Health and Lifestyle

Senator urges next admin to address stunting among kids

MANILA – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is urging the next administration to address stunting among Filipino children, which has long-term consequences on their growth and development.Gatchalian made this call as the outgoing Duterte administration seeks a USD178.1-million loan from the World Bank... Read More

DOH to build P10-M health center in Naga City

NAGA CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) will build a health center in Barangay Concepcion Pequeña here that will allow the government agency’s Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) to work in the city.Called the Naga City Super Health Center (NCSHC), the project, once... Read More

Private hospitals want NCR to remain under Alert Level 1

MANILA – The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAPI) is in favor of the National Capital Region (NCR) remaining under Alert Level 1 status until June 30.In a televised public briefing, PHAPi president Dr. Jose Rene de Grano said the hospital utilization rate of Covid-19 cases... Read More

Private hospitals group recommends Herbosa as next health chief

MANILA – A group of private hospitals recommended to the incoming administration National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 medical adviser Dr. Ted Herbosa as the next health secretary.“Hopefully, siya po ang tanggapin ni President-elect [Ferdinand "Bongbong"] Marcos na siya pong gawing... Read More

NCR still 'low risk' for Covid-19: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday the National Capital Region (NCR) is still under low-risk classification for Covid-19 as of June 16.This, after the OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said NCR is under moderate risk based on their metrics.“Based on our... Read More

Over 420K get 2nd Covid-19 booster shot

MANILA – Over 425,000 individuals have received their second booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine, a health official said Friday.Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said almost 14.5 million individuals have an up-to-date vaccination or have received their first booster shot while 69.7... Read More

NCR hospitals see increase in non-Covid-19 cases

MANILA – Hospital admissions of non-coronavirus cases have increased in the National Capital Region (NCR), the National Patient Navigation and Referral Center (NPNRC) said Friday.NPNRC, formerly known as One Hospital Command, refers Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients to their local hospitals... Read More

NegOr logs 3rd dengue death as cases continue to rise

DUMAGUETE CITY – Negros Oriental recorded its third death this year due to dengue as cases of the infectious viral disease continue to rise amid what is tagged as an “epidemic” season.Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion said Friday the latest weekly reporting... Read More

Chikungunya cases 169% higher than 2021

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday said the country has recorded a 169 percent increase in cases of mosquito-borne chikungunya fever from January 1 to May 21, 2022.In a statement, the DOH said 43 chikungunya cases were reported during the first five months -- 27 cases higher... Read More

DOH reiterates face masks protect vs. Covid, other infections

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reminded the public that wearing the best fitting face mask keeps Covid-19 cases low despite detection of new subvariants.This, after reports said wearing of face mask outdoors is now optional in Cebu province except when a person has... Read More

WHO warns of 'real' monkeypox risk, Covid-19 pandemic 'not over'

GENEVA – There is a “real” risk of monkeypox becoming established in non-endemic countries, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday, while also reiterating that the Covid-19 pandemic “is not over.”“More than 1,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox have now... Read More

DOH says rising dengue cases in C. Visayas now 'cause of concern'

CEBU CITY – The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) on Tuesday said the rise in dengue cases in the region is now a “cause of concern” amid the rainy season.Dr. Jaime Bernadas, DOH-7 regional director, said the figures showed a pattern that a dengue outbreak occurred... Read More

PH detects 3 additional cases of Omicron subvariant BA.5

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has detected three new cases of Omicron subvariant BA.5 in its latest sequencing run.In an online media forum Tuesday, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said two of the cases are from Region 4-A (Calabarzon) while the address of the other case is... Read More

NCR Covid-19 cases see slight increase: DOH

MANILA – A slight increase in Covid-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) is recorded starting mid-May while infections in other areas decreased, a health official said Tuesday.In an online media forum, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire noted that... Read More

PH Covid-19 cases daily average for May 30-June 5 down by 1.4%

MANILA – The country's daily average of Covid-19 cases went down to 185 from May 30 to June 5, or 1.4 percent lower than the previous week, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.Cases averaged 188 per day from May 23 to 29.The latest case bulletin of the DOH showed that there are... Read More

Inhalation of volcanic ash may cause pneumoconiosis: expert

MANILA – Inhalation of volcanic ash may cause pneumoconiosis, or a collection of lung diseases caused by breathing in certain types of dust particles, an infectious diseases expert said Monday.In a televised public briefing, Department of Health Technical Advisory Group member Dr. Edsel... Read More

DOH warns of leptospirosis this rainy season

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) 8 (Eastern Visayas) has warned that frequent rainfall could trigger a rise in cases of leptospirosis, an illness that has killed eight residents in the region this year.DOH-8 information officer Jelyn Lopez-Malibago said Friday the rain may cause... Read More

DOH steps up fight vs. dengue as cases soar in Cordillera

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) called on residents here to properly dispose of soft drink bottle caps to deny mosquitos from breeding places."Hindi natin pinapansin masyado ang tansan at maliliit na takip pero breeding ground pa rin sila ng lamok (We often disregard tin covers... Read More

DOH reports rise in NegOr's dengue cases

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) - Negros Oriental has recorded an increase in dengue cases in the province since early May amid the onset of the rainy season, the easing of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) restrictions, and the opening of borders.In an interview, DOH-Negros... Read More

Covid-19 safety protocols apply vs. monkeypox: Baguio doc

BAGUIO CITY – Residents here are urged to continue observing the health and safety protocols against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as the same measures would protect a person against monkeypox. Dr. Bernard Demot, chief of the Molecular Laboratory Service at the Department of... Read More