DOH denies Philippines has new HIV strain

Mar 21, 2018 - 1:10 PM

'That is fake news. 'Wag po sana tayo maging simula ng mga ganoong balita kasi 'di naman po ito batay sa ebidensya,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to scientists who warned of a new HIV subtype

REFUTING REPORTS. DOH chief Francisco Duque III says they have not been informed by the WHO of the alleged new HIV AE subtype in the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque warns 4 Cavite hospitals over refusal to treat Dengvaxia case

Mar 21, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says he may file a case against the hospitals if their explanation for refusing to treat the child is unsatisfactory

STERN WARNING. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III will be visiting 4 hospitals in Cavite who reportedly refused to treat a Dengvaxia-vaccinated child. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

LIVE: Senate hearing on Dengvaxia

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:44 PM

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LOOK: New graphic health warnings on tobacco products starting 2018

Mar 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the law mandates changing the templates every two years because smokers eventually become 'immune' to the graphic health warnings

SMOKING DETERRENT. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III shows one of the new graphic health warnings to be placed on cigarette packs starting March 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Mar 06, 2018 - 11:02 PM

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Public and private hospitals to put up dengue express lanes

Mar 06, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says this is a 'confidence-building measure' to show parents that the health sector is prioritizing the needs of the kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia

DENGUE FAST LANES. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III signs the MOA along with the presidents of various hospital associations on March 6, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Negros Oriental declares measles outbreak

Mar 06, 2018 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 7 areas in the province are reporting cases of measles. The exact number of cases has yet to be announced.

OUTBREAK. Negros Oriental is now the 4th major area in the Philippines where a measles outbreak has been declared by the government.

FAST FACTS: Ano ang tigdas at paano ito maiiwasan?

Mar 03, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Puwedeng magdulot ang tigdas ng iba pang komplikasyon sa pasyenteng mayroon nito, pero maaari itong maiwasan sa pamamagitan ng pagpapabakuna

OUTBREAK. Nagdeklara ang Department of Health ng 'outbreak' ng tigdas sa isang barangay sa Taguig. Larawan mula sa Shutterstock

EU to give P242M for DOH drug rehab program

Mar 03, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Stefano Manservisi, director-general for international cooperation at the EU Commission, says the amount would be released in the 'next days'

Photo from Camille Elemia/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What is measles and how can it be prevented?

Mar 01, 2018 - 9:51 PM

Measles may cause more complications in an infected patient but these can be prevented through vaccination

OUTBREAK. DOH declares a measles outbreak in a barangay in Taguig City. Shutterstock image

DOH declares measles outbreak in Taguig barangay

Mar 01, 2018 - 5:25 PM

(UPDATED) Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo explains they declared an outbreak even with only 7 cases because measles is a vaccine-preventable disease

OUTBREAK. Rashes appear on the skin of patients with measles. File photo from Shutterstock

DOH to reorganize leadership after Dengvaxia mess

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the reorganization is meant to 'preserve the integrity of ongoing investigations and to prevent any potential undue influence on their findings'

FIXING DOH'S INTEGRITY. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III frowns during a House hearing on the Dengvaxia controversy on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sanofi denies concealing Dengvaxia risks from Philippines

Feb 28, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The dengue vaccine maker says it immediately issued the warning against Dengvaxia when it found out about the risks in November 2017

ON THE HOT SEAT. Sanofi Asia Pacific head Thomas Triomphe faces the House probe into the controversial dengue vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Congressman tells Acosta: ‘Don’t be combative,’ cooperate with DOH

Feb 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Representative Johnny Pimentel reminds Public Attorney's Office chief Persida Acosta that PAO should be coordinating with the DOH in investigating Dengvaxia deaths

'COMBATIVE.' PAO chief Persida Acosta delivers her presentation during the House hearing into the Dengvaxia probe on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on Dengvaxia

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:12 PM

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Sanofi knew Dengvaxia risks in 2015 but didn’t tell PH – FDA, physician

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) Physician Anthony Leachon says it was 'repulsive' that Sanofi had 'concealed' to the Philippines the 4 risks of its vaccine the company identified as early as December 22, 2015

The House of Representatives resumes its hearing on the controversial government immunization program on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aquino says unqualified 'experts' politicized Dengvaxia probe

Feb 26, 2018 - 12:11 PM

At the House hearing, the former president once more defends his administration's decision to implement an unprogrammed dengue vaccination campaign

PROGRAM UNDER SCRUTINY. Former president Beningo Aquino and former Cabinet chiefs Janette Garin (in pink) and Butch Abad (right) attend a House probe into the dengvaxia mass vaccination program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Measles outbreak declared in Zamboanga City

