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...

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...

DOH: Pinay nurse confirmed afflicted with MERS-CoV

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed that the Philippines has at least one case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). At a press conference, the Health Department said a female nurse from Saudi Arabia tested positive for...

Why Ona quit: Trust, confidence of Aquino no longer there

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Former Health Secretary Enrique Ona on Monday said he resigned his post as head of the Department of Health because he felt his relationship with President Aquino was already broken due to allegations in the DOH’s purchase of pneumococcal vaccines. Ona, 75,...

AFP chief Catapang visits WHO for briefing on Ebola, amid furor over Caballo island trip

MANILA (Mabuhay) – AFP Chief of Staff, Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. visited Friday the office of the World Health Organization-Philippines to personally hand over the “Thank You” letter on behalf of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, days after he and Acting Health Secretary...

Garin may have to wear protective gear during budget debates next week

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin may have to wear a protective gear when she goes to the Senate next week during the budget deliberations of the agency’s proposed 2015 budget. This, after acting Senate Minority Leader Vicente Sotto III expressed concern...

AFP chief slammed for ‘breach’ of Ebola quarantine

MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines’ top health and military officials were under fire Tuesday for visiting Filipino UN troops undergoing quarantine after serving in Ebola-ravaged Liberia. More than 100 soldiers and police were confined for 21 days on an island at the mouth of...

Garin on vaccine mess: Wait for Ona’s side

MANILA (Mabuhay) -– Department of Health officer-in-charge Janette Garin on Tuesday assured the public that the controversy involving the questionable purchase of pneumonia vaccines will not affect the agency’s delivery of services. Garin said there have been delays in the...

NBI looking into DOH vaccines mess involving Ona, Tayag

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The National Bureau of Investigation has launched a probe into the Department of Health’s purchase of more expensive vaccines in 2012 despite a recommendation to buy more cost-effective ones. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima made the remark on the heels of...

PHL allocates P500-M to fight Ebola

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Health (DOH) is allocating P500 million in the country’s fight against the deadly Ebola virus, Health Secretary Enrique Ona told a Senate hearing Wednesday. Ona said the budget would be taken from its departmental quick respond fund. Ona...