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DOH targets to deworm 19M children in January

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

The Department of Health targets to deworm a total of 19 million children in public schools this January.

The Department of Health targets to deworm a total of 19 million children in public schools this January.

MANILA — Paleness, sleepiness, tiredness and bloating are some of the common symptoms of children with intestinal parasites in their stomachs.

With this, the Department of Health (DOH) reminds the importance of deworming children to maintain their good health.

“Important benefits of deworming is actually in terms of the nutrition of the child. So, there is better absorption of the nutrients and therefore the overall health and well-being of the child is greatly improved. The resistance to infection and illnesses is improved as well as the mental capacities,” Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial explained.

Since January is the National School Deworming Month, DOH encourages parents, teachers, and local government units to support the department’s ‘Oplan Goodbye Bulate‘.

DOH targets to deworm children aged 5 to 18 years old in public schools.

“The program aims to deworm approximately 19 million school-aged children enrolled in public schools (kindergarten to K-12) and at least 23 million pre-school and school-aged children not enrolled in public schools,” said Sec. Ubial.

The public may also avail of the free deworming services in health centers, rural health units, and barangay health stations nationwide.

A child just needs to take one purgative tablet to flush out the worms inside his or her intestine in just 24 hours.

Children who have undergone deworming will experience a minimal side effect like nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The World Health Organization, meanwhile, assures that the medicine for deworming is safe to take.

“We are concerned in particular about the impact of this infection on children,” said Dr. Gundo Weiler of World Health Organization. “We have an easy intervention to take 1 pill per child twice a year and we have safe drugs. The safety has been proven hundreds of millions of times around the world of this medicine.”

DOH calls on parents to have their children undergo deworming especially those aged 10 and below to avoid illnesses. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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Smoking down, but tobacco use still a major cause of death and disease, WHO says

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, May 31st, 2018

FILE PHOTO: An illustration picture shows cigarettes in their pack, October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/Illustration

Fewer people are smoking worldwide, especially women, but only one country in eight is on track to meet a target of reducing tobacco use significantly by 2025, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday (May 30).

Three million people die prematurely each year due to tobacco use, which causes cardiovascular diseases including heart attacks and stroke, Douglas Bettcher, director of the WHO’s Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, said during the launch of the organization’s global report on trends in the prevalence of tobacco smoking.

Some 890,000 of the deaths result from second-hand smoke exposure.

Progress is uneven, with the Americas being the only region set to meet the U.N. target of reducing tobacco use by 30 percent by 2025.

Parts of Western Europe have reached a “standstill”, particularly due to a failure to get women to stop smoking, while African men are lagging, and tobacco use in the Middle East is actually set to increase, Bettcher said.

Overall, tobacco kills more than 7 million a year by causing a higher risk of cancer and heart disease. But many smokers in China and India are unaware of these health impacts, Bettcher said.

The two Asian powerhouses have the highest numbers of smokers worldwide, accounting for 307 million and 106 million, respectively, of the world’s 1.1 billion adult smokers, followed by Indonesia with 74 million, WHO figures show. — Reuters

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DOH proposes almost P1.5B for Dengvaxia assistance program

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The House Committee on Appropriations discussed Wednesday, May 16, the proposed allotment of funds for Department of Health’s (DOH) Dengvaxia Assistance Program in accordance with House Bill Number 7449.

Present in the briefing were Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, officials from the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO,) and parents of Dengvaxia vaccinees.

DOH presented before the committee its proposed allocation of the almost P1.5 billion fund which will be taken from the P1.61 billion refund from Sanofi Pasteur for the unused Dengvaxia vaccines.

In its proposal, DOH wants to use the said amount to provide medical assistance to Dengvaxia vaccinees (P84M); to fund DOH’s out-patient care package (P776.250M); to support the deployment of nurses for Health Education (P67.8M); proposed active case finding or profiling/navigation of vaccinees (P300M); and procurement of Dengvaxia medical kits (P270M)

However,committee chair Congressman Carlo Nograles opposed DOH’s appropriation of P270 million  for the purchase of medical kits citing that a larger fund is very much necessary to support the medical needs of Dengvaxia vaccinees.

Based on DOH’s records, there are at least 890,000 Dengvaxia vaccinees across the country. Parents of Dengvaxia vaccinees claimed during the briefing that more children injected with Dengvaxia are still unaccounted by health personnel.

In response to this, DOH appeals for the immediate approval of the budget proposal to deploy nurses who would do the profiling and monitoring of Dengvaxia vaccinees.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, meanwhile, suggested extending the use of funds preferably up to 2019 to accommodate requests from other agencies. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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PAO files 6th Dengvaxia-related criminal case with DOJ

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, May 4th, 2018

The controversial anti-dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia


MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque is facing new criminal raps over the Dengvaxia controversy.

Duque, along with former Secretary Janette Garin, and over 30 health officials and officers of Sanofi Pasteur and Zuellig Pharma, are being charged for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and violation of the anti-torture act.

The case stemmed from the death of thirteen-year-old Jansyn Art Bataan of Brgy. 177, Camarin, Caloocan City, who died last January, two months after receiving a Dengvaxia shot.

The victim’s father narrated that his son was inoculated on November 29 without their consent.

“I scolded my son. I asked him, Why did you agree to have the shot? You didn’t even ask me about it. Why didn’t the school ask for our consent?” the father of the victim, Darwin Bataan said.

The boy fell ill several days later and died within 24 hours after being admitted to the hospital.

The forensic team of the Public Attorney’s Office is convinced that Dengvaxia led to his death.

PAO chief, Atty. Persida Acosta, said Duque is liable because the inoculation happened under his watch.

“He was injected November 29. Sec. Duque assumed [office] on November 6. He continued the vaccination program,” Atty. Acosta added.

This is the sixth criminal case filed by the Public Attorney’s Office in relation to the Dengvaxia mess.

“Act now, President Duterte. I am calling on you. Listen to our pleas,” Merlyn Bataan, mother of a victim said.

The parents of Dengvaxia victims demanded anew

the secretary’s resignation. —Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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