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WHO declares 'progress' in fight against novel coronavirus

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:21 PM

'We are making tremendous progress in a short period of time...trends are very encouraging but we are not at a turning point yet,' a World Health Organization says

DISCHARGED. A recovered patient (C in wheelchair), 83, is discharged from Leishenshan Hospital, the newly-built makeshift hospital for novel coronavirus patients, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on February 18, 2020. AFP photo

New China virus cases drop for third day as toll passes 1,600

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:27 AM

(4th UPDATE) The World Health Organization chief warns, however, that it is 'impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take'

COVID-19 PREVENTION. A couple wears face masks as a preventative measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, as they walk along the promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui of Hong Kong on February 14, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

No major change in 'trajectory' of coronavirus outbreak – WHO

Feb 14, 2020 - 12:00 AM

'This increase that you've all seen in the last 24 hours is largely, in part, down to a change in how the cases are being reported,' says Michael Ryan, head of WHO's health emergencies program

NEW CASES. Medical personnel wearing protective suits stay near a block's entrance on the grounds of a residential estate in Hong Kong, early on February 11, 2020, after two people in the block were confirmed to have contracted the new coronavirus, according to local newspaper reports. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

WHO names disease caused by novel coronavirus as ‘COVID-19’

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:22 PM

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says he sees a 'realistic chance' of stopping the outbreak

COVID-19. A woman walks past a banner blocking the entrance to a path, part of efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, in Heishanzhai village, north of Beijing on February 7, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

WHO warns of 'very grave' global virus threat

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:46 PM

About 400 scientists are taking part in the two-day international meeting in Geneva which will review how the virus is transmitted and possible vaccines against it

'GRAVE THREAT.' World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus leaves at the end of the press briefing on evolution of new coronavirus epidemic on January 29, 2020 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

No evidence of airborne coronavirus transmission – WHO official

Feb 11, 2020 - 5:21 PM

The World Health Organization says that based on current evidence, the 2019 novel coronavirus is transmitted either via droplets or close contact

WHO OFFICIAL. 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

Global shortage of anti-virus masks – WHO chief

Feb 07, 2020 - 7:50 PM

'The world is facing a chronic shortage of personal protective equipment,' Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tells the WHO's executive board in Geneva

PROTECTION. Lab technicians register samples from potential victims of the novel coronavirus at the Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases of Thailand at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on February 5, 2020. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

World currently 'not in a pandemic' of China virus – WHO

Feb 04, 2020 - 8:36 PM

The World Health Organization says while there is rapid spread of transmission in Hubei, the cases outside the province are mainly 'spillover cases' with sporadic clusters of transmission

NOT IN PANDEMIC. This photo taken on February 3, 2020, shows a medical staff member disinfecting at a quarantine zone converted from a hotel in Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak, in China's central Hubei province. AFP photo

WHO reminder: Reserve face masks for coronavirus high-risk people, health workers

Feb 04, 2020 - 1:46 PM

World Health Organization country representative to the Philippines Rabindra Abeyasinghe says face masks, when used by infected people, protect those who are not infected

PERPETUAL HELP. People wear face mask while attending a mass at National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help or Baclaran Church in Paranaque City on February 02, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Negros Oriental to put travelers from China in 14-day quarantine amid coronavirus threat

Feb 01, 2020 - 12:04 AM

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo's order comes after the health department revealed that the Philippines' first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus has a travel history to Dumaguete City

Cebu’s water crisis threatens coronavirus prevention, says WHO

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:05 PM

The World Health Organization says water shortages affect the spread of the pathogenic organisms, such as bacteria and viruses

WELL. Residents of Mambaling, Cebu, try to draw water from a well during summer month. File photo by Paulo Andrada/Rappler

Closing borders could allow novel coronavirus to spread faster – WHO

Jan 31, 2020 - 8:54 PM

If you close official border crossings, you can 'lose track of people and cannot monitor (their movement) anymore,' says World Health Organization spokesman Christian Lindmeier

BORDERS. Myanmar health officers operate thermal scanner to check temperatures of people a entering the Myanmar-China border crossing checkpoint in Muse, Shan State on January 31, 2020. Photo by Phyo Maung Maung/AFP

FAST FACTS: What's next after novel coronavirus declared an int'l emergency?

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:22 PM

The declaration of an international emergency by the WHO emphasizes the importance of global solidarity and cooperation in the face of the coronavirus threat

WHO declares international emergency over novel coronavirus

Jan 31, 2020 - 3:48 AM

'Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems.... This is not a vote of no confidence in China,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a press conference. The UN health agency declares an international emergency over the deadly novel coronavirus from China. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

New coronavirus study places incubation period at around 5 days

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:16 AM

The Chinese team behind a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine says their findings support a 14-day medical observation period for people exposed to the pathogen

TEMP CHECK. This photo taken on January 26, 2020 shows a medical staff member checking the temperature of a driver at a highway check point in Tengzhou in China's eastern Shandong province. Photo by STR/AFP

China locks down cities to curb virus, but WHO says no global emergency

Jan 24, 2020 - 2:40 AM

(UPDATED) 'We are feeling as though it is the end of the world,' says one Wuhan resident on China's Twitter-like Weibo platform, voicing concerns about shortages of food and disinfectant

