Health and Lifestyle

21 health facilities damaged by 'Karding'

MANILA – A total of 21 health facilities nationwide were damaged by Typhoon Karding's onslaught over the weekend, a health official said Tuesday.In a media briefing, Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the reported damage were minor and no Covid-19 vaccines... Read More

Acute gastro, cholera cases up in Iloilo City

ILOILO CITY – The number of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) cases here has reached 713 with the addition of 12 more on Sept. 25 while cholera cases climbed to 30 with seven new confirmed cases, the City Health Office reported on Monday.“Of the seven (cholera) cases, two were from Mandurriao,... Read More

Daily average of new Covid-19 cases in PH up 22%

MANILA – The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 22 percent for the period Sept. 19 to 25, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 2,101 per day recorded from Sept. 12 to 18, the number increased to 2,556 daily in the recent week.The latest case... Read More

NCR Covid-19 positivity rate now 18.5%: OCTA

MANILA – The positivity rate -- the number of people testing for Covid-19 -- in the National Capital Region (NCR) increased to 18.5 percent as of Sept. 24 from last week’s 15.7 percent, the OCTA Research Group said Monday.“This has already exceeded the positivity rate of 17.5... Read More

PinasLakas adjusts target for booster vax coverage to 30%

MANILA – The target of PinasLakas campaign for booster vaccination coverage has been adjusted, from 50 percent down to 30 percent, for the first 100 days of the Marcos administration.In a Viber message on Thursday, Department of Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire noted that the... Read More

Easing border restrictions risky; wear face mask: expert

MANILA – Other variants of the coronavirus would enter the country when border restrictions for foreign travellers are eased, a health expert said Wednesday.University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital chair Dr. Ted Herbosa, who was medical adviser of the defunct National Task... Read More

Alzheimer's patients worldwide may reach 139M by 2050

ANKARA – The number of Alzheimer's patients in the world may reach 139 million by 2050, the latest report of the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed.There are currently more than 55 million Alzheimer's patients worldwide, with that number expected to rise to 78 million by 2030 and 139... Read More

DOH logs 693 more cases of 2 Omicron subvariants

MANILA – The country has detected 693 more cases of two Omicron subvariants of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday.The DOH said 677 of the total count are BA.5 cases and 16 are BA.4 cases.Of the 677 BA.5 cases, 50 are from the Ilocos Region;... Read More

PH daily Covid-19 cases down by 4% from Sept. 12-18

MANILA – The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went down by 4 percent for the period Sept. 12 to 18, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 2,197 per day recorded from Sept. 9 to 11, the number decreased to 2,101 daily in the recent week.The latest case... Read More

Annual, bi-annual Covid-19 vaccination possible in PH: expert

MANILA – Vaccination against Covid-19 yearly or bi-annually is possible as immunity wanes over time, an infectious disease expert said Monday.In a televised public briefing, Dr. Rontgene Solante said the priority of the annual or bi-annual inoculation against Covid-19 would be the vulnerable... Read More

PH Covid-19 cases expected to rise as restrictions ease

MANILA – Coronavirus cases are expected to rise with increased mobility, resumption of face-to-face classes and easing of face mask mandate, an infectious disease expert said Monday.In a televised public briefing, Dr. Rontgene Solante said the country's boosted population is low.As of Sept.... Read More

Covid-19 won't end anytime soon, says infectious disease expert

MANILA – The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic would not end in two to three months, an infectious disease expert said Monday.In a televised public briefing, Dr. Rontgene Solante said the country’s Covid-19 numbers are low compared to those reported in January or September... Read More

PH detects 165 add'l cases of Omicron, 4 cases of Delta

MANILA – The country has detected 165 more cases of two Omicron subvariants and four new cases of Delta variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Friday.In a presentation, the DOH said 163 of the total count for the Omicron subvariants are BA.5... Read More

3rd monkeypox case fully