Department of Health - updates

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DOH approves rules to implement law on pregnant women, infants

May 03, 2019 - 11:27 AM

Secretary of Health Francisco Duque III says that although the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 11148 serve as an important guide, it is in the execution that makes all the difference

FULL EFFECT. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III leads in the ceremonial signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 11148 or the Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act. Photo by Jene-Anne Pangue/Rappler

National Center for Mental Health crisis hotline now open

May 02, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'The hotline aims to send a message to those with mental health issues that they are not alone. It's okay to not be okay,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

DOH to declare measles outbreak over only when vaccination target reached

Apr 29, 2019 - 4:39 PM

Health officials want to reach vaccination coverage of 95% or over 13 million people

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Health workers continue to vaccinate children after the Department of Health declared a measles outbreak several regions in the country. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

World's deadliest infectious disease: What you need to know about tuberculosis

Apr 23, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The World Health Organization counts the Philippines among the top 8 countries with the highest number of new TB cases seen as of 2017

KILLER DISEASE. The World Health Organization recorded some 1.6 million death due to tuberculosis in 2017. Of these were some 25,000 Filipinos.

Malacañang bars Rappler reporter from tuberculosis prevention event

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:15 PM

A night before the event, the Department of Health informs Rappler that Malacañang did not approve its accreditation for the launch of the Philippines' initiative to end tuberculosis

ACCREDITATION DENIED. President Rodrigo Duterte's ban on Rappler journalists has extended to cover even events on public health initiatives.

Measles cases decreasing but outbreak not yet over – Duque

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the health department still needs to reach its target vaccination coverage of 95%

OUTBREAK NOT OVER. Patients stricken with measles overflowed the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila during the first few weeks of the outbreak in February 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH denies ordering hospitals to put up Bong Go posters

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections says it took note of Duque's response as assurance that the DOH would follow the poll body's rules

MALASAKIT CENTER. Senatorial candidate Bong Go at the launching of the Malasakit Center at the Tarlac Provincial Hospital in Tarlac City on February 6, 2019. Photo from Go

Comelec: Remove Malasakit Center posters with Bong Go face

Mar 25, 2019 - 1:10 PM

(UPDATED) Senatorial bet Bong Go, longtime aide of President Rodrigo Duterte, is accused of using government resources for his campaign

DUTERTE AIDE. Senatorial bet Bong Go waves during a Hugpong ng Pagbabago event in Quezon City on February 28, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cavite tops number of dengue cases in Calabarzon in Q1 – DOH

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:43 PM

The Department of Health says there were 1,788 dengue cases in Cavite from January 1 to March 16, out of a total of 5,616 cases in Calabarzon during the period

DOH holds emergency meeting on high measles cases in Rizal

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Health officials say 2,737 measles cases and 121 deaths in Rizal province were recorded from January 1 to March 19, nearly half of the total cases in Calabazon for that period

EMERGENCY CONFERENCE. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III asks local officials step up immunization efforts in Rizal province. Photo from DOH Calabarzon

DOH to start vaccination vs Japanese encephalitis

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:30 PM

After the Dengvaxia scare and the measles outbreak, introducing the vaccine once again puts to the test the Department of Health’s efforts to increase immunization rates

VACCINATION EFFORTS. The DOH announces it will start vaccinating children in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Region, Central Luzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region against Japanese Encephalitis. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Manila Water: Hospitals will be 'top priority' during shortage

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says Manila Water assured him that hospitals would have enough water supply, given that 'lives are at stake'

WATER NEEDED. Health Secretary FrancisCo Duque III visits the Rizal Medical Center to asses the water shortage at the government hospital on March 13, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Over half of infants, toddlers in measles immunization program now vaccinated

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says 54% of children 6 to 59 months old – the DOH's priority group for immunization – have been vaccinated against the highly contagious disease

FIGHTING MEASLES. Health workers vaccinate children in Baseco, Tondo on February 11, 2019 after the Department of Health declared a measles outbreak in Metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH monitors rise in dengue cases amid measles outbreak

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Health Secretary Francico Duque urges the public to search for and destroy possible breeding grounds for mosquitoes to avoid possible dengue cases in communities

CASES INCREASING. The DOH says over 30,000 cases of dengue have been recorded as of February 23, 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

