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Duque says most deaths in vaccine row 'consistent with' dengue

Jan 11, 2018 - 9:36 PM

(UPDATED) 'The findings of the forensic pathologists are consistent with severe dengue or dengue shock syndrome,' Health Secretary Francisco Duque says

DUQUE. Sec. Francisco Duque assumes the DOH post on November 6, 2017 from former secretary Paulyn Ubial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

6 tips from DOH on how to be safe from bird flu

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:21 PM

UPDATED DOH spokesperson Eric Tayag assures the public they may still eat chicken but they must cook it properly first

Quarantine officers in the affected areas wear the proper gear. Photo courtesy of Dr. Arlene Vytiaco, Bureau of Animal Industry

Piñol expects bird flu outbreak to affect agri performance in Q3

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:20 PM

I m willing to be accused of overreacting than not doing everything to prevent the spread [of the virus] says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

UPDATES. Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol during the press conference on avian influenza at the Department of Agriculture office in Quezon City on Wednesday, August 16. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bird flu in Pampanga: DA to cull more fowls from controlled area

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:05 PM

A total of 73 110 layer chickens ducks fighting cocks and native chicken have already been culled as of Wednesday August 16

Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (left) and DOH Assec. Dr. Eric Tayag during press conference on Avian Influenza at the DA office in Quezon City on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

E-cigarettes not covered by smoking ban EO

May 19, 2017 - 7:41 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says they will include e cigarettes when we have more information and recommendation from the World Health Organization

Ubial: Don't be indifferent to people with depression

Apr 07, 2017 - 5:24 PM

That I think is a society that will harbor increasing rates of depression – yung dinededma natin yung ating mga kasama says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial on World Health Day

'LET'S TALK.' Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial and Health Spokesperson Eric Tayag speak about depression on World Health Day. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Condoms in schools? Sotto hits Ubial for 'imposing' beliefs on Filipinos

Jan 17, 2017 - 4:00 PM

It s insensitive to dismiss the sentiment of a conservative culture just because they failed to implement effective health programs says Senator Vicente Sotto III

Screenshot of Ubial from Rappler; Sotto file photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

15-year-old victim of 'stray bullet' dies

Jan 04, 2017 - 8:07 PM

UPDATED Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial and DOH Bureau of Local Health Development Director Eric Tayag confirm the news

STRAY BULLET? A victim of a stray bullet is wheeled into the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila during the New Year revelry on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

15-year-old a victim of shooting, not stray bullet – PNP

Jan 01, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde NCRPO director says the police are investigating the case

NEW YEAR INJURIES. Doctors and nurses at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center attend to people injured by firecrackers during the New Year's Eve festivities on December 31, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

15-year-old 'stray bullet' victim needs miracle, prayers – DOH

Jan 01, 2017 - 1:31 PM

UPDATED Doctors cannot remove the bullet lodged deep in the girl s head as it would be more damaging to her

STRAY BULLET. A victim of a stray bullet is wheeled in the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Centre in Manila during the New Year revelry on Sunday, January 1, 2017. All photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH reports big drop in fireworks-related injuries in 2016

Jan 01, 2017 - 12:03 PM

UPDATED Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says fears that President Rodrigo Duterte would harshly punish revelers who celebrate the New Year with firecrackers caused a remarkable decline in injuries

NEW YEAR'S EVE INJURY. Doctors and nurses at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila attend to a victim of firecrackers during the New Year's Eve revelry on January 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH: 141 fireworks-related injuries ahead of the New Year

Dec 31, 2016 - 10:12 AM

A DOH official says the figure is 34 lower than the 214 cases recorded during the same period last year

INJURED. The DOH continues to monitor firecracker-related injuries ahead of the New Year. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

105 pre-New Year's injuries reported

Dec 29, 2016 - 4:47 PM

According to a tweet by Bureau of Local Health Development Director Eric Tayag 61 of the 103 fireworks related injuries are caused by the piccolo firecracker

NEW YEAR STAPLE. Victims of firecracker-related injuries seeking treatment. AFP file photo

Draft EO on smoking ban includes e-cigarettes

Nov 18, 2016 - 9:27 AM

The health department is concerned that e cigarettes have become a gateway to conventional smoking

