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Gov’t puts trash traps, warns ‘esteroristas’ in Pasig River

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TRASH TRAP. Instead of catching fish, this net traps garbage in the San Juan River. Photo by Ralf Rivas/Rappler

The problem begins in waterways such as the San Juan River, now the most polluted in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines – To stop trash from flowing into the Pasig River, a government agency placed “trash traps” in areas traversed by this body of water, as it threatened to impose sanctions against “esteroristas.” Continue reading Gov’t puts trash traps, warns ‘esteroristas’ in Pasig River

Mayon Volcano spews debris, hot gases

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PYROCLASTIC FLOW. A view of the pyroclastic flow on the slopes of Mayon Volcano on January 15, 2018. Photo courtesy of Phivolcs

The volcano in Albay is under Alert Level 3, which means a ‘hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days’

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 16, 2018) — A pyroclastic flow was spotted at the Mayon Volcano in Albay on Monday morning, January 15, as areas around the volcano remain on high alert for a possible major eruption. Continue reading Mayon Volcano spews debris, hot gases

UP-PGH to review deaths of 14 kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia

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HEALTH OFFICIALS. DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo, Secretary Francisco Duque III, and Undersecretary Mario Villaverde answer questions during a media forum on January 5, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

If deaths or disease come to children who have gotten the dengue vaccine since March 2016, the health department asks parents to report the cases to UP-PGH

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 6, 2018) — A panel of top doctors from the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) is set to review the deaths of 14 children who had received the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine. Continue reading UP-PGH to review deaths of 14 kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia

DOH won’t file cases over Dengvaxia issue, will focus on kids’ safety

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INFO CAMPAIGN. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III holds up a sample poster on Dengvaxia FAQs that will be put up in schools. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III leaves it up the DOJ, the NBI, and non-governmental groups to go after Aquino administration officials and Sanofi Pasteur

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 5, 2018) — Don’t expect the Department of Health (DOH) to file any cases against officials who should be held accountable for the now-suspended dengue vaccination program. Continue reading DOH won’t file cases over Dengvaxia issue, will focus on kids’ safety

FDA suspends Dengvaxia sale for a year, fines Sanofi P100,000

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RISKY VACCINE. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the Department of Health on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sanofi is punished for failing to comply with post-marketing authorization requirements for its controversial dengue vaccine

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 5, 2018) — Troubles continue for French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur as the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suspended its sale of the controversial Dengvaxia dengue vaccine for a year. Continue reading FDA suspends Dengvaxia sale for a year, fines Sanofi P100,000

Flooding hits Albay due to heavy rain

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WIDESPREAD FLOODING. Waist to neck-deep flood engulfs parts of Legazpi City, prompting the city government to suspend classes in all levels on Wednesday afternoon, January 3. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara orders evacuation of families living in areas vulnerable to landslides and flooding

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 3, 2018) — Torrential rain brought by Tropical Storm Agaton, aggravated by the tail-end of the cold front, caused flooding in low-lying areas of Albay province. Continue reading Flooding hits Albay due to heavy rain

FDA orders market pullout of Dengvaxia vaccine

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STOP THE SALE. A health worker shows used vials of Dengvaxia administered to students in Manila before Sanofi gave an update that the vaccine is risky for those who had no prior infection. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The drug regulatory agency also directs pharma giant Sanofi to ‘conduct an information dissemination campaign through advisories, Dear Doctor letters, and patient fora’

MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 5, 2017) — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday night, December 4, ordered the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur to pull out its Dengvaxia vaccine from the market, “pending compliance with the directives of the FDA.” Continue reading FDA orders market pullout of Dengvaxia vaccine

Sanofi can’t trace individuals at risk, but continues to monitor Dengvaxia recipients

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RISK. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Will Sanofi shoulder the costs of individuals who might contract severe dengue after receiving the vaccine? The company only says it is collaborating with the Department of Health

MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 4, 2017) — French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur said on Monday, December 4, there is no way of tracing who among the over 700,000 Filipino youth given the Dengvaxia vaccine are at risk from contracting severe dengue. Continue reading Sanofi can’t trace individuals at risk, but continues to monitor Dengvaxia recipients

Paris climate deal bound to fail with current commitments

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STEP UP EFFORTS. In this file photo, negotiators await the final announcement during the COP21 in Paris, France in 2015. Photo by Arnaud Bouissou/MEDDE

With the current emission reduction targets set us on a pathway to 2.7-3.1 degrees Celsius, the report illustrates the urgent need for country leaders to step up their efforts to reach the targets set in the Paris climate agreement

MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 3, 2017) — The climate battle is an uphill trek. With our current commitments to reduce our carbon emissions, we are not on track to achieve the principal aim of the Paris climate agreement: keeping global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, while pursuing 1.5 degrees Celsius. Continue reading Paris climate deal bound to fail with current commitments

Why climate change is one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century

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HEALTH. Studies show that climate change can undo more than 50 years of gains in global health and development work.

The roles and responsibilities of health professionals go way beyond treating diseases

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 23, 2017) — What makes climate change one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century? Continue reading Why climate change is one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century