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DOJ to probe almost-expired medicines in DOH warehouses

Aug 04, 2019 - 3:40 PM

A 2018 Commission on Audit report finds that over P367 million in medicines were about to expire but were still sitting in warehouses of the Department of Health

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National Center for Mental Health crisis hotline now open

May 02, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'The hotline aims to send a message to those with mental health issues that they are not alone. It's okay to not be okay,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

As measles cases rise, DOH proposes 'no vaccination, no enrollment' policy

Feb 23, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the DepEd will review the proposal while considering the right of students to learn and access to quality basic education

VACCINATE FIRST. Health workers vaccinate children in Baseco, Tondo on February 11, 2019 after the Department of Health declare a measles outbreak in Metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH, DepEd create task force for measles outbreak response in schools

Feb 14, 2019 - 9:56 PM

The Department of Health is targeting to vaccinate some 7 million children from kindergarten to Grade 7

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Health workers vaccinate children below 5 years old and below after the DOH announced a measles outbreak. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH records 508% increase in measles cases in Cordillera

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) The regional health office has monitored 79 measles cases in the region from January 1 to February 2 – more than 5 times what it recorded in the same period last year

Senate seeks to restore DOH budget with DPWH, DILG 'insertions'

Jan 15, 2019 - 5:27 PM

Senators agree to add some P24.4 billion to the health department's budget to fund programs for health facilities and health workers

MORE FUNDS. Senator Franklin Drilon proposes to restore about P24.4 billion in the DOH's 2019 proposed budget. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Other ASEAN citizens live longer than Filipinos

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Despite investments in health care, Filipinos’ health is below average in terms of average life expectancy, maternal mortality ratio, mortality rate for children under 5 years old, and tuberculosis

BELOW AVERAGE. Filipinos lag behind their peers in Southeast Asia when it comes to health.

Restore health department's P30B or budget won't pass, Drilon tells DBM

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:04 PM

The budget for the Health Facilities Enhancement Program, which ensures there are health stations in communities, has been reduced to just P50 million

QUESTIONED. Senator Franklin Drilon grills Budget Assistant Director Jane Abella at the senate budget hearing of the Department of Health. September 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House, DBM agree to restore budget cuts in education, health, infra in 2019

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:11 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says they are also eyeing a P140-billion supplemental budget for Bangsamoro Law and the Supreme Court ruling on the Internal Revenue Allotment

BUDGET AGREEMENT. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya calls for a press conference on August 28, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/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.

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Feb 20, 2018 - 9:44 AM

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SC petition wants to require gov't to address dengue vaccine risks

Dec 22, 2017 - 10:12 PM

The petitioners – activists, mothers, and children – want the Supreme Court to compel the departments of health, education, and local government to provide information and free medicines, among others

PETITION. Gabriela Women's Party files a petition before the Supreme Court urging it to compel the government to address dangers of Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo from Gabriela

Garin says dengue vaccination program 'not a midnight deal'

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:56 AM

The health secretary who green-lighted the vaccine says all of the transactions were aboveboard

'ABOVEBOARD' Former health secretary Janette Garin speaks to the media before the start of the Senate inquiry on the dengue vaccination program controversy, December 11, 2017. Angie de Silva/Rappler

Garin to attend Senate probe on dengue vaccine controversy

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:56 AM

The former health secretary postpones an operation in order to attend the Senate hearing on December 11, her brother says

HEALTH CHIEF. In this file photo, DOH Sec. Janette Garin attends the Dengue School-Based Immunization program at Parang Marikina Elementary School on April 4, 2016. Joel Liporada/Rappler

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

VACC alleges 'widespread coverup' of dengue vaccine anomalies

Dec 04, 2017 - 2:45 PM

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption says it eyes filing a class suit against former and current government officials and Sanofi, the dengue vaccine manufacturer

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

Philippines 'prepared for worst' in dengue vaccine concerns

Dec 02, 2017 - 6:46 PM

Department of Health spokesman Eric Tayag says the country had already taken precautions against potential mishaps when it became the first country to use the landmark vaccine in 2016

