Health and Lifestyle

Covid-19 cases 'manageable': infectious diseases expert

MANILA – Department of Health (DOH)–Technical Advisory Group member Dr. Edsel Salvaña said Monday the number of Covid-19 cases remains manageable and there is no indication yet of a rise due to campaign rallies and the entry of the new Omicron subvariant."Right now, the numbers... Read More

No case increase seen to warrant change in alert level: OCTA

MANILA – The OCTA Research Group said Monday there are no threats of increase in Covid-19 cases so far to warrant a downgrade in the current alert level of Metro Manila and other areas.In a televised public briefing, OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David said the country’s positivity rate... Read More

DOH Calabarzon, USAID to expedite patients' access to ‘TB Care’

MANILA–The Department of Health (DOH)-Center for Health Development Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) received new tools for improved TB (tuberculosis) care from USAID and Stop TB Platforms.Regional Director Ariel Valencia, who received the new tools, stated that DOH... Read More

PH records lowest Covid-19 cases average

MANILA – The number of Covid-19 cases continues to decline nationally, breaching the lowest recorded average prior to the peak of the Omicron variant, a health official said Friday.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said only 971 new cases or 146 new daily... Read More

Omicron detected in majority of samples sequenced in recent week

MANILA – The Omicron subvariant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) was detected in the majority or 77.78 percent of the samples sequenced from May 2 to 10, a health official said Friday.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire disclosed that about 3.17... Read More

PH logs 109 new Covid-19 cases on May 11: OCTA

MANILA – The country logged 109 new cases of Covid-19 on May 11, bringing the total tally to 3,687,428, the OCTA Research Group said Thursday.In a tweet, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said the figure is lower but close to the forecast of 120 cases.Citing data from the Department... Read More

OFWs in Kuwait urged to avail of free telepsychiatry services

MANILA – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through its project with the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), is inviting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait to avail of free telepsychiatry services. The project aims to see telepsychiatry's acceptance among OFWs. A... Read More

Extensive lockdown not option vs. Covid-19 surge: expert

MANILA – A health expert said extensive lockdown is no longer being considered an optionto curb possible surge of Covid-19 cases when highly transmissible subvariants of Omicron enter the country.In a televised public briefing Wednesday, Dr. Rontgene Solante, Vaccine Experts Panel member, said... Read More

9M booster shots target attainable before end of Duterte's term

MANILA – The administration of 8 to 9 million booster shots is possible to achieve before President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends on June 30, an infectious disease expert said Wednesday.“Sa tingin ko attainable ‘yan kasi medyo bumagal lang nang konti during the election at saka... Read More

Uptick in Covid-19 cases after poll week expected

MANILA – An infectious diseases expert is not discounting the possible rise in the number of Covid-19 infections after the election week.In a televised public briefing Wednesday, Dr. Rontgene Solante, Vaccine Experts Panel member, said there had been super spreader events prior to the election... Read More

Voters with Covid-19 symptoms sent home for isolation

MANILA – At least 31 voters were sent home to self-isolate on election day after showing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) related symptoms, a health official said Tuesday.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the 31 individuals were assessed by the... Read More

Over 7K receive Covid-19 vax on election day: DOH

MANILA – At least 7,407 individuals have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) during the May 9 national elections, a health official said Tuesday.The vaccination was held in 333 pop-up vaccination sites set up by the Department of Health (DOH) and local government... Read More

New Covid-19 cases 37% lower: health exec

MANILA – New cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are 37 percent lower as compared to the period before the onset of Omicron subvariant, a health official said Tuesday.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Covid-19 cases are continuously declining... Read More

Uncontrolled use of technology brings behavioral addictions: NGO

ISTANBUL – Uncontrolled use of technology and the internet brings various behavioral addictions that can harm people both physically and psychologically, according to the Turkish anti-addiction body.Unconscious and uncontrolled use of technology and the internet is a type of addiction that... Read More

Close contacts of 1st Omicron BA.2.12 case remain asymptomatic

MANILA – The close contacts of the first Omicron BA.2.12 case in the country, a 52-year-old Finnish woman, have remained asymptomatic, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.In a message to reporters, the DOH said six local contacts tested negative for Covid-19 while the asymptomatic ones... Read More

Donation of Covid-19 jabs to Myanmar being finalized: DOH

MANILA – The national government is finalizing the details of the donation of Russian-made Sputnik V Covid-19 jabs to Myanmar, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.In a message to reporters, the DOH confirmed that the meeting between the Myanmar National Red Cross and the concerned... Read More

Observe proper food preparation this summer: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health on Wednesday reminded the public to follow safety guidelines in preparing food this dry season.This, after dozens of people who consumed food from a campaign rally in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato were hospitalized due tosuspected food poisoning over the... Read More

Private hospitals in talks with DOH on health workers' claims

MANILA – The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAPi) is coordinating with the Department of Health on the denied application for claims of some healthcare workers.Earlier, the Private Hospital Workers Alliance of the Philippines said 63,772 healthcare workers did not receive... Read More

Private hospitals ready for possible rise in Covid-19 cases

MANILA – Private hospitals are ready in case of another rise in number of Covid-19 cases following the national elections.In a televised public briefing, Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAPi) president Dr. Jose Rene de Grano said Tuesday increase in Covid-19 cases is a... Read More

PH logs daily average of 200 Covid-19 cases from April 25-May 1

MANILA – The country's daily average Covid-19 cases went down to 200 from April 25 to May 1 or 5 percent lower than the new infections prior to the week in review, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.In its latest case bulletin, the DOH said there are 1,399 new cases of the... Read More