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Earthquake victims in Ormoc City calls for immediate relocation from government

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, July 24th, 2017


ORMOC, Philippines —  About a week has passed since a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Ormoc City, but many affected residents are still staying in temporary shelters until now.

In Brgy, Cabaon-an, residents continue to stay in tents.

Authorities said the shelters of the affected residents are no longer safe as these stand only on the ground with no foundation.

Because of this, earthquake victims are calling on the government to help them find a safer place to relocate to.

They said they are in a very difficult situation as their children are already getting sick in the temporary shelters.

Some parts of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) are still closed. This is aside from a mall that was recently engulfed by a fire. The mall workers call on the government to also provide them with livelihood and financial assistance.

They also called on the Department of Health to supply them with medicines for stomach ache, fever, and diarrhea as these are their common health concerns at the tent city.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, meanwhile, continuously supply the earthquake victims with food.

Earthquake affected residents at the tent city in Ormoc are hoping that the president would act at once on their request for immediate relocation so they could gradually go back to their normal lives. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News and Rescue

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DOH declares dengue alert in several regions

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019

The Department of Health (DOH) has declared “national dengue alert” on Monday (July 15) after recording a spike in reported dengue cases in several regions.

According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, there is an 85 percent increase in the number of dengue cases in the country, from January 1 to June 29, 2019. From 57,564 reported cases in the same period last year, it spiked to 106,630 this year.

Among the regions included in the national dengue alert are Regions I, II, IV-A, V, VIII, IX, XI. BARMM, and CAR.

“The top among the regions would be Western Visayas, followed by Calabarzon, Central Visayas, Soccsksargen and Northern Mindanao. There is no national epidemic but there is certainly regional” added Duque.

Duque said they also want to raise awareness in communities where dengue cases are evident.—AAC

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DOH pushes for mandatory vaccination of children anew

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Some medical experts said the number of people getting vaccinated has dropped to 50- 80% when the issue of Dengvaxia Vaccine broke out.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday (July 9) pushed for the implementation of mandatory immunization of children anew amid slumping vaccination coverage due to the controversial dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia.

During a school-based immunization program in Valenzuela City, Health Francisco Duque III stressed the importance of vaccination among schoolchildren to protect them from various diseases.

He said he has been pushing to make immunization mandatory in the country but the proposal is still up for discussion with stakeholders and lawmakers.

“I think we can push for that but like most other pieces of legislation, this has to undergo broad and deep consultations,” Duque said.

The government’s immunization coverage suffered a decline by 30 percent in 2018 due to Dengvaxia scare.

The health official previously suggested for the government to seriously consider compulsory vaccination of children following the outbreak of measles in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) and Western Visayas.

Duque said the proposed mandatory immunization program will only provide proven safe vaccine shots against polio, Diptheria, measles, tuberculosis and human papillomavirus (HPV).

Valenzuela City Representative Wes Gatchalian agreed with Duque’s sentiments, saying a law is needed to enforce the program.

“It’s a separate legislation. Hindi itong pwedeng isingit na lang sa IRR, isang bagay na hindi na lang natin pwedeng ipasok na lang sa bibig ng mga magulang for them to accept,” Gatchalian said.

The DOH recently relaunched its school-based immunization program which aims to vaccinate some nine million students this year.

READ: DOH eyes vaccinating 9-M children

Duque said the program is eyeing to immunize students from kindergarten to Grade 7 with the measles and rubella vaccine. Students will also be given booster doses of tetanus-diphtheria vaccines.

On Tuesday, the DOH visited the Apolonia Rafael Elementary School in Valenzuela City for its vaccination program. (with details from Aiko Miguel)

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PhilHealth to shoulder hospital expenses of victims of food poisoning

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 4th, 2019

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) assured to shoulder the hospital expenses of the victims of food poisoning at the birthday celebration of former first lady Imelda Marcos.

PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales said all victims who are PhilHealth members and are confined in private and public hospitals can avail their benefits.

“PhilHealth pays up to P6,000 for food poisoning or acute gastroenteritis with moderate to severe dehydration when confined in any PhilHealth accredited hospital,” he said.

Meanwhile, non-members can avail the Point of Service (POS) Program in government hospitals.

“We want to assure those affected that in case hospitalization is required, they can bank on their PhilHealth coverage for financial protection,” Morales adds.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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