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'All systems go' for Pinays to avail of contraceptives from DOH

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:48 PM

The DOH will prioritize the distribution of the 261,000 implants kept in its Manila-based warehouse, as their insertion time is set to expire by September 2018

RH FRONTLINE. From L to R: PopCom executive director Juan Antonio Perez III, FDA director general Nela Charade Puno, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and Health Undersecretary Mario Villaverde and Gerardo Bayugo hold a press conference on November 16. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOH orders probe if Cebu infants' deaths due to pentavalent vaccine

Nov 15, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Lapu-Lapu health officer Dr Rodolfo Berame says: 'It was already the second dose for those babies. If it was vaccine-related, they could have died on first dose.'

INVESTIGATION. Len-len and Ruben Suson look at the remains of their 3-month-old daughter Ayesha Mae, who died due to acute gastroenteritis leading to severe dehydration, allegedly after getting the pentavalent vaccine. Photo courtesy of DYRF Cebu

ASEAN leaders urged to act on malnutrition, drug-resistant superbugs

Nov 11, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Health officials in the region have endorsed several proposed declarations to ASEAN leaders that they hope would be made by the end of the Manila Summit

HEALTH DECLARATIONS. DOH Assistant Secretary Lyndon Lee-Suy gives a press briefing on November 11, 2017 on the different health declarations that ASEAN leaders hope to achieve by the end of the 31st ASEAN Summit.

Sotto: Nueva Ecija facility can be used as mega drug enforcement academy

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center can be made as an extension of the present PDEA academy

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

Duque ready to face Commission on Appointments

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gears up to face the Commission on Appointments, which might bring up his stand on medical marijuana

ON THE HOT SEAT. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is yet to face the Commission on Appointments. Screenshot by Rappler

Duque wants universal healthcare in PH by 2030

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:28 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III also aims to make the DOH the top performing government agency under the Duterte administration

AIMING HIGH. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants universal healthcare for all Filipinos by 2030. Screenshot by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Francisco Duque III on reforming the DOH

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Rappler sits down with Duque to talk about his health agenda as he leads the DOH once again

Duque supports medical marijuana use for research purposes

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:05 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says the Comprehensive Drugs Act allows medical labs to cultivate marijuana for 'medical experiences and research purposes'

THE CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque holds a press conference on November 7. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duque assures public he’ll implement RH Law

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:40 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duterte III once followed ex-president Gloria Arroyo's hardline stance against contraceptives when he served in her Cabinet

UPHOLDING THE LAW. Secretary Francisco Duque III assumes the DOH post on November 6, 2017 from former secretary Paulyn Ubial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Marawi rehab tops Duque’s agenda in DOH

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Secretary Francisco Duque III returns to the Department of Health: 'I am quite joyous with the fact that I’m back to where I truly belong'

Sec. Francisco Duque assumes the DOH post on November 6, 2017 from former secretary Paulyn Ubial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Contraceptives review won't be influenced by politics, hysteria – FDA

Nov 03, 2017 - 8:12 PM

FDA director general Nela Charade Puno emphasizes the agency's review of 51 contraceptives – which could soon lead to the lifting of the SC TRO – is 'technical and scientific in nature and not a political one'

NO POLITICS. FDA chief Nela Charade Puno assures the public the agency is undertaking technical and scientific assessment of 51 contraceptives. Photo from FDA

[OPINION | DASH of SAS] Lifting TRO on contraceptives: Waiting for the FDA

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:00 PM

We need to make sure the FDA hears our voices. We need to let them that we urgently need them to complete the resolution on the 51 contraceptive brands.

FDA to certify implants as not inducing abortion – PopCom

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:00 AM

(2ND UPDATE) With the FDA set to certify contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT as non-abortifacients, the DOH and RH Law advocates expect the Supreme Court to lift its TRO

GO SIGNAL. The FDA says contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients. Illustration by Shellete Gipa/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Who is new DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III?

