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DOH, World Vision to monitor compliance with breastfeeding laws

MANILA— The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday partnered with non-governmental organization (NGO), World Vision, to monitor and report violations of the country’s breastfeeding laws through text and mobile applications. Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial said the partnership involves the creation of mobile applications, a text messaging service and a website to enable ordinary Filipinos …

DOH eyes to build back better health facilities in Marawi

MANILA, July 31 — The Department of Health (DOH) plans to build back better the damaged health facilities in Marawi City which will be like the ones used in Cuba. In a press conference organized by Foreign Correspondents Asociation of the Philippines (FOCAP) together with Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP) at Manila …

May ’17 HIV cases highest in more than 30 years

MANILA, July 26–The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said that the number of new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the country for the month of May was over 1,000 and majority, or 37 percent or 404 of which is in the National Capital Region (NCR). This was disclosed in the May 2017 HIV …

PhilCare innovates with smarter options with its “Hey Phil”

MANILA, July 25–Instead of lining-up or waiting to be served by a health provider in a hospital, existing clients of Philcare now have the smarter option to be sure that they do not have to experience that situation. According to Jaeger L. Tanco, president and CEO of Philcare, they had developed an app, dubbed as …

DOH records 968 new HIV cases in March, highest since 1984

MANILA–The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 968 new HIV-positive cases last March, the highest monthly figure since the virus was first detected in the country in 1984. According to the DOH report, 942 of the newly diagnosed cases contracted the virus through sexual contact, while 22 were injecting drug users (IDU) and four were …

DSWD assists both drug rehab patients and their families

MANILA—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) extends help to families of drug dependents who are admitted to rehabilitation centers for treatment, an officer has said. “During the rehabilitation process, we are also coordinating with the drug dependents’ families. We are assessing who among them need assistance while their head of the family is …

PHL’s CSC takes pride for birth of civil service declaration tool for ASEAN communities

MANILA–The Philippine government, through the Civil Service Commission (CSC), on Saturday takes pride in having the first declaration signed by the 10 ASEAN Member States utilizing the civil service as a tool in bringing the envisioned positive change in the ASEAN communities. “We take pride because this is the Philippine’s initiative in its chairmanship of …

Health experts: Prepare for flu, get vaccinated

MANILA–Flu is in the air and people, especially those vulnerable to the disease, better get themselves vaccinated, several health experts said Wednesday. Flu vaccination should prioritize the elderly, pregnant women, and patients with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart, liver, kidney and lung diseases, president of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccinations (PFV), Dr. Cecilia …

DOH confirms resignation of a PhilHealth official from his post

MANILA—The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Monday evening the resignation of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) interim president and CEO Hildegardes C. Dineros from his post. “He (Dineros) resigned,” Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial said in a text message. As a replacement to his post, Ubial said that members of the PhilHealth Board then voted …

DOH to self-flagellants for Holy Week: Take precaution vs tetanus

MANILA–The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reminded penitents to take precautions against tetanus as they fulfill their religious vows in observance of the Holy Week. Tetanus is a serious infection caused by Clostridium tetani which can be acquired via skin lesions, skin cut, or puncture wound. It can seriously affect the brain and nervous …