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DoH renews call vs firecrackers to welcome New Year

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 11:25:00 12/31/2009

Filed Under: Festive Events (including Carnivals), Customs & Traditions, Health, Accidents (general)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DoH) urged the public to refrain from using firecrackers, especially illegal ones, in welcoming the New Year to prevent injuries and death.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III recommended a ban on the use of firecrackers in residential areas and urged local authorities to designate common fireworks areas. Read the rest of this entry »

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DoH on ‘high alert’ for virus outbreaks

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 15:38:00 10/28/2009

Filed Under: Health, Flood

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health is now on “high alert” to address the leptospirosis outbreak in areas that were flooded by tropical storm Ondoy and typhoon Pepeng, its top official said Wednesday.

Since October 1, the DoH recorded 167 casualties out of the 2,172 Filipinos infected by leptospirosis – thrice the number of cases recorded last year, according to Health secretary Francisco Duque III. Read the rest of this entry »

20 percent of Metro heart attacks due to passive smoke

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 13:16:00 10/26/2009

Filed Under: Diseases, Health

MANILA, Philippines—Second-hand smoke causes over 20 percent of the number of heart attacks in Metro Manila, officials from the Department of Health (DoH) said on Monday.

One to seven hours of weekly exposure to second-hand smoke increases the number of heart attacks or acute myocardial infarction by 10 percent and a weekly exposure of 21 hours in turn raises the number of heart attacks by 20 percent, said DoH Secretary Francisco Duque III quoting an international study. Read the rest of this entry »

DoH warns against rise in leptospirosis cases in next two weeks

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:25:00 10/14/2009

Filed Under: Diseases, Health

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Health (DoH) on Wednesday warned the public against water-borne disease leptospirosis, which has infected close to 400 Filipinos in Metro Manila, an official said.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said after tropical storm Ondoy submerged about 80 percent of the region and nearby provinces, DoH recorded 383 cases from nine hospitals in Metro Manila—a number equal to about half of last year’s annual total of 769 total cases. Read the rest of this entry »

DoH warns against diseases in evacuation camps

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:53:00 09/29/2009

Filed Under: Health, Weather, Disasters (general), Medicines

MANILA, Philippines – Food- and water-borne diseases, respiratory infections, and injury are the top three illnesses plaguing the 207 evacuation centers visited by the Department of Health, an official disclosed Tuesday.

“Common illnesses that are expected to rise in crowded evacuation areas are food and water borne diseases that causes diarrhea, injury from accidental falls due to slippery, wet pavements, and respiratory infections that can be easily transmitted when a person coughs or sneezes. We are recommending health guidelines for evacuees and have distributed medications that can help boost their immune system to counter the diseases,” said Doctor Yolanda Oliveros, director of the DoH’s National Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Read the rest of this entry »

162 out of 100,000 mothers die giving birth

DoH gets P250M grant to reduce maternal death
By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 20:17:00 09/18/2009

Filed Under: Health, Women, Children, Justice & Rights

MANILA, Philippines—Of the 100,000 mothers giving live birth in the country, 162 die for lack of attending medical professionals and obstetric care, making the country among 68 others where 97 percent of global maternal and child death occur, health officials said on Friday.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that although the country’s 162 maternal mortality ratio (MMR) dropped from a 1993 baseline of 209 based on the 2006 Family Planning Survey, the challenge remains in terms of reducing MMR by 75 percent or 52 by 2015 based on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Read the rest of this entry »

2 men with H1N1 die – health dept.

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 17:01:00 07/13/2009

Filed Under: Swine Flu, Health, Diseases

MANILA, Philippines – Two more people with the Influenza A(H1N1) virus in the country have died, bringing the total number of deaths related to the disease to three, an official of the Department of Health (DoH) said.

However, it was not immediately clear whether the fatalities died because of A(H1N1), Arnel Rivera, officer-in-charge of the DoH operation center for A(H1N1) told INQUIRER.net. Read the rest of this entry »


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