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Celebrating Valentine's Day amid coronavirus scare, according to Duque

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III demonstrates the 'best greeting' on Valentine's Day

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III answers questions from the media after the senate public hearing on the Philippine government's preparedness on the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Premature to say coronavirus crisis ‘stabilizing’ – Duque

Feb 14, 2020 - 3:50 PM

The Department of Health has probed 455 patients in the Philippines for possible 2019 novel coronavirus infection as of February 14

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and World Health Organization Rabindra Abeyasinghe confirm the first case of Novel Coronavirus in the country during press briefing in Manila on January 30, 2020.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Get your priorities straight,' lawmakers tell Duque amid coronavirus threat

Feb 05, 2020 - 1:24 PM

House members are upset that the DOH chief skipped a House hearing on Metro Manila's response to the novel coronavirus to inspect a quarantine center in Nueva Ecija, as directed by the President

MISPLACED PRIORITIES? DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll skipped the House hearing on the novel coronavirus on February 5, 2020 to inspect a quarantine facility in Nueva Ecija. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duque hits DOH bureau for ‘incompetence’ in coronavirus response

Feb 04, 2020 - 6:49 PM

The epidemiology bureau of the Department of Health monitors the spread of infectious diseases, including the emerging 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease

HEALTH SECRETARY. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III answers questions from the media after the senate public hearing on the Philippine government's preparedness on the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Even with coronavirus scare, no mainland Chinese travel ban for now – Duque

Jan 29, 2020 - 5:43 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III argues it would be 'very tricky' if the Philippines singles out China from all other countries with confirmed cases of the new disease

NO BAN VS CHINESE YET. DOH Francisco Duque III says the Philippine government is still studying imposing a temporary travel ban against Chinese tourists. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines now has capability to test samples for novel coronavirus – Duque

Jan 29, 2020 - 5:09 PM

The health department will no longer need to send samples to Australia for testing, and will be able to determine 'within 48 hours' whether these are positive for 2019-nCoV

HEALTH SECRETARY. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll at a press conference on the update of the coronavirus at the Philippine Blood Center in Quezon City on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House question hour with health chief Duque on novel coronavirus

Jan 29, 2020 - 3:31 PM

Watch the House's question hour with DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III live on Rappler on Wednesday, January 29

House to hold question hour for Duque over coronavirus threat

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:59 PM

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez says they are giving DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III a 'bigger platform' to allay fears about the new disease

QUESTION HOUR. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III briefs the media about the novel coronavirus during a press conference at the DOH headquarters in Manila on January 21, 2020. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Duque: Still many blindspots in ‘novel coronavirus’

Jan 22, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Duque says being infected with a coronavirus is not 'an automatic death sentence' as there are coronaviruses that cause the common cold

BLINDSPOTS. The DOH is investigating the case of a 5-year-old child who traveled to the Philippines from Wuhan, China for manifesting fever, throat irritation and cough prior to entering the country. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

DOH probes suspected case of novel coronavirus in Cebu City

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:39 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the suspected case involves a 5-year-old Chinese boy who arrived in Cebu City from Wuhan, China

DOH PRESSER. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (right)with WHO Country Represenattive Dr Rabindra Abetasinghe briefs the media on January 21, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Duque orders check on travelers from China following reports of mystery viral pneumonia

Jan 05, 2020 - 8:50 AM

Chinese authorities have confirmed 44 cases of a mystery viral pneumonia, which sparked fears about a resurgence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS

DOH is '1000%' in support of vaping ban

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:17 PM

'That's the President's policy pronouncement,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on a vaping ban allowing for arrests of vape users, even though an executive order has yet to be issued

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gestures during a press conference at Quezon City on November 9, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Duque wants national government control over health services in poor LGUs

Oct 31, 2019 - 12:18 PM

'There are LGUs that do not prioritize health. [It's the] constituents who suffer,” says Health secretary Francisco Duque III

SELECTIVE RENATIONALIZATION. Renationalizing health care in poor communities could doctor the patchy implementation of certain health programs, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

Rappler Talk: Francisco Duque III on the state of health in the Philippines

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Rappler speaks with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III about vaccination, universal health care, and other health issues in the country

DOH reached polio vaccination target – Duque

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:58 PM

'It is really very important to ensure that children will be covered with the proper vaccines so that they are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

POLIO VACCINATION. Residents of Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City, along with their children joint the National simultaneous polio vaccination on October 14, 2019, to stop the spread of polio in the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duque wants review of Local Government Code to renationalize healthcare

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:12 PM

'If health is not a priority and there are other priorities like infrastructure, health programs can be compromised,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III of the country's current system of devolved healthcare

RENATIONALIZED HEALTHCARE? Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants a review of the health provision in the Local Government Code of 1991. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

Duque: No conflict of interest in family business dealings with gov't

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:42 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tells the Senate blue ribbon committee that his personal interest in two businesses owned by his family 'did not in any way conflict with the interest of the government'

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gives his opening statement at the start of the s=Senate inquiry on alleged anomalies of PhilHealth on August 14, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Family does business with gov't while Duque is health chief – Lacson

Jul 29, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson urges Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to ‘rid himself’ of conflict of interest and ‘put the interest of the people above everybody else’

CONFLICT OF INTEREST. Senator Panfilo Lacson gives a privilege speech on July 29, 2019, hitting Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for his family’s business deals with government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LOOK: Manila, Pasig governments welcome 'Back to Bakuna' immunization program

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Health chief Francisco Duque III assures Manila and Pasig parents that vaccines work

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III administers a measles vaccine to a student during the school-based immunization campaign attended by local official led by city Mayor Vico Sotto and Representative Roman Romulo at the Pasig Elementary School on July 16, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH declares national dengue alert

Jul 15, 2019 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health reports a total of 106,630 dengue cases from January to June 2019

NATIONAL DENGUE ALERT. The total number of dengue cases in the Philippines stands at 106,630 from January to June 2019.

