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RITM among beneficiaries of €2-million grant from France to fight coronavirus

May 01, 2020 - 1:15 PM

The grant will support the COVID-19 response of 7 frontline laboratories in the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam

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43 RITM staff infected with coronavirus

Apr 20, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Dr Celia Carlos, director of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, says they are scaling down operations after 43 employees tested positive for the virus

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‘Clerical oversight’: RITM says congressman Yap ‘remains negative’ for COVID-19

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) The fact remains, however, that Eric Go Yap of ACT-CIS Partylist, while a person under investigation, broke quarantine protocols and exposed several high-level government officials in the process

Robredo's office donates extraction kits worth P5.3M for coronavirus tests

Mar 20, 2020 - 5:12 PM

The office of Vice President Leni Robredo says an extraction kit is an essential part of the full coronavirus test kit. Its procurement from a local supplier was requested by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the country’s primary testing center.

ASSISTANCE FROM ROBREDO. Staff from the Office of the Vice President deliver coronavirus extraction kits to the RITM on March 20, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

4 more PH laboratories to start coronavirus testing on March 19 – WHO

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:54 PM

(UPDATED) The World Health Organization also gives additional test kits to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, increasing the laboratory's daily testing capacity from 300 to 450 tests

COVID-19 TEST KIT. A sample of the UP-developed novel coronavirus detection kit as presented to media during a press briefing held at Philippine Gerome Center on March 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Where are testing centers for coronavirus in PH?

Mar 17, 2020 - 6:57 PM

(25th UPDATE) As of July 11, tests are conducted at full scale in 63 laboratories nationwide and in 22 labs using Gene Xpert. At least 93 other laboratories are being prepared to handle tests.

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4 more Philippine laboratories may soon test samples for coronavirus – DOH

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:09 PM

Secretary Francisco Duque III also says the health department still won't use rapid diagnostic testing kits that have not been accredited by the World Health Organization

MORE LABS EYED. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gives an update on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

After Dengvaxia mess, Duque wants more independence for FDA, RITM

Jan 29, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants the FDA to be independent from the DOH, and the RITM to be free from the influence of pharmaceutical companies

CHANGES FOR FDA, RITM? Health Secretary Francisco Duque III seeks more independence for two agencies under the DOH following the Dengvaxia controversy. Screenshot by Rappler

Ombudsman orders DOH to submit Dengvaxia's clinical trial papers

Jan 25, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The Ombudsman's request stems from two complaints filed late last year against officials of Sanofi Pasteur and government officials who implemented the controversial dengue vaccination program

KIDS' SAFETY. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III hands a monitoring card to a Santa Rosa Central Elementary School student who got the Dengvaxia vaccine last year. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Dengvaxia safety trial unfinished when vaccination program launched – Duque

Jan 25, 2018 - 2:17 PM

'So if they had waited [for] 2017, then they would have known they can’t give these Dengvaxia [vaccine vials] to children who never had dengue in the past,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

MONITORING. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III explains what parents in Santa Rosa, Laguna can do if their child received the Dengvaxia vaccine Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

No confirmed human cases of bird flu yet – DOH

Aug 25, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial eats fried chicken and boiled egg during the press conference to show they are still safe to consume despite the bird flu outbreak

SAFE TO EAT. RITM director Socorro Lupisan, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, and Bureau of Animal Industry veterinary Joy Lagayan eat chicken to demonstrate it is still safe to do so despite the bird flu outbreak. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'Government has to treat HIV as national emergency' – RITM doctor

Jul 31, 2017 - 9:27 PM

AIDS experts and persons with HIV ask government to enforce the treat all policy and provide medication to patients regardless of their infection stage

TESTING FOR HIV. A lab technician prepares samples for HIV testing. Photo courtesy Diana Mendoza

[Dash of SAS] Including minors in HIV response

Aug 01, 2016 - 1:25 PM

A recent DOH study on adolescent HIV estimates that there are 9 559 adolescents who have HIV but only 10 have been diagnosed Currently only 381 are enrolled on anti retroviral therapy

How civil society is responding to PH’s HIV epidemic

Jul 16, 2016 - 12:06 PM

Advocates from LoveYourself and The Red Ribbon Project share how their organizations are helping the fight against HIV AIDS in the Philippines

SAFE HAVEN. LoveYourself's Chris Lagman says the organization creates a safe environment for males having sex with males. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