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. Medical personnel wearing protective suits interact with two patients (R on bed and standing) tested positive to the coronavirus in an isolation room at Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on January 23, 2020. File photo by STR/Vietnam News Agency/AFP

Last flight from Wuhan: 'Everyone was wearing masks'

Jan 23, 2020 - 1:45 PM

'They suggested (that) everyone wear their masks, and actually everyone (already) wear their masks ... even the flight crew,' says a passenger of one of the last flights out of Wuhan

A China Eastern Airlines aircrew member arrives at Sydney airport after landing on a plane from the Chinese city of Wuhan on January 23, 2020. One of the last flights out of the epidemic-hit Chinese city of Wuhan was met by biosecurity officials on its arrival in Sydney but no ill passengers were found, health officials said. PETER PARKS / AFP

How to stay safe during volcanic ashfall

Jan 12, 2020 - 9:49 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health warns of potential health effects as ashfall from Taal Volcano reaches Calabarzon and Metro Manila

HEALTH EFFECTS. Residents in Talisay, Batangas take shelter in themunicipal Hall, Batangaas late Suday, January 12, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Rappler Talk: WHO's Rabindra Abeyasinghe on polio and health in the Philippines

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Rappler sits down with World Health Organization's Rabindra Abeyasinghe to talk about the return of polio in the Philippines, how the government and its partners are responding to it, and other health issues in the country

With one suicide every 40 seconds, WHO urges action

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:21 AM

'Despite progress, one person still dies every 40 seconds from suicide,' says the World Health Organization, insisting that 'every death is a tragedy for family, friends and colleagues'

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DR Congo Ebola outbreak an emergency of global concern – WHO

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'It is time for the world to take notice,' says World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, accepting the advice of his advisory board to invoke the emergency provision

ALERT. A motor taxi driver gets his hands washed at an Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019 in Goma. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

WHO emergency panel meets on Ebola after Uganda deaths

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:25 PM

The current Ebola crisis, which began in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last August, has recorded more than 2,000 cases, including 1,411 deaths

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

WHO alarmed at STD spread in the era of dating apps

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:35 AM

The World Health Organization says in a fresh report that every day globally there are more than one million new cases of treatable sexually transmitted diseases or infections

WHO decries Big Tobacco bid to rebrand World No Tobacco Day

May 30, 2019 - 12:10 AM

WHO voices concern at attempts by Philip Morris International to co-opt international efforts for its own campaign this week promoting new vaping and heated tobacco products as part of the solution to the world's smoking epidemic

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'Burnout' is an 'occupational phenomenon' not disease – WHO

May 28, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The clarification comes a day after the World Health Organization mistakenly said it had listed burnout in its International Classification of Diseases for the first time

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WHO recognizes 'burnout' as medical condition

May 27, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The World Health Organization defines burnout as 'a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed'

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WHO unveils plan to tackle global snakebite 'emergency'

May 23, 2019 - 11:54 PM

Each year, nearly 3 million people are bitten by poisonous snakes, with an estimated 81,000-138,000 deaths

Ebola death toll in DRC passes 750: WHO

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Poor security owing to the presence of armed groups, coupled with resistance of some communities to seeking treatment, hampers the fight to stem the spread of the disease.

AFTERMATH. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center, which was attacked in the early hours of the morning in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels / AFP

Measles: Nearly wiped-out, on the rise again

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The United Nations says worldwide cases of measles jumped by more than 30% in 2017, and infections continued to rise in 2018

MEASLES ON THE RISE. This file photo shows patients stricken with measles inside the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 11, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Toxic air tears apart families in Mongolia

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Pollution in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, regularly exceeds World Health Organization recommendations for air quality

This picture taken on February 23, 2019 shows 5-year-old Amina walking with her mother in Bornuur Sum, a village 135 kilometres away from Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. In the world's coldest capital, many burn coal and plastic just to survive temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees -- but warmth comes at a price: deadly pollution makes Ulaanbataar air too toxic for children to breathe, leaving parents little choice but to evacuate them to the countryside. BYAMBASUREN BYAMBA-OCHIR / AFP

Stand at your desk for a healthier, happier lifestyle

Mar 02, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The Thai Health Promotion Foundation's standing desk is designed to promote physical activity with its own exercise manual illustrating various poses and stretches that you can do while standing

WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar worldwide

Feb 15, 2019 - 7:56 AM

This is frustrating since the disease can be easily prevented with two doses of a 'safe and efficient' vaccine that has been in use since the 1960s, the UN agency says

WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar Health | measles | UN associated with x Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Thursday 2/15/2019 - 04:06 UTC+8 | 510 words   ADDS MADAGASCAR FIGURES  The World Health Organization warned Thursday that efforts to halt the spread of measles were "backsliding", with case numbers worldwide surging around 50 percent last year.  AFP

Migrants need better access to health care in Europe – WHO

Jan 21, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Depending on the country and migrants' status, they may enjoy full access to the health care system or none at all

