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Aquino, Abad to attend House probe into Dengvaxia controversy

Feb 24, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III and former budget secretary Florencio Abad says they are ready to face the House investigation on Monday, February 26

DENGVAXIA. Former budget secretary Florencio Abad speaks to former president Benigno Aquino III during a Senate hearing on the dengue vaccine controversy last December 2017. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-DOH chief Ona says he would not have OK'd dengue vaccine

Jan 22, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Former health chief Enrique Ona denies having a hand in the Dengvaxia issue, but his successor Janette Garin says it was Ona who introduced the idea to former president Benigno Aquino III's attention

Former DOH Secretary Enrique Ona Photo by Angie de Silva / Rappler

[OPINION] Rush to disaster: The untold story behind the Sanofi-Garin deal

Jan 10, 2018 - 8:37 AM

It would be important to probe the issue of corporate payoffs owing to the very questionable circumstances involved

What the emails of VACC's Dengvaxia witness say

Dec 11, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The witness, a physician, supposedly rendered service to the DOH under then Secretary Ubial

Health advocates along with parents and their children who had the Dengvaxia vaccine rally in front of the Department of Health in Manila on December 8, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong

Enrique Ona: Successor 'solely responsible' for dengue vaccine mess

Dec 10, 2017 - 2:38 PM

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

NOT US. On the dengue vaccine controversy, former health chief Enrique Ona places the blame on his successor Janette Garin. Here, Ona is pictured at a press conference in Manila on October 10, 2014. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Garin: Talks on dengue vaccine began during predecessor's time

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:58 AM

Former health secretary Janette Garin also brings up the controversial clinical trials of anti-dengue treatment ActRx TriAct ordered by her predecessor, Enrique Ona, in 2014

DENGUE VACCINE. Health Secretary Janette Garin says discussions on the dengue vaccine started during the time of her predecessor Enrique Ona. File photos by Rappler

Ex-health chief Ona, two other former DOH execs face graft charges

Jul 11, 2016 - 1:06 PM

The charges stem from an anomalous P392M hospital project says the Ombudsman which has also ordered the 3 to be disqualified from holding public office

File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

RH budget cut: 3 unanswered questions

Feb 05, 2016 - 11:38 AM

Why did the health secretary know about the cut after the fact? Why did Loren Legarda allow it? Why did the realignment go to health facilities and medical assistance?

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

Black Nazarene, Aquino on Garin, 'Charlie' worldwide rally | The wRap

Jan 10, 2015 - 12:07 AM

Millions flock to the Black Nazarene procession in Manila New Philippine health secretary: Janette Garin Protesters worldwide condemn the Paris attack

Aquino picks Garin as permanent DOH chief

Jan 09, 2015 - 12:47 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says he is very satisfied with Secretary Garin

NEW DOH CHIEF. President Benigno Aquino III has chosen Janette Garin as his permanent health chief. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

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

Medical ethics, public safety and the DOH

Dec 22, 2014 - 4:08 PM

Regulatory mechanisms that ensure that medical ethics the core values of my profession and one of the bedrocks of public protection cannot fail

Who will be Ona's successor?

Dec 20, 2014 - 2:51 PM

According to Rappler sources there are about 5 candidates being considered for the vacated post Among them are former health secretaries

COURTESY RESIGNATION. Former health secretary Enrique Ona resigns. File photo from the Department of Health

Pemberton in court, Ona resignation, Anne Curtis on Twitter | The wRap

Dec 19, 2014 - 7:28 PM

US Marine Pemberton shows up in court Health Secretary Ona resigns Twitter says Anne Curtis is a social media influencer

Aquino accepts Ona's resignation

Dec 19, 2014 - 5:11 PM

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr informs Health Secretary Enrique Ona of President Benigno Aquino III s decision a day after Ona submitted his resignation letter to Malacañang

WILL HE STAY ON? President Benigno Aquino III at an event organized by the Department of Health on March 24, 2014 – months before the health chief went on leave for official reasons. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Doctors slam 'poorly designed’ study on anti-dengue drug

Dec 16, 2014 - 6:56 PM

It is our obligation to stop the expanded use of scientifically unproven treatments say the Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

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

Aquino wants more answers from Ona

Dec 13, 2014 - 7:37 PM

Referring to the shift in vaccines decided on by the health department the President asks Why did you choose to shift when you weren’t clear which was better?

WILL HE STAY ON? President Benigno Aquino III at an event organized by the Department of Health on March 24, 2014 – months before the health chief went on leave for official reasons. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

The Aquino Cabinet: Winners and losers of 2014

Dec 13, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Rappler compiles a list of President Benigno Aquino III s most efficient secretaries of 2014 and those who were not quite as successful

Is the anti-dengue drug trial ordered by Ona ethical?

Dec 04, 2014 - 9:47 AM

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development says it approved only the technical aspects of the clinical trials of ActRx TriAct for dengue treatment

The dangers of ActRx TriAct, according to DOH

Dec 02, 2014 - 9:00 AM

The health department says researchers of the clinical trials must be held accountable if something happens to patients who were administered with the treatment

'NO LEGAL BASIS.' The Department of Health says the controversial ActRx TriAct has not been registered with the Food and Drug Administration. File photo from the ActRx Operational Group website

DOH: No legal basis for Ona's order on anti-dengue treatment

Dec 01, 2014 - 1:46 PM

The DOH rebukes its own chief saying the clinical trials he ordered in September should not have taken place

'NO LEGAL BASIS.' The Department of Health says the controversial ActRx TriAct has not been registered with the Food and Drug Administration. File photo from the ActRx Operational Group website

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

Ona not yet out, on 'extended leave'

Nov 28, 2014 - 1:56 PM

UPDATED In a phone conversation the health secretary is told by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa to go on extended leave Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte says

ON HIS WAY OUT? Health Secretary Enrique Ona meets President Benigno Aquino III on the last day of his month-long leave. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Is Ona on his way out?

Nov 27, 2014 - 8:08 PM

UPDATED Health Secretary Enrique Ona expects to meet President Benigno Aquino III on the last day of his month long leave Whether he will be asked to stay on will depend on the President

GREEN LIGHT. Health Secretary Enrique Ona says they are ready as advocates anticipate the full implementation of the Reproductive Health law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Garin: Herbosa's DOH post will depend on CSC, DOJ 'input'

Nov 24, 2014 - 2:44 PM

Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin says the health department has asked the civil service and justice agencies to clarify the status of the undersecretary

Palace: Herbosa still health undersecretary

Nov 21, 2014 - 3:26 PM

Malacañang says Health Undersecretary Ted Herbosa has returned to the health department and is awaiting further instructions from Acting Secretary Janette Garin

NOT FIRED. Health Undersecretary Ted Herbosa will continue his duties in the department. From the Phi Kappa Mu fraternity website

WHO: No complaint filed over DOH vaccines purchase

Nov 21, 2014 - 2:48 PM

The World Health Organization in the Philippines says it does not comment on any government investigation

DOH shakeup, Binay 'unli-greed,' Ozone disco fire | The wRap

Nov 20, 2014 - 9:00 PM

Acting health secretary Janet Garin is under fire for the agency’s revamp Senator Trillanes says Vice President Binay is in panic mode 18 years after the Ozone Disco fire owners and officials are sentenced to jail

Garin under fire over DOH 'revamp'

Nov 20, 2014 - 10:21 AM

Health Undersecretary Ted Herbosa says he is considering legal action against Acting Secretary Janette Garin for trying to fire him

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


Still satisfied with Ona? Aquino mum

Nov 03, 2014 - 2:53 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says Health Secretary Enrique Ona is on leave to prepare answers to questions on public health that the President has for him

HE'S COMING BACK. Health Secretary Enrique Ona will be back at the DOH after his leave. File photo from DOH

Palace: Ona not axed, will return to work

Oct 30, 2014 - 4:50 PM

Malacañang also says Health Secretary Enrique Ona s temporary absence will not hinder DOH programs such as preparations for possible Ebola cases in the country

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

Health chief goes on 'sick leave'

Oct 29, 2014 - 2:08 PM

2nd UPDATE Health Secretary Enrique Ona has gone on leave reportedly to attend to personal health concerns Undersecretary Janet Garin is the acting secretary during Ona s absence

ON LEAVE. Health Secretary Enrique Ona, who has been at the forefront on the campaign against Ebola, has gone on leave. Rappler file photo

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

Philippines to start training health workers for Ebola

Oct 17, 2014 - 2:29 PM

UPDATED Weekly trainings will be given by experts in infectious diseases and Ebola

TRAIN HEALTH WORKERS. World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in the Philippines Dr Julie Hall speaks during a press conference on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) at the Department of Health (DOH) office in Manila, Philippines, 17 October 2014. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Strengthen PH defense vs Ebola first – doctors' group

Oct 15, 2014 - 4:17 PM

The Philippine College of Physicians says the country must start preparing its health workers and health facilities for Ebola cases

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

Does your local government protect children?

Oct 09, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Local governments are essential in achieving the vision of a child friendly Philippines says Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman

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 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

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