The Philippines is on the verge of attaining malaria-free status

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.

DOH, Novartis lead today’s observance of World Leprosy Day

“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.

DOH measles vaccination campaign in the NCR gets into full swing

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.

DOH now ISO certified

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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