KENNETH HARE HERNANDEZ

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Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial on Wednesday said the nationwide smoking ban, as mandated by Executive Order (EO) 26, will still be enforced starting July 23 even in the absence of its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). Ubial added that there is still no IRR as “it is still being vetted…

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Health professionals led by the Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) on Monday went to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) office in Sampaloc, Manila, to protest the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law. The protesters argued that the CPD Law is “basically a commercialization and bastardization of the essence of continuing professional…

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The Department of Health (DoH) on Thursday said the nationwide smoking ban will take effect on July 15, when its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) will be released to supplement the provisions of Executive Order (EO) 26. EO 26, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on May 16, imposes a nationwide…

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The Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN) on Tuesday reported that the Philippines has the second lowest obesity and overweight prevalence compared to its regional neighbors in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). In a study commissioned by ARoFIIN through The Economist Intelligence Unit, the Philippines…

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The Department of Health (DoH) on Monday alerted the public to prepare against Water-borne Influenza, Leptospirosis and Dengue (WILD) diseases commonly acquired during the rainy season. DoH spokesman Eric Tayag said water-borne diseases in the form of diarrhea can affect people through contaminated sources of drinking water. “There is a…

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THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advisory warning against the purchase and use of the unregistered eye drop product “Dok Apo Better Vision 15 ml” circulating in the market. The FDA said the eye drop product did not go through the registration process and has not been…

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against buying and using an unregistered medication that has been advertised as a cure for several eye diseases. In an advisory, the FDA identified the product as “Dok Apo Better Vision 15 ml” which was claiming to be a cure…

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AT least 27 Marawi refugees staying in evacuation camps have died, the Department of Health (DoH) said on Monday. On June 26, three more fatalities were reported. Two died of pneumonia and one of dehydration. Early this month, 24 refugees died of various diseases. Common ailments in evacuation camps were…

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AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe filed House Bill 3730 mandating the creation of a National Dengue Prevention and Control Program to reduce the number of dengue cases in the country. He said the bill aims to control and eliminate the proliferation of dengue. The disease usually strikes at the start…

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More than 2,000 drug surrenderees who sought help have finished their rehabilitation program and hundreds of them have returned home, the Department of Health (DoH) said. Based on government data, 2,508 out of an estimated 1.3 million drug surrenderees sought treatment for their addiction from July 2016 until May this…

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