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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

Man monitored for novel coronavirus dies of pneumonia in Manila

Jan 29, 2020 - 3:54 PM

Philippine health officials say the patient is a 29-year-old man from Yunnan, China, who had a preexisting illness. Tests would still be conducted to confirm if he was positive for 2019-nCoV.

THERMAL SCAN. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the coronavirus outbreak in China, which has spread to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH repatriating Filipinos in Wuhan, Hubei province who want to return home

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Filipinos who wish to stay in China should heed advisories from local health authorities and cooperate with efforts to quell the further spread of 2019-nCoV there, the Department of Health says

Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov) as they monitor arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

DOH monitoring 24 people with flu symptoms amid coronavirus fears

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:58 PM

The Department of Health says the persons under investigation are foreign visitors who all have a history of travel to Wuhan, China

STRICT SURVEILLANCE. Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov) as they monitor arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

DOH monitors 3 people for ‘flu symptoms’ at San Lazaro Hospital

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:48 AM

Two of the 3 patients in San Lazaro Hospital have a history of travel to Wuhan, China, the outbreak's epicenter

The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of new strain of Coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Foreign tourist in Camiguin tests negative for novel coronavirus

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:22 PM

Local health officials say they 'will continue to strictly monitor the person, his traveling companions, as well as any tourist arriving in the province'

DOH investigating 11 possible cases of novel coronavirus nationwide

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:17 PM

There is no confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines so far. The persons under investigation are in 6 regions, including Metro Manila and all of the Visayas.

Health Sec. Francisco Duque III with WHO Country Represenattive Dr. Rabindra Abetasinghe briefs the media during a press conference at the DOH headquarters in Manila on January 21, 2020. 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

Cebu airport implements stricter screening amid coronavirus threat

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:38 PM

The Mactan Cebu International Airport placed intensified thermal scanning devices to check arriving passengers in the international terminal, which has flights coming from mainland China

Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov). Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Child in Cebu probed for new coronavirus tests negative

Jan 24, 2020 - 10:14 PM

The Department of Health remains on high alert as the virus continues to affect more people in China

NEW CORONAVIRUS. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of new strain of Coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Over 400 mothers in Taguig donate breast milk to Taal evacuees

Jan 23, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The Department of Health reiterates that only breast milk and not infant formula milk may be donated for babies in disaster-hit areas

BREASTMILK. More than 400 nursing mothers donate breastmilk for babies affected by Taal Volcano eruption during 'Breast Milk Ko, Alay Ko' event in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City on January 23, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH says it's ready in case new coronavirus reaches PH

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:59 PM

'We need to think it’s coming so we can be prepared,' says Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo

PREPARED. Chinese nationals arriving from Guangzhou, China are seen wearing face mask at the arrival area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City. Photo by Ben Nabong/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

DOH confirms 4 more cases of polio in PH

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:46 PM

One of the 4 new cases was found in the National Capital Region, marking the first case of the disease in Metro Manila since an outbreak was announced in September 2019

VACCINES WORK. Residents of Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City, along with their children join the Department of Health's catch-up polio vaccination on October 14, 2019, to stop the spread of polio in the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

How to spot fake N95 face masks, according to DOH

Jan 15, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Real N95 masks are 'marked with ’N95,’ rigid, thick, and molded for the contour of the face,' says Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo

FAKE MASKS. Trade Undersecretary Ruth Castelo inspects medical stores that allegedly sell overpriced N95 masks along Bambang st. in Sta. Cruz, Manila on Tuesday, January 14. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LIST: Medicines, medical supplies under price control in areas affected by Taal eruption

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:11 PM

The Department of Health orders a price freeze on over 200 essential medicines and medical supplies in Batangas, which declared a state of calamity after the eruption of Taal Volcano

DOH Calabarzon deploys medical emergency teams after Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 13, 2020 - 4:30 PM

All health facilities in the region are on full alert, ready to provide medical help for people with traumatic injuries, burns, suffocation, skin diseases, eye injuries, conjunctivitis, and respiratory problems

