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Gov't anti-drug campaign 'balanced, well-coordinated,' says Duque

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Health chief Francisco Duque III bases his assessment on the increased number of rehabilitation centers and drug users treated under the Duterte administration

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III at a Senate hearing on the department's Barangay Health Stations project in July 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Additional P12.5 M in aid given to monsoon victims

Aug 13, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Food packs, sleeping kits, and medicines are provided to some 14,082 displaced families in evacuation centers

EVACUATE. Some 260 individuals from 111 families evacuate at the Mabuhay Basketball Court in Tatalon, Quezon City as 4 to 5 meter-high flood waters inundate their homes due to heavy rains caused by the southwest monsoon on August 11, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

COA flags bidding of DOH Barangay Health Stations project

Aug 09, 2018 - 6:40 PM

State auditors cast doubt on the validity of the DOH's P8.1 billion project as it failed it comply with government procurement laws

QUESTIONABLE. State auditors question the bidding process of the Department of Health's Barangay Health Station project. Photo from COA report

Kylie Verzosa wants to prove she can act too

Aug 06, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Kylie Verzosa enjoys the life of a multihyphenate

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

DOH launches HIV/AIDS advocacy via pageant

Aug 04, 2018 - 5:43 PM

The LHIVE FREE Redvocates will search for 3 spokespersons – a man, a woman, and a transwoman – to help the Department of Health spread public awareness on HIV/AIDS

Photo by Alexa Villano/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

DOH Calabarzon schedules check-ups for Dengvaxia patients

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:16 PM

The physical checkups will be used to build a database of patients' health profiles, which will help determine, based on evidence, what intervention they need

MONITOR. DOH schedules physical examinations to build health profiles of students given the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Air pollution deaths 3rd highest in PH

Jul 25, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Health experts urge the government to develop a plan to improve air quality as about 45.3 of 100,000 Filipinos die due to air pollution

THICK HAZE. A blanket of haze covers Metro Manila. File photo by Rappler

Duque: Access to primary health care depends on coordination with LGUs

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says implementation of the proposed universal health care law would have to be done by closely working with local government units

PRE-SONA FORUM. Officials from the Human Development and Poverty Reduction cluster and the Participatory Governance cluster answer questions at the pre-SONA 2018 forum. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Less than half of 102 migrant children to rejoin parents by deadline

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Ordered by a judge to reunite all children under the age of 5 with their families by July 10, officials say 4 have already rejoined their parents and another 34 reunifications will take place through the day

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle illuminates a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

DOH declares leptospirosis outbreak in several barangays

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) Cases in several Metro Manila cities now breach the average number in the last 5 years

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

Barangay health stations project 'good' but fate hinges on COA – Duque

Jul 04, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the Commission on Audit fraud report on the project will provide the 'documentary evidence that can give us the full truthful story'

GOOD PROJECT. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the Barangay Health Stations was a good project despite because it aimed to provide basic health services to Filipinos in far-flung areas. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators: Like Dengvaxia, Barangay Health Station funds 'rushed' for 2016 polls

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:45 PM

But former health secretary Janette Garin denies the allegation, saying the government has continuously funded the nationwide Barangay Health Stations project

Hearing on BHS Anomaly Senate Hearing July 4 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Contractor cites lack of DOH, DepEd coordination in Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:20 PM

A JBros Construction Corporation executive tells a Senate panel that a barangay health station the company built in a public elementary school in Lipa, Batangas, was demolished to give way to a gym

DEMOLISHED. JBros Construction Director Julieanne Jorge Photo said the company documented a completed health station demolished in Lipa, Batangas. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque hits Garin over 'poor planning' for Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the project's problems can be traced to 'very defective' planning by former health chief Janette Garin and her team

Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Garin denies PhilHealth seniors' fund diverted to Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Former health chief Janette Garin and Heath Undersecretary Roger Tong-an say the final source of funds for the project came from the health department’s miscellaneous personnel benefits fund

DENIED. Former Health Secretary Janette Garin denied funds from PhilHealth were waived in favor of establishing health units nationwide. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 3, 2018

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:34 AM

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Brawl at FIBA: PHI vs AUS July 2. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: DOH launches hands-only CPR training program

Jul 02, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the Department of Health focused on hands-only CPR training for this year's National Disaster Resilience Month as people can easily learn it to save lives

TRAINING. Officials from the Department of Health demonstrate hands-only cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for National Disaster Resilience Month. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/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

DOH uncovers billion peso irregularity in Barangay Health Station project – Duque

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:36 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the P8.1 billion project did not have validated sites before it started construction in 2016. So far, this has cost the Deparment of Health P1.2 billion.

IRREGULAR. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said findings from a task force created to look into the Barangay Health Station Project found 'multi-billion' irregularities. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Aquino, Garin, Abad expected to face DOJ panel over Dengvaxia

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III, ex-budget secretary Florencio Abad, and ex-health secretary Janette Garin are expected to submit their counter-affidavits to the Department of Justice

CRIMINAL RAPS. The Dengvaxia controversy continues to hound former president Benigno Aquino III and his administration.

Want to avoid a broken heart? Quit smoking, says DOH

May 31, 2018 - 5:53 PM

For 2018, the Department of Health adopts the World Health Organization's theme for World No Tobacco Day which emphasizes the link between smoking and heart disease

Garin, Padilla face graft complaint over P10.6-B PhilHealth seniors' fund

May 29, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Former health secretary Janette Garin and ex-PhilHealth CEO Alex Padilla deny the accusation, saying there was no money lost or stolen when they used the fund to establish health centers nationwide

11 out of 87 kids died of dengue despite Dengvaxia shot – DOH

May 22, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo says several epidemiological tests will have to be conducted over the next few years to confirm if Dengvaxia itself influenced the deaths

ASSISTANCE TO VACCINEES. DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo talks to reporters after the House appropriations committee approval the P1.16-billion Dengvaxia supplemental budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

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

Gordon vows ‘hard-hitting’ report as Senate ends Dengvaxia probe

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:42 PM

'This sad part of our history will never be repeated again by the very sentinel, by the very guardians, of our health, the Department of Health,' says Senate blue ribbon committee chairman Richard Gordon

DENGVAXIA PROBE. Senate conducts 7th hearing on the dengue vaccine controversy. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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