DOH: Saudi national with MERS-CoV symptoms dies

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday announced that a Saudi national who arrived in the country last September 17 and showed symptoms of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has died. Health Secretary Janette Garin said in a press...

Minority vows stricter scrutiny of proposed 2016 budget

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The minority bloc at the House of Representatives promised stricter scrutiny of the 2016 budget proposed by Malacanang, noting provisions could be used as the administration’s campaign kitty. “If Malacañang thinks it can get away with a bloated budget...

Aquino swears in allies in key govt posts

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday swore in some of his political allies to key government posts. Health Secretary Janette Garin, a former Iloilo representative and a member of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), took her oath of office before Aquino...

Watchdog urges authorities to ban toxic lead in kitchen utensils

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A toxics watchdog has requested the Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to look into the need of banning the use of lead in kitchen utensils in line with the country’s effort to strengthen the food safety regulatory system....

DOH: No toxic substance found in milk tea sample

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday that it did not find any toxic substance in the milk tea that killed two persons in Manila last Thursday, according to the preliminary findings of the tests it conducted. “Preliminary results were negative for...

Bill to institutionalize a Mother and Child Health Care Program

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker has filed a measure seeking to institutionalize a national mother and child health program to protect Filipino mothers and children from malnutrition. Rep. Rogelio J. Espina (Lone District, Biliran) pushed for the immediate passage of House Bill...

As days get warmer, DOH offers tips vs. food poisoning

MANILA, Mar 4 (Mabuhay) – Cook food thoroughly and keep it at a safe temperature. These were among the tips issued by the Department of Health to protect against food poisoning as the days become warmer. “Now that it’s getting warmer, there is a higher risk of food poisoning,”...

Mandatory employment of lifeguards in public pools sought

  MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker has filed a measure mandating the employment of qualified lifeguards at all public swimming pools and bathing facilities to protect the public especially the children. Rep. Sherwin T. Gatchalian (1st District, Valenzuela City) said House Bill...

Amid global infections, DOH advises families of OFWs to stop ‘fiesta-like’ airport welcome

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Amid global infections such as Ebola and MERS-Cov, the Department of Health (DOH) is discouraging families of returning overseas Filipinos from welcoming their relatives in a “fiesta-like” way at the airport, to limit the number of people exposed to infectious...

Fabella to be privatized to allow setting up of beauty clinics? Gabriela to investigate

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) — Is Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, which serves at least 100 pregnant mothers every day, being privatized to allow for the development of a medical tourism market that caters to foreigners seeking beauty enhancement treatments? This is what...