40% of schools lack handwashing facilities: UN

GENEVA – As education institutions around the world seek to reopen, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief said Thursday that more than 40 percent of the world’s schools lack handwashing facilities, a major obstacle to reopening.

DOH, FDA laud EO regulating e-cigarettes, similar devices

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have lauded the recent signing of Executive Order No. 106 by President Rodrigo Duterte which prohibits the…

WHO urges gov’ts, companies, news orgs to spread Covid-19 facts

MANILA — World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Saturday called on governments, companies, and news organizations to strengthen their efforts in spreading facts about the coronavirus…

What Pinoys need to know about nCoV

MANILA —  As the number of cases and deaths due to novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV continues to rise, the Department of Health (DOH) has met these reports with equally heightened monitoring…

WHO says ‘too early’ to say n-COV global emergency

GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was “too early” to declare the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China a public health emergency of international concern…

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…

DOH reports 1st vape-related lung injury case in C. Visayas

CEBU CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 7 (Central Visayas) is closely monitoring a 16-year-old girl, who is reported to be the first victim of e-cigarette or vape-associated…

BARMM health authorities confirm 2nd polio case

COTABATO CITY – Health authorities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) confirmed Tuesday a case of polio in Datu Piang, Maguindanao even as they continue validating a…

African swine fever not a threat to human health: DOH

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reiterated that African swine fever (ASF) is not a risk to human health as it allayed public fears amid recent confirmation…

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…

Parents warned against instant noodles, processed foods

MANILA — Health experts on Wednesday urged parents to avoid feeding their young children with instant noodles and processed foods. “In complementary feeding, this is when a child starts feeding…

Health groups urge PRRD to certify alcohol, e-cig tax hike urgent

MANILA — The Sin Tax Coalition, a group of health advocates, on Monday called on President Rodrigo Duterte to certify the proposal to raise taxes on alcoholic beverages, heated tobacco…

Experts note rise in number of unhealthy kids in PH

MANILA — Health experts on Wednesday reported that more Filipino children are not growing up healthily due to poor diet, inadequate nutrition, and defective food systems. During a media forum…

120K in Western Pacific get infected with HIV each year: WHO

MANILA — The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that an estimated 120,000 people in the Western Pacific region are still being infected with HIV each year, with a…

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).…

Suicides kill more people than natural calamities

ANKARA — Suicides due to mental disorders take more lives every year than terrorism or natural calamities. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, nearly 800,000 people commit suicide…

DOH inaugurates new drug rehab center in Las Piñas

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday inaugurated the Las Piñas Drug Abuse and Treatment Rehabilitation Center in response to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s call to prioritize and…

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…

Bicolanos asked to sustain fight vs. dengue

LEGAZPI CITY — The Department of Health’s (DOH) Center for Health Development in Bicol is advising residents to be consistent in implementing the “4S” strategy against dengue in order to…

Suspected diphtheria case reported in Bataan

DIPHTHERIA CASE? Dinalupihan Vice Mayor Renato Matawaran (left), Municipal Health Officer Dr. Johna Mandac and Municipal Administrator Rolando Rojas (not shown in photo) discuss the suspected diphtheria case involving a…