DOH wants Philippines rabies-free by 2030

Mar 05, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Rabies is considered a public health problem in the Philippines as the highly fatal infection causes at least 200 deaths every year

RABIES VACCINE. The DOH asks pet owners to have their pet vaccinated to avoid deaths from the highly fatal rabies disease. Photo from Shutterstock

DOJ indicts ex-DOH chief Garin, 9 others for Dengvaxia mess

Mar 01, 2019 - 5:24 PM

If found guilty, Garin and other respondents indicted may face imprisonment of up to 6 years

RISK. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia inside a storage facility in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Measles cases now found in nearly every province in PH

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:06 PM

EXCLUSIVE: There are only two provinces and one city that have been spared so far. How is the government trying to control the spread of the disease?

CASES SPREADING. Amid a measles outbreak declares in several regions, cases were now seen in nearly every province in the country. Photos from Shutterstock

Still not enough people getting measles vaccine, says DOH

Feb 26, 2019 - 7:30 PM

The Department of Health reiterates that the measles vaccine is safe and that the necessary doses are ready for its mass immunization campaign

PROTECTION. Barangay Payatas community health workers hold a house to house measles vaccinations  after the Department of Health (DOH) announced an outbreak in several regions in the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

As measles cases rise, DOH proposes 'no vaccination, no enrollment' policy

Feb 23, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the DepEd will review the proposal while considering the right of students to learn and access to quality basic education

VACCINATE FIRST. Health workers vaccinate children in Baseco, Tondo on February 11, 2019 after the Department of Health declare a measles outbreak in Metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH: Enough funds to implement universal health care law

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III also renews his appeal for lawmakers to pass measures to sustain the new law, such as higher taxes for tobacco and alcohol products

ENOUGH FUNDS. Health officials and lawmakers give assurances of adequate funding for the Universal Health Care Law. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

DOH: Patient at RITM tests negative for MERS

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:03 PM

DOH Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says the patient is still under observation to determine the cause of pneumonia

DOH monitoring suspected MERS case in Laguna

Feb 20, 2019 - 2:11 PM

DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo says they are still waiting for the results of lab tests to confirm if the patient has the viral respiratory disease

MERS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

[OPINION] Mistrust in vaccination reflects mistrust in broken health system

Feb 19, 2019 - 10:17 AM

The fear stoked by the lack of accountability cannot be quelled by diverting the issue from the root cause of the alleged hysteria, especially when there have been gaps in achieving vaccination targets for several years

Photo from shutterstock

Why are measles cases still rising? Duque explains

Feb 18, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says cases are only expected to subside once the government achieves its target of 95% vaccination coverage

OUTBREAK CONTROL. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque visit the measles patients at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Measles cases breach 8,000-mark over a week since outbreak

Feb 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

DOH says the number of deaths has climbed to 136, nearly double the number in just 7 days

TREATMENT. Measles patients crowd the Pediatric ward of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 7, 2019 after a measles outbreak was declared in several regions in the country. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: Measles vaccination in tents, fast-food chains

Feb 17, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The government targets to vaccinate about 12 million Filipinos against measles through its mass immunization campaign

MORE SPACE. Measles patients stay at the Red cross missiles care unit at San Lazaro in Manila on 13 February 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

DOH records 40 deaths in Calabarzon measles outbreak

Feb 16, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Antipolo City in Rizal has recorded the highest number of measles cases in the region

MEASLES OUTBREAK. A health worker prepares to vaccinate a child. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH, DepEd create task force for measles outbreak response in schools

Feb 14, 2019 - 9:56 PM

The Department of Health is targeting to vaccinate some 7 million children from kindergarten to Grade 7

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Health workers vaccinate children below 5 years old and below after the DOH announced a measles outbreak. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Measles cases in Philippines still rising – Duque

Feb 13, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The health department has tapped other government agencies to help conduct a mass immunization campaign in response to the outbreak

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Health Secretary Francisco Duque inspects tents set up to treat the influx of measles patients at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on 13 February 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Gov't conducts mass immunization campaign to fight measles outbreak

Feb 13, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque says government efforts are focused in completing the mass immunization in the quickest possible time

VACCINATION EFFORTS. Health workers administer house-to-house measles vaccinations to children in Payatas, Quezon City on Thursday, February 7, 2019.  Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH Calabarzon creates task force to address increase in measles cases

Feb 12, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Calabarzon is the region with the highest number of deaths due to measles, as of February 10

PROTECTION. Health workers vaccinate children as part of immunization response activities after the Department of Health declared a measles outbreak on February 6, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

6 dead in Central Luzon due to measles

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Bulacan has the most number of suspected cases of measles in Central Luzon, followed by Pampanga, according to DOH Region 3

EXPLAINER: When should one get vaccinated against measles?

