The Health Chief noted that malaria cases in the country declined since the mid-2000s, and has resulted in an 83% reduction from 2005 to 2013, while there was a 92% reduction in the number of deaths within the same period. The number of cases went down from 46,342 cases in 2005 to 7,720 in 2013. Deaths were 150 in 2005 to 12 to last year. The Philippines has achieved the Millennium Development Goal target for 2015 as early as 2008.
Secretary Ona: “There is no reported case of ‘flesh-eating’ skin disease in the country yet. Absolutely no reason for the public to panic,”
As the nation ushers in the Heart Month, the Department of Health (DOH) reported that there will be an additional eight government hospitals that will be capable of performing heart surgeries.
“The Philippines has made significant progress in its fight against leprosy. While we have eliminated leprosy as a public health problem in 1998, there are areas in the country where new leprosy cases are still being identified. With the support of our partners such as Novartis, we will sustain the fight against leprosy in the post-elimination phase,” said Secretary of Health Enrique T. Ona.
Dubbed ‘Goodbye TIGDAS’, the campaign is an expanded catch-up campaign aimed at preventing measles outbreaks and at the same time vaccinating every child who missed their routine measles immunization. Routine measles vaccination requires two doses of measles-containing vaccines: starting at 9 months-11 months and again at 1 year.
For weeks, in health centers across Metro Manila, children aged 9 to 11 months have been receiving their first dose of the measles vaccine, while children aged 12 to 23 months have been inoculated with their second dose. This is part of the Department of Health’s heightened campaign, in coordination with local government units (LGUs), to prevent the spread of measles in the NCR.
As of 6:00 a.m., January 2, 2014, the National Epidemiology Center reported 804 fireworks-related injuries from 50 hospitals nationwide. Of these, 793 (98.6%) were due to fireworks injuries, 2 (0.2%) from fireworks ingestion, and 9 (1.1%) from stray bullet injuries.
The Department of Health (DOH) today reported a 34% reduction in the number of fireworks-related injuries compared to the same period last year (116 cases).
Department of Health – National Capital Region Director Eduardo C. Janairo today reported the completion of 43 health facilities amounting to P27,672,135.74 located in various local governments in Metro Manila under the Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) of the Department of Health.
President Benigno S. Aquino III today awarded the Department of Health (DOH) the prestigious ISO 9001:2008 certification by Certification International Philippines, Inc. (CIP), as the first government agency under the executive branch to have a department-wide Quality Management System under a single ISO 9001:2008 certification.
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