Health and Lifestyle

No recorded RSV deaths in PH: DOH

MANILA – The Philippines has no recorded deaths due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) from January to Aug. 31, a health official said Friday.RSV is a common respiratory infection among children under 5 years old which causes mild cold-like symptoms.“Common siya nangyayari sa mga bata... Read More

4K 12-17 year olds contract Covid-19 from Sept. 1-Nov. 3

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has logged 3,939 Covid-19 cases among children ages 12 to 17 years old from Sept. 1 to Nov. 3 following the implementation of face-to-face classes.In a media briefing Friday, DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said they are still coordinating... Read More

Weekly leptospirosis cases higher than previous 5 years: DOH

MANILA – The weekly cases of leptospirosis this year are higher than the previous five years except in 2019, with the country logging 2,560 infections from Jan. 1-Nov. 2, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.In an online forum, Department of Health-Epidemiology Bureau Director Alethea... Read More

Typhoid fever cases rise by 150%

MANILA – The Philippines has logged 12,124 typhoid fever cases from Jan. 1 to Nov. 2, but no regions have been reported above the epidemic threshold, the Department of Health said on Wednesday.The tally is 150 percent or 7,280 cases higher than the 4,844 infections reported last year for the... Read More

Cholera cases up by 254% from Jan. 1-Nov. 2

MANILA – The Philippines has logged 4,102 cholera cases from Jan. 1 to Nov. 2, a 254 percent increase as compared to the same period last year, the Department of Health reported Wednesday.The latest tally is 2,943 cases higher than the 1,159 cases reported last year. However, the reported... Read More

NegOr eyes hubs to address mental health issues

DUMAGUETE CITY – Negros Oriental’s Provincial Health Office (PHO) is strengthening its mental health program with the setting up of hubs to address such issues as suicide, an official said Thursday.“The mental health program was kind of neglected or left behind during the past... Read More

Daily Covid-19 cases seen to reach 18K sans masks

MANILA – The daily average of Covid-19 cases nationwide may reach 18,000 in the next two months should the public opt to ditch the wearing of face masks, a health official said Thursday.In a radio interview, Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said she presented... Read More

Typhoid fever cases in NegOr 121% higher than last year

DUMAGUETE CITY – Health authorities in Negros Oriental are trying to contain the rise in typhoid fever cases in the province which have more than doubled from last year’s figures, a health official said Wednesday.Dr. Liland Estacion, provincial health officer, said the province logged a... Read More

PH cholera cases up by 270% from Jan. 1 to Oct. 8

MANILA – The Philippines has logged 3,980 cholera cases from Jan. 1 to Oct. 8, the Department of Health reported Wednesday.The tally is 270 percent higher than the 1,077 cases reported last year for the same period.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH noted most of the cases were from... Read More

Over 600K kids aged 5 to 11 in NCR now fully vaxxed vs. Covid-19

MANILA – A total of 613,506 children aged 5 to 11 years old have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the National Capital Region.Department of Health-Metro Manila Center for Health Development (DOH-MMCHD) Regional Director Gloria Balboa said in an online media... Read More

Negros Oriental logs 9th dengue death

DUMAGUETE CITY – Negros Oriental reported its 9th dengue death this year as cases continue to rise in the province, a health official said Wednesday.Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion said the increase in dengue cases is also due to the rainy season, the... Read More

About 1M people die yearly due to lead poisoning: WHO

GENEVA – An estimated 1 million people die from lead poisoning annually and millions more, many of them children, are exposed to low levels of lead, causing lifelong health problems, the World Health Organization said on Monday.The health effects from lead poisoning include anemia,... Read More

PH daily average of new Covid cases down by 22% from Oct. 17-23

MANILA – The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases decreased by 22 percent from Oct. 17 to 23, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday.From 2,188 per day recorded from Oct. 10 to 16, the number went down to 1,714 daily in the recent week.The latest case bulletin... Read More

Narra extracts possible cure for diabetes ‘great development’

MANILA – A study showing that Narra tree extracts are a leading source of antioxidants that prevent various illnesses, including diabetes, is a great development that must be pursued with the help of the government.“This is a great development in our medical industry, which must be... Read More

Daily average of new Covid-19 cases up by 7% from Oct. 10 to 16

MANILA – The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 7 percent from Oct. 10 to 16, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday.From 2,048 per day recorded from Oct. 3 to 9, the number increased to 2,188 daily in the recent week.The latest case bulletin showed... Read More

Dengue cases rise by 191% from Jan. 1 - Oct. 1

MANILA – Dengue cases in the country increased by 191 percent from Jan. 1 to Oct. 1 with three regions above the epidemic threshold, a health official said Friday.In an online forum, Department of Health - Epidemiology Bureau Director Alethea de Guzman said the Philippines has logged 173,233... Read More

3 regions reach epidemic threshold for cholera: DOH

MANILA – Cholera cases in the past four months in Central Luzon, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas have reached the epidemic threshold, a health official said Friday.In an online forum, Department of Health - Epidemiology Bureau Director Alethea de Guzman said the cases in Central Luzon... Read More

No XBB subvariant case detected in PH so far: DOH

MANILA – The country has yet to detect any case of the XBB strain, a recombinant of two Omicron strains, the Department of Health said Thursday.Health experts note that the XBB strain has the BJ.1 (BA.2.10.1 sublineage) and BM.1.1.1 (BA.2.75 sublineage) strains of the Omicron... Read More

Solon lauds release of P529-M cancer assistance fund

MANILA – Northern Samar First District Representative Paul Daza on Wednesday commended the Department of Budget Management (DBM) and Department of Health (DOH) for approving the release of the PHP529.2-million cancer assistance fund (CAF).“Free cancer and healthcare treatments in the... Read More

NCR 7-day positivity rate dips to 17.3%

MANILA – The seven day Covid-19 positivity rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) further dropped to 17.3 percent as of Oct. 10 from 19 percent on Oct. 3, the OCTA Research Group said Wednesday.Positivity rate refers to the number of individuals testing for Covid-19 in a certain period.OCTA... Read More