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DOH tips to protect yourself against flu, pneumonia

Jan 13, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Here's how you can avoid diseases which are common during cold weather

Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal

34% drop in firecracker-related injuries for New Year 2019

Jan 08, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Department of Health closes its surveillance of firecracker-related injuries with no reports of deaths and stray bullet injuries

FIREWORK INJURY. Victims of firecrackers rush to emergency room at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila during the New Year's Eve. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOH: Firecracker-related injuries rises to 236 after New Year's Day

Jan 02, 2019 - 12:02 PM

An additional 98 people were injured during New Year celebrations

NEW YEAR INJURY. Victims of firecrackers rush to emergency room at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila during the New years eve on  January 1, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

80% drop in firecracker-related injuries vs 5-year average

Jan 01, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III attributes the big drop in cases to heavy rains caused by Usman and the continued implementation of the executive order banning residential and personal use of fireworks

FIREWROKS INJURY. Victims of firecrackers rush to emergency room at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila during the New years eve on 01 January 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Firecracker-related injuries rise to 55 – DOH


Dec 31, 2018 - 9:43 AM

The Department of Health says nearly half of the injuries were caused by illegal firecrackers

INJURED. The firecracker-related injuries recorded so far this year are increasing, but the DOH says the tally is still below the 5-year-average. File photo by Noel Celis/Rappler

DOH tallies 46 injured by fireworks as of December 30

Dec 30, 2018 - 11:42 AM

(UPDATED) Three more people are injured due to firecrackers with one of them sustaining eye injuries

INSPECTION. In this file photo, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III examines medical tools to be used at the Jose R Reyes Memorial Medical Center to treat firecracker-related injuries. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOH: Fireworks-related injuries rises to 43 as of December 29

Dec 29, 2018 - 11:45 AM

According to the Department of Health, the current fireworks-related injury count recorded from December 21 to 29 is 51% lower compared to last year

NEW YEAR'S EVE INJURY. Doctors and nurses at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila attend to a victim of firecrackers during the New Year's Eve revelry on January 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH: 40 fireworks-related injuries since December 21

Dec 28, 2018 - 1:22 PM

The Department of Health says 4 of those injured had to undergo amputation

WOUNDED. File photo of one of the injured in a government hospital during the 2017 yearend revelry. Photo by Angie de Silva

DOH Calabarzon eyes malnutrition wards in hospitals in 2019

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:54 PM

DOH Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says counselling, proper nutrition assessment, and education of patients will be included in nutrition programs

NUTRITION. Malnutrition has been a problem among several Filipino households for years, official statistics show. File photo by Rappler

Post Dengvaxia controversy: Paving the way forward for vaccines, health care

Dec 02, 2018 - 8:17 PM

The health department gears up to introduce a new vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis and universal health care in 2019. Will the past year's effort at damage control be enough?

A year after Dengvaxia: Immunization drops, measles outbreaks soar

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:52 PM

In the aftermath of the Dengvaxia scandal, immunization rates remain low as the health department controls several measles outbreaks that are vaccine-preventable

DOH monitoring suspected measles outbreak in Sarangani town

Nov 29, 2018 - 3:19 PM

The health department says it has recorded 84 other suspected measles cases in remote communities in Sarangani

MEASLES? The DOH is monitoring possible measles cases in Malapatan town in Sarangani. Photo from Shutterstock

LIVE: House reopens probe into Dengvaxia controversy

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Lawmakers reopen their investigation into the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia purchase, saying questions remain 'unanswered'

Health workers to keep jobs under proposed DOH budget – Duque

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:43 PM

The Department of Budget and Management has agreed to restore funds for a DOH program that deploys health workers to rural areas and poor communities

JOBS SAFE. Health Secretary Francisco Duque says issues on the possible loss of jobs for health workers has been 'resolved' with the budget department. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How DOH Calabarzon is monitoring Dengvaxia recipients

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Teams conduct check-ups to build health profiles of the 171,300 students given the dengue vaccine in the region.

