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DOH: No dengue breeding grounds at Philippine Children's Medical Center

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The Department of Health is still trying to determine the source of dengue, after an upsurge in cases at the hospital since May 2018

CLEAR. The DOH says there are no brreding grounds for mosquitos in Philippine Children's Medical Center. File photo from PCMC's Facebook account

19 out of 154 kids died of dengue despite Dengvaxia shot – DOH

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:34 PM

But DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo says several tests and studies still need to be done in the next few years to confirm if Dengvaxia itself influenced the deaths

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 to investigate rise in dengue cases in Philippine Children's Medical Center

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The investigation comes after several doctors at the hospital contract the illnesses, with one dying from severe dengue

DENGUE MOSQUITO. While dengue is a threat throughout the year, the disease usually peaks during the rainy season. Photo of Dengue from Shutterstock, Photo of hospital from PCMC

Doctor at Philippine Children's Medical Center dies of severe dengue

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:04 PM

The hospital notes an 'upsurge' in acute dengue cases since May 2018

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

Garin sues Ubial for homicide in implementing Dengvaxia program

Sep 19, 2018 - 8:41 PM

Former Health Secretary Janette Garin says her successor Paulyn Ubial's decision to expand the Dengvaxia immunization program, which was launched during her term, 'contributed' to deaths of students supposedly linked to the risky vaccine

CHARGED. Former Health Secretary Janette Garin blames Paulyn Ubial for contributing to deaths of students allegedly linked to Dengvaxia. Janette Garin photo by Angie de Silva, Paulyn Ubial photo by Lito Boras, Dengvaxia photo by Ben Nabong/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

Parents of students given Dengvaxia can get info via mobile apps

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Education Undersecretary Alain Pascua says parents can download the Abizo Dengue Vaccine Monitoring System application or the RSVP Kaizala application by end-August to receive alerts from DepEd and DOH, and get information on how to respond to symptoms

MONITOR. Deped and DOH launch Dengvaxia monitoring mobile applications to keep track on health status of students who got the Dengue vaccine. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

New study confirms Dengvaxia poses more risks for kids without prior infection

Jun 16, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The vaccine can prevent 11,000 hospitalization and 2,500 severe dengue cases if given to 1 million children over age 9. But it can also lead to 1,000 hospitalizations and 500 severe dengue cases in children who had no prior infection.

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

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.

Congress adjourns, fails to pass P1.16-B budget for Dengvaxia recipients

May 31, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Due to lack of quorum, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon motions that the session be adjourned

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

After certified as urgent, bill on P1.16-B Dengvaxia fund hurdles House

May 29, 2018 - 11:08 PM

HB 7449 breezes through the plenary on 2nd and 3rd reading after President Rodrigo Duterte certified it as urgent on May 29, 2018

APPROVED. Lawmakers approves the proposed supplemental budget for Dengvaxia recipients. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Duterte certifies as urgent bill on P1.16-B Dengvaxia supplemental fund

May 29, 2018 - 10:47 PM

The fund will be sourced from the amount vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur returned to the Philippine government

MORE BUDGET SOON. Students who received the risky Dengvaxia vaccine will soon benefit from the proposed P1.16-billion medical assistance fund being proposed for them. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

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 approves P1.16-B special fund for Dengvaxia recipients

May 22, 2018 - 12:40 PM

The Department of Health assures parents and lawmakers that the budget will cover all illnesses which vaccinated children may develop

APPROVED. House appropriations committee chairperson Karlo Nograles (middle) declares the approval of the Dengvaxia supplemental budget on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/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

Plunder complaint filed vs Aquino, Garin over Dengvaxia

May 10, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Complainant Ferdinand Topacio alleges that former president Benigno Aquino III conspired with Sanofi Pasteur and Zuellig Pharma to 'unjustly enrich' themselves through the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia purchase

Atty. Ferdinand Topacio of VACC show a copy of affidavit of Plunder case he filed against Former President Noynoy Aquino, Former DOH Secretary Janette Garin and Former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on Denvaxia case at the office of the Ombudsman on May 10, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/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

