Health and Lifestyle

Seasonal flu kills up to 650,000 people worldwide every year: study

Seasonal flu kills up to 650,000 people worldwide every year: study

December 14, 2017, 2:44 pm

WASHINGTON -- Seasonal flu kills between 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide every year, a new analysis of data from 47 countries suggested Wednesday. The number is higher than the previous estimate of 250,000 to 500,000, according to the study published by the Lancet, which excludes deaths… Read More

Medical society on dengue prevention: Back to basic strategies

Medical society on dengue prevention: Back to basic strategies

December 13, 2017, 12:11 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID), amid the Dengvaxia issue, called on the public to return to the basic strategies on preventing mosquito-borne diseases. "With all these issues, let us not forget the measures we do – surveillance, vector control,… Read More

Dengvaxia did not reach Palawan, assures local health office

Dengvaxia did not reach Palawan, assures local health office

December 11, 2017, 4:15 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- The Department of Health’s (DOH) dengue vaccination program which used the controversial Dengvaxia did not reach Palawan. This was assured Monday morning in a phone interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) by Dr. Peter Hew Curameng, chief of DOH provincial… Read More

More Manileños benefit from Turkish friendship

More Manileños benefit from Turkish friendship

December 9, 2017, 7:17 pm

FREE WHEELCHAIRS. Aside from free medical check-up, Manileños who attended a medical mission conducted by Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), in partnership with Manila City government, receive wheelchairs.MANILA --Thousands of Manileños in Tondo, Manila have… Read More

DOH intensifies rehab efforts in Marawi

DOH intensifies rehab efforts in Marawi

December 9, 2017, 11:15 am

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is stepping up its efforts to help rebuild the war-torn city of Marawi. In a news release issued Friday, the department said that as Marawi enters its seventh week of freedom from the Maute terrorist group, the DOH continues to respond to health challenges… Read More

No letup in fight vs. malaria in Mimaropa

No letup in fight vs. malaria in Mimaropa

December 8, 2017, 5:59 pm

DOH-MIMAROPA Regional Director Eduardo Janairo (left) and Ynna Lauron-Doblado (right) of the Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) hold oversized mosquito models as they visit one of the exhibits during the 9th Malaria Congress held in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on November 29, 2017.… Read More

Global population affected by dementia to triple in 30 years: WHO

Global population affected by dementia to triple in 30 years: WHO

December 8, 2017, 8:46 am

GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday that as the global population ages, the number of people living with dementia is expected to triple by 2050, undermining both social and economic development. Dementia is a general term for several diseases that are mostly progressive,… Read More

PNoy should clarify dengue vaccine mess: Duque

PNoy should clarify dengue vaccine mess: Duque

December 7, 2017, 11:30 pm

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday called on former President Benigno S. Aquino III to come forward and clarify the mass dengue vaccination program that was implemented during his term. In a television interview, Duque said it would be better if Aquino would help shed… Read More

Ubial on continuing the dengue vaccination program: No regrets

Ubial on continuing the dengue vaccination program: No regrets

December 7, 2017, 6:57 pm

MANILA -- Former health secretary, Dr. Paulyn Ubial, broke her silence on Thursday, saying she does not regret continuing the dengue vaccination program. "No regrets. Science is dynamic. We make decisions based on best current available information. If the information today was known then, I would… Read More

QC launches HIV/AIDS awareness campaign for youths

QC launches HIV/AIDS awareness campaign for youths

December 7, 2017, 3:41 pm

MANILA -- The Quezon City government on Wednesday boosted its investment on health as it led the distribution of reference materials on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to the Department of Education (DepEd) QC School Division Office. QC Mayor Herbert Bautista presented the reference… Read More

Those responsible for Dengvaxia mess to be held liable: Duque

Those responsible for Dengvaxia mess to be held liable: Duque

December 6, 2017, 2:57 pm

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has assured that those responsible for the dengue vaccine mess would be held accountable. "Once it is proven that there were information that were not fully disclosed but were factors in these latest developments, someone will surely be held… Read More

DOH relaunches ‘Iwas Paputok’, eyes zero injury from firecrackers

DOH relaunches ‘Iwas Paputok’, eyes zero injury from firecrackers

December 5, 2017, 12:53 pm

MANILA -- Various government agencies led by the Department of Health (DOH) and private groups on Monday relaunched “Oplan: Iwas Paputok” in the hope of achieving zero firecracker-related injury this coming New Year. DOH Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo took the opportunity to remind the public… Read More

Sanofi Pasteur vows to cooperate on 'Dengvaxia' review

Sanofi Pasteur vows to cooperate on 'Dengvaxia' review

December 4, 2017, 6:23 pm

MANILA -- Sanofi Pasteur on Monday assured its full support to the progress of the review that will be done by experts and the Department of Health (DOH) on Dengvaxia and in the delivery of proper information campaign on dengue vaccine especially in areas where the vaccination was carried out. "Sa… Read More

DOH puts on hold dengue vaccination program

DOH puts on hold dengue vaccination program

December 2, 2017, 12:33 am

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday announced that it was putting on hold its dengue vaccination program until experts are able to review new developments on the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine. This developed after DOH on Nov. 29, received an information from Dengvaxia manufacturer,… Read More

Close to 2,000 new HIV cases in July-Aug. 2017

Close to 2,000 new HIV cases in July-Aug. 2017

November 30, 2017, 12:51 pm

MANILA – A total of 1,962 people, mostly male, were found to be infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in July and August this year, the Department of Health’s (DOH) Epidemiology Bureau reported. Of the figure, 858 cases were recorded in July and 1,104 in August, according to the… Read More

DOH targets malaria-free Palawan by 2020

DOH targets malaria-free Palawan by 2020

November 30, 2017, 12:31 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- The Department of Health (DOH)-MIMAROPA is optimistic that the province of Palawan can attain its target of being malaria-free by 2020, said Regional Director Dr. Eduardo Janairo. Janairo, who is in this city for the National Malaria Awareness Day-9th Malaria… Read More

Dengue cases down in Zamboanga

Dengue cases down in Zamboanga

November 29, 2017, 8:09 pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The City Health Office has reported a continued downtrend in dengue cases since August until October this year. City Health Officer Rodelin Agbulos on Wednesday said cases of dengue this year are as follows: August, 185; September, 108; October, 266; and, November, 41. Agbulos… Read More

8 reported leprosy cases in Palawan to be verified

8 reported leprosy cases in Palawan to be verified

November 29, 2017, 7:25 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- Regional health authorities are set to verify new reports of leprosy affecting eight people in a southern Palawan town. DOH-MIMAROPA Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said Wednesday morning that although the report about the affected residents in Rizal town has not… Read More

2,000 indigent Manileños benefit from Turkish govt’s medical mission

2,000 indigent Manileños benefit from Turkish govt’s medical mission

November 29, 2017, 3:58 pm

MANILA – More than 2,000 indigents from Manila’s District 6 have received assistance during a medical mission held by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and the city health department. Saturday’s "TIKAlusugan sa Maynila Medical Mission" was the fourth to be conducted by… Read More

WHO PH seeks stronger rules to increase road safety

WHO PH seeks stronger rules to increase road safety

November 29, 2017, 12:45 pm

MANILA – An official of World Health Organization (WHO) Philippines on Tuesday cited the need to strengthen the country’s road traffic safety system to bring down the number of deaths, injuries and disabilities from road accidents. "To reduce the number of road traffic deaths and injuries, a… Read More