Health and Lifestyle

Daily average of new Covid-19 cases down by 25%

MANILA – The country’s daily average of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases declined by 25 percent from July 31 to Aug. 6, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.In its latest case bulletin, the agency recorded 140 daily infections, a decline of 46 cases from the 186... Read More

P25-M health care hub to benefit 18.6K families in Albay town

LEGAZPI CITY – Some 18,580 families are expected to benefit from a PHP24.9-million centralized health care facility that will be established in Libon, Albay by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Bicol under its Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and... Read More

Screen time may cause eye problems among kids: expert

MANILA – Eye problems among children could be affected by "sedentary screen time", an activity described by the World Health Organization (WHO) done in front of a screen, such as television, computer, mobile phones and other gadgets."Minsan ang mga bata buong araw nasa screen, pero huwag natin... Read More

DOH logs 2 new cases of EG.5 Omicron subvariant

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has detected two more cases of the EG.5 Omicron subvariant of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).In its latest Covid-19 biosurveillance report on Friday, the EG.5 cases were among the 767 samples sequenced by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine... Read More

85K dengue cases logged this year so far; weekly tally rising

MANILA– The country has recorded a total of 85,692 dengue cases from Jan. 1 to July 22, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.The DOH noted that the tally is 19 percent lower than the 106,517 cases reported during the same period in 2022, but dengue cases are increasing since the first... Read More

Dengue on a downtrend in Central Visayas

CEBU CITY – Erratic weather conditions that bring about alternating cold and warm temperatures have contributed to a decrease in dengue cases in Central Visayas, a health official said on Tuesday.Dr. Ronald Jarvik Buscato, program manager of the Department of Health-Central Visayas... Read More

Solon calls for early breast cancer detection programs

MANILA – Deputy Speaker and Las Piñas Rep. Camille Villar on Tuesday reiterated her call for the government to intensify its early detection programs, and promote easier access to preventive screening against breast cancer to save the lives of Filipino women.“With the alarming... Read More

No Pfizer bivalent jabs yet in PH market: DOH

MANILA – Pfizer bivalent vaccine doses for the coronavirus disease 2019 have yet to become available in the local market, the Department of Health (DOH) announced on Tuesday.In a statement, the DOH said it has not received any application from pharmacies that intend to store the bivalent jabs... Read More

UNICEF, ILO seek employers’ support for breastfeeding women

MANILA – In commemoration of World Breastfeeding Week, international organizations on Tuesday urged employers in the Philippines to give more importance to breastfeeding women.In a statement, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the International Labour... Read More

Typhoon victims in Northern Luzon to get more meds, hygiene kits

LAOAG CITY – More cough and cold medications, pain relievers, vitamins, and salbutamol inhalers, among other medicines, will be distributed to typhoon-hit areas in the Ilocos Region.In response to the call of Senator Imee R. Marcos, Regional Director Paula Paz Sydiongco of the Department of... Read More

PH logs 65% rise in leptospirosis cases

MANILA–A total of 1,699 leptospirosis cases have been recorded nationwide from Jan. 1 toJune 17this year, a 65 percent increase from the1,029 cases during the same period in 2022.In an update, the Department of Health (DOH) said that from June 18 to July 1 this year, the Philippines has logged... Read More

PH daily average of new Covid-19 cases down by 22%

MANILA – The country’s daily average of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases declined by 22 percent from July 24 to 30, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.In its latest case bulletin, the agency recorded 186 daily infections, a decline of 53 cases from the 239... Read More

Nearly 300 dengue deaths recorded so far this year - DOH

MANILA – The country has recorded 299 dengue deaths from Jan. 1 to July 15 this year out of the total 80,318 cases.The Department of Health (DOH) said that 39 or 13 percent of these deaths had dengue without warning signs."Continuous increase in dengue cases was observed since morbidity week... Read More

Thousands get free medical services via church's missions

MARIKINA CITY– Almost 10,000 people from different areas around the country benefited from free medical services extended by a Christian church this month.The Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ-(PMCC)-4th Watch, through its Dalaw Kalinga Foundation, administered medical, dental, and... Read More

Dirty drinking water kills 3, downs 57 in Albay town

LEGAZPI CITY – A senior citizen, a woman and a four-year-old girl died while 57 individuals from Barangays Manila and Gaba in Rapu-Rapu town, Albay province were hospitalized due to diarrhea traced to unsafe drinking water, the Albay Provincial Health Office (PHO) said on Thursday.In an... Read More

DOH assures distribution of Covid-19 allowance for HCWs

MANILA – Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa on Tuesday said the Department of Health (DOH) is working on a more efficient way to distribute the Covid-19 health emergency allowance to concerned healthcare workers (HCWs)."I talked to the DBM (Department of Budget and Management) Secretary about... Read More

WHO probes uptick in Palawan malaria cases

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan – The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern over an apparent surge in malaria cases in this city and other parts of Palawan province.Mayor Lucilo Bayron said Monday a WHO delegation has visited the city to assess the reported outbreak, accompanied by... Read More

Hand hygiene, simplest way to avoid infection: expert

MANILA – Healthcare workers and patients in hospitals are prone to infections and they can be best protected by basic hand hygiene.In a media Kapihan forum on Friday, National Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Program manager Dr. Charmaine Louise Lozada said basic hand hygiene involves... Read More

DOH-CAR targets 26K kids for vax vs. measles, other diseases

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Health in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) continues to exert efforts to inoculate 26,000 children who have not received basic vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles."May hinahanap kami na mga 26,000 dito sa Cordillera na... Read More

Rehabilitation increases injury patients' quality of life: expert

MANILA – Therapy, which is part of rehabilitation medicine, plays an important role in increasing the quality of life of patients suffering from injuries to their musculoskeletal, nervous and cardiopulomonary systems.Rehabilitation medicine is a branch of medicine that aims to enhance,... Read More