Selective evidence? Drilon opposes Gordon's Dengvaxia report vs Aquino

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon slams Senator Richard Gordon Drilon for his 'premature' verdict and 'politicization' of a public health issue

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

Lacson vouches for Aquino's integrity amid Gordon report on Dengvaxia mess

Apr 11, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Liberal Party stalwarts also defend former president Benigno Aquino III, as they question the timing and fairness of the draft report

COLLEAGUES. Senator Panfilo Lacson vouches for the integrity of former president Benigno Aquino III amid the release of a draft report on the Dengvaxia controversy. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Aquino hits 'Dick Gordon show,' draft report on Dengvaxia

Apr 11, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'In legislative inquiries that I participated in, the process is [to] gather facts then arrive at a conclusion. The Dick Gordon show started with a conclusion and tried to produce facts to support it,' former president Benigno Aquino III tells Rappler

Former President Benigno Aquino III attends the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

Aquino 'ready' to face more complaints amid Gordon Dengvaxia report

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:54 PM

(UPDATED) '[He] has always demonstrated his readiness to answer questions about his decisions as president,' says the camp of former president Benigno Aquino III

Former President Benigno Aquino III, with former DOH secretary Janette Garin, former Budget secretary Butch Abad and Health secretary Francisco Duque III attend the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gordon report: File criminal charges vs Aquino, Garin, Abad over Dengvaxia mess

Apr 11, 2018 - 11:49 AM

(UPDATED) 'The greatest sin and transgression of Aquino was to put the lives of Filipino children in grave peril. He simply did not care. Manhid siya at walang malasakit,' says Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon

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

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

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.

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

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

DOJ to Aquino, Garin, Abad: Answer Dengvaxia vaccine charges

Mar 18, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Aquino, Garin, Abad, and other former and incumbent officials must appear before the Department of Justice on Friday, March 23, to answer the charges filed against them

DENGVAXIA PROBES. Former President Benigno Aquino III attends the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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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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

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

House opposition to Duterte: Order Acosta to ‘stop pseudo-forensic intervention’

Feb 27, 2018 - 5:02 PM

The PAO chief had refused to accede to a UP-PGH's panel's request for access to the tissue samples of Dengvaxia-vaccinated children who died

DOJ begins Dengvaxia probe against Aquino, 19 others

Feb 26, 2018 - 7:09 PM

A 4-person panel will determine if there is probable cause to indict the former president and 19 others for multiple homicide and physical injuries, malversation of public funds, and violations of anti-graft laws

PROBE. Former President Benigno Aquino III, with former DOH secretary Janette Garin, former Budget secretary Butch Abad and Health secretary Francisco Duque III attend the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aquino denies rush in Dengvaxia vaccination program

Feb 26, 2018 - 5:31 PM

While expressing his condolences for those whose children died after being vaccinated, the former president calls on the public not to be 'carried away by emotion'

'NO RUSH.' Former President Benigno Aquino III attends a House hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia 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

Former budget chief Abad: Dengvaxia decision 'guided by prudence'

Feb 26, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'There was this alarming problem, there was this potential cure to it,' says the former budget chief

Former President Benigno Aquino III, with former DOH secretary Janette Garin, former Budget secretary Butch Abad and Health secretary Francisco Duque III attend the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on Dengvaxia

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:12 PM

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Ex-FDA drug regulation chief gave Sanofi special 'accommodation' for Dengvaxia

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-Center for Drug Regulation and Research Benjamin Co received a USB directly from Sanofi when it gave a USB directly to him. This is not allowed under FDA rules

RISKY VACCINE. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside a storage facility of the local government health sector that on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/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

Aquino, Abad to attend House probe into Dengvaxia controversy

Feb 24, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III and former budget secretary Florencio Abad says they are ready to face the House investigation on Monday, February 26

DENGVAXIA. Former budget secretary Florencio Abad speaks to former president Benigno Aquino III during a Senate hearing on the dengue vaccine controversy last December 2017. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler