Health and Lifestyle

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

DepEd, DOH launch programs to fortify kids’ safety, health

MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday launched "Oplan Kalusugan" and "Healthy Learning Institutions" (HLIs) at the Quirino High School in Quezon City to ensure the safety and health of learners.In a speech, DepEd Undersecretary and... Read More

PinasLakas administers 3.4M 1st booster dose in 100 days

MANILA – The PinasLakas campaign has administered 3,456,132 first booster doses on its 100th day, Oct. 8, the Department of Health said Tuesday.The campaign also vaccinated 47,803 senior citizens against Covid-19.As of Oct. 10, almost 73.3 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated.Of the... Read More

Cholera cases up 282% from Jan.-Oct.

MANILA – The country's cholera cases almost quadrupled, logging 3,729 infections for the first 10 months this year as compared to the same period in 2021, a health official said Tuesday.In a media briefing, Department of Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the total tally from... Read More

PH logs 628 new Omicron cases, 94 add'l Delta variant

MANILA – The country has detected 628 more cases of four Omicron subvariants and 94 new cases of Delta variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday.The DOH said 605 of the total count for the Omicron subvariants are BA.5 cases, 18 are BA.4... Read More

Measles cases in NCR up by 19% due to low vax turnout

MANILA – Measles cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) went up by 19 percent from January to first week of October compared to the same period last year, a health official said Friday.In a radio interview, Department of Health-Metro Manila Center for Health Development (DOH-MMCHD)... Read More

Beyond the pandemic: Ensuring efficient health care services

MANILA – Nearly three years into the pandemic, the country continues to grapple with its effects, facing significant challenges in providing essential health services.At the same time, the country moves cautiously forward by learning to live with the coronavirus and ensuring that other public... Read More

NCR logs 1,149 new Covid-19 infections

MANILA – The National Capital Region (NCR) has logged the highest number of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases nationwide as of October 6, the OCTA Research Group said Friday.Over Twitter, OCTA Research Group Fellow, Dr. Guido David, noted that the NCR logged 1,149 new... Read More

Vax expert panel sees possible measles outbreak next year

MANILA – The country may experience a measles outbreak next year with the low number of children who received routine immunizations this year, the Vaccine Expert Panel (VEP) said Thursday.In a televised public briefing, VEP Chairperson Dr. Nina Glorianni said there is a need for catch up... Read More

Rise in breakthrough Covid-19 infections likely by year-end

MANILA – The number of breakthrough coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections increasing by the end of the year is likely to happen due to waning immunity, a health expert said Thursday.“’Yung waning immunity matagal na kasi no sinabi na natin ‘yan na kapag bumaba na... Read More

Measles, rubella cases up by 153% from Jan.1-Sept. 17

MANILA – The country has logged 450 measles and rubella (MR) cases for the first nine months of this year, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH said data from Jan. 1 to Sept. 17 translates to 153 percent increase from 178 cases in the same... Read More

Routine immunization coverage in PH lower at 62.9%: DOH

MANILA – The routine immunization coverage among children in the country is only 62.9 percent, lower than data recorded in previous years, a health official said Tuesday.In a media briefing, Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the target coverage for... Read More

Daily average of new Covid-19 cases in PH down 10%

MANILA – The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went down by 10 percent from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 2,556 per day recorded from Sept. 19 to 25, the number decreased to 2,288 daily in the recent week.The latest case... Read More

Incentives, scholarships key to solving health workers shortage

MANILA – Provision of incentives and scholarships could help the shortage of healthcare workers in the country, the Philippine Federation of Professional Associations (PFPA) said Monday.In a televised public briefing, PFPA Vice President Dr. Benito Atienza said many young people in the country... Read More

106K nurses needed in health facilities nationwide: DOH

MANILA – The Philippines needs a total of 106,000 nurses in public and private hospitals nationwide, a health official said Thursday.In a media briefing, Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the country needs other healthcare professionals like doctors,... Read More

DOH sees rise in Covid-19 hospital admissions in 6 metro cities

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is seeing an increase in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) hospital admissions in six Metro Manila local government units (LGUs).In a media briefing Thursday, DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said closely monitored are the... Read More

Cebu, Metro Cebu remain 'low risk' for Covid-19

MANILA – Cebu province and Metro Cebu remain under low risk classification for Covid-19 as the no mask policy experiment remains implemented for over two weeks now, the OCTA Research Group said Wednesday.In a message to reporters, OCTA Research Group fellow Ranjit Rye said new cases in Cebu... Read More

NCR reaches 50% of target for 1st booster coverage

MANILA – About 5,067,530 Filipinos in the National Capital Region have received their first booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of Sept. 23.In a statement Wednesday, Department of Health-Metro Manila Center for Health Development regional chief Gloria Balboa said the tally is 50.17 percent... Read More

PH detects 1,238 add'l Omicron, 9 new Delta cases

MANILA – The country has detected 1,238 more cases of four Omicron subvariants and nine new cases of Delta variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday.The DOH said 1,200 of the total count for the Omicron subvariants are BA.5 cases, 33... Read More

Over 66K booster doses given on 1st day of special vax week

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has administered 66,576 first booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the Visayas and Mindanao on the first day of the Special Vaccination Week.The vaccination week started Sept. 26.“Mayroon ding inclement weather sa ibang bahagi ng Visayas kaya... Read More