MIGRANTS. In this file photo taken on May 14, 2018 migrants look at the coastline as they stand aboard the French rescue ship MV Aquarius, off the coast of Sicily. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Measles cases rise 30% worldwide – WHO

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Martin Friede, WHO's director of immunization, vaccines and biologicals says that 'supposed experts making accusations against the vaccine without any evidence' has had an impact on parents' decisions

Ebola prevention measures make 'positive impact' in DR Congo

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:40 PM

'The fact that we have so far prevented Ebola from spreading into neighboring countries is a testament to the hard work and determination of staff from all partners,' says a WHO official

FIGHTING EBOLA. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital on May 12, 2018. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

DR Congo reports 3 new Ebola cases

May 19, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The WHO has said the latest Ebola outbreak did not warrant being labelled an emergency of 'international concern', adding that Kinshasa's response along with its own has been 'rapid and comprehensive'

Garin: Talks on dengue vaccine began during predecessor's time

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:58 AM

Former health secretary Janette Garin also brings up the controversial clinical trials of anti-dengue treatment ActRx TriAct ordered by her predecessor, Enrique Ona, in 2014

DENGUE VACCINE. Health Secretary Janette Garin says discussions on the dengue vaccine started during the time of her predecessor Enrique Ona. File photos by Rappler

Philippines declared free of maternal and neonatal tetanus – DOH

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:10 PM

The maternal and neonatal elimination status is achieved when there is less than one case of the disease per 1,000 live births in every region

MATERNAL CARE. Maternal and neonatal tetanus is a disease that indicates lack of access to proper healthcare.

Sotto grills Ubial over foreign trips, WHO-funded travels

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:09 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial maintains that her international trips are all aboveboard

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial faces the Commission on Appointments panel deliberating on her confirmation on October 3, 2017. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate bill seeks to ban e-cigarette use in schools, gov't offices, PUVs

Aug 14, 2017 - 12:55 PM

The bill also seeks to limit the marketing sale and distribution of the product allowing only those 18 years old and above to buy and use it

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Saudi Arabia pledges $33.7M to UN to battle cholera in Yemen

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:05 PM

The cholera outbreak in Yemen has already claimed the lives of at least 1 915 people since April

A Yemeni woman suspected of being infected with cholera receive treatment at a makeshift hospital in Sanaa on July 13, 2017. More than 320,000 suspected cholera cases have been reported in nearly all of Yemen's districts and at least 1,740 people have died from the outbreak, said Stephen O'Brien, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs. / AFP PHOTO / Mohammed HUWAIS

DOH mulls covering e-cigarettes in smoking ban implementation

Jun 01, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial also reveals her department s plan to bring to the Philippines a technology that will detect ambient nicotine present indoors

WHO lauds PH health chief for 'strong' tobacco control advocacy

May 30, 2017 - 5:27 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial is one of the 6 from the Western Pacific Region who received the 2017 World No Tobacco Day 2017 Award

UNITARY TAXATION. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial opposes House Bill 4144 which proposes a two-tier excise tax structure on cigarettes. Rappler screenshot

Barred from WHO meeting, Taiwan urges global 'pressure' on China

May 22, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Taiwan does not receive an invitation to the World Health Assembly in Geneva for the first time in 8 years

Taiwan's Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (L) looks to a document with an assistant on May 21, 2017 in Geneva. Taiwan said it had been excluded from a major World Health Organisation meeting, the World Health Assembly (WHA), for the first time in eight years and blamed rival China for the snub as relations worsen. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI

Ubial: Don't be indifferent to people with depression

Apr 07, 2017 - 5:24 PM

That I think is a society that will harbor increasing rates of depression – yung dinededma natin yung ating mga kasama says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial on World Health Day

'LET'S TALK.' Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial and Health Spokesperson Eric Tayag speak about depression on World Health Day. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Ebola's long-term effects revealed

Jan 14, 2017 - 9:42 AM

The study also confirms previous observations that Ebola virus can remain in the semen of infected men for 18 months or longer raising the specter of sexual transmission

EBOLA. Members of a medical team monitor simulated patients infected with Ebola inside a Containerized Bio-Containment System (CBCS) during a shake-down exercise at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, outside Washington, DC on November 18, 2016. File photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP

WHO country rep: PH not doing enough to stop HIV epidemic

Dec 01, 2016 - 2:22 PM

WHO believes it would take mass mobilization to counter the spread of the virus in the Philippines

File photo of World Health Organization Philippine representative Dr Gundo Weiler from WHO

WHO urges motorists: #NoMoreExcuses on road safety

Nov 20, 2016 - 4:18 PM

WHO encourages motorists to follow safety measures to increase road safety as the world observes the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Draft EO on smoking ban includes e-cigarettes

Nov 18, 2016 - 9:27 AM

The health department is concerned that e cigarettes have become a gateway to conventional smoking

WHO urges price hikes on sugary drinks in obesity fight

Oct 12, 2016 - 7:54 AM

The World Health Organization s recommendations on sweetened beverages comes as the world seeks to bring down whopping obesity rates with one in 3 adults overweight

SUGARY DRINKS. Various bottles of soda are displayed in a cooler at a supermarket in San Francisco, California on July 22, 2014. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP