DOH steps up Taal eruption response

MANILA — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Tuesday said the department has augmented the resources of its regional offices in response to the recent Taal Volcano eruption. “We have sent drugs, medicines such as eye drops and asthma medication, medical supplies including N95 and surgical face masks, collapsible water containers and jerry cans, water purification … Read More

Bicolanos cautioned vs. meningococcemia

LEGAZPI CITY — The Department of Health (DOH) regional office here is urging Bicolanos to observe preventive measures against meningococcemia. Dr. Lulu Santiago-Ramos, Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases coordinator of the Center for Health Development-Bicol, on Wednesday reminded the region’s residents to boost their immune system by living a healthy lifestyle, including eating healthy foods, … Read More

DOH signs IRR for UHC law

MANILA — Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday signed the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the landmark Universal Health Care (UHC) law (Republic Act No. 11223). In his speech at the ceremonial signing in Manila, Duque said the IRR is only the first step to the creation of a health system … Read More

Antibiotics abuse: Saving money at the expense of one’s health

FIGHTING ANTI-MICROBIAL RESISTANCE. Philippine National Formulary and National Antibiotic Guidelines representative Cecilia Maramba-Lazarte (left) says the failure to complete a course of antibiotics is a form of antibiotic abuse which could lead to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) — or the ability of microbes to resist the effects of medication, making the diseases caused by them no … Read More