DOH calls on parents to bar minors from using vapes

Marje Pelayo   •   November 5, 2018   •   3341



MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) calls on parents to prohibit their teenagers from using vapes or e-cigarettes.

This is in line with the recent incident involving a 17-year-old who was hospitalized after using a second hand vape that exploded and damaged his face.

The boy was rushed to East Avenue Medical Center on October 30.

Specifically, the attending physician said the incident damaged the boy’s lips, tongue and some parts of his face. There was also internal bleeding in his eyelids due to the impact.

“The patient that had an explosion was a 17-year-old. We limit the selling of cigarettes to minors… but 17-year-olds obviously can access these vaping liquids and the juice that they call it and the items, the delivery system that they buy online and they have to be regulated,” said DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo.

The DOH together with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will launch an in-depth investigation into the incident in order to come up with a more concrete regulation on the use of vapes. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

QC gov’t taking care of resident who tested positive for COVID-19 UK variant

Marje Pelayo   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The city government of Quezon City in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) is closely monitoring the case of a resident who tested positive for the B117, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) variant discovered in the United Kingdom.

Following the detection, the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) has conducted contact tracing on the resident’s close contacts upon his arrival such as the health workers at the isolation facility where he was brought, as well as the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) that brought him from the hotel to the isolation facility.

The CESU is waiting for the DOH to submit the list of passengers who were on the same flight as the patient from Dubai to trace passengers who may be from Quezon City.

The patient, a 29-year-old male real estate agent, was tested on January 7 upon arrival from Dubai through Emirates Flight No. EK 332 and thereafter stayed at a hotel as part of protocol.

The day after, it was confirmed he was COVID-19 positive. 

His sample was sent to the Philippine Genome Center. On the night of January 13, the city government and the city health department were informed that he has the so-called United Kingdom variant.

Since January 8, he has been staying at a facility where he remains up to this day for treatment.

He left the Philippines on December 27 on a business trip to Dubai  with one companion. His female companion tested negative upon arrival.

The patient and his companion tested negative before leaving the Philippines, and tested negative as well upon arrival in Dubai.

As an added precautionary measure, the patient’s  immediate household contacts have been brought to an isolation facility where they were also tested.

The CESU also initiated heightened surveillance in the community of the resident to determine the presence of clustered cases.

“We have to remain cautious and  vigilant to avert the spread of this new variant. What is important is we take care of the resident, and make sure we don’t sow panic in the community,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

Belmonte also stressed the need to intensify practicing minimum health standards and report all symptoms immediately, following the confirmation of the new variant in the city.

Case of new COVID-19 variant detected in HK is a Filipina from Cagayan Valley — DOH

Marje Pelayo   •   January 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday (January 6) released additional information about the carrier of a new COVID-19 variant detected in Hong Kong.

According to a report provided by the Hong Kong International Health Regulations National Focal Point in collaboration with the country’s Center for Health Development, the case is a 30-year-old Filipino from Cagayan Valley.

The report said the Filipina left the region on December 17, 2020 and upon arrival in Metro Manila on December 18, underwent quarantine as per workplace protocol. The following day she was tested using RT-PCR which yielded negative result.

She left for Hong Kong on December 22 and underwent quarantine after arrival. After 10 days on January 2, she underwent RT-PCR testing again which tested positive and detected with the new COVID-19 variant from the UK.

Hong Kong authorities said she remains in isolation and in stable condition.

Contact tracing is underway here in the Philippines, the DOH said, as the flight manifest has been obtained while the agency is awaiting the result of contact tracing being done by their counterparts in Hong Kong.

“There is also ongoing contact tracing by the concerned epidemiology and surveillance units in Cagayan Valley Region and NCR,” the DOH concluded.

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DOH, FDA reiterate: No approved COVID-19 vaccine in PH yet

Robie de Guzman   •   December 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday reminded the public that they have yet to approve a vaccine against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to be used in the country amid reports of unauthorized inoculations.

The DOH and the FDA issued the remark after President Rodrigo Duterte bared that some Filipinos, including members of the military, have already received the COVID-19 vaccine sans approval from the FDA.

FDA director-general Usec. Eric Domingo said no vaccine developer has secured approval for the distribution of the vaccine as of yet and that they are still investigating reports on unauthorized COVID-19 vaccinations in the country.

Domingo also reiterated that taking an unapproved and unregistered vaccine is dangerous and may pose risks to the inoculated individual, as well as the administering healthcare worker and the drug distributor or importer.

“Ang bawal sa Pilipinas ay ang magbenta, mag-import, mag-distribute at mag- dispense ng unregistered drug,” he said.

“Once there are illicit activities like this, once we have a problem, ang magkakakaso dito iyong importer, iyong distributor, iyong doktor o healthcare worker na nagbakuna because they are using unregistered drugs,” he added.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III echoed Domingo’s statement, emphasizing the importance of following protocols in vaccine evaluation and registration.

“Kailangan natin maging transparent sa ating mga mga efforts to secure our vaccines at kailangan natin magbigya ng regular na updates para maiparating sa ating mga publiko na atin talagang sinisigurado na ang bakuna na pipiliin ay ligtas at epektibo,” Duque said.

Health authorities also renewed its call for the public not to patronize unauthorized vaccinations. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)


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