The Department of Health, represented by Health Secretary Enrique Ona and Undersecretary Janette Garin, today received donated 100,000 doses of vaccines against pneumonia from global pharmaceutical company MSD and international non-profit organization Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere). MSD is led by Mr. Jacques Cholat, Vice President for Regional Marketing, Global Commercial Vaccines together with Project HOPE’s Philippine Country Representative, Dr. Nasaruddin Sheldon. The said vaccines would be distributed by the DOH to Filipinos in affected provinces of the Visayas Region, namely Cebu, Leyte and Capiz. (13 February 2014)
The Department of Health (DOH) today reported that approximately P1.4 billion will be needed to repair health facilities damaged by typhoon Yolanda and also to prevent spread of diseases, including maintenance medications for hypertension, heart diseases, and diabetes.
Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona disclosed that 432 health facilities were damaged in MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas. Mostly damaged were barangay health stations (296), rural health units (97), hospitals (38) and the DOH Eastern Visayas regional office. Total damages were estimated at P1.17 billion.