DOH scaling up community approach to end HIV epidemic

Jul 15, 2016 - 8:49 AM

To address the increasing prevalence of HIV AIDS in the country the health department is launching a two pronged response to halt and reverse the spread of the infection

MERS-CoV claims first death in PH

Oct 03, 2015 - 11:10 AM

2nd UPDATE The 63 year old Saudi male showed symptoms on September 26 and was pronounced dead 3 days later the Department of Health says

Foreigner at RITM now clear of MERS-CoV

Jul 10, 2015 - 2:07 PM

UPDATED The health department cannot totally commit yet that the Philippines is already MERS free since it is still monitoring the foreigner s contacts

Close contact of MERS-CoV patient tests negative

Jul 07, 2015 - 4:18 PM

The close contact of the foreign patient will be transferred to a regular ward and will remain under observation until the 14 day incubation period ends

TESTING CENTER. One of 8 negative pressure rooms at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Korean student suspected of MERS quarantined in Bacolod

Jul 01, 2015 - 12:14 AM

The patient arrived from South Korea on June 26 and is now confined at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital

FUMIGATION. South Korean health officials fumigate a theater while wearing protective gear in Seoul on June 12, 2015. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

3 South Koreans admitted to RITM negative for MERS

Jun 30, 2015 - 10:17 AM

The Philippines remains free from the virus while South Korea reports no new MERS cases and deaths for the first time in 9 days

TESTING CENTER. One of 8 negative pressure rooms at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

PH mapping Middle East hospitals with MERS cases

Feb 20, 2015 - 8:20 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs is also mapping hospitals that previously treated MERS cases as well as communities

DOH: Only 2 under MERS-CoV check

Feb 17, 2015 - 1:11 PM

One of the Filipina nurse s co passengers in a February 1 flight from Saudi Arabia will go through another round of tests as per protocol He initially tested negative for MERS

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

PH peacekeeper will still complete Ebola quarantine – DOH

Nov 16, 2014 - 6:34 PM

Despite testing negative for Ebola the malaria stricken UN peacekeeper is required to complete the 21 day quarantine on Caballo Island

HOME. UN Peacekeepers from Liberia arrive at the Philippine Air Force headquarters in Villamor Air Base on November 12, 2014. Photo courtesy of PH Air Force

PH peacekeeper negative for Ebola, positive for malaria

Nov 15, 2014 - 2:22 PM

The Philippine peacekeeper part of the contingent that arrived from Liberia on November 12 will remain at the RITM for treatment for malaria

HOME. UN Peacekeepers from Liberia arrive at the Philippine Air Force headquarters in Villamor Air Base on November 12, 2014. Photo courtesy of PH Air Force

Ebola in PH history: Reston, the 'good cousin'

Oct 25, 2014 - 2:15 PM

The Philippines is the only known geographic source of the Reston ebolavirus which was detected in both monkeys and pigs

THE GOOD COUSIN. Electron micrograph of Ebola Reston virus taken at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) by Dr. Tom Geisbert. It was graciously supplied by Dr. Art Anderson. File photo from Stanford University.

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

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

DOH: Filipino nurse tests negative for MERS

Sep 05, 2014 - 11:39 AM

2nd UPDATE The Department of Health says ‘all activities for contact tracing will be terminated’

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

DOH still waiting for nurse’s MERS test result from Saudi

Sep 04, 2014 - 3:41 PM

The health department is already in touch with at least 60 passengers of Saudi Airlines flight SV870 which the nurse took in her return trip to Manila on August 29

RITM on top of preparations for possible Ebola cases

Aug 05, 2014 - 4:39 PM

Health Secretary Enrique Ona says the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and several other hospitals have enough capacity to test the deadly Ebola virus

LABORATORY TEST. Specimen inactivation is part of the Ebola testing process by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. Screenshot from Youtube video

Ona: Philippines ready for Ebola

Jul 31, 2014 - 2:38 PM

It s a concern We re doing everything to make sure that it does not reach us says Health Secretary Enrique Ona

EBOLA. This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Photo by Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC/AFP

Ona: Philippines is MERS-free

Apr 21, 2014 - 12:26 PM

Health Secretary Enrique Ona says the OFW who had tested positive for MERS in the UAE has overcome the infection and is now free from the virus

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