New law allows minors to get HIV test without parents' consent

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:09 PM

A key provision of the new law allows minors from 15 to 17 years old to undergo HIV testing even without parental consent

HIV-AIDS. The Philippines has one of the 'fastest growing' HIV epidemics in the world. File photo by George Moya/Rappler

Food poisoning at Imelda Marcos' party likely due to poor handling – DOH

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:06 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Suspect cases strongly point out to a toxin causing it,' derived from staph bacteria, says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

RESCUE TEAMS. Rescue vehicles wait outside the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City to bring food poisoning victims to nearby hospitals on July 3, 2019. The victims attended the birthday celebration of former first lady Imelda Marcos. Photo by Jire Carreon

DOH still far from reaching vaccination target

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says only 11% of the target vaccination coverage rate of 95% has been reached, so far

OUTBREAK NOT OVER. Community vaccination in response to the measles uutbreak takes place in the Baseco, Manila on February 16, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

DOH to vaccinate 9 million schoolchildren

Jul 03, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the 9 million children are crucial to achieving the target vaccination coverage 5 months after a measles outbreak was declared

VACCINE PROGRAM. The Department of Health relaunches its school based immunization program on July 3, 2019 at the Signal Village National High School, Taguig City. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Duque volunteers to be investigated by DOJ in ongoing PhilHealth probe

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Even though he was not being probed, the health secretary asks the DOJ to investigate him

WARNING ISSUED. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque asks the DOJ to include in tis investigation his family-owned property leased to PhilHealth in Dagupan City,  Pangasinan. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov't to run after corrupt health providers, PhilHealth officials – Duque

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:58 PM

'Tama na ang hocus pocus...I will ensure that justice will be served to those who defraud the system,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

WARNING ISSUED. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque hits fraudulent payments made over 'ghost' kidney treatments. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Malacañang eyes executive order to address water shortage

Mar 13, 2019 - 5:00 PM

(UPDATED) The executive order would establish reforms in agencies that deal with water, says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, as he assesses the water shortage also hitting hospitals

Residents of Hill top, Brgy. Bagong Ilog in Pasig City on March 12, 2019, queue for water after the barangay experienced water shortage for several days cause by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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 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

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

Vaccine scare: PAO chief not to blame for 'impassioned advocacy,' says Panelo

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Malacañang says it would be up to PAO chief Persida Acosta to act on claims that her handling of the Dengvaxia controversy discouraged parents from having their kids vaccinated against measles

Senate hearing for Dengvaxia case. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

P257B needed for first year of universal health care coverage – DOH

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Increasing the excise tax on cigarettes from P32.50 per pack to P90 will also discourage smoking and lessen incidents of tobacco-related diseases, says Health Secretary Duque

FUNDS. A major source of funding for the proposed universal health care law will be revenue collected from the sin tax. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duque silent as Garin sues Ubial for Dengvaxia mess

Sep 20, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque says he will leave it to the courts to decide on the former health secretaries' liability in the Dengvaxia controversy

UP TO COURTS. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque says he is not in the position to comment on the squabble between former health secretaries Janette Garin and Paulyn Ubial. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque: 'Not appropriate' to declare emergency health crisis for students who got Dengvaxia

Sep 03, 2018 - 10:10 PM

'It may not be appropriate to declare because if we did that, we might spawn fear and more uncertainties and this can be quite unsettling for parents,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll on September 3, 2018 during the agency's budget hearing in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Job losses seen under lower proposed DOH budget

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:51 PM

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the lower funds allocated to its Health Human Resources Deployment program may result in the loss of jobs of about 15,000 health workers.

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll on September 3, 2018 during the agency's budget hearing in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH urges Senate to pass bill on P1.16-B special fund for Dengvaxia recipients

Aug 29, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III makes the appeal after lawmakers at the Senate after failed to pass the bill on the proposed fund after deliberations on August 15

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

DOH reports 1,227 leptospirosis cases so far in Metro Manila

Aug 22, 2018 - 2:08 PM

This is a 358% increase from the 268 recorded cases during the same period in 2017

FLOODED. A boy swimming in flood water along 9 de Febrero in Mandaluyong after heavy rain due to Typhoon Domeng. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

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

Cigarette prices to increase more with passage of universal health care bill

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Health Secretary Duque says the increase in revenues from higher sin taxes will be a major source of funds for the universal health care law

FUNDS. A major source of funding for the proposed universal health care law will be revenue collected from the sin tax.

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

Dengvaxia death? Parents sue Duque for obstruction of justice

Apr 24, 2018 - 6:49 PM

The parents say the release of documents could have prevented their daughter's death

DOH secretary Francisco Duque III attends the congress hearing on the controversial government immunization program on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/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

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.

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

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

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

FAST FACTS: Ano ang tigdas at paano ito maiiwasan?

Mar 03, 2018 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) 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