HIV cases in Central Visayas hit 4,165 – DOH

Nov 30, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It is the total number of cases since 1984, DOH Region 7 says, and HIV patients in the region are getting younger

HIV SITUATION UPDATE. Dr. Van Philip Baton, coordinator of Re-Emerging Infectious Disease Program of DOH 7

Makati students, LGU employees to get free Japanese encephalitis vaccines

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Vaccines will be administered to local government employees until end-December 2017, and to public school students, Kinder to Grade 6, starting January 2018

PREVENTION. Mayor Abigail Binay on Monday, November 27, 2017, gets the first shot of the 60,000 free Japanese encephalitis vaccines the city government will provide to public grade school students and local government employees. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/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'

Marawi: Where military rules and LGUs take a backseat

Aug 03, 2017 - 7:48 AM

It s been the longest martial law period for any area in Mindanao in more than 3 decades How are local executives and civilians coping?

FOCUS SHIFT. A soldier carry a child during rescue and evacuation operations in Marawi on May 31, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

'Government has to treat HIV as national emergency' – RITM doctor

Jul 31, 2017 - 9:27 PM

AIDS experts and persons with HIV ask government to enforce the treat all policy and provide medication to patients regardless of their infection stage

TESTING FOR HIV. A lab technician prepares samples for HIV testing. Photo courtesy Diana Mendoza

IN PHOTOS: PH launches guidelines on managing moderate acute malnutrition

Jul 20, 2017 - 4:02 PM

The DOH and WFP showcase ready to use supplementary food as well as various measuring devices that would determine if a child is suffering from malnutrition

FIGHTING MALNUTRITION. A device that can be used to measure the height of infants to determine possible malnutrition. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Anti-poverty agencies launch info caravan for poor communities

Jul 16, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster of the Cabinet will conduct 4 information and assistance forum that will focus on key areas of human development

ANTI-POVERTY. Agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction cluster of the Cabinet conducts an information and assistance drive in Tondo, Manila, July 16 2017. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Duterte's first year: Philippine health agenda 'a sham'

Jul 12, 2017 - 6:33 PM

The Philippine health agenda of the Duterte government promotes the increasing role of the private sector and insurance like Philhealth to finance public health facilities

Filipino women, couples 'facing limited choices for RH' – Ubial

May 26, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says health workers face an unprecedented challenge but the agencies working on reproductive health will not falter

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH. In this file photo, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial attends her confirmation hearing at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on May 17, 2017. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

News Briefs: March 29, 2017

Mar 29, 2017 - 9:47 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Wednesday March 29

Death of Lanao del Norte doctor an 'isolated case' – Ubial

Mar 06, 2017 - 4:17 PM

UPDATED The health department calls on local government units to help improve the working conditions of health workers and ensure their security and benefits

QC mayor bans DOH from giving out condoms in public schools

Jan 15, 2017 - 1:42 PM

We will allow the use of QC public health facilities but not QC public schools says Quezon City mayor Herbert bautista

NO CONDOM DISTRIBUTION. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista prohibits the Department of Health's planned distribution of condoms in public schools in the city. File photo by AFP

How to observe a safe New Year

Dec 30, 2016 - 3:48 PM

The Department of Health suggests ways to prevent firework injuries and stay safe on New Year s Eve

PH GDP, Zika cases, fake news | 12PM wRap

Nov 17, 2016 - 12:52 PM

Watch the 12PM newscast with Mara Cepeda

Persida Acosta, Zika in PH, U.S.-PH military | 12PM wRap

Nov 16, 2016 - 2:42 PM

Watch the 12PM newscast with David Lozada

DOH: 10 new Zika cases in PH

Nov 16, 2016 - 9:43 AM

UPDATED A health official confirms that one of the new cases from Las Piñas City is pregnant

House panel quizzes DOH on drug rehab, animal bite programs

Nov 09, 2016 - 7:50 PM

A couple of lawmakers ask Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial about her department s capability to implement certain programs

