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New DoH program aims to reduce infant deaths

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 21:02:00 12/07/2009

Filed Under: Health, Diseases

MANILA, Philippines–The Department of Health (DoH) launched a program Monday aimed at cutting down the number of infant deaths in the country.

Called the Essential Newborn Care (ENC) protocol, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III referred to it as a comprehensive strategy to improve the health of the newborn through interventions before conception during pregnancy, soon after birth, and in the postnatal period. Read the rest of this entry »


DoH investigates anomalous flu test equipment

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 17:04:00 11/09/2009

Filed Under: Health, Government offices & agencies

MANILA, Philippines–The Department of Health (DoH) disclosed that the allegedly anomalous flu-testing machine deal exposed by a labor group this weekend is already being investigated by the agency since August.

Health secretary Francisco Duque III said the agency’s Integrity Development Committee (IDC) is investigating all officials and personnel of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), including its director Dr. Remigio Olveda, who were involved in the procurement of the said flu-testing machines. Read the rest of this entry »

DoH on ‘high alert’ for virus outbreaks

By Anna Valmero
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 »

DoH warns against diseases in evacuation camps

By Anna Valmero
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 »

DoH announces drug price cuts

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The Department of Health says Filipinos can buy 72 drug products at half their current prices starting August 15 after drug firms voluntarily cut prices. A monitoring group will be formed to ensure compliance to the new drug pricing. Video report by reporter Anna Valmero.

VIDEO: Preventing spread of swine flu

MANILA, Philippines–Officials from the Department of Health explain how government is preventing the entry and spread of swine flu in the country. Video report by reporter Anna Valmero.


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