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Taiwan included in flight ban — DoH

TAIWAN is included in the Philippine’s flight ban list, Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique C. Domingo said on Monday.

DoH issues advisory against big public gatherings; Davao City cancels March...

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) released a memo on Monday discouraging events that will gather large crowds amid the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) threat.

DoH confirms Philippines’ 3rd coronavirus case

A THIRD case of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) in the Philippines has been confirmed in a 60-year old Chinese woman who previously tested negative twice for the virus, the Department of Health (DoH) reported on Wednesday.

First virus strain case confirmed; DoH ‘on top’ of it

THE PHILIPPINES on Thursday confirmed its first case of a new coronavirus strain that has killed more than a hundred in China and sickened thousands.

Price controls on medicine to hinder innovation in the sector

FITCH SOLUTIONS Macro Research flagged the Maximum Drug Retail Price (MDRP) scheme that aims to impose price controls on commonly-used drugs as a possible risk that will hinder pharmaceutical innovations in the future.

Health dep’t extends polio vaccine drive

THE HEALTH department will extend the March deadline of its polio vaccination campaign to ensure no child is missed, two decades since the Philippines was declared free of the debilitating illness.

25 environment samples from NCR, 1 from Davao positive for poliovirus

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) on Wednesday announced 26 environment samples — 25 from Metro Manila and one from Davao Region — are positive for poliovirus.

16-yr old in 1st lung problem case related to e-cigarette

THE FIRST reported case of a lung problem linked to smoking e-cigarettes in the country involved a 16-year old girl, the Department of Health (DoH) announced on Friday.

Fourth polio case confirmed by DoH

THE Health department yesterday confirmed a fourth case of polio in the country — the third one from Mindanao — after almost two decades of being free from the disease.

DoH confirms third polio case

THE Health department yesterday confirmed a third case of polio this year after almost two decades since the country was declared free of the disease.

Lawmakers commit to find budget for UHC implementation

LAWMAKERS ON Thursday assured that they will find adequate funding for health workers as the government prepares to roll out the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act and despite cuts in the Department of Health’s (DoH) proposed 2020 budget.

DoH confirms second polio case

THE Department of Health (DoH) has confirmed a second case of polio after 19 years since the country was declared free of the disease.

Polio resurgent, Health dep’t says

THE DEPARTMENT of Health reported a case of polio this year after almost two decades of being free from the disease.

UHC Law will take 3 or more years to implement, says...

PHILHEALTH President Ricardo Morales admits that nationwide implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law will take a few years to take effect, citing funding and capability issues.

DoH reports 62% drop in leptospirosis cases

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported a 62% drop in leptospirosis cases nationwide from January to August 3 this year with 981 patients recorded from 2,618 in the same period last year.

Dengue cases almost double in 6 months

DENGUE cases almost doubled in the six months to July to 167,607 from a year earlier, the Department of Health said yesterday, weeks after declaring a national epidemic for the viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes.

DoH declares national dengue epidemic

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) on Tuesday declared a national dengue epidemic, with patients reaching nearly 150,000 so far this year.

DoH cited for nearly expired medicines

THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) has criticized the Health department for excessive allocation of medicines, leading to P367.2 million of drugs that are nearing expiration.

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...