DOH visits school where school-based dengue immunization program was launched

UNTV News   •   January 12, 2018   •   6107

MANILA, Philippines – It was in April 2016 when the school-based immunization program of the Department of Health (DOH) was launched at Parang Elementary School in Marikina.

Amidst the Dengvaxia controversy, DOH revisited the school to answer questions of parents of children who received the anti-dengue vaccine.

Although it brought about unexpected negative effects, Health Secretary Duque believes many have learned from the scandal.

“What happened was bad, I admit. Maybe in the end, less will have dengue because we are now all conscious,” Duque said.

Meanwhile, the DOH officials also put insecticide-treated nets and ovitraps in schools to serve as protection against dengue

“To reduce the chances that mosquitoes enter classrooms because we know that students stay longer in schools than in their houses,” DOH-NCRPO Dir. Ariel Valencia said.

DOH will continue to visit different schools and communities for its post dengue vaccination advocacy.

Meanwhile, top doctors from UP-PGH continue to study the medical records of 14 children vaccinated with Dengvaxia who later died.

The public attorney’s office also conducted a  forensic examination to know whether the anti-dengue vaccine caused their deaths. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

DOJ to issue immigration lookout bulletin order against Michael Yang

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 14, 2021

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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice will issue an immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) against former presidential adviser Michael Yang on Tuesday, Secretary Menardo Guevarra announced.

This is in response to the request of Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Senator Richard Gordon to place Yang under an immigration watchlist.

Gordon on Monday (September 13) wrote to DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra to seek issuance of an immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) against Yang.

A similar request was previously submitted to the DOJ for former Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Undersecretary Lloyd Christopher Lao and seven others, to which an immigration lookout order had been released.

Yang and Lao are both under probe due to alleged deficiencies in the use of the P67-billion budget for pandemic response under the Department of Health (DOH) which was reflected in the 2020 Commission on Audit (COA) report.

The Blue Ribbon has been investigating the government’s handling of COVID-19 response funds, including the procurement of supposedly “overpriced” face masks and shields. AAC


Phl logs 21,411 new COVID-19 cases; total now at 2,227,367

Maris Federez   •   September 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines recorded 21,411 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 2,227,367, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Sunday.

The recorded new infections also brought the total active COVID-29 cases to 181,951.

Of this number, 86 percent are mild, 9.5 percent are asymptomatic, 0.6 percent are critical, 1.3 percent are severe, and 2.59 percent are moderate.

The DOH also reported that the total number of recoveries stands at 2,010,271 with the addition of 25,049 patients recuperated from the disease.

Meanwhile, 168 new fatalities caused the country’s COVID-19 death toll to climb to 35,145.

The DOH reported that 65 duplicates were removed from the overall case tally including 57 recoveries and one death.

After final validation, 58 cases that were initially tagged as recoveries, were reclassified as deaths.

Five laboratories were not able to submit data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System, the DOH said. —/mbmf

Over Php 14B benefits for HCWs disbursed in tranches — DOH

Maris Federez   •   September 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Over Php14 billion worth of benefits have been disbursed to healthcare workers (HCW) in two tranches, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

In a statement released Sunday (Sept. 5), the DOH reported that, as of September 3, Php14.3 billion worth of benefits for healthcare workers has been disbursed covering the period of September 15 to December 19, 2020 (Period 1) and December 20, 2020 to June 30, 2021 (Period 2).

For Period 1, the health department said Php6.4 billion has been disbursed to HCWs. This covers active hazard duty pay for 384,159 healthcare workers and special risk allowance (SRA) for 306,314 HCWs.

Meanwhile, 103,096 HCWs received meals, accommodation, and transportation allowances worth Php 990.9 million.

For Period 2, Php6.9 billion worth of SRA was disbursed to 379,117 healthcare workers.

Under the same period, 32,281 healthcare workers were covered with life insurance worth Php16 million.

The DOH also reported that Php 570 million worth of checks has also been released to 24,034 healthcare workers as COVID-19 sickness and death compensation.

The DOH said HCWs from both public and private health facilities catering to COVID-19 patients are beneficiaries of these benefits.

“Maliwanag sa amin ang sakripisyo ng mga medical frontliners. Within the DOH family includes 72 hospitals with more than ten thousand medical frontliners. They, like many others, put their lives at risk every day in order to serve patients from all over the country and from all walks of life,” Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said in the statement.

“Kaya sinisiguro namin na maibigay ang benepisyo sa pinakamaagang panahon, at ipaglalaban talaga namin ang budget para sa patuloy na pagkakaroon nitong mga benepisyo sa susunod na taon,” he added.

The funds for the said benefits were downloaded to the health facilities as stated in the Memorandum of Understanding between them and the DOH-Centers for Health Development (CHD).

The health facilities are then responsible for disbursing these to the employees and submitting a liquidation report thereafter.


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