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