Lawin hits 12,000 families in Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino

Oct 21, 2016 - 4:32 PM

In Cagayan and Isabela combined 841 residential houses have been totally damaged with another 3 705 homes partially destroyed

AFTERMATH. Residents in Tuguegarao City check houses destroyed by Typhoon Lawin (Haima), which was a super typhoon when it hit land on Wednesday, October 19. File photo c/o Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Zika cases in the Philippines reach 17 – DOH

Oct 14, 2016 - 12:20 PM

UPDATED Only the confirmed case in Cebu City is reported to be pregnant

Dela Rosa, Duterte, De Lima | 6PM wRap

Sep 26, 2016 - 8:24 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Maria Ressa

Pregnant woman among 12 Zika cases in PH

Sep 26, 2016 - 10:19 AM

3rd UPDATE The Department of Health adds 3 new Zika virus cases this week bringing the total number of reported cases in the Philippines this 2016 to 12

DOH reports 6 new Zika cases in PH

Sep 20, 2016 - 12:25 PM

3rd UPDATE This brings to 9 the total number of locally transmitted Zika virus cases in the Philippines this 2016

2 more people tested positive for Zika virus in Iloilo City

Sep 13, 2016 - 12:05 PM

UPDATED Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial: All 3 cases have since recovered from their very mild illness and did not require hospitalization

Learning from Cuba's health system: 35,000 more doctors needed in PH

Sep 06, 2016 - 10:24 AM

To bring the doctor to patient ratio close to that of Cuba s Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says the Philippines will need around P57 billion

OFFICIAL VISIT. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial visits Cuba to learn from about its public health system. All photos from the Department of Health

Duterte and Putin, Marcos burial, Zika virus | 6PM wRap

Aug 31, 2016 - 8:59 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Chay Hofileña

Zika alert: DOH advises pregnant women to avoid travel to Singapore

Aug 31, 2016 - 2:13 PM

The health department which also urges those who plan for pregnancy to observe safe sex precautions condoms to avoid infection

ZIKA VIRUS. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus epidemic. / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA

Health chief Ubial: We'll spend to the max on frontline services

Jul 04, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Newly inducted Health Secretary Jean Ubial says from the P26B budget at the beginning of the Aquino administration the DOH now has P154B at its disposal

TURN OVER. Newly-inducted health secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell Ubial carries the department flag. Photo by Rambo Talabong

Abu Sayyaf outsourcing, Fabella hospital, ASEAN | 12PM wRap

Jun 15, 2016 - 12:43 PM

Watch Rappler s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Rappler Talk: The next step for PH health care

Jun 14, 2016 - 12:55 PM

Watch Rappler s interview with Health Secretary Janette Garin here live

Duterte names DOH, DOT, DTI secretaries

Jun 13, 2016 - 10:38 PM

UPDATED President elect Rodrigo Duterte chooses Dr Paulyn Jean Rosell Ubial for the DOH Wanda Corazon Teo for the DOT and Ramon Lopez for the DTI

NEW APPOINTMENTS. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on June 13, 2016, announces his choices to head the DOH, the DOT, and the DTI. Screen grab from RTVM

Fabella Hospital to be demolished for 'commercial' use

Jun 09, 2016 - 11:34 PM

In 2015 state owned Home Guaranty Corporation HGC directed DOH to inform Fabella workers and patients that they will be claiming the Old Bilibid land to be developed for commercial purposes according to the Alliance of Health Workers

SAVE FABELLA. Health workers urge President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to stop the impending demolition and transfer of Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, the national maternity hospital. Photo courtesy of  Health Alliance for Democracy

PH begins school-based dengue immunization

Apr 04, 2016 - 4:04 PM

Critics however slam the health department for its unusual decision to provide the dengue vaccine to millions of Filipino children just a few months after getting regulatory approval

SCHOOL-BASED IMMUNIZATION. A student from Parang Elementary School gets a shot of Dengvaxia, the world's first-ever dengue vaccine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler