Health and Lifestyle

Anti-smoking group seeks higher tax on tobacco to help farmers

MANILA -- An official of an anti-smoking advocacy group on Tuesday called on lawmakers to impose higher taxes on tobacco to further help farmers.“We are hoping that lawmakers, especially from the tobacco-producing regions, will consider increasing the tax rates for tobacco as this would mean... Read More

Poor nutrition, obesity widespread among women of childbearing age

SYDNEY -- A leading public health professor in Australia on Tuesday called for national action to improve women's health and reduce the risks associated with pregnancy.Gita Mishra, researcher at the University of Queensland's School of Public Health, warned that changing diets and lifestyles during... Read More

Garin hits Ubial for 'washing hands' over Dengvaxia mess

MANILA -- Former Health Secretary Janette Garin on Monday slammed her successor ex-Health chief Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial for publicly 'washing her hands' over the Dengvaxia controversy during the recent Senate hearing on the dengue vaccination program.Garin, in a media forum in Manila, claimed that... Read More

'Truth is on our side, my conscience is clear': Garin

MANILA -- Former Health Secretary Janette Garin on Monday said she believes she and others implicated in the Dengvaxia controversy would be cleared of the accusations hurled against them in the draft report by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee that investigated the 2016 vaccine program."I still... Read More

Garin denies existence of 'mafia' at DOH

MANILA -- There is no so-called "mafia" at the Department of Health (DOH), former health chief Janette Garin said on Monday.During a forum in Manila, Garin said allegations of the existence of a "mafia" at the department is baseless."DOH mafia does not exist in so far as persons being alluded to... Read More

Duque calls on Manila gov't to keep swimmers off Manila bay

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Sunday day called on the city government of Manila to boost efforts in preventing the public from swimming in the dirty waters of Manila Bay.“The local government should increase the security in the areas surrounding Manila Bay,” Duque... Read More

DOH to deploy 500 nurses to monitor Dengvaxia recipients

MANILA -- A Department of Health (DOH) official said Friday that about 500 nurses will be deployed to monitor children who received the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine.In a press briefing held at DOH office in Manila, Undersecretary Enrique Domingo said the move would enhance the monitoring of... Read More

DOH to retrain personnel for measles vaccination drive

MANILA --To ensure that the Department of Health's (DOH) measles vaccination program would proceed smoothly next month, health personnel who would be conducting the activity would be undergoing re-training, an official said on Thursday."Measles vaccination is a regular activity and vaccinators are... Read More

Senate's draft Dengvaxia report, 'full of inaccuracies' : Garin

MANILA -- Former Department of Health (DOH) secretary Janette Garin on Wednesday described as "full of half-truths" Senator Richard Gordon's recommendations based on the draft findings on the Dengvaxia vaccination investigation by the Senate’s Blue Ribbon Committee."I believe that the... Read More

Prepare boys psychologically for circumcision: DOH

MANILA – The summer is upon us and it is the perfect time to usher young boys into "manhood".For the Department of Health (DOH), summer is also the circumcision season, prompting the health officials to remind parents and guardians of boys to be circumcised to psychologically prepare their... Read More

PH pili nuts bag top prize in French food competition

MANILA-- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday announced that Philippine food brand "Mount Mayon Volcanic Pili Nuts" bagged the top prize in a French food snack competition held at the Porte de Versailles on April 4.The Filipino brand bested two competitors for the “dry savoury... Read More

Group calls on gov't for 'PWD-friendly' PUVs

MANILA --A group of persons with disabilities (PWDs) on Tuesday held a rally in front of the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Quezon City, urging the agency to include their concerns and rights as commuters in the government's Public Utility Vehicle Modernization... Read More

FDA bans sale, use of 12 Korean cosmetic products containing antimony

MANILA -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday warned the public against the sale and use of 12 cosmetic products from South Korea that were found to be containing dangerous level of antimony.In its FDA Advisory No. ‎2018-119, FDA reminded the public that the South Korean cosmetic... Read More

WHO helps DOH identify anti-rabies vaccine suppliers

MANILA --The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday said that it is coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) in identifying possible suppliers of human anti-rabies vaccine to fill in the foreseen shortage of the vaccine in the country."So, we're working with DOH to identify suppliers that... Read More

WHO supports PH's passage of measures on Universal Health Care

MANILA --The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday said that it is strongly supporting the passage of legislative measures that will enhance the current universal healthcare coverage system in the country.In a press briefing held at WHO office in Manila, Dr. Gundo Weiler, WHO Country... Read More

PH registers 871 new HIV cases in February

MANILA --The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported more than 800 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) last February.According to the February 2018 HIV/AIDS Registry of the Philippines (HARP) from the DOH’s Epidemiology Bureau, a total of 871 new HIV cases were recorded... Read More

Rabies mainly transmitted via animal bites, scratches: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reiterated that rabies virus is mainly transmitted to humans through direct animal bites and scratches."Remember that transmission of rabies (from animals to human) is predominantly through animal bites and scratches, and usually via the... Read More

Duque orders FDA to find new suppliers of human anti-rabies vaccine

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Thursday he has directed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to look for new suppliers of human anti-rabies vaccine to address the shortage the country may face as global demand rise.“We are looking for another supplier that will have... Read More

Duque calls on PAO to unite vs. Sanofi Pasteur

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has appealed to the Public Attorney's Office (PAO) to stop treating the Department of Health (DOH) as the "enemy", enjoining it to unite with the agency in building a strong case against the pharmaceutical firm, Sanofi Pasteur, for the Dengvaxia dengue... Read More

DOH forms task force vs. measles outbreak

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday announced that it has created a task force that will implement immunization strategies to address the measles outbreak.Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the task force will oversee the immunization strategies that will be conducted in... Read More