Health and Lifestyle

DOH wants DBM to procure dengue kits

DOH wants DBM to procure dengue kits

March 5, 2018, 2:55 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said it has coordinated with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) regarding the procedures on the procurement of dengue kits that will be given to families with children vaccinated with Dengvaxia. "Sabi ko kay Secretary (Benjamin) Diokno… Read More

New health warnings on tobacco packs by March 3, group urges gov't

New health warnings on tobacco packs by March 3, group urges gov't

March 2, 2018, 9:36 pm

MANILA -- A health advocacy group on Friday called on the government to ensure that all tobacco packs churned out by local and imported manufacturers in the Philippines to bear the new graphic health warnings (GHWs) starting March 3. In a statement, Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo of the Southeast Asia… Read More

10,000 dengue cases in first 6 weeks of 2018

10,000 dengue cases in first 6 weeks of 2018

March 2, 2018, 12:15 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded more than 10,000 cases of dengue in the first six weeks of the year. According to the DOH Dengue Disease Surveillance Report, a total of 10,980 people caught dengue fever from Jan. 1 to February 10. “The figure is 41.38 percent lower compared… Read More

On measles outbreak in Taguig, DOH says trust the vaccine

On measles outbreak in Taguig, DOH says trust the vaccine

March 1, 2018, 9:23 pm

MANILA -- A Department of Health (DOH) official on Thursday called on parents to heed the department’s call to have their children immunized to protect them from vaccine-preventable illnesses. "We ask all parents to please follow the immunization schedule of their children to protect them from… Read More

DOH to hire 500 health workers to monitor Dengvaxia recipients

DOH to hire 500 health workers to monitor Dengvaxia recipients

February 28, 2018, 8:29 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) would hire an additional 500 surveillance officers who would monitor public school children who had received the Dengvaxia vaccine under the government’s dengue immunization program, its chief said Wednesday. "The DOH decided to hire 500 additional… Read More

Heart disease still leading cause of death in PH

Heart disease still leading cause of death in PH

February 28, 2018, 5:41 pm

MANILA -- Ischemic heart disease is still the top killer disease in the country, a heart expert said Tuesday. “If we are going to base it on the recent WHO (World Health Organization) list Top 10 Causes of Death, ischemic heart disease and stroke still rank as top two. That has been the trend… Read More

Medical groups back longer maternity leave

Medical groups back longer maternity leave

February 26, 2018, 5:59 pm

MANILA -- Various groups of doctors and medical health professionals on Monday expressed support to a pending legislation that seeks to expand maternity leave benefits for women. “The push to increase the number of maternity leave days is rooted not only in social justice and equality, it has… Read More

Brazil to vaccinate entire population vs. yellow fever

Brazil to vaccinate entire population vs. yellow fever

February 23, 2018, 12:39 pm

BRASILIA -- Brazilian minister of health, Ricardo Barros, on Thursday proposed to vaccinate the entire country against yellow fever, after the disease emerged in new areas.   The recommendation will now be discussed with international organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO)… Read More

WHO urges to expand access to testing, treatment for TB prevention

WHO urges to expand access to testing, treatment for TB prevention

February 23, 2018, 11:56 am

GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday called for scaling up access to testing and treatment for TB infection, especially among groups that are particularly at risk, such as children and people living with HIV. The WHO has updated the guidelines for programmatic management of… Read More

DOH says it is bent on suing Sanofi

DOH says it is bent on suing Sanofi

February 23, 2018, 7:59 am

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday vowed that his department would never stop running after Sanofi Pasteur, saying they are hastening the filing of cases against the pharmaceutical giant over the Dengvaxia controversy. “I have forwarded the letter to the legal department… Read More

Health workers in Mimaropa to visit Dengvaxia recipients

Health workers in Mimaropa to visit Dengvaxia recipients

February 21, 2018, 10:04 pm

MANILA -- The dengue task force of the Department of Health’s (DOH) office in Mimaropa plans to visit each of the 76 people in the region who had received the dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia. "Dahil importante na nakikita nila na concerned tayo; second, marami silang hindi alam na kailangan ipabatid… Read More

2 FDA officials relieved of posts over Dengvaxia

2 FDA officials relieved of posts over Dengvaxia

February 21, 2018, 8:09 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday ordered the relief and re-assignment of two officials of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) linked to the issuance of the Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) to Sanofi Pasteur for its dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia. In a Department… Read More

Global mortality rates remain 'alarmingly high': UNICEF

Global mortality rates remain 'alarmingly high': UNICEF

February 21, 2018, 12:04 pm

UNITED NATIONS -- Newborns are dying at "alarmingly high" rates in less-developed countries, especially in countries that are conflict-ridden or with weak institutions, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday in a new report. The report revealed that babies born in these places… Read More

Duque tells DOH officials to reveal conflict of interest

Duque tells DOH officials to reveal conflict of interest

February 21, 2018, 8:49 am

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has issued a memo directing all officials of his department to disclose any conflict of interest in relation to the use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. "It is the duty of the Department of Health (DOH) to uphold the integrity of its… Read More

WHO experts to arrive mid-March to ‘boost DOH’s capacity’

WHO experts to arrive mid-March to ‘boost DOH’s capacity’

February 20, 2018, 5:43 pm

MANILA -- Experts of the World Health Organization (WHO) will arrive here next month to boost the Department of Health’s (DOH) capacity to address the problems created by the anti-dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, a health official said Tuesday. “The schedule of WHO for this mission to happen would… Read More

LGUs get portable ultrasound machines from DOH-Mimaropa

LGUs get portable ultrasound machines from DOH-Mimaropa

February 20, 2018, 2:30 pm

SAVING MOTHER AND BABY. Head of Mimaropa’s health office, Dr. Eduardo C. Janairo (far right), with representatives of local government units in the region who received portable ultrasound machines from the office during a ceremony held in Quezon City on Monday (Feb. 19, 2018). The regional… Read More

Sanofi declines 2nd request for Dengvaxia refund, DOH to sue

Sanofi declines 2nd request for Dengvaxia refund, DOH to sue

February 19, 2018, 10:22 pm

MANILA -- A Department of Health (DOH) official said Monday they have no recourse but to file a civil suit against Sanofi Pasteur following its refusal to refund the estimated PHP2 billion spent by the department to procure the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine for its dengue immunization program.… Read More

DOH stands pat on full refund by Sanofi Pasteur

DOH stands pat on full refund by Sanofi Pasteur

February 18, 2018, 8:08 am

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) remains firm in its desire to have a full refund of the money paid for the "used" Dengvaxia vaccine by invoking certain provisions of the Civil Code of the Philippines. According to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, such intention for full refund was… Read More

Duque denies VACC obstruction of justice claim

Duque denies VACC obstruction of justice claim

February 17, 2018, 10:32 am

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday refuted allegations by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) that he is obstructing justice by refusing to cooperate in the ongoing probe into the Dengvaxia issue. “I deny any accusation that I am obstructing justice. I am not… Read More

FDA on ‘contaminated’ canned food from Thailand: Fake news

FDA on ‘contaminated’ canned food from Thailand: Fake news

February 16, 2018, 8:05 pm

MANILA -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called on the public not to be misled by false information circulating in social media that canned food products from Thailand had allegedly been contaminated with HIV. "In the interest of truthfulness and consumer rights protection, the… Read More