15 more HIV cases recorded in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 June) — Fifteen more residents of South Cotabato province have tested positive of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), bringing the total incidence in the… »

Region 12’s RDC seeking intervention on rising HIV cases

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 12 is seeking the national government’s intervention over the rising incidence of the human immunodeficiency… »

SouthCot gets P1M grant from DOH for success in fight vs filariasis

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) – The Department of Health (DOH) has released a P1-million grant to South Cotabato province as incentive for the area’s declaration as filariasis-free… »

DOH-XI urges public to avoid salty foods, ‘junk’ to prevent kidney diseases

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 June) – The Department of Health (DOH) in the region called on the public Monday to take care of their kidneys by avoiding salty foods. Dr. Maria… »

GenSan offers mobile HIV testing

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 May) — Health personnel here will offer mobile testing services for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as part of the nationwide drive set by the Department… »

3 Davao del Sur LGUs to receive high impact breakthrough projects from DOH

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 May) – Three Davao del Sur local government units (LGUs) — Digos City and the towns of Magsaysay and Hagonoy — will be beneficiaries of high impact… »

DOH wants to include malaria measures in CCT program

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Apr) – The Department of Health is considering the inclusion of malaria measures into the conditionalities of its partnership with the Department of Social Welfare… »

DOH releases P4.8M grant to Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – The Department of Health (DOH) has released a P4.8-million grant to Sarangani Province to assist the medical needs of poor residents in… »

53 HIV cases documented in Caraga in 2014 – DOH

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 March) – The Department of Health in Caraga Region has recorded at least 53 cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in 2014. The DOH said… »

DOH okays P70M for hospital upgrading in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 February) — The Department of Health (DOH) has approved the release of around P70 million in grants for the expansion and upgrading of two hospitals in… »

GenSan pours P73-M to upgrade hospital facilities

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 February) — The city government has released around P73 million for the continuing expansion and upgrading of various vital facilities at the city hospital. Dr. Benjamin… »

100 scholarships for IPs in Davao City available

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/7 February)—At least 100 scholarship slots are available for indigenous peoples (IPs) from the departments of Social Welfare and Development, Agriculture and Health and from the National Commission… »

P120-K worth of illegal firecrackers, pyrotechnics seized

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 31 December) — Police personnel seized around P120,000 worth of illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnics in a series of operations Tuesday afternoon in Polomolok town in… »

DOH-12 wants zero casualty to firecrackers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 Nov) – Health authorities in Region 12 are targeting to achieve zero casualty rate in terms of firecracker-related injuries in the coming Christmas and… »

DOH eyes rabies-free Philippines by 2016

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 October) — The Department of Health aims to eliminate rabies nationwide by 2016 instead of 2020, following a directive from Health Secretary Enrique Ona who said the… »

871,848 children immunized against measles, polio in Region 9

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 15 Oct) – The Department of Health (DOH) has immunized 871,848 children aged zero to five years old here in Region-IX during the month-long mass immunization… »

SouthCot opens new hospital in Surallah in August

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) — After nearly a year of delay due to funding problems, the provincial government of South Cotabato is targeting to finally open by… »

DOH plans P100-M upgrade for provincial hospital in Koronadal

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — The Department of Health (DOH) is planning to pour in as much as P100 million for the expansion and upgrading within the next two… »

SouthCot gov’t wants DOH to manage new hospital

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 June)– The provincial government of South Cotabato is set to forge an agreement with the Department of Health (DOH) for the full transfer to the agency… »

DOH-12 seeks help from US, Japan laboratories on horse meat deaths

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 14 May) – The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 12 has sought the assistance of laboratories in the United States and Japan to determine… »

DOH builds P270M 100-bed capacity hospital in Zambo Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 8 May) – The Department of Health (DOH) is constructing a P270-million medical center in the Zamboanga Sibugay province. Zamboanga Sibugay information officer Roel Paloma said… »

Anti-malaria nets used for fishing and farming, DOH laments

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 April) – A Department of Health official in Region 11 has reported that some of those who received mosquito nets treated with chemicals against malaria… »

DOH allots P75M to help construct Sarangani hospital

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 April) – The Department of Health has allocated an additional P75 million next year to augment the ongoing construction and development of the Sarangani… »

Death from rabies: 9 in first quarter

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 April) — Health personnel in Region 12 have recorded nine suspected deaths due to rabies in the first three months of the year. Dr. Teogenes Baluma,… »