Only around 500 surrenderers admitted so far in drug rehab centers

Sep 14, 2016 - 9:30 PM

By the end of September the health department hopes to have a system of reporting that will give weekly updates on what happens to the drug surrenderers

COMMUNITY-BASED. Drug users in Mandaluyong City attend their required weekly Zumba class for rehabilitation in Barangay Mabini-J Rizal covered court on July 10, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Inside the brain of a drug user

Aug 19, 2016 - 10:31 AM

Psychiatrists say the effect of drugs on the brain could be so damaging as to cause paranoia even months after a person has already stopped using the substance

War on drugs: Rehabilitation must be more than a knee-jerk reaction

Aug 18, 2016 - 4:12 PM

But with more drug users surrendering by the day government cannot afford to tarry in providing much needed interventions for Filipinos who ve made the first step away from drugs

REHABILITATION. Filipino suspected drug users and pushers participate in exercises after voluntarily surrendering in Manila, Philippines, July 15, 2016. File photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

De Lima to DOH: Stop publicly justifying vaccine issue

Nov 14, 2014 - 4:18 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima advises the health department to submit its justifications to the Office of the President and the NBI

Ona ordered probe into vaccines procurement prior to leave

Nov 11, 2014 - 2:53 PM

An independent review committee created upon orders of Health Secretary Enrique Ona is expected to submit its report within the month


DOH vows to cooperate with NBI on vaccine probe

Nov 11, 2014 - 11:28 AM

The health department says it respects the rule of law and will not tolerate violations


NBI probes Ona, DOH over vaccine procurement

Nov 10, 2014 - 4:48 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima cites reports that the initially discreet investigation being conducted by her agency is one of the reasons Health Secretary Enrique Ona has gone on leave


DOH budget hearing gets tense, congressmen asked to dance

Sep 04, 2014 - 9:34 PM

Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag is asked to ease the tension when Department of Health s alleged hidden pork is questioned in the budget hearing

BREAKING INTO DANCE. Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag leads government officials in a short dance after a heated debate during the DOH budget hearing at the Lower House. Screenshot from Instagram video

PH 'exported' measles to other countries

Aug 27, 2014 - 7:02 PM

The health department records 6 287 laboratory confirmed cases of measles for 2014

Inakup! Arekup!

Jul 05, 2014 - 12:00 PM

The chasm between pro choice and pro life is wider and deeper than ever

Scaling up the bureaucracy

May 16, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Compared to their private sector counterparts many government employees are disadvantaged in 3 areas: competence confidence compensation

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Proposed mandatory HIV testing not for all Filipinos

May 15, 2014 - 2:25 PM

While nothing is definite yet when it comes to mandatory testing the Department of Health is looking at amending the country s AIDS law

AMEND THE LAW. New Health Spokesperson Dr Lyndon Lee Suy says the department is in talks with lawmakers on updating the AIDS law in the country. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Mandatory HIV testing? Groups blast DOH chief

May 14, 2014 - 7:39 PM

It has to be said: one of the legacies of Secretary Ona and the Aquino administration will be the HIV epidemic in the country

NO TO MANDATORY. The Network to Stop AIDS Philippines is against mandatory HIV testing in the Philippines. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

DOH announces first case of MERS virus infection in PH

Apr 16, 2014 - 6:28 PM

UPDATED The case an OFW makes the Philippines one of the first 2 countries in Asia outside the Middle East to have laboratory confirmed cases of the virus

MERS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

Know more about HIV with your mobile phone

Apr 04, 2014 - 4:53 PM

The health department says there are a total of 934 HIV cases in the country as of 2014 February registers an average of 15 16 new cases a day

TEXTING CAPITAL. Groups bring HIV information to Filipinos through mobile phones. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Thousands in Philippines sign up to break organ donor record

Feb 28, 2014 - 8:45 PM

Guinness did not immediately certify the Manila donations

DOH to give catch-up measles vaccinations in 7 provinces

Jan 22, 2014 - 7:15 AM

Parents can bring their children to health centers January 23 February 3 in Metro Manila Cavite Laguna Batangas Rizal Quezon Bulacan and Pampanga

Measles-free Philippines by 2017?