Oct 26, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Francisco Duque III has also previously served in Philhealth and the CSC

THE RETURN. Doctor Francisco Duque III replaces Paulyn Ubial as DOH secretary. Photo from GSIS

Francisco Duque III back as DOH chief

Oct 26, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Francisco Duque III served as health chief during the Arroyo administration

Children’s health in peril as climate impacts escalate in PH

Oct 13, 2017 - 2:35 PM

More Filipino children face the dangers of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and Chikungunya – another viral disease that shares clinical symptoms with dengue, but is incurable

Ubial claims demolition job led to CA rejection

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Outgoing Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial also clarifies her husband and son only joined her international trips when she was just assistant secretary, not DOH chief

'DEMOLITION JOB.' Outgoing DOH secretary Paulyn Ubial speaks up on the CA's rejection of her appointment. Screenshot by Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 12, 2017

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday.

What happens to Ubial after CA rejection?

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Unlike other rejected Cabinet officials, health secretary Paulyn Ubial is a career official who has served two decades in government

REJECTED. Outgoing health secretary Paulyn Ubial during her confirmation hearing on October 10. Screenshot by Rappler

Ubial rejected as health chief, and this is what the Internet has to say

Oct 10, 2017 - 9:27 PM

What do you think of the Commission on Appointments' vote?

Ubial on CA rejection: 'We win some, we lose some'

Oct 10, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Outgoing Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says she is waiting for Malacañang's orders as to her next steps, but eyes becoming a rural doctor once again

THANKFUL. Former DOH secretary Paulyn Ubial smiles during her CA confirmation hearing on October 10. Screenshot by Rappler

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Oct 10, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

How does the PH fare in mental health care?

Oct 10, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Those suffering from depression don’t exhibit the symptoms more obviously compared to those suffering from psychotic disorders like schizophrenia

CRITICAL HEALTH ISSUE. Mental health is one of the DOH's priorities this year, and it has worked to scale up its community mental healthcare systems.

Ubial rejection averted ‘major public health disaster’ – Roque

Oct 10, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque, one of ex-DOH chief Paulyn Ubial's oppositors, says the department deserves a 'decisive leader'

REJECTED. Ex-DOH chief Paulyn Ubial is rejected by the Commission on Appointments. Screenshot by Rappler

CA rejects Paulyn Ubial as health secretary

Oct 10, 2017 - 1:34 PM

(UPDATED) In her last confirmation hearing, Paulyn Ubial is grilled over how PhilHealth was managed under her chairmanship as health secretary

REJECTED. Paulyn Ubial is the 5th Cabinet appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte to be rejected by the CA. Screenshot by Rappler

LIVE: Confirmation hearing of DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial

Oct 10, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Ubial dares Roque to file cases against her

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:00 PM

'He should produce the evidence and not just blurt out innuendos in the media,' says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, as Kabayan Representative Harry Roque opposes her appointment

THE DARE. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial poses a challenge against her critic Kabayan Representative Harry Roque. File photos by Rappler

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

6 in 10 injured in road crashes are motorcycle riders

Oct 02, 2017 - 8:59 PM

Motorcycle riders have constantly been the top victim of road crash injuries since 2010, according to data from health department

PNP launches ‘Life After Tokhang’ drug rehab program

Oct 02, 2017 - 5:56 PM

The Philippine National Police (PNP) expands its role in the drug war to include rehabilitation

PATH TO REHAB. Thousands of drug suspects take their oath to participate in drug rehabilitation. File photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

[Dash of SAS] Teen pregnancy: Losses and missed opportunities

Sep 30, 2017 - 6:30 PM

'When taken all together, the potential lifetime earnings lost due to early childbearing is P33 billion which is equal to 1.1% of our gross domestic product in 2012'

DOH's tips to protect yourself against the common rainy season diseases

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Here's how you can prevent getting dengue, leptospirosis, cholera, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, and influenza

All graphics by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

DOH says murder of physicians 'like killing people relying on doctors'

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:09 PM

'Killing a town’s physician is almost like killing the countless people who rely on this physician to ensure their health and longevity,' the DOH says, condemning the killing of government doctors

END THE KILLINGS. The Department of Health calls for an end to the killings of government doctors.

DOH, doctors say 'no need to panic' over Japanese encephalitis

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The Food and Drug Administration warns parents against buying the Japanese encephalitis vaccine online Only Sanofi Pasteur is accredited to distribute the vaccine in the country

VACCINE PLANS. The DOH is planning to administer Japanese encephalitis vaccine for free in 2018. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Is tax on volume-based, sugar-sweetened drinks good for our nutrition?

