KENNETH HARE HERNANDEZ

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Action for Economic Reforms (AER) and health advocates on Friday appealed to the President to veto the provision pertaining to the “low” tobacco tax rate in the newly ratified Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) bill. In the Train bill, the tobacco tax rate is only P32.50 per pack,…

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The Department of Health (DoH) has created a task force to monitor children inoculated with Dengvaxia and to review the government’s dengue vaccination program. The task force will be composed of top management officials from the DoH central office, regional offices of affected areas, attached agencies such as Food and…

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THE Department of Health (DoH) will file charges against pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur, the maker of Dengvaxia, the world’s first dengue vaccine. Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd on Thursday said they will sue Sanofi over the fiasco. The company earlier warned that the vaccine may cause severe dengue on those without…

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THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines has ordered the recall of Dengvaxia, the world’s first anti-dengue vaccine, over concerns that it may put those inoculated with it at risk. The FDA ordered French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur to suspend the sale, distribution and marketing of Dengvaxia and…

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THE Department of Health (DoH) has ordered the suspension of its dengue immunization program after its supplier revealed that its vaccine might cause a more severe case of fever, a symptom of the disease. The DoH announcement came after receiving a preliminary briefing on November 29 from Sanofi Pasteur, the…

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The Department of Health (DoH) on Monday lamented that there are more households in the Philippines that own cell phones than basic toilet facilities. Citing data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd said 84 percent of households own a mobile phone but only 70 percent have…

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Save the Children last week launched a mobile application to help Filipinos access different testing and treatment centers in the country for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). In partnership with Red Whistle, Save the Children launched the Safely mobile application that provides directions to the…

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The Commission on Population (PopCom) on Monday said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved all 51 contraceptives up for certification and recertification including Implanon and Implanon NXT. Resolution 2017-302 dated November 10 shows that all 51 contraceptives up for certification and recertification have been approved. Among the approved contraceptives…

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A portion of the 30-meter wall of the Quirino Memorial Medical Center (QMMC) in Quezon City collapsed at around 10:30 pm on Thursday night, due to heavy rainfall and sustained winds brought about by Tropical Depression “Salome.” This is the wall near the Department of Health Mimaropa and Calabarzon office.…

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