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Distribution planning and fighting disinformation are essential to helping the immunization campaign for the country, says a health panel
'Even as we see what's being destroyed around us, remember: we are creating the future now,' says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa in a speech at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health Commencement Ceremonies
Transnational organized crime is on the rise in Southeast Asia and its most dangerous form, fake medicines, appears most rampant in the Philippines
The World Health Organization says investigations and laboratory analyses are ongoing to better assess the products’ risk to public health
'It is time for the world to take notice,' says World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, accepting the advice of his advisory board to invoke the emergency provision
Researchers report in The Lancet Public Health, a peer-reviewed medical journal, some 70% of women who have tried menstrual cups said they would like to continue using them
The law mandates the health department to continuously develop and upgrade the list of nationally notifiable diseases and health events of public concern
Authorities are alerted after 18 children from a town on the outskirts of Larkana city test positive for HIV, which causes AIDS, prompting health officials to carry out wider screenings
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is on a mission to eradicate the 3 epidemics
Through a combination of fear-mongering, playacting, and politicking, some government officials clearly made the situation worse than it needed to be
The study, published on World Pneumonia Day, finds scaling up existing vaccination coverage, coupled with cheap antibiotics and ensuring good nutrition for children, could save a total of 4.1 million lives
Diseases, such as diabetes, cancers, or cardiovascular diseases, have contributed to about 80% of deaths in the region, says WHO Western Pacific regional director Dr Shin Young-soo
Health experts call for specific action steps to combat tuberculosis
Tuberculosis is the world’s biggest infectious killer. The Philippines is among 8 countries where two-thirds of 2017 TB cases were found, data showed.
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
Cancers, heart and blood-vessel disease, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease have combined to kill 12.5 million people aged 30 to 70 worldwide in 2016
The World Health Organization and the Philippine health department say the risks come from tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and the harmful use of alcohol
(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
Gordon says the Philippine government is 'liable' for administering the Dengvaxia vaccine to more than 837,000 Filipino gradeschoolers in 3 regions
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Set to land in mid 2018, the new mosquito emoji will give people a new way to talk about mozzies
(UPDATED) The Expanded Program on Immunization seeks to ensure that children, particularly infants, and their mothers have access to vaccines recommended for their age to prevent specific diseases
Rosario Capeding, who was accused of 'conflict of interest' during a House probe, explains clinical trials have safeguards that prevent biases in the result of the study
The women would later admit to media that none of their children died but had reportedly fallen ill after vaccination
Disclosures made at a House hearing raise questions of conflict of interest for doctor who did dengue vaccine study for the French pharmaceutical for 6 years
The health secretary says at least 29 vaccinated children have died. The causes of all these deaths have yet to be determined.
A physician-turned-legislator questions why the now-controversial vaccine got a go-signal in the Philippines in the first place
The pharma giant declines the Philippines' demand, saying doing so would 'create confusion' over the safety and efficacy of the controversial anti-dengue vaccine
The official review will look at all deaths on the island since the storm, no matter what the death certificate in each case says, Governor Ricardo Rossello says
(UPDATED) 'During the budget hearing, there was a lot of pressure in Congress to expand it to other parts of the country with higher [cases] of dengue,' says former Health secretary Paulyn Ubial
'I hope that my appearing will promote a more sober discussion leading to the formulation of appropriate actions,' says former president Benigno Aquino III
Kenneth Hartigan-Go defends a 2013 circular he issued that allowed for the dengue vaccine to get a certificate of product registration (CPR) even without the conduct of a post-marketing surveillance
Sanofi Pasteur Asia Pacific head Thomas Triomphe tells a House committee there is no worldwide scare due to their latest advisory, and that Dengvaxia is safe and effective
'Ako po ay sobrang na-disappoint kasi mismong ahensiya niyo ang nagpapahamak sa aming mga anak,' says Iris Alpay, a mother from Cavite whose daughter received the dengue vaccine
Philippine Children’s Medical Center chief Julius Lecciones says the hospital made the procurement only upon the order of then Health Secretary Janette Garin
Some 8 million children and teenagers across the Southeast Asian nation will receive the shot to prevent further spread of the disease which is caused by a bacterial infection
The haste by which fund was made available for Sanofi's dengue vaccine defies the government cycle, where requesting agencies have to 'recite 3,000 novenas' before their funds are released, says Senator Richard Gordon
The health secretary who green-lighted the vaccine says all of the transactions were aboveboard
Let's focus on getting answers to questions and identifying liabilities. At stake here are the lives of tens of thousands of children.
Enrique Ona, Health Secretary from June 2010 to December 2014, says that despite 'high hopes' for the vaccine, they did not include it in the government's program as it was under its 'developmental' stage
The former health secretary postpones an operation in order to attend the Senate hearing on December 11, her brother says
Ex-DOH chief Janette Garin denies she forced the implementation of the controversial dengue vaccination program even if others had opposed it
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the female student – who is among the 830,000 Filipino children who received Dengvaxia – has already recovered
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says ex-president Benigno Aquino III can help address rumors over the controversial dengue immunization program
On the government suing Sanofi, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says, 'Eventually that's where it's going to go...because it's the court of law that's going to decide insofar as the liability of Sanofi is concerned'
Changing the behavior of producers and buyers will be key to achieving the vision of a 'pollution-free planet' outlined in a political declaration adopted at the third UN Environment Assembly
Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks reignites debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi
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Tokyo 2020 organizers: 'By offering food from 3 disaster-hit prefectures, we hope to sweep away the false reputation of food from the regions and contribute to the restoration'
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