Feb 24, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) The health department intensifies its immunization campaign that suffered a setback from the dengue vaccine controversy

OUTBREAK. The Department of Health declares a measles outbreak in Zamboanga City due to low vaccine coverage. Shutterstock image

Garin, 7 officials file libel complaint vs ‘DOH mafia’ accuser

Feb 23, 2018 - 4:58 PM

(UPDATED) Physician Francis Cruz, the whistleblower of the VACC, faces several libel complaints from health officials he accused of benefiting from the Dengvaxia mess

THE ACCUSED. Dr Francis Cruz, who now faces a libel complaint, faced senators probing the Dengvaxia controversy on December 13, 2017. Screenshot by Rappler

Weeping mothers say their kids got Dengvaxia without consent

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:23 PM

'Dapat naman po bago kayo nagbitaw nang gano’n, humingi kayo ng pahintulot ng magulang... Masakit para sa isang magulang na mawalan ng anak,' says a mother of a now dead vaccinee in Muntinlupa

MOURNING MOMS. Annalyn Ebunia (L) and Janet Elipane (R) are two mothers of kids given the Dengvaxia vaccine and later died. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Garin grilled for taking over FDA while DOH chief

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'If I was your lawyer, I’ll protect you right now. Because a few days later, you were off to Paris to talk to Sanofi,' Senator Richard Gordon tells ex-health chief Janette Garin on her self-appointment to the FDA

ON THE HOT SEAT. Former DOH secretary Janette Garin attends the Senate probe into the Dengvaxia controversy on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duque orders DOH employees to disclose, manage conflicts of interest

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The order of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III covers possible conflicts of interest of DOH employees concerning pharmaceutical products and medical services

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III wants health workers' possible conflicts of interest managed. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOH to sue Sanofi over refusal to give full Dengvaxia refund

Feb 20, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and his staff are now in talks with the Office of the Solicitor General to build a case against the maker of the controversial dengue vaccine

GOING AFTER SANOFI. Current DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III sits at a Senate hearing on Dengvaxia beside former health chief Janette Garin, who launched the controversial dengue vaccination program. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘DOH mafia’ accuser faces libel complaint

Feb 19, 2018 - 5:56 PM

PCMC executive director Julius Lecciones files the libel complaint against physician Francis Cruz, who claims a mafia-like group operates in the DOH

THE ACCUSED. Dr Francis Cruz, who now faces a libel complaint, faced senators probing the Dengvaxia controversy on December 13, 2017. Screenshot by Rappler

For 2nd time, Sanofi declines PH demand for full P3B Dengvaxia refund

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Sanofi once again argues complying with the PH government's demand for a full refund 'would imply that the vaccine is ineffective, which is not the case'

DEMAND REFUSED. Sanofi Pasteur Asia Pacific head Thomas Triomphe attends a congressional probe into their Dengvaxia vaccine on February 05, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After Sanofi refusal, DOH to demand full P3B Dengvaxia refund again

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says he would invoke Sanofi's violations of the Civil Code of the Philippines if it insists on its refusal

Dengue kit from the Department of Health

DBM excludes some DepEd, DOH employees from 2016 performance bonus

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:25 PM

'The release of the 2016 PBB has encountered several delays owing to late or incomplete submission of requirements of agencies,' says budget chief Benjamin Diokno

BUDGET. The Department of Budget and Management clarified the delayed release of performance-based bonus for government employees. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Aquino, Sanofi, DOH officials face graft complaint over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The VACC, VPCI, and physician Francisco Cruz claim that the accused government officials 'anomalously' funded the immunization program and favored Sanofi to procure the vaccine

ACCUSED. Former president Benigno Aquino III (center) is flanked by his former budget chief Florencio Abad (L) and ex-executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr at a Senate hearing in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hinggil sa clinical trials ng Dengvaxia

Feb 12, 2018 - 10:56 AM

Ipagpatuloy ang pagbabakuna sa mga bata at sa sarili sa ilalim ng programa ng DOH sa bakuna

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Dengvaxia hysteria: Go back to the core issue

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:00 AM

We should train the spotlight again on past officials who rushed the purchase and rollout of the dengue vaccines

[OPINION] Circling the wagons: The 'Doctors for Truth' and the Dengvaxia scandal

Feb 11, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The distrust of experts stems from the fact that in the case of Dengvaxia, the experts have so spectacularly failed the people on a matter of public trust

BIR on Sereno, Duque confirmation, NFA rice shortage | Evening wRap

Feb 07, 2018 - 9:12 PM

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FAST FACTS: DOH's Expanded Program on Immunization