MONITOR. Several teams conduct check-ups in different provinces to better monitor the condition of Dengvaxia recipients. Photo from the Department of Health

Senators hit 'dangerous' gov't practice of not filling posts for savings

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Senators Joseph Victor Ejercito and Sherwin Gatchalian say not spending the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund for unfilled positions is a questionable practice

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOH records 60% increase in leptospirosis cases in NCR

Jul 02, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Nationwide, the DOH also recorded a 41% increase, with 1,040 leptospirosis cases recorded as of June 16, 2018

INCREASED CASES. Health Secretary Duque (R) says the Department of Health is prepared to handle the increased number of leptospirosis cases. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What is leptospirosis?

Jul 01, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Department of Health records 1,030 leptospirosis cases nationwide from January to June 9 this year

WHAT TO AVOID. The Department of Health and World Health Organization warn against wading in floodwaters due to risk of leptospirosis. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

House panel to DOH: Fund vaccinated kids' profiling, not anti-dengue kits

May 16, 2018 - 3:45 PM

House appropriations committee chairperson Karlo Nograles says the Department of Health should prioritize the medical profiling of the children who got the risky Dengvaxia vaccine

ANTI-DENGUE KITS. These are samples of the anti-dengue kits the DOH plans to give to all children vaccinated with Dengvaxia. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

400 health workers get training to assist families of Dengvaxia recipients

May 12, 2018 - 5:22 PM

DOH-Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says the training will enable the health workers to gain the trust of parents whose kids received the risky dengue vaccine

Paulina Calo, DOH Calabarzon mental health program coordinator, spearheads the 3-day psychosocial training for health workers who will handle community work for the affected families of Dengvaxia in the region. Photo from DOH Calabarzon

DOH orders speedy release of Dengvaxia claims in Calabarzon

May 10, 2018 - 6:00 PM

DOH Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says they will implement guidelines tailor-made for the needs of the claimants in order to lessen the burden of having to prepare too many documents

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

COA questions Dengvaxia procurement process

May 08, 2018 - 12:46 PM

The Commission on Audit also notes a discrepancy on the shelf life of the vaccine in the procurement documents

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: Over 3,000 students hospitalized after Dengvaxia shot

Apr 13, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The health department reveals that 1,967 out of the 3,281 patients 'were found to have contracted dengue, as confirmed through clinical and serological tests'

DENGVAXIA UPDATES. Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo holds a press nriefing on Dengvaxia. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOH launches 'Ligtas Tigdas' as measles cases rise to 723

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The Department of health will hold supplemental measles vaccination drives for children 4 years old and below in Metro Manila and parts of Mindanao from April to June

MEASLES VACCINE. The DOH launches a new strategy to help address the rising cases of measles in the country

Gordon clears Ubial of liability despite Dengvaxia program expansion

Apr 11, 2018 - 3:15 PM

'She can be a witness later on. She was pressured.... As far as we are concerned, she was not the most guilty,' says Senator Richard Gordon, a staunch administration ally

Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia immunization program of the DOH on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dengvaxia victims' kin file complaint vs DOH, Sanofi, Zuellig execs

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:30 AM

The respondents are accused of 'intentionally inoculating the Dengvaxia recipients with an unsafe product undergoing clinical trial, which caused [their]...untimely death'

SEEKING JUSTICE. Families of children whose deaths after receiving Dengvaxia are being investigated accompany Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta in filing criminal complaints against 35 officials of the Department of Health, Sanofi Pasteur, and Zuellig Pharma at the Department of Justice in Manila on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

After Dengvaxia scare, measles cases soar to 598

Apr 03, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appeals to parents to allow their children to get the 'very safe' and 'protective' vaccine against measles offered by the government

RISING CASES. More and more Filipinos are getting rashes like this due to measles.

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Mar 21, 2018 - 7:25 PM

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Congress seeks P1.16-B special budget for Dengvaxia recipients

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:19 PM

(UPDATED) The additional budget, which has been requested by the budget and health departments, will be used to provide medical support, like hospitalization, medical kits, outpatient care services, and laboratory tests

BUDGET. The Department of Budget and Management and Department of Health will request a supplemental budget for Dengvaxia vaccinees. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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 Cavite hospitals over refusal to treat Dengvaxia case

Mar 21, 2018 - 12:58 PM

(UPDATED) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says he may file a case against the hospitals, but DLSUMC clarifies its emergency team gave 'due treatment and medical care' to the child

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

Watch the hearing on Rappler

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

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

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