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DOH denies alleged physical abuses in rehab center

MANILA — The Department of Health’s (DOH) spokesperson on Thursday strongly denied allegations that patients, who attempt to escape from the Mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DATRC) in Nueva Ecija, are physically abused. “I-clarify ko po dun sa allegations na may mga beatings or physical abuse na nangyayari sa Mega DATRC: wala pong beatings na nangyayari. Wala pong abuse, physical abuse (Let me clarify allegations …

PGH awaits IRR on rare disease law

MANILA — The Philippine General Hospital (PGH), together with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders (PSOD), expressed hope that the Department of Health would soon complete the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for Republic Act No. 10747 or the law on rare diseases that was passed in March …

Group lobbies to block return of incinerators

MANILA — Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Asia has sought the scrapping of House of Representatives Bill No. 2286 that seeks to repeal the ban on incineration and amend the Philippine Clean Air Act to allow the re-entry of Waste-to-Energy incineration technologies in the country. In a news release issued Tuesday, HCWH Asia executive director Ramon …

DOH declares alert in Metro hospitals

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) has placed all hospitals in Metro Manila under “Code White” on Monday in anticipation of any health emergencies that may arise due to the transport strike staged by the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON). “Code white alert is issued (today October 16) to all Metro …

Valle named DOH OIC

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) announced Thursday that Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle has been designated by Malacañang Palace as department officer-in-charge. According to DOH spokesperson, Dr. Corazon Flores, the appointment of Dr. Valle was issued through a memorandum from the Office of Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea dated October 10. Valle’s designation aims to …

DOH-Mimaropa uses ‘Telemedicine’ for remote diagnosis, treatment

MANILA — The Department of Health’s (DOH) office in the Mimaropa region is using “Telemedicine” in assessing the health of people believed to have been exposed to residues of mine tailings left behind by the 1996 Marcopper mining disaster. Head of Marinduque’s provincial health office, Dr. Rachel Rowena Garcia, said in an interview with the Philippine …

Marinduque opens nursery for toxin-absorbing bamboo

BOAC, Marinduque – A Beema bamboo nursery was opened at the Marinduque State College (MSC) here Tuesday to propagate this type of bamboo tree that would help absorb toxic substances left by the Marcopper mining disaster in Marinduque province back in 1996. The initiative was led by the Department of Health’s (DOH) office in the Mimaropa …

Vaccine still best defense vs. JE: experts

MANILA — Vaccination remains to be the most effective way to prevent and control Japanese encephalitis (JE), the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) and Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines (PIDSP) said Monday. In a statement, the two groups noted that while they agree that such prevention methods as vector control and personal protective measures …

Vaccine still best defense vs. JE: experts

MANILA— Vaccination remains to be the most effective way to prevent and control Japanese encephalitis (JE), the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) and Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines (PIDSP) said Monday. In a statement, the two groups noted that while they agree that such prevention methods as vector control and personal protective measures can …

Removal of tobacco industry’s seat at IAC-T pushed

MANILA –The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) said that it supports call for the removal of the tobacco industry from the Inter-Agency Committee on Tobacco (IAC-T). In a press briefing on Friday, SEATCA – Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Program Director, Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, said they were hopeful that the recent moves in …

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