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MERS-CoV scare: Search for 174 passengers intensified

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Passengers walk past a thermal scanner at the medical quarantine area at the arrival section of Manila’s International Airport in Paranaque. AP FILE PHOTO

Health authorities have opened a Facebook account, bought newspaper ad space for the names of 174 out of the 415 passengers of a flight from the Middle East who had yet to submit themselves as of Monday to nose-and-throat swab test for a deadly virus and enlisted the help of the police in tracing them.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Initial batch of Etihad passengers tested negative for MERS-CoV

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Passengers walk past a thermal scanner at the medical quarantine area at the arrival section of Manila's International Airport in Paranaque, south of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Health on Monday announced that the initial batch of passengers of Etihad Airlines flight EY 0424 tested negative for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Corona Virus (MERS-CoV).

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PNP may use ‘reasonable force’ against Etihad passengers refusing medical test

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Passengers walk past a thermal scanner at the medical quarantine area at the arrival section of Manila's International Airport in Paranaque, south of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

If one of the passengers of Etihad Airlines flight EY0424 refuses to be examined for possible infection of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV), the police could use “reasonable force.”

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Etihad Airlines passengers who have yet to test for MERS-CoV

Passengers walk past the medical quarantine area showing information sheets for the Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus at the arrival section of Manila’s International Airport in Paranaque, south of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

Please coordinate with the Department of Health to be tested for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome –Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) through the following 24-hour hotlines: 711-1001; 711-1002; 0922-884-1564; 0920-949-8419; at 0915-772-5621.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DOH asks co-passengers of OFW carrier to test for MERS-CoV

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Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona, shows how the thermal scanner of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 3 works by detecting high temperature from a passenger on Wednesday. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE/PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER

The Department of Health (DOH) is asking passengers of Etihad Airways flight EY 0424 last April 15 to contact the agency and report their condition after one of their fellow travelers tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DOH issues official statement on confirmed case of MERS-CoV

Saudi medical staff leave the emergency department at a hospital in the center of the Saudi capital Riyadh on April 8, 2014. The health ministry reported four more MERS cases in Jeddah, two of them among health workers, prompting authorities to close the emergency department at the city's King Fahd Hospital.      AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE

“An OFW who had contact with the OFW who died of MERS-CoV in United Arab Emirates arrived in the country yesterday (Tuesday). He tested positive on the nose swab examination in UAE but completely no symptoms. The Embassy of the Philippines in UAE informed DOH and DFA immediately of the results.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Avoid whipping, nailing to cross, advises DOH

Health Secretary Enrique Ona. FILE PHOTO

The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday urged penitents to practice other forms of atonement other than whipping themselves bloody and nailing themselves to crosses as part of their Lenten rituals and sacrifice, saying these practices may cause serious health problems.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Dengue cases sharply down but ‘biters’ keep DOH busy

The number of reported dengue cases in Metro Manila in the first quarter of the year reflected a 41-percent drop from that of the same period in 2013, Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

It’s raining condoms, DOH flyers in QC

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Going to a spa or a videoke bar in Quezon City? Chances are, you’ll be encouraged to “rubberize.” As part of its campaign against HIV/AIDS, the Department of Health’s National Capital Region office is “flooding” massage parlors, nightclubs and KTV bars with two items that promote safe sex: Free condoms and information flyers.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Lawmakers slam gov’t for selling state hospitals

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The Philippine Orthopedic Center  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Two lawmakers are speaking out against the sale of state-owned hospitals to private companies, the latest of which is the P5.69-billion buy-out by the Megawide-World Citi Consortium of the Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC).

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Warning raised vs rising temps

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Health Secretary Enrique Ona. FILE PHOTO

With temperatures starting to rise, the Department of Health (DOH) has cautioned the public about heat stroke and other diseases commonly acquired during summer.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DOH appeals for media responsibility amid flesh-eating disease hoax

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The Department of Health on Wednesday reminded media to be responsible in their reports after news of a “mysterious” flesh-eating disease spread in Pangasinan.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

DOH chief: Don’t panic over ‘flesh-eating disease’

Health Secretary Enrique Ona. FILE PHOTO

Health Secretary Enrique Ona urged the public not to panic over a supposed “flesh-eating” skin disease in Pangasinan.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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