EMERGENCY. A woman carries her child as they walk along a street covered with ash in Tagaytay following the eruption of Taal volcano. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

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

DOH extends anti-polio vaccination campaign

Jan 06, 2020 - 3:45 PM

The Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio campaign will have additional rounds in Metro Manila and Mindanao until April 2020

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 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

Fireworks-related injuries rise to 164 after New Year’s Eve

Jan 01, 2020 - 11:39 AM

(UPDATED) The number is 35% lower than last year's 249 injuries, says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

FIREWORKS. A worker assembles light sticks to sold in pyrotechnic stores in Bulacan. December 27, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Fireworks-related injuries rise to 62 ahead of New Year

Dec 31, 2019 - 3:16 PM

(UPDATED) Nearly half of the cases involve illegal firecrackers

FIRECRACKERS. To avoid accidents and injuries, the government discourages the use of firecrackers during New Year celebrations. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Fireworks-related injuries rises to 54 since December 21 – DOH

Dec 30, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The number of this year's cases is now 4 cases higher compared to the same period in 2018, even with a reminder from the health department to skip fireworks for the holidays

DOH: Firecracker injuries rise to 46 since December 21

Dec 29, 2019 - 2:19 PM

The Department of Health says many of the injuries were caused by illegal firecrackers

INJURIES. In this file photo from January 1, 2019, a man injured from using firecrackers is rushed to the emergency room of the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOH: 22 fireworks-related injuries since December 21

Dec 27, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The health department says this is 35% lower compared to cases recorded during the same period in 2018

NEW YEAR INJURIES. In this file photo, victims of firecrackers in January 2019 were treated in the emergency room at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. Photo by Lito Borras

Makati achieves highest polio vaccine coverage rate in Metro Manila

Dec 23, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Metro Manila itself achieves more than 100% of the vaccination target, with children receiving the OPV, or 109.99% of the target

CATCH-UP VACCINATION. Children have their anti-polio vaccine during a mass polio vaccination following the outbreak of the disease declared by Department of Health last month. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH reminds public: Skip firecrackers this New Year's eve

Dec 05, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The Department of Health has seen a downward trend in the number of firecracker-related injuries from 2017 to 2018, but says much is to be done to keep the number at zero

SKIP FIRECRACKERS. The Department of Health is calling on the public to skip firecrackers in their celebration of New Year.

DOH confirms more environmental samples with polio

Nov 27, 2019 - 5:25 PM

(UPDATED) Of the 26 environmental samples that tested positive for the poliovirus, 25 were obtained in Metro Manila, says the Department of Health

Health workers conduct door to door anti-polio mass vaccination at the Baseco Compound in Manila on October 14, 2019 following the outbreak of the disease declared by Department of Health last month. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH confirms Philippines' 8th case of polio in Basilan

Nov 25, 2019 - 3:40 PM

A 9-year-old girl from Basilan is the latest known case of polio in the country. Out of the 8 cases, 7 are from Mindanao.

Children have their anti-polio vaccine during a mass polio vaccination at Luzviminda Health Center in Luzon Street, Sampaloc, Manila on October 14, 2019 following the outbreak of the disease declared by Department of Health last month. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH confirms 3 more cases of polio in Mindanao

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:38 PM

The announcement brings the number of cases of poliovirus in Mindanao to 6

Duterte to ban use, importation of vape devices

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's order comes after the Department of Health confirmed the first Evali case in the country

DOH confirms 1st case of vaping-related illness in PH

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:41 PM

A 16-year-old girl from the Visayas is the first confirmed case of e-cigarette or vape-associated lung injury in the Philippines

House OKs on 2nd reading bill institutionalizing Malasakit Centers

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:54 PM

Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman, who believes the Malasakit Centers are being used as a 'partisan tool,' fails to stop the passage of the bill in the plenary

MALASAKIT CENTER. In this file photo from February 12, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte leads the unveiling of the dedication plate of the Malasakit Center at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. File photo by Ace Morandan/Malacañang