Jan 07, 2014 - 3:38 PM

The mass immunization in September will target 13 million Filipino children

MASS VACCINATION. The Department of Health is preparing for a nationwide measles vaccination by September this year. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Haiyan brings unexpected medical relief to Basey, Samar

Jan 05, 2014 - 1:06 PM

Traffic accident victim Mario Renos may be able to walk again after receiving medical care from European healthcare providers

Almost 1,000 injured due to firecrackers

Jan 03, 2014 - 3:42 PM

The DOH says there are more fireworks related injuries this year compared to 2012 possibly due to the longer holiday break

Fireworks-related injuries reach 804

Jan 02, 2014 - 10:33 AM

A 16 year old male bystander from Payatas Quezon City loses his left eye due to kwitis

ANNUAL TRADITION. The Department of Health is expected to provide the final tally of fireworks-related injuries during the New Year revelry on January 5. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Nearly 600 injured in New Year revelry

Jan 01, 2014 - 6:11 AM

The fireworks and firecracker related injuries rise to 599 but the DOH says the cases are milder

New Year countdown: 50-80 injuries hourly

Dec 31, 2013 - 12:17 PM

As of morning of December 31 the count of those hurt by fireworks or stray bullets has reached 262 already surpassing last year s tally on the same date

FIREWORKS. A woman and man work on building fireworks. Photo by Leanne Jazul

Close to 200 hurt due to fireworks

Dec 29, 2013 - 10:32 AM

DOH records 198 cases of fireworks related injuries as of 6 am Sunday

TRUMPETS OVER FIREWORKS. Health Secretary Enrique Ona promotes the 'Iwas Paputok' campaign at The Ryzza Mae Show. Photo from the DOH Facebook page

DOH records first firecracker injury

Dec 22, 2013 - 7:53 PM

A 9 year old boy from Manila was injured by piccolo

DANGEROUS FIRECRACKERS. The government cracks down on harmful firecrackers in the lead up to New Year's. Photo by Rappler

DOH: Scrap fireworks, donate to disaster survivors

Dec 13, 2013 - 8:03 PM

DOH s Eric Tayag draws attention to this message by dancing to the tune of Katy Perry s Roar

HIV-AIDS epidemic: A call to action

Jul 06, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Since the HIV AIDS epidemic is largely borne by unprotected sex it is imperative that safe sex be promoted as much as possible

Figure 1 - Total HIV-AIDS cases reported annually, from Jan 1984 to Dec 2012. Source: NEC-DOH, PNAC website

DOH on the lookout for SARS-like virus

Feb 15, 2013 - 6:04 PM

The DOH reminds hospitals to report unusual pneumonia cases amid a new potentially fatal virus

'BEST PRACTICE.' DOH's Dr Eric Tayag says passing the RH bill is among the "best practices" to help fight HIV/AIDS. Photo by Ayee Macaraig

DOH advises firecracker victims to get anti-Tetanus shots

Jan 05, 2013 - 5:26 PM

The Department of Health says anti tetanus shots are far cheaper than anti tetanus treatments that could cost as much as P30 000

'Get proper treatment,' DOH tells firecracker victims

Jan 02, 2013 - 5:59 PM

The DOH asked the public to seek treatment for injuries amid 697 reported cases of people being injured due to 2013 revelry

Fireworks sales up but illegal traders bringing industry down

Dec 30, 2012 - 7:31 PM

Fireworks traders say illegal sellers are to blame for many firework related injuries

Photo From Wikicommons

DOH mulls selective firecracker ban

Dec 26, 2012 - 6:29 PM

DOH Undersecretary Eric Tayag discloses the agency s plans via Twitter on Wednesday December 26

RH bill for HIV, too – Cayetano, DOH

Dec 03, 2012 - 5:40 PM

Sen Pia Cayetano and the DOH say the RH bill will be key to helping fight HIV AIDS

Talking HIV

Nov 01, 2012 - 5:08 PM

Despite the many advancements in HIV and AIDS research in the more than two decades when the virus was first discovered stigma and discrimination still exist

Is HIV going viral?

Oct 21, 2012 - 12:57 AM

Since the DOH began recording HIV in 1984 there have been 10 514 reported cases of HIV in the Philippines