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CA defers confirmation of DOH chief Duque over Dengvaxia issue

Jan 31, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Senator Gregorio Honasan II says the CA members need more time to assess DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III's plans for the children injected with the risky dengue vaccine

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III attends his confirmation hearing on January 31, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda / Rappler

DOH orders probe if Cebu infants' deaths due to pentavalent vaccine

Nov 15, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Lapu-Lapu health officer Dr Rodolfo Berame says: 'It was already the second dose for those babies. If it was vaccine-related, they could have died on first dose.'

INVESTIGATION. Len-len and Ruben Suson look at the remains of their 3-month-old daughter Ayesha Mae, who died due to acute gastroenteritis leading to severe dehydration, allegedly after getting the pentavalent vaccine. Photo courtesy of DYRF Cebu

Trump gets his secretary of state but other fights loom

Feb 02, 2017 - 12:06 AM

UPDATED Battles loom on Capitol Hill over other key nominees including education secretary designate Betsy DeVos and Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch

Former ExxonMobil executive Rex Tillerson testifies during his confirmation hearing for Secretary of State before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Emergency drug for stroke available for free in 26 gov't hospitals

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:15 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial instructs government hospitals to explore partnerships with private hospitals so needy patients can still avail themselves of alteplase for free

Health chief to review transfer of Fabella building

Jul 05, 2016 - 4:37 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial has had a dialogue with groups opposed to transferring the maternity hospital from the Old Bilibid compound in Sta Cruz Manila

Ubial: Blood donation must be an everyday thing

Jul 05, 2016 - 2:22 PM

When we donate blood we give life says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial who kicks off National Blood Donor’s Month in Iloilo City

SEA OF RED. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial (4th from right) kicks off the National Blood Donor’s Month in Iloilo City on July 5, 2016. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

Challenges for next health chief: Immunization, TRO on implants

Jun 15, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Janette Garin hopes her successor won t have to encounter the inconveniences and problems she had to go through in her one year and 4 months as health secretary

Metro Manila hospitals ready for New Year's Eve – DOH

Dec 31, 2015 - 8:26 PM

The health department has found the three major hospitals – Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center Philippine General Hospital and East Avenue Medical Center – prepared for cases of firework related injuries

NEW YEAR'S EVE ROUNDS. Health Secretary Janette Garin started her inspection at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center.

Poe hits back, PH-TW standoff, MH370 | 6PM wRap

Jun 03, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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CA confirms Health Secretary Janette Garin

Jun 03, 2015 - 2:59 PM

Garin s confirmation appointment comes almost 3 months after her nomination for the Cabinet position

NOMINATED. Acting Secretary Janette Garin in a file photo. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

MILF surrender, MERS-COV free, Pacquiao-Mayweather | The wRap

Feb 20, 2015 - 7:44 PM

The MILF can’t guarantee the surrender of troops involved in Mamasapano A Filipina nurse diagnosed with MERS COV is in the clear Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight could be coming soon

Sue Ona!

Jan 12, 2015 - 10:04 AM

At this point it seems the former health secretary was not misinformed and that he approved these clinical trials If so he must be held accountable

New DOH Secretary? Pope comes first

Jan 07, 2015 - 5:32 PM

Malacañang gives assurances the health department is running with just an acting secretary at the helm

PAPAL VISIT. The government is completely focused on the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

A medical horror story

Dec 15, 2014 - 11:13 AM

We can now make a judgment on the anti dengue treatment touted by health officials as a medical breakthrough

Anti-dengue drug: A medical mystery

Dec 01, 2014 - 9:42 AM

This medical mystery may yet turn out to be a real horror story where an unethical drug company and its local partners met with a DOH secretary ready to play fast and loose with the nation s health

Juan Flavier: The most honest senator I knew

Nov 17, 2014 - 11:04 AM

He was an honest man; a good man; a great man says Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago in her eulogy for the late Senator Juan Flavier

Juan M. Flavier: The Filipino health hero

Oct 31, 2014 - 11:06 AM

He would have been president of the Philippines And a great one

Former Health Secretary Juan Flavier dies

Oct 30, 2014 - 5:09 PM

2nd UPDATE Former Senator and Health Secretary Juan Flavier dies October 30 from complications from pneumonia He was 79

Ona on MERS: Nat’l ID system needed to track victims faster

May 01, 2014 - 5:20 PM

One week to trace possible carriers of deadly virus is too long as what happened with the attempt to track passengers of Etihad Airways Flight EY 0424 says the health secretary

Health Secretary Enrique Ona (center) in Cagayan de Oro, Dr. Jose Chan, chief of Hospital of Northern Mindanao Medical Center (left), Health Assistant Secretary Romulo Busuego. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

Ex-health, finance secretaries stand behind sin tax reform

Mar 15, 2012 - 10:13 AM

Former health and finance officials signed a manifesto supporting House Bill 5727 to reform the mandate a simple simple tax system for alcohol and tobacco

"I don't know anyone to blame except me" says Former Health Secretary Romualdez on health gap

Dec 08, 2011 - 8:00 AM

Former health secretaries voiced regrets from their terms