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    Tigdas outbreak, idineklara ng DOH sa 5 lungsod sa Metro Manila

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014

    Ang 5 bayan sa Metro Manila na idineklara ng Department of Health na may outbreak ng measles o tigdas. (UNTV News)

    Ang 5 lungsod sa Metro Manila na idineklara ng Department of Health na may outbreak ng measles o tigdas. (UNTV News)

    MANILA, Philippines – Isinailalim na sa measles outbreak ng Department of Health (DOH) ang limang lungsod sa Metro Manila dahil sa patuloy na pagtaas ng bilang ng mga nagkakasakit .

    Sa pinakahuling tala ng DOH, umaabot na sa 1,700 ang nagkasakit ng tigdas.

    Kabilang sa mga lugar na may measles outbreak ang Dagat-Dagatan at Bagong Barrio sa Caloocan; Talon Singko at Talos Dos sa Las Piñas; alabang sa Muntinlupa; at Quiapo, Port Area, Sta. Mesa, binondo at sta. Cruz naman sa bahagi ng Maynila at ang Lungsod ng Parañaque

    Babala ng DOH, nakakahawa ang sakit na maaaring dumapo sa mga bata at matatanda at posibleng humantong sa kamatayan kung hindi maaagapan.

    Ang mga sintomas ng tigdas ay ang pamumula ng mata, pabalik-balik na lagnat, skin rashes, at ubo at sipon.

    Payo ng ahensya sa mga magulang na dalhin sa health centers ang kanilang mga anak upang mabakunahan ng panlaban sa tigdas. (UNTV News)

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    New online app launched to prevent HIV

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017


    MANILA, Philippines — To help prevent the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), a non-governmental organization on Wednesday launched Safely PH or #SafelyPH, an online navigational app designed to determine the location of nearest testing and treatment sites for HIV.

    Save the Children fund, or more commonly known as Save the Children, expressed concern over the rising number of cases HIV in the country.

    It is for this reason that the group initiated the move to create public awareness on seeking medical treatment for HIV.

    “We want to put information in the hands of people mostly men, 93% of the new cases are men. So that they can know where can they be tested, where can they get treatment, where they can find condoms, where the clinics are. Maps are really easy to use,” said Save the Children country director Ned Olney.

    A Department of Health (DOH) January to May 2017 report revealed that HIV cases in the country have gone up by 48%.

    From 741 in 2016, the case ballooned to 4,388 this year.

    Ninety-five percent of the reported cases are male, ages 15 to 24.

    The health department believes that the app can be a big help for the said age group as they are frequent internet users.

    “Two out of three infections are coming from 15 to 24 year-olds and incidentally ito rin yung population na talagang (they are also the members of the population who are) technology savvy. So through research, it has been shown that the mobile application should really be accessible to the young people,” said DOH medical specialist Dr. Jose Gerard Belimac.

    The app is now available for download in google play store and will, as well, be available in apple store in December.  — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue



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    CA tackles allegation of corruption, incompetence against Sec. Ubial

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017



    MANILA, Philippines – Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Paulyn Ubial has faced anew several individuals who oppose her appointment as the Chief of the Health Department in Tuesday’s confirmation hearing of the Commission on Appointments (CA).

    First to question the Health Secretary was Kabayan Partylist Representative Harry Roque who accused her of corruption and incompetence.

    According to Roque, Ubial has no strong stance in terms of the implementation of the anti-dengue vaccine.

    Roque also criticized what he described as Ubial’s wrong notion about the Zika virus. This particular issue was clarified by Ubial during the hearing.

    This particular issue was clarified by Ubial during the hearing.

    “The bottom line of the Zika virus is that there was no outbreak; we were able to contain it,” Sec. Ubial said.

    Secretary Ubial challenged Roque to file a complaint against her before the Office of the Ombudsman or the Office of the President if he has strong evidence against her.

    Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III questioned Ubial about the government’s program to distribute condoms to high school students.

    Sotto said the budget for the said program for this year is P159-million.

    But Ubial noted the DOH spent P10-million only of the said amount, and that they no longer have plans to continue the controversial program.

    “If you’re referring to condom distribution in schools, we will not implement it,” said Ubial.

    Sotto also scrutinized what he describes as the luxurious travels of Ubial to other countries. The Health Secretary traveled abroad six times in just two and half months.

    Ubial reasoned that several of her trips abroad were ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

    She noted that only half of the amount she spent for her travels came from government coffers while the other half were funded by international agencies.

    However, the senator expressed concern that the non-government organizations funding her trips are doing so with vested interests.

    He also emphasized that Ubial should show documents proving that her travels abroad were official trips.

    “Like what I said they might have vested interests and hidden advocacies,” Sen. Sotto said.

    The Secretary admitted she brought with her in trips her 22-year-old son as a consultant of DOH, but noted that she paid for his expenses.

    “He signed the contract, P1-consultant. He is without pay,” Ubial said.

    The CA will resume the hearing on Ubial’s appointment next week.

    Senator Sotto said that if the CA fails to decide on the appointment of Ubial before the Congress takes a session break, it might be the third time her appointment would be by-passed. He said the CA might then decide on her appointment upon the resumption of their session in November. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue


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    Rookie team DOH Health Achievers to clash with defending champ PNP Responders

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — Rookie team DOH Health Achievers geared up ahead of a hard court battle against defending champion PNP Responders on September 27.

    Health Achievers head coach Joshua Villapando said his side must toughen up in all aspects as they face the cops.

    “Iba’t ibang klase kasi ang kalaban. Iba’t ibang klase ang team, kung saan nanggagaling ang lakas ng team, sa point guard ba, sa forward or sa center,” said  Villapando.

    Last Sunday, the DOH team beat the COA Enablers 122-95.

    Although two former professional basketball players, Arnold Gamboa and Estong Ballesteros, led the Enablers, their efforts were enough to topple the Health Achievers.

    Thus, the DOH team is confident to face any opponent on the UNTV Cup hard court by executing plans and plays.

    “Nag-eensayo kami. Kung anong mga play ang dapat gawin,” said the DOH head coach.

    Now that the Health Achievers are bound to step into a championship caliber match against the PNP Responders, they promised a good game for the UNTV Cup crowd.

    “Salamat sa mga nanonood ng game namin. Patuloy na iniinvite namin [sila] na manood para mas maganda pa ang makikita nila sa game na susunod,” said Villapando.

    The DOH Health Achievers and the PNP Responders both have a 1-0 win-loss record. —Bernard Dadis | UNTV News and Rescue





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