The government of the Philippines stood firm on its ban on the world’s first dengue vaccine on Tuesday while declaring a nationwide mosquito-borne disease epidemic that it said it murdered hundreds this year. From January 1 to July 20, the incidence of dengue rose by 98 percent from a year ago to 146,062 instances, causing 662 fatalities, Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a news conference announcing a “domestic dengue epidemic.”


Only patients with parental consent can take advantage of the government’s free immunization program by Department of Health. (DOH) The Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that using the school-based platform, the DOH would continue to provide free vaccination to school-age children from kindergarten to grade 7. After a fast health assessment and evaluation of their immunization status against measles, only learners with parental consent will be vaccinated. However, the


With the rising cases of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV-AIDS) in this province, the provincial government of Bulacan is beefing up anew its advocacy and awareness campaign. Dr. Jocelyn Gomez, Provincial Health Officer, on Tuesday cited the need to equip residents with the right knowledge about HIV and AIDS to effectively combat the disease. Data from the Provincial Health Office showed Bulacan has the highest number of HIV


Rainy season has formally started in the country. Apart from preparing and bringing umbrella, coats, boots and other rain gears, the public is urged anew to take simple health precautions to ward off diseases common at this time of the year. Between the common illnesses during wet season are influenza, dengue fever and leptospirosis. Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious and year-round disease but usually peaks


Cebu – National Meat Inspection Service and the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries set fire to 260 kilos of imported meat These imported meats came from Poland and Belgium, two of the countries affected with African Swine Fever (ASF). These meat products were seized during the inspection at the DVMF office on Thursday morning. Dr. Jennifer Luarente, office-in-charge of the Public Health section of DVMF, stated that they had


The United States chronicled 22 new measles cases last week, bringing the year’s total number of cases to 1,044 in the worst outbreak of the disease since 1992, federal health officials stated on Monday. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of cases of the highly contagious and sometimes deadly disease rose 2.2% in the week ended June 13 from the prior week. The 2019 outbreak,


ILOILO CITY — Elementary students here have been taught on how to protect themselves from dengue during Friday’s observance of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Dengue Day 2019. Dr. Rose Marie Lamirez, Medical Officer IV of the Department of Health (DOH) – Center for Health Development (CHD) 6 (Western Visayas) said children themselves should be aware of ways to prevent the mosquito-borne disease. “Our children are affected –


MANILA — Further young Filipino men are now being infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday. In a solidarity conference in Quezon City, Mary Joy Morin, DOH Central Office National AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) and STI (sexually transmitted infection) Prevention and Control Program Officer, said around 65,463 cumulative cases have been recorded from 1984 to March 2019 and the predominant mode of transmission

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As the rainy season projected to start the following week, the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, June 7, cautioned the public against certain illnesses. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a statement it is imperative for the public to be prepared for rainy season diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis as well as malaria, and dengue. “It is best to arm ourselves with weapons against these


Environment group, EcoWaste Coalition calls on volunteers to use lead safe paints for a healthy school just in time for Brigada Eskwela. The group also remind partaking schools to be mindful of the government’s environmental and health policies. Thony Dizon, the chemical safety campaigner of EcoWaste Coalition, notes that lead is dangerous for the developing brains of children. “The mandatory use of lead-safe paints in schools has to be strictly