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No pneumonia outbreak in the Philippines —DOH

By Margaret Claire Layug/GMA News – The Department of Health (DOH) said there is no pneumonia outbreak in the Philippines. Health Undersecretary Erik Domingo made the clarification on Friday, shooting down reports that appear to be circulating on social media. He also pointed out that the number of cases Read more »

Measles cases in the Philippines increase by more than 350% – WHO

By Luchi de Guzman/CNN Philippines – More than 10,000 measles cases have been reported this year. The latest count by the World Health Organization (WHO) Philippines office is 17,298 measles cases as of November this year. This is 367 percent more than the 3,706 cases reported last year. “Unvaccinated young Read more »

Is the Philippines ready to address mental health?

By Sofia Tomacruz/rappler.com – “No one is spared” from the possibility of suffering from mental illness. This is the clear message mental health experts are sending to the public. Mental illnesses can cut across all professions and ages, and affect even those who care for patients with mental health issues Read more »

‘Biggest public health scam’: Expert wants legal action over risky vaccine program

via ABS-CBN News – A public health expert on Friday called for legal action on the government’s recently suspended dengue immunization program, after a vaccine maker said the drug poses risks to individuals not previously infected with dengue. In a Facebook post, Dr. Susan Mercado, a former government health undersecretary Read more »

Cebu declares state of calamity over 5,000 dengue cases

By Nestle Semilla/inquirer.net – The entire province of Cebu has declared a state of calamity due to the rising cases of dengue, which have exceeded 5,000 cases since the start of the year. The declaration was embodied in a resolution passed by the Cebu Provincial Board, even without a Read more »

DOH Secretary: Philippines lacks 15,000 doctors

By Regine Cabato/CNN Philippines – The Philippines is short of 15,000 doctors to be able to adequately meet the health needs of Filipinos each year, the Health Secretary said Wednesday. “We’re producing only 2,600 a year,” Department of Health Secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial told CNN Philippines’ The Source. Ubial, who traveled Read more »