Health and Lifestyle

Northern Samar ramps up fight vs. HIV/AIDS

TACLOBAN CITY – Northern Samar is stepping up its drive against human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) to rid the province of the illness.Northern Samar provincial information officer John Allen Berbon said in a phone interview Thursday the local... Read More

Eastern Visayas records 1.3K HIV/AIDS cases in nearly 4 decades

TACLOBAN CITY – Cases of human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Eastern Visayas have reached 1,399 in the past 38 years, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Wednesday.About 92 of those infected have died, Department of Health Eastern Visayas... Read More

DOH-8 pushes fogging to curb rising dengue cases

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) in Eastern Visayas has expressed support for fogging activities to combat the rising cases of dengue fever in the region.DOH regional information officer Jelyn Lopez-Malibago said fogging is highly recommended in communities with high cases of the... Read More

Dengue cases in Central Luzon down by 64%

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The number of dengue cases in Central Luzon for the first four months of the year is 64 percent lower compared to the same period in 2021.Based on the report of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, there are 3,360 dengue cases from January 1 to May... Read More

Over 750K infants inoculated vs. vaccine-preventable diseases

MANILA – More than 750,00 infants aged 0 up to 23 months old have been vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) in April, a health official said Tuesday.In April, the Department of Health (DOH) launched the Chikiting Bakunation Days in 36 areas nationwide.It aims to reach at... Read More

321 die daily in PH due to tobacco-related diseases

MANILA – The Philippines has a daily average death of 321 due to tobacco-related diseases, according to the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP).Worldwide, tobacco kills more than 8 million each year, according to the World Health Organization. More than 7 million of those deaths are due to... Read More

DOH awaits WHO recommendation on Moderna use for ages 6-11

MANILA – The Department of Health is awaiting the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the use of Moderna Covid-19 vaccines for children ages 6 to 11 years old.On May 20, the Food and Drug Administration granted an amendment to the emergency use authorization of Moderna... Read More

Over 40M due for Covid-19 booster dose: DOH

MANILA – More than 40 million individuals are due to receive their booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines, a health official said Tuesday.In an online media forum, the Department of Health - Health Promotion Bureau Director Beverly Ho said over 14 million have received their booster shots while... Read More

PH detects 5 new Omicron subvariant cases in W. Visayas

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has detected five new cases of Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 in Western Visayas in its latest sequencing run.In an online media forum Tuesday, DOH - Health Promotion Bureau Director Beverly Ho said three of the cases are returning overseas Filipinos from... Read More

NCR, rest of Luzon show slow uptick in Covid-19 cases: DOH

MANILA – The National Capital Region (NCR), its neighboring provinces and the rest of Luzon show a slow uptick in Covid-19 cases in mid-May 2022, a health official said Tuesday.In an online media forum, Department of Health - Health Promotion Bureau Director Beverly Ho noted that the so-called... Read More

Legazpi City-run hospital to double bed capacity by July

LEGAZPI CITY – The Legazpi City Hospital (LCH) which is owned and operated by the local government unit (LGU) here will increase its bed capacity by more than 100 percent starting July this year.Mayor Noel Rosal said in an interview on Tuesday, LCH is accepting up to 25 patients at its full... Read More

Legazpi revives search for smoke-free compliant establishments

LEGAZPI CITY – Maintaining the image of Legazpi as a smoke-free environment, the City Health Office (CHO) here on Monday said it will soon start the search for outstanding establishments with regard to the implementation of the health ordinance.In a press conference, Dr. Fulbert Alec Gillego,... Read More

Jan-May dengue cases 6% lower than 2021

MANILA – The number of dengue cases reported from January 1 to May 7 this year is 6 percent lower compared to the figures in the same period last year.In a statement, the Department of Health (DOH) said its Epidemiology Bureau (EB) recorded 25,268 dengue cases from January 1 to May 7 this... Read More

NCR sees increase in Covid reproduction rate; remains at low-risk

MANILA – The National Capital Region’s reproduction rate has increased to 1.08 in the recent week but the area remains under low risk classification for Covid-19, the OCTA Research Group said Monday.Reproduction number is the number of individuals a Covid-19 case could infect.NCR’s... Read More

PH hospitals prepare for monkeypox outbreak

MANILA–Hospitals in the Philippines are preparing for a possible outbreak of monkeypox in the country.President of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PHAPI) Rene Jose de Grano said on Saturday that although no case has so far been reported in the Philippines, their... Read More

Hospitals ready for monkeypox cases: DOH

MANILA – The country’s healthcare system is ready to handle monkeypox virus cases, a health official said Friday.In a televised public briefing, Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said the Department of Health (DOH) is working with its stakeholders should the monkeypox virus enter the... Read More

No authorized vax vs. monkeypox: DOH

MANILA – There is no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved and authorized vaccine against monkeypox but studies have shown that smallpox jabs work through "cross-protection", the Department of Health (DOH) said on Thursday.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH reported that it is... Read More

SSS offers faster loan applications for 1st-time borrowers

MANILA – Retirement pensioners who are first-time borrowers under the Social Security System (SSS) Pension Loan Program (PLP) can now apply for loans online starting May 30.In a statement on Wednesday, SSS president and chief executive officer Michael Regino said retirement pensioners could... Read More

3 contacts of 1st BA.4 case all asymptomatic: DOH

MANILA– The three contacts of the first Omicron BA.4 subvariant case are all asymptomatic and fully vaccinated, a health official said Tuesday.The first case is a returning overseas Filipino from Qatar who had a travel history to Brazil and South Africa.He was unvaccinated and asymptomatic... Read More

Cases in NCR, rest of Luzon show slow uptick trend: DOH

MANILA– Cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the National Capital Region and the rest of Luzon showed a slow uptick trend starting mid-May, a health official said Tuesday.In an online media forum, Department of Health Epidemiology Bureau Director Alethea de Guzman said the cases... Read More