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The Expanded Program on Immunization seeks to ensure that children, particularly infants, and their mothers have access to vaccines recommended for their age to prevent specific diseases

Commission on Appointments confirms Duque as DOH chief

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III turns emotional during his confirmation hearing as he admits the agency's 'struggles' amid the Dengvaxia controversy

The CA confirm the appointment of Health secretary Francisco Duque at the Senate on February 7, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Emotional Duque aims to bring back DOH's old 'glorious' days

Feb 07, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tries to hold back his tears as he discusses plans on regaining the public's trust after the dengue vaccination controversy

Sec. Francisco Duque assumes the DOH post on November 6, 2017 from former secretary Paulyn Ubial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC upholds re-extension of martial law, Duque on Dengvaxia, Asian stocks plunge | Evening wRap

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:47 PM

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No need to panic over Dengvaxia-linked deaths – Duque, UP-PGH experts

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appeals to 'groups occasionally seen on TV' to stop spreading fear among the public

UP-PGH PANEL. Dr Julieta Sio-Aguilar, head of the UP-PGH panel, says there is no need to panic over reported deaths allegedly linked to Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappelr

Is your Dengvaxia-vaccinated child feeling ill? Philhealth covers costs

Feb 05, 2018 - 10:11 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque says there is 'definitely' no need to declare a state of national emergency contrary to the request of the VACC

DENGVAXIA. The world's first anti-dengue vaccine is administered to Filipino grade-schoolers under the government's school-based dengue immunization program. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Recto urges DOH to use P634-M ad budget to counter vaccine fake news

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto urges the Department of Health to use its budget to fight 'fake news' about vaccination caused by the Dengvaxia controversy

AD BUDGET. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said the Department of Health can use its advertising budget to fight vaccine fake news. File Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Duque: Dengvaxia controversy 'tainted credibility' of DOH

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The health secretary says at least 29 vaccinated children have died. The causes of all these deaths have yet to be determined.

TAINTED REPUTATION. Health Secretary Francisco Duque expresses concern as more parents turn down DOH programs amid concerns over the Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Stop PAO autopsies on suspected Dengvaxia victims'

Feb 03, 2018 - 9:47 PM

Ex-DOH chief Esperanza Cabral and other doctors urge the DOJ to stop PAO's autopsies on 14 children who supposedly died due to Dengvaxia

DENGUE VACCINE. A health worker shows off vials of Dengvaxia vaccine administered to students during the school-based immunization in Manila on December 4, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH considers UP-PGH findings as primary 'evidence’ on Dengvaxia

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:41 PM

The DOH is willing to share the UP-PGH's findings to the Public Attorney's Office, which is conducting its own exhumation and forensic examination of other children vaccinated with Dengvaxia

DOH-TRUSTED EXPERTS. Doctors Maria Cecilia Lim, Gerardo Legaspi, and Juliet Sio-Aguilar discuss the findings of the UP-PGH panel on 14 Dengvaxia deaths. Screenshots by Rappler

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Feb 02, 2018 - 8:24 PM

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Kids’ vaccination rate down to 60% after Dengvaxia scare – DOH

Feb 02, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo appeals to parents to continue getting 'tried and tested' vaccines for their children to avoid diseases like polio, diphtheria, measles, and tetanus

VACCINATION PLEA. DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo hopes the Dengvaxia scare won't lead to parents losing faith in government health programs. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

3 out of 14 kids died of dengue after Dengvaxia shot – UP-PGH panel

Feb 02, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The Department of Health, which bared the findings of the UP-PGH Dengue Investigative Task Force, says two of the deaths may have been due to vaccine failure but this requires further validation

DENGVAXIA PROBE. The Department of Health presents the findings of the UP-PGH team tasked to look into the deaths of children who got the Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Sotto to Duque: DOH, not PAO, should take lead in Dengvaxia probe

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:05 PM

'Is PAO now a medical group?...Set your foot down and make the DOH the lead in this investigation, especially in scientific investigations,' Senator Vicente Sotto III tells Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

DOUBTING PAO. Senator Vicente Sotto III believes the PAO is not qualified to conduct forensic examinations on the Dengvaxia deaths. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 31, 2018

Jan 31, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

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CA defers confirmation of DOH chief Duque over Dengvaxia issue

Jan 31, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Senator Gregorio Honasan II says the CA members need more time to assess DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III's plans for the children injected with the risky dengue vaccine

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III attends his confirmation hearing on January 31, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda / Rappler

Duque, health officials deny existence of 'DOH mafia'

Jan 31, 2018 - 11:30 AM

At the Commission on Appointments hearing of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, they also reject the allegation that P550 million meant for the purchase of the Dengvaxia vaccine was pocketed