Health and Lifestyle

DOH cautions public vs. heat stroke

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) is reminding the public to observe meaures against heat stroke as temperatures continue to rise nowadays.“Too old and too young are specially at risk of developing heat stroke,” said DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III in an interview withreporters... Read More

Be careful in reporting risks of vaccination: health comms expert

MANILA -- A communication specialist from the World Health Organization (WHO) - Philippines on Friday called on media practitioners to be careful in reporting risks that may be associated with vaccines, saying that vaccinations or immunizations are done to save lives.Jun Ryan Orbina, communication... Read More

Summer tips on avoiding food-borne diseases

MANILA -- A health official on Wednesday gave some tips on how to ensure that the food we eat during summer is safe."Sa tamang pamamaraan at prosesong paggawa ng pagkain, makakasiguro tayo na kahit papaano ay maliligtas yung mga pagkain sa pagkapanis o pagkasira (By following the right procedures... Read More

DOH wants DBM to procure dengue kits

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 mas... Read More

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

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 Tobacco... Read More

10,000 dengue cases in first 6 weeks of 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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) and the... Read More

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

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

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

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

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 Personnel... Read More

Global mortality rates remain 'alarmingly high': UNICEF

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 are... Read More

Duque tells DOH officials to reveal conflict of interest

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 vital... Read More

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

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... Read More

LGUs get portable ultrasound machines from DOH-Mimaropa

MANILA -- The Department of Health’s (DOH) office in Mimaropa on Monday turned over 25 portable ultrasound machines to primary health care facilities of local government units (LGUs) and non-governmental organizations in the region, in an effort to win the battle against maternal and newborn... Read More

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

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... Read More