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Western Visayas health sector in full force for dengue response

THE HEALTH sector in Western Visayas, which registered the highest number of dengue cases amid a nationwide dengue alert declaration, is focusing resources to respond to patients.

DoH secretary says he did not misuse OWWA funds

DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) Secretary Francisco H. Duque III denied claims made by Senator Panfilo M. Lacson that he was involved in the misuse of government funds during his term as PhilHealth president, saying that these were resolved in his favor years ago.

DoH to parents: Watch out for toxic materials in school supplies

THE Department of Health (DoH) called on parents to be on the lookout for toxic materials in school supplies.

DoH reminds on health risks as Iloilo City hits highest heat...

ILOILO CITY recorded its highest heat index since 2010 at 48°C last May 2, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) reported based on its local weather monitoring station.

DoH targets a malaria-free PHL by 2030

THE Department of Health (DoH) aims to lower the incidence of malaria by 90% by 2022, with the aim of declaring the country malaria-free by 2030.

DoH to include Japanese Encephalitis vaccine in immunization program

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) announced on Tuesday that it will now include vaccines for Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in its immunization program, beginning in regions with the most number of reported cases last year.

DoH: Q1 dengue cases rise

THE Department of Health (DoH) said dengue cases from January to March 2, 2019 increased drastically compared to the same period last year and reminded the public to help prevent the illness.

DoH calls for pet vaccination as it aims for a rabies-free...

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) is aiming for a rabies-free Philippines over the next decade and has called on all owners to have their pets vaccinated.

Funding, personnel shortages will force DoH to address health care law...

THE Department of Health (DoH) said the early stages of implementing the Universal Health care (UHC) Law, faces challenges because of a shortage of funding and health workers.

Protest vs anti-measles drive

Health advocates group hold a rally on Thursday, February 21, at DOH Main Office in San Lazaro, Tayuman, Sta. Cruz, Manila to denounce the agency’s failure to distribute measles vaccines to some 2.4 million children last year.

DoH sees drop in measles cases by next month

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) foresees that measles cases will begin to decrease by next month as they further strengthen their vaccination programs in partnership with other government agencies as a response to the outbreak.

DoH flags vaccine hesitancy as measles cases rise

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) on Monday reported an estimated threefold rise in measles cases nationwide, with the death toll now at 70.

Measles outbreak widens, DoH steps up monitoring

OFFICIALS ON Wednesday acknowledged the rise in vaccine hesitancy amid a widening measles outbreak in Luzon and parts of the Visayas, as the Department of Health (DoH) assured strict monitoring on the situation.

DoH, Comelec regional offices gear up for Bangsamoro vote

WITH AN expected 2.8 million voters for the coming Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite, the Department of Health (DoH) and Commission on Elections (Comelec) offices in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have laid out plans to ensure immediate response to critical situations.

Welcoming 2019

Fireworks spectacles sponsored by local government units and commercial establishments have become more common during New Year’s eve in different parts of the Philippines as the government campaigns to minimize fireworks-related injuries (FRIs).

Senate probes ‘failure’ of DoH health stations

PARTIES INVOLVED in the P8.1 billion Barangay Health Station (BHS) project on Wednesday pinned the blame on each other over the failure of the Department of Health’s (DoH) school-based program. The Senate committee on health, chaired by Senator Joseph Victor G. Ejercito, opened its inquiry on the alleged irregularities in the procurement and implementation of the BHS project, which started in 2015 during Janette P. Loreto-Garin’s term as health secretary.

Inquiry bares unauthorized fund release to Health Dep’t in 2015

SOME P10.6 billion worth of funds meant for the health insurance coverage of senior citizens were transferred in 2015 to the Department of Health (DoH) without the knowledge of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.

Groups file more evidence against Aquino over Dengvaxia controversy

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Vanguard of the Philippines Constitution, Inc. (VPCI) submitted to the Department of Justice (DoJ) on...

PAO files charges vs DoH chief over Dengvaxia

PUBLIC ATTORNEY’S Office (PAO) chief Persida V. Rueda-Acosta on Thursday included Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III in the charges she had earlier filed...

Report tags Aquino, others in Dengvaxia ‘tragedy’

By Camille A. Aguinaldo A DRAFT Senate report on the Dengvaxia controversy tagged former president Benigno S.C. Aquino III, former health secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin,...

Duterte: Peddlers of fake medicines to be charged with economic sabotage

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director-General Ronald M. dela Rosa to arrest all persons “who...

Health chief calls for mass testing of children given Dengvaxia

Department of Health (DoH) Secretary Francisco T. Duque on Tuesday, March 13, said the agency is coordinating with University of Pittsburgh and University of...

Aquino, Abad, Garin charged for election spending on Dengvaxia

By Minde Nyl R. Dela Cruz THE Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and former Department of Health (DoH) consultant Francis Cruz on Friday, Feb....

Improved anti-dengue vaccine seen from mess

CHICAGO -- New dengue vaccines being developed by Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. and US government scientists are poised to provide a safer alternative to...

Sanofi to compensate for ‘death, any other case’

By Camille A. Aguinaldo FRENCH PHARMACEUTICAL firm Sanofi Pasteur on Monday committed to providing compensation for “death or any other case” among patients who were...

DoH chief: Sanofi refunds P1.161B in Dengvaxia program

EMBATTLED vaccines firm Sanofi Pasteur has refunded the Philippine government P1.161 billion in connection with the Dengvaxia immunization program, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque...

Former health chief appointed to DoH

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, Oct. 26, appointed Francisco T. Duque III to the Department of Health which he once headed during President...

OICs appointed to head DICT, DoH

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed an officer-in-charge (OIC) each to head the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Department of...

CA rejects Ubial as DoH secretary

THE COMMISSION on Appointments (CA) on Tuesday, Oct. 10, rejected the appointment of Department of Health (DoH) Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, making her the...

Prevention may be the cure

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman THE SHIFT TO primary health care remains one of the top aspirations of the Department of Health (DoH). But...

DoH addresses rare diseases

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman WHAT COMES to mind when you hear of a rare disease called “Maple Syrup Urine”? Some may think that...

Can we achieve universal health care in the Philippines?

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman CAN we copy Cuba’s universal health care program? The socialist nation has one of the best examples of a...

Developmental disorders in kids

INTERNET addiction and stress, among many other factors, may contribute to developmental disorders among children in the Philippines, said Dr. Ma. Rochelle Buenavista-Pacifico, a...

The blurry drunk driving situation

By Dinna Louise C. Dayao The extraordinary thing about Republic Act No. 10586 or the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013 is that it...