Over 50,000 kids in Makati get polio vaccine, beating DOH target

Nov 03, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Makati City has the highest vaccination coverage rate in the Department of Health's oral polio vaccination drive, followed by Taguig City then Quezon City

VACCINATION DRIVE. The Department of Health says it has reached its target of 95% of some 1.8 million children part of its oral polio vaccination drive. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

After sugary drinks, DOH eyes tax on salty food

Nov 01, 2019 - 1:38 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine health officials mull over the measure following a recent report that Filipinos consume far more salt than the World Health Organization recommendation

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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

DOH confirms 3rd case of polio since outbreak

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:48 PM

The Department of Health says the girl did not receive any dose of oral polio vaccine

POLIO VACCINATION. Health workers conduct door to door anti-polio mass vaccination at the Baseco Compound in Manila on October 14, 2019 following the outbreak of the disease declared by Department of Health last month. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pharma companies offer to cut drug prices

Oct 25, 2019 - 3:05 PM

This comes as the Department of Health prepares to update the list of essential medicines for price regulation under the Cheaper Medicines Act

LOWER DRUG PRICES. At least 18 pharmaceutical companies offer to lower prices of their drugs, as well as provide medical assistance to Filipino patients.

Angara backs imposing price ceiling on 120 medicines

Oct 19, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Health says the generic medicines in the list are being sold 'up to 4 times' the international reference prices, while branded innovator products are sold 'up to 22 times'

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[PODCAST] Bakit kailangang magpabakuna?

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Bakit nagkaroon ng panibagong polio outbreak sa Pilipinas at paano ito maaayos? Pakinggan ang talakayan nila researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan at health reporter Janelle Paris.

DOH urges stricter surveillance of vaping-related illnesses

Oct 17, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says this would allow 'existing health information systems capture to data on vaping-related disorders'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. The DOH says there is a lack of conclusive evidence to support the safety of e-cigarettes. Image from Shutterstock

40,000 kids in Marikina to get polio vaccine

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Marikina deploys 59 vaccination teams, composed of various units of the city government, to reach the 40,000 target

CATCH-UP VACCINATION. Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro administers the oral polio vaccine to a child during the launch of the DOH's catch-up polio vaccination campaign in the city Monday, October 14. Photo courtesy of Marikina City Press Release

DOH begins catch-up polio vaccination in Mindanao, Metro Manila

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Vaccination against polio in Lanao del Sur, Marawi City, Davao City, Davao del Sur, and Metro Manila will run from October 14 to October 27

POLIO VACCINATION. Children have their anti-polio vaccine during a mass polio vaccination at Luzviminda Health Center in Luzon Street, Sampaloc, Manila on October 14, 2019 following the outbreak of the disease declared by Department of Health last month. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH: No conflict between Local Government Code, Universal Health Care

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Even with the integration of health facilities into provincial and city-wide networks, the country's healthcare system remains devolved

File photo of a rural health unit. Shutterstock.com

Over 10,000 health workers could lose jobs due to DOH budget cut – Recto

Oct 10, 2019 - 3:00 PM

This concern comes as the Department of Health gears up for the implementation of the Universal Health Care law in 2020

NURSE PAY HIKE. Nurses from Filipino Nurses United (FNU) and nurses from different public and private hospitals ask for 30,000 salary increase, safe nurse to patient ratio, and quality patient care during a press conference at Ermita Manila on 8 October 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/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

EXPLAINER: Ano ang polio?

Oct 01, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Ano ang polio at paano maiiwasan ang pagkalat nito? Panoorin ang video explainer ng Rappler.

40 dead due to diphtheria since January 2019, but no outbreak – DOH

Sep 26, 2019 - 3:24 PM

The Department of Health is still studying the reasons for the increase in number of cases

DISEASE PROTECTION. Students use face mask to cover their nose at Jacinto Zamora Elementary School in Pandacan, Manila on September 25, 2019.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler