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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

Pangilinan wants fixed allowance for barangay health workers

Sep 28, 2019 - 9:16 PM

'Barangay health workers are our front-liners for health, but they are behind in benefits and incentives. When their work conditions are okay, our health conditions will be better,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

FIXED ALLOWANCE RATE. Senator Francis Pangilinan wants a fixed allowance rate for all barangay health workers in the country. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Groups slam 'dangerous' red-tagging of health workers

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:06 PM

'This we strongly protest because they are violating our rights as health workers to work and function as health workers, to serve the people whom we are duty-bound to serve,' says Dr Edelina dela Paz, Health Action for Human Rights chairperson

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

INFOGRAPHICS: Labor orders in 2017 meant to ease workers’ burden

Dec 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Women can no longer be required to wear high-heeled shoes, and those in sedentary environment are required to take standing breaks. Here's a list of government directives that might be useful to you.

Health workers assured of limited work hours, holiday pay

Sep 26, 2017 - 9:02 AM

A new order released by the Department of Labor and Employment emphasizes the benefits health workers are entitled to

LIMITED WORK HOURS. A new order released by the Department of Labor and Employment limits the work hours of health personnel. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Gov’t workers hail Senate passage of ILO convention

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:58 PM

ILO Convention 151 protects government workers rights to organize and negotiate employment conditions

FRONTLINER. DSWD staff accepting requests for assistance at the agency's crisis intervention unit. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Over 800 health workers killed in Syrian 'war crimes' – report

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:58 AM

The Syrian government and its ally Russia have turned the violent withholding of healthcare into a weapon of war according to an analysis published in The Lancet medical journal

EMERGENCY. This file photo taken on November 20, 2016 shows Syrian civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, helping a victim following a reported airstrikes on Aleppo's rebel-held district of al-Hamra. Thaer Mohammed/AFP

DOH to 'revisit, amend' Magna Carta of Public Health Workers

Mar 06, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial s directive comes after the death of former volunteer doctor and municipal health officer Dreyfuss Perlas

Plans and promises: Presidential bets on health

Apr 18, 2016 - 11:10 AM

All presidential candidates want to provide better health care for Filipinos but how will they do it?

HEALTH CARE. A nurse tends to patients confined for typhoid fever at the overcrowded Jose P. Rizal Memorial public hospital in Calamba, Philippines. File photo by Dennis M Sabangan/EPA

Enabling local leaders as first disaster responders

Jan 25, 2016 - 2:53 PM

Now we can say that should there be another disaster like Typhoon Jangmi we are ready

Photograph by Joy Maluyo. Image courtesy World Vision.

[Dash of SAS] Health care providers with a heart

Sep 15, 2015 - 5:53 PM

Barangay Health Workers bridge community families both far and near to health care providers

Jonamae and Christian with their baby, CJ. Capiz, Western Visayas, July 2015.

Fears abound in Orthopedic Center's privatization

Mar 20, 2015 - 1:58 PM

Will indigents still be able to afford services of the Philippine Orthopedic Center once it is privatized?

MORE SUPPORT. Patients are wary that POC's free services will cease once the hospital is privitized.

Red Cross denounces attacks on Ebola teams in Guinea

Feb 12, 2015 - 2:54 AM

Guinea and its neighbours Sierra Leone and Liberia have registered more than 9 000 deaths since the Ebola epidemic flared up in December 2013

Senior doctors and nurses bully newbies through gossip

Feb 11, 2015 - 11:00 PM

Nurse to nurse bullying she noted continues to this day usually a result of unmet expectations

Singapore hospital sacks Filipino nurse for offensive Facebook comments

Jan 10, 2015 - 1:53 PM

Bello the nurse lodged a police complaint saying his Facebook account was hacked after the post went viral

Ebola death toll rises to 7,842 –WHO

Dec 30, 2014 - 8:47 AM

Almost all the deaths and cases were recorded in 3 west African countries: Sierra Leone Liberia and Guinea

VICTIMS. Liberian nurses bury the body of an Ebola victim in the Banjor Community on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia 06 August 2014. Ahmad Jallanzo/EPA

Five stories that moved us in 2014

Dec 25, 2014 - 8:31 PM

Here are the best MovePH stories that moved you in 2014

How a Pinay doctor helped fight Ebola in Liberia

Dec 13, 2014 - 11:48 AM

The Philippines may not be sending health workers to Ebola hit countries but there s no stopping Filipino doctors who want to fight the outbreak at its epicenter