Sep 10, 2017 - 10:03 AM

While the proposed tax targets obesity and overweight it risks hurting those already susceptible to malnutrition

Drug rehab to get P2 billion cut under 2018 nat'l budget

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:22 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial says the budget removed from the centers will be used instead for funding barangay and rural health units

DOH warns vs mosquito bites after 9 deaths from Japanese encephalitis

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says the figure is 44 lower than the same period last year

AVOID MOSQUITO BITES. The DOH issues a warning against mosquito-borne diseases. Graphics by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

LOOK: Pampanga hospital designates specific wing for OFWs

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The Jose B Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando Pampanga is the first of several government hospitals to set up an ‘OFW wing’

OFW WING. Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital is setting up an OFW wing to accommodate the medical needs of Filipino migrant workers. Photo from the Office of Representative Aniceto Bertiz

Ubial expects TRO on implants to be lifted by September

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The Commission on Population also clarifies that the temporary restraining order on contraceptive implants has not become permanent

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Aug 25, 2017 - 8:15 PM

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No confirmed human cases of bird flu yet – DOH

Aug 25, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial eats fried chicken and boiled egg during the press conference to show they are still safe to consume despite the bird flu outbreak

SAFE TO EAT. RITM director Socorro Lupisan, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, and Bureau of Animal Industry veterinary Joy Lagayan eat chicken to demonstrate it is still safe to do so despite the bird flu outbreak. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Free dengue vaccine now available in Cebu, 4 Metro Manila cities

Aug 23, 2017 - 1:50 PM

The Department of Health says 43 470 dengue cases were reported nationwide from January 1 to July 1 this year

ADDRESSING DENGUE. DOH's Rhodora Cruz (2nd from left) and GSK's Randy Silva (1st from right) participate in the Allied Against Dengue's roundtable discussion on August 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

6 tips from DOH on how to be safe from bird flu

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:21 PM

UPDATED DOH spokesperson Eric Tayag assures the public they may still eat chicken but they must cook it properly first

Quarantine officers in the affected areas wear the proper gear. Photo courtesy of Dr. Arlene Vytiaco, Bureau of Animal Industry

EO to make DOH sole distributor of anti-TB medicines

Aug 17, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says the executive order would be a response to a 2016 national survey which showed around one million Filipinos have tuberculosis

FIGHT VS TB. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial (center) presents the results of the 2016 National Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey on August 17. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bird flu in Pampanga: DA to cull more fowls from controlled area

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:05 PM

A total of 73 110 layer chickens ducks fighting cocks and native chicken have already been culled as of Wednesday August 16

Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (left) and DOH Assec. Dr. Eric Tayag during press conference on Avian Influenza at the DA office in Quezon City on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

GAB, DOH sign MOA to provide free exams for pro boxers

Aug 16, 2017 - 7:38 AM

The provision will be included in the Games and Amusements Board s budget proposal for next year

HEALTH COVERAGE. GAB chairman Abraham Mitra and DOH secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial shake hands after signing their agreement as members of the boxing community look on. Photo from GAB

House appropriations committee okays P103.6-B health budget for 2018

Aug 15, 2017 - 10:01 AM

The department is asking for a 9 increase from its 2017 budget Lawmakers however question why some hospitals got a budget cut

BUDGET DELIBS. DOH Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial during the budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 14, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH seeks more funds for health facilities in 2018

Aug 12, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The P103 602 billion proposed DOH budget for next year includes funds to build 1 497 barangay health stations improve 353 hospitals and hire around 24 400 medical practitioners

PUBLIC HEALTHCARE. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

DA: No reported animal-to-human transmission of bird flu yet in PH

Aug 11, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The health department has already sent a team to assess the workers in the areas affected by the outbreak

BIRD FLU. Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (C), Dr Arlene Vytiaco (R), and Dr Celia Carlos of RITM, (left) confirm cases of avian influenza subtype H5 on Friday, August 11, at a press conference in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[Dash of SAS] Harmful side effects of SC TRO on contraceptives

Aug 09, 2017 - 2:03 PM

The TRO gave anti RH officials the perfect excuse to restrict the implementation of the RH Law in accordance with personal beliefs