborne disease, and can be caught by breathing in the air that an infected person has contaminated through breathing or coughing,” the statement said.

It continued:

”Since this is a TB prevention event, we wanted to make sure that all in attendance would be free of the bacteria and prevent them from infecting others, including the President. We therefore required attendees and members of the news media to submit a health clearance, showing  a negative TB test.”

”The Rappler reporter failed to submit the required clearance, hence she was barred from covering the Malacañang event.”

Moral of the story: Press Freedom is not a substitute for a health clearance.

McDonald’s Reacts To Study On Fecal Contamination Of Its Touchscreen Ordering Kiosks

6FE1D3B0-6AC7-406B-BD98-56A83B4ABE49CHICAGO, Illinois (The Adobo Chronicles, Chicago Bureau) – Touchscreens installed at McDonald’s branches in Britain have tested positive for fecal matter, a journalistic investigation has revealed.

Samples were taken by experts from machines at eight restaurants, including six in London and two in Birmingham.

Customers use the touchscreens to choose and pay for their food and then they pick up their order at the counter.

Paul Matawele, senior lecturer in microbiology at London Metropolitan University, which carried out the study in conjunction with Metro.co.uk, said he was surprised at how much gut and faecal bacteria were on the machines, concluding that many people did not wash their hands before they used them.

Reacting to the damaging report, McDonald’s has ordered all its franchises with touchscreen machines to immediately install water faucets next to the ordering kiosks. In addition, notices will be posted on the machines asking customers to wash their hands before ordering.

Swift action by the fast-food giant.