EBOLA FIGHTER. Dr Natasha Reyes is one of the few Filipino health workers who helped fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa this 2014. File photo from Doctors Without Borders

Ebola death toll rises to 5,459 – WHO

Nov 22, 2014 - 8:30 AM

The World Health Organization believes that the number of deaths is likely far higher given that the fatality rate in the current outbreak is known to be around 70

HEALTH WORKERS. A handout picture provided by the Geneva University Hospital HUG shows a Cuban doctor who has been diagnosed with Ebola arriving at Geneva University Hospital HUG in Geneva, Switzerland, November 21, 2014. Photo by Julien Gregorio/Geneva University Hospital/EPA

160 Chinese health workers in Liberia to fight Ebola

Nov 16, 2014 - 11:10 PM

West Africa is battling the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever which has killed more than 5 100 people and infected nearly 15 000 in total mostly in hardest hit Liberia Sierra Leone and Guinea

CHINESE AID WORKERS. A batch of around 200 Chinese troops are sent off to Liberia and Sierra Leone, as part of China's efforts to bring some 1,000 aid workers to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Photo by Rolex dela Pena/EPA

#PugadBaboy: Medical Hazard

Nov 15, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Ebola death toll hits 4,960 – WHO

Nov 08, 2014 - 8:24 AM

The World Health Organization says a total of 549 healthcare workers are known to have contracted the virus and 311 of them had died

Aquino: PH to give $1M for UN Ebola efforts

Nov 07, 2014 - 4:19 PM

3rd UPDATE The Philippines remains Ebola free as of Friday November 7

GLOBAL CALLS FOR HELP. A Liberian ambulance team transport the 70-year old Francis Konneh, a suspected Ebola patient from the township of West point in Monrovia, Liberia, 15 October 2014. Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Post-Yolanda: Depression among mothers 'rising'

Nov 07, 2014 - 10:45 AM

If a mother’s depression is left untreated and becomes severe there is a chance her child will also suffer depression

Post-Yolanda: 'Cases of mental disorders to rise until 2015'

Nov 07, 2014 - 10:15 AM

The Philippines faces more challenges ahead in tackling mental health issues one year after Super Typhoon Yolanda

GRIEF. In this file photo taken on Nov 19, 2013, Mary Joy Ducusin reacts as she finds her missing 6 year old son, British citizen Jairo Ben among the bodies brought to one of three mass burial sites where they so far have received more than one thousand typhoon victims in Tacloban, after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the central Philippines. File photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

DOH: PH still Ebola-free, no cases in QC

Nov 06, 2014 - 3:05 PM

We appeal to the public not to spread unconfirmed and baseless reports says the Department of Health as it denies alleged Ebola cases in the country

RESERVED. A nurse wearing a protective suit stands in front of the door of the isolation room reserved for possible Ebola cases in the country inside the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Taking care of Marabut's mental health

Nov 05, 2014 - 3:00 PM

More than listening an aid group assists Yolanda victims through a psychosocial program in a town where the essence of helplessness is really very strong

Post-Yolanda: Community support key to mental health

Nov 04, 2014 - 4:18 PM

With limited resources health groups tap into the power of community to address mental health challenges after Super Typhoon Yolanda

World Bank gives $100M for Ebola health workers

Oct 30, 2014 - 10:01 PM

We must urgently find ways to break any barriers to the deployment of more health workers says World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

Yolanda a year after: More teenage pregnancies expected

Oct 30, 2014 - 4:48 PM

Since the super typhoon hit in November 2013 over 15 000 babies are born in Yolanda affected areas every month WHO expects increased demands on the maternal health services

Yolanda a year after: Many still suffer grief, depression

Oct 30, 2014 - 12:43 PM

2nd UPDATE WHO estimates over 800 000 people in Yolanda hit areas have suffered different mental health conditions over the past year and 80 000 require further medication and support

On partisan politics, tenure, and nutrition

Oct 28, 2014 - 12:03 PM

As much as we need political change at the local level to help eradicate malnutrition we also need to eradicate this kind of politicking in the overall superstructure to bring about far reaching change

HOUSEHOLD. A BNS weights a child to check if he's underweight. Photo from the Barangay Nutrition Scholars Federation

Some PH hospitals not confident about Ebola detection

Oct 22, 2014 - 4:06 PM

Philippine Hospital Association president Jaime Almora says their hospitals only have the capability to do the initial screening of potential Ebola patients