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Is the measles vaccine safe? Can adults get vaccinated?

PROTECTION. Barangay Payatas community health workers hold a house to house measles vaccinations in the barangay to children below 5-years old on Thursday, February 7, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

At least 70 deaths due to measles – DOH

Feb 11, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health says almost 4 out of 5 fatalities were not vaccinated for measles

Families with measles patients crowd the Pediatric ward of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila following the declaration of a Measles outbreak in some provinces of Luzon and Visayas and the NCR by the Department of Health on February 7, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH: Rizal, Laguna, Batangas top measles cases in Calabarzon

Feb 09, 2019 - 7:01 PM

(UPDATED) There is a total of 560 cases in Calabarzon, 409% higher than 2018's record of 110

VACCINATE. DOH Calabarzon regional director Eduard Janairo vaccinates a child during a regional mass immunization program of the region. Photo by DOH-Calabarzon

Malacañang to LGUs: Get involved in immunization info drive

Feb 09, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Under the Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act, the DOH and other government agencies, NGOs, professional and academic societies, and LGUs must have information campaigns on immunization

HOME SERVICE. Health workers administer house-to-house measles vaccination to children in Payatas, Quezon City on February 7, 2019, amid measles outbreak in parts of the Philippines. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH records 508% increase in measles cases in Cordillera

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) The regional health office has monitored 79 measles cases in the region from January 1 to February 2 – more than 5 times what it recorded in the same period last year

Health workers on massive measles immunization drive in Negros Occidental

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang says health workers are going directly to communities and even schools to administer the measles vaccine to children

HOUSE-TO-HOUSE IMMUNIZATON. Health workers around the Philippines have gone out of health centers to administer free measles vaccines to children in their communities, after a spike in cases was observed in parts of the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH: Measles outbreak expands to other areas of Luzon, Visayas

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:16 AM

(4th UPDATE) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III reiterates his appeal for parents to have their children vaccinated against measles amid the continued vaccine scare created by the Dengvaxia controversy

OUTBREAK. The Department of Health expands the measles outbreak beyond Metro Manila. File photo

DOF urges lawmakers to speed up alcohol excise tax hike

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:55 PM

While both tobacco and alcohol saw excise tax hikes back in 2012, the Department of Finance says alcohol lags behind in revenue contribution

Senator Sonny Angara, chair of the Committee on Ways & means, together with Senator Manny Pacquiao, listen to resource persons during the public hearing on the proposed measure increasing the excise tax rates on alcohol products. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB  Senator Sonny Angara, chair of the Committee on Ways & means, together with Senator Manny Pacquiao, listen to resource persons during the public hearing on the proposed measure increasing the excise tax rates on alcohol products. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB

Senate approves bill strengthening disease surveillance, reporting

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:11 AM

Senate Bill 2186 seeks to amend Republic Act 3573 or the Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases

PUBLIC HEALTH. Senate Bill 2186 seeks to strengthen reporting and surveillance of diseases considered a public health concern.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Manila Bay not yet safe for swimming – DOH

Feb 04, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Department of Health says the public should wait until tests on the quality of Manila Bay's waters are completed

REHABILITATION. Volunteers, mostly government workers gathered on January 27, 2019, to clean up the coastline to start the Manila Bay rehabilitation. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Salaries of Bicol rural nurses unpaid the past two months

Jan 19, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Health officials in the region say this 'might also be the real picture across the country' following issues with the enactment of the 2019 national budget

Image from Shutterstock

Senate seeks to restore DOH budget with DPWH, DILG 'insertions'

Jan 15, 2019 - 5:27 PM

Senators agree to add some P24.4 billion to the health department's budget to fund programs for health facilities and health workers

MORE FUNDS. Senator Franklin Drilon proposes to restore about P24.4 billion in the DOH's 2019 proposed budget. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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 climb to 288

Jan 03, 2019 - 3:37 PM

The Department of Health says the 288 cases are 43% lower compared to the same period in 2018

INJURED. 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

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