OFWs from UAE quarantined in GenSan, Sarangani for possible MERS infection

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 April) – Two residents from this city and one from Sarangani province who were on the Etihad Airlines flight carrying a passenger who initially… »

Davao’s health centers get P80M from DOH

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 2 April) – Fourteen of the city’s sixteen district health centers will get P80-million worth of upgrades to improve their primary health care packages courtesy of… »

Davao City tops dengue incidence in Region 11

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 March)- This city posted the most number of dengue cases in the Davao Region last year, a Department of Health (DOH) official said. Engr. Antonieta Ebol, DOH… »

GenSan bracing for measles outbreak

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 March)– Health authorities here are bracing for a possible measles outbreak as suspected cases of the highly contagious viral disease in the area have continued to… »

GenSan intensifies campaign vs rabies

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 Jan) – Health personnel here have stepped up their awareness campaign on the deadly rabies infection in the wake of the rising cases of… »

Measles cases shoot up in Davao, Bukidnon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Jan) – Seventeen individuals tested positive for measles in the Davao Region last December, while Bukidnon also reported six suspected cases among children admitted in… »

DOH-12 to expand measles immunization program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 9 Jan) – The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 12 is planning to expand the coverage this year of its continuing measles immunization program… »

Firecrackers injure 31 in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 December) — The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 12 has stepped up its campaign against the use of firecrackers and fireworks in the upcoming New… »

Hospitals in Region 12 on ‘white alert’ for holiday season

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/20 December)– The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 12 and all government and private hospitals in the region will be on code white alert beginning Saturday in… »

713 HIV/AIDS cases in Davao since 1984

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 Dec.) — The city has recorded 713 cases of human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in the past 30 years, according to the National… »

Makeshift Clinic

A medical team from the Department of Health-Region 10 headed by Dr. Cheryl Balane sets up clinic in a typhoon-damaged community stage in Barangay Palarao in the municipality of Leyte,… »

SouthCot seeking P60M more to finish hospital annex

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 7 Nov) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is seeking an additional grant of P60 million from the Department of Health (DOH) to facilitate… »

Zambo intensifies anti-dengue campaign as death toll hits 22

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/11 July) –The local health office continues to intensify its anti-dengue campaign as cases rose in the first half of this year to 1,966, with 22 deaths, an… »

SouthCot to be free of malaria, filariasis by year’s end – DOH

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 June) – The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 12 is pushing for the declaration of South Cotabato province before yearend as among the… »

Bukidnon lists dengue as 2013 top health agenda

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/12 June)— The Bukidnon Provincial Health Office (PHO) considered dengue as a top priority health agenda in 2013, especially because the number of cases is expected to rise… »

Poor, elderly in Region 12 to get free flu, pneumonia vaccines

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 June) – Around 53,000 poor elderly residents in Region 12 are set to receive free immunization services for influenza and pneumonia from the Department… »

No disease outbreak in typhoon-hit areas — DOH-11

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 5 January) — The concerted efforts of the Department of Health-Region 11 (DOH-11), local government units and non-government organizations have prevented any disease outbreak in areas affected… »

Zambo New Year revelry injuries: stray bullets, 3; firecrackers, 40

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 3 Jan) – The City Health Office here has so far recorded three injuries caused by stray bullets and 40 more from firecrackers during the revelries… »

With rising injuries, DOH-12 warns anew against use of firecrackers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 December)– The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 12 or the Soccsksargen Region cautioned anew residents against the use of firecrackers and related materials as the… »

City health office says HIV infection in GenSan rising

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 October) — The incidence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV infection here has continued to increase in the last several months, with at least a positive… »

DOH to manufacture 2 more herbal drugs next year

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 20 October) – The Department of Health’s drug-making unit would begin manufacturing two more herbal drugs from the list of 10 certified herbal plants in the country.… »

DOH OKs regional drug rehab center in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 October)– The Department of Health (DOH) has endorsed for implementation the proposed development of a drug rehabilitation center for Region 12 or the Soccsksargen Region in… »

Campaign for breastfeeding heightened

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 July) – Although 86 percent of mothers in Region XI breastfeed their newborn babies, the percentage is declining as the months progress, according to Terry Cungson, regional… »

Kidapwan City: Tigdas Vaccination

A child grimaces in pain as a health worker administers an anti-measles vaccine shot in Kidapawan City. MindaNews photo by Geonarri Solmerano

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