Health and Lifestyle

DOH logs 51,622 dengue cases, up 58% from 2021

MANILA – The country has logged 51,622 dengue cases from January 1 to June 18, 2022, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH noted the figure is 58 percent higher compared to the 32,610 reported cases during the same period last year.Most of the... Read More

Daily average of Covid-19 cases from June 27-July 3 up by 60%

MANILA – The country's daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 60 percent from June 27 to July 3, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 662 per day from June 20 to 26, the number of Covid-19 cases reached 1,057 daily from June 27 to July 3.The latest... Read More

Public warned of rising dengue cases nationwide

MANILA – The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) on Monday warned the public against increasing dengue cases nationwide.The Department of Health (DOH) reported 45,416 dengue cases from January 1 to June 11, 45 percent higher than the 31,320 cases reported during the same period last... Read More

Alert level system metrics revised

MANILA – The two-week positive growth rate from the alert level system has been scrapped in determining the country’s alert level system.In a televised public briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the two-week growth rate "is no longer sensitive to the logging of... Read More

Filipinos should learn to live with Covid-19: DOH

MANILA – Filipinos should learn to live with the coronavirus disease 2019 and transition to a new normal as the eradication of the virus is not feasible, a health official said Wednesday.Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the public would have to rely on vaccines and continue to... Read More

DOH renews call for veto of vape bill

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday called on President Rodrigo Duterte to veto the Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Products Regulation Act or the Vape Bill.The Vape Bill, which has been approved by a congressional bicameral committee, is now an enrolled bill with the Office... Read More

Over 792K Filipinos receive 2nd booster shot

MANILA – More than 792,000 healthcare workers, senior citizens, immunocompromised and persons with comorbidities have received their second booster of Covid-19 vaccine.Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Tuesday about 70.5 million Filipinos are fully vaccinated against Covid-19... Read More

PH detects 63 more cases of 3 Omicron subvariants

MANILA – The country has detected 63 additional cases of three Omicron subvariants -- 50 BA.5, 11 BA.2.12.1 and two BA.4. Of the total BA.5 tally, 38 cases were from Western Visayas, five from the National Capital Region, and seven were returning overseas Filipinos."Isang indibidwal ay fully... Read More

Covid-19 daily cases average for June 20-26 up by 53%

MANILA – The country's daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 53 percent from June 20 to 26, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 436 per day from June 13 to 19, the number of Covid-19 cases reached 662 daily from June 20 to 26.The latest case... Read More

Bulacan guv orders intensified preventive measures vs. dengue

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan – Governor Daniel R. Fernando has ordered intensified preventive measures against dengue due to a significant increase in the number of cases in the province.Data from the Provincial Health Office-Public Health (PHO-PH) showed that the total number of cases of dengue... Read More

Hospital liquidation needed for One Covid allowance disbursement

MANILA – Proper liquidation reports from hospitals are needed for the disbursement of the One Covid allowance (OCA), Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III said Thursday.In a television interview, Duque said the DOH cannot “disburse public funds without proper... Read More

Only 1 out of 5 eligible Filipinos choose to get 1st booster

MANILA – Only one out of five Filipinos eligible for a first booster or around 14.85 million have received the needed third dose of Covid-19 vaccine.The Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday concerned agencies must focus on encouraging more adults to get their first booster shot readily... Read More

Vergeire to head Nat’l Vaccination Operations Center

MANILA – Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire will head the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) as the government transitions to a new administration.In an online media forum, Vergeire confirmed that she was assigned to replace NVOC chair Myrna Cabotaje.The NVOC is mandated... Read More

Immunocompromised 12- to 17-years-old now eligible for boosters

MANILA – Immunocompromised adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old can now receive their booster shots of Covid-19 vaccines, a health official said Wednesday.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said this group include those who are undergoing cancer treatment for... Read More

18M Filipinos suffering from, at risk of fatty liver disease

MANILA – At least 18 million Filipinos are either suffering from or at risk of fatty liver disease, a sickness considered a "silent epidemic."This is one of the alarming pieces of information presented at the recent online press conference titled "Fatty Liver Facts: What You Need to Know About... Read More

PH detects 32 more cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant

MANILA – The country detected 32 additional cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant, a health official said Wednesday.Of the total cases, 21 are from Western Visayas, four from Calabarzon, four from the National Capital Region and three from Central Luzon."Sa mga kaso sa Western Visayas, siyam ay sa... Read More

PH remains low risk for Covid-19 despite increase in new cases

MANILA – The country remains under low risk classification for Covid-19 despite a notable increase in the number of new infections, a health official said Wednesday.Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said 3,198 new cases have been logged from June 14 to 20 nationwide.The country's... Read More

ALS still mystifying disease in 2022

ANKARA – Although the coronavirus pandemic got ahead of all the other diseases over the past two years, there was a time when people took the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014 as part of a fundraising campaign for motor neuron diseases.Yet Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou... Read More

Pfizer Covid-19 booster shots for ages 12-17 approved

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has approved the recommendation of the Health Assessment Technology Council for the administration of Pfizer booster shots for children ages 12-17.In a message to reporters Tuesday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire confirmed the latest... Read More

PH Covid-19 daily case average up by 82%

MANILA – The country's daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 82 percent from June 13 to 19, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 340 per day from June 6 to 12, the number of Covid-19 cases reached 436 daily from June 13 to 19.The latest case... Read More