EBOLA-FREE PH. Other health officials join Health Secretary Enrique Ona on October 22 during the Senate hearing on the Philippines' preparatios for Ebola. Photo by Mark Cristino

POEA stops OFWs from returning to Ebola-hit countries

Oct 22, 2014 - 2:51 PM

The suspension comes after the Department of Foreign Affairs announced its plan to raise alert level 3 over Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone by mid November

EBOLA-FREE PH. Health Secretary Enrique Ona talks about the department's efforts to prevent the entry of Ebola in the Philippines. Photo by Mark Cristino

RITM doctors on fear of Ebola: Call of duty comes first

Oct 22, 2014 - 11:47 AM

About 400 health workers worldwide have so far contracted the Ebola and more than 230 have died But PH health workers say they won t focus on fear

CALL OF DUTY. Dr Mark Pasayan of RITM explains the triage area of the hospital for possible Ebola and MERS-CoV patients. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Senate to probe PH's Ebola preparations

Oct 21, 2014 - 4:47 PM

The Senate will look into how government agencies are synchronizing their efforts to keep the Philippines Ebola free

RESERVED. A nurse wearing a protective suit stands in front of the door of the isolation room reserved for possible Ebola cases in the country inside the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WHO: PH is systematic, meticulous about Ebola

Oct 21, 2014 - 3:32 PM

RITM can accommodate up to 14 patients with Ebola in 7 negative pressure rooms 2 intensive care units and 3 wards

PROTECTION. Health workers demonstrate how to put on a personal protective equipment worn when treating Ebola patients. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

5 misconceptions about Ebola

Oct 20, 2014 - 2:09 PM

Information is the best weapon against Ebola

Ebola survivors 'shunned' as lepers

Oct 18, 2014 - 10:09 AM

According to a recent UNICEF survey of 1 400 households across Sierra Leone Ebola survivors suffer high levels of stigma shame and discrimination

'ACCEPT SURVIVORS.' A 'Save The Children' community health team worker talks to locals on a door-to-door sensitization about Ebola at the Hill Station community west of Freetown, Sierra Leone, 08 October 2014. File photo by EPA/STR

Ebola death toll soars to 4,555 out of 9,216 cases – WHO

Oct 18, 2014 - 8:44 AM

Health workers continue to pay a heavy price for their efforts with 239 deaths out of 423 cases across the countries

'DEFEAT EBOLA.' A Liberian man walks past an Ebola information poster as a measure to curb the spread of the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia 16 October 2014. File photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Philippines to start training health workers for Ebola

Oct 17, 2014 - 2:29 PM

UPDATED Weekly trainings will be given by experts in infectious diseases and Ebola

TRAIN HEALTH WORKERS. World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in the Philippines Dr Julie Hall speaks during a press conference on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) at the Department of Health (DOH) office in Manila, Philippines, 17 October 2014. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

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Oct 16, 2014 - 7:58 PM

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PH not sending health workers to Ebola zone

Oct 16, 2014 - 11:58 AM

UPDATED Health spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy says the country will for now focus on preparing against the virus

GLOBAL CALLS FOR HELP. A Liberian ambulance team transport the 70-year old Francis Konneh, a suspected Ebola patient from the township of West point in Monrovia, Liberia, 15 October 2014. Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Strengthen PH defense vs Ebola first – doctors' group

Oct 15, 2014 - 4:17 PM

The Philippine College of Physicians says the country must start preparing its health workers and health facilities for Ebola cases

PH may send health workers to Ebola-hit countries

Oct 10, 2014 - 8:35 PM

Even without an official announcement from the health department about a dozen health workers have volunteered to be sent to West Africa

EXPERIENCE. Health Secretary Enrique Ona says it is important for the country's health workers to have direct experience in responding to Ebola Photo from the Department of Health

Recto dares gov't: Pour more funds in 'health bucket'

Aug 29, 2014 - 9:38 AM

Senator Ralph Recto commends the increase in the government s proposed health spending for 2015 but says more funding is still needed

US sends medical equipment to fight Ebola in Liberia

Aug 24, 2014 - 11:02 PM

The shipment includes materials for temporary shelters water purification kits and personal protective equipment for health workers

ANOTHER VICTIM. Liberian nurses bury the body of an Ebola victim in the Banjor Community on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia 06 August 2014. Ahmad Jallanzo/EPA