Category Archives: Health

Sin tax exceeds collection targets for Jan – Feb

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 | Written by

The excise tax collection from sin products like cigarettes and alcohol, for January to February 2016 amounted to P18.46 billion exceeding the P16.19 billion target. The Bureau of Internal Revenue on Tuesday said sin tax collections in January to February exceeded the target by 14.05 percent. The BIR added that the sin tax collection also exceeded by 37.36 percent the…Read More »

DOH strengthens monitoring of Zika virus

Thursday, 17 March 2016 | Written by

The Department of Health (DOH) recently called on all pregnant women to be more careful against mosquito bites especially during daytime. DOH also encourages those with fever, rashes and conjunctivitis to immediately consult doctors to ease apprehensions over catching the Zika virus. “Pregnant women should be wary about mosquito bites because although the Zika infection is asymptomatic in 80% of…Read More »

DOH continues deworming campaign in public schools

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 | Written by

The Department of Health (DOH) addresses fears and myths associated to deworming as it conducts a Harmonized Schedule and Combined Mass Drug Administration in public schools nationwide against soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) and schistosomiasis.   The National School Deworming Day (NSDD) is one component of the Harmonized Schedule and Combined Mass Drug Administration initiative of the DOH to conduct a nationwide,…Read More »

International rights group hit proposed budget cut on contraceptives

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 | Written by

A New York-based international human rights group assailed the Philippine government for what it referred to as a “serious step backward” with the proposed budget cut on contraceptives in the 2016 national budget.   In a statement sent to the media, Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director, said the budget cut would go against the Philippine government’s obligation…Read More »

New Year revelry leaves 384 injured; firecracker-related cases at all-time low says DOH

Friday, 1 January 2016 | Written by

The Department of Health (DOH) has reported an all-time low of 384 revelry-related cases from December 21 to 6AM of January 1, 2016. Of the recorded injuries, 380 were caused by fireworks and firecrackers while the four were hit by stray bullets. In a press conference, health secretary Janette Garin said the number of incidents is 53 percent lower compared…Read More »

Study shows El Niño to worsen dengue cases

Wednesday, 7 October 2015 | Written by

A scientist from the University of Florida in the United States found links to the rise of dengue cases due to the high temperatures caused by El Niño, a report read.   “Dengue infects large numbers of people across the tropics each year, but incidence can vary dramatically from year to year in any setting,” Prof. Derek Cummings, senior author of the study,…Read More »

Palace: Ona didn’t quit, only extends leave

Saturday, 29 November 2014 | Written by

Malacanang denied on Friday that Health Secretary Enrique Ona has resigned over the controversial purchase of an anti-pneumonia vaccine, saying he only extended his month-long leave of absence. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the President has yet to study Ona’s report on the health department’s purchase of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine 10 instead of the reportedly more cost-effective PCV-13. “My…Read More »

Health workers decry unpreparedness vs. Ebola

Thursday, 13 November 2014 | Written by

The health workers led by the Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) criticized the Department of Health’s pronouncement that the country’s health sector is ready when Ebola virus emerges in the Philippines. On November 12, Wednesday, health workers stormed DOH’s office in Manila in protest of the continued inadequate preparations against the threat of Ebola. The action is in solidarity with…Read More »

DOH to conduct own probe on vaccine procurement

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 | Written by

The Department of Health (DOH) will conduct its of P800 million pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV). Acting Health secretary Janette Loreto-Garin said that the Health department has formed its own internal panel to look into the issue. The also launched an investigation over DOH’s purchase of the vaccines despite recommendation of several agencies, including World Health Organization (WHO) to buy “cost-effective…Read More »

Month-long free anti-measles vaccination for children ongoing

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 | Written by

Parents nationwide are encouraged to bring their newborn babies and children age one to five years old, regardless of vaccination history, to local health centers to avail of the free vaccination against measles, rubella and polio for the whole month of September. The Department of Health (DOH), through its Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), aims to “ensure that infants/children and mothers…Read More »

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