Activists slam China’s use of bear bile in virus treatment

first_imgChinese workers collect bile from a caged bear at a farm in Fujian province. AFP But the National Health Commission inMarch issued guidelines recommending the use of “Tan Re Qing” – aninjection that contains bear bile powder, goat horn and three other medicinalherbs –- to treat critically ill coronavirus patients. The move comes just weeks after Chinabanned the sale of wild animals for food, citing the risk of diseases spreadingfrom animals to humans. BEIJING – China has approved the use ofbear bile to treat coronavirus patients, angering activists and raising fearsit could undermine efforts to stop the illegal animal trade which is blamed forthe emergence of the new disease sweeping the globe. It is one of six traditional Chinesemedicine products included in the directive. (AFP)last_img read more

CIDG-6 to probe village chief over SAP ‘anomaly’

first_imgAccording to Gamboa, “In Region 6 meron sinasabi na parang niece or nephew ng barangay captain who is not actually poorest of the poor has been included in the list of SAP beneficiaries.” ILOILO City – The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 6 will be investigating a village chief in Iloilo province over an alleged anomaly in the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash assistance distribution. CIDG-6 chief Police Lieutenant Colonel Gervacio Balmaceda declined to identify the barangay captain but said his police provincial chief, Police Lieutenant Emanuel Tingson, will lead the probe. Balmaceda said, “We have not received formal complaints. Mag i-investigate tayo kung talagang totoo ang anomaly baka may mga misunderstanding lang sa pag-relay ng message.” Police National Police chief Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa recently tasked the CIDG to lead investigations on alleged SAP anomalies across the country. For his part, Tingson said he would wait for an endorsement from the Department of Interior and Local Government. Recently, President Rodrigo Duterte announced he would be giving P30,000 to those who could report to him confirmed irregularities in the distribution of the SAP cash assistance, and that the CIDG would be handling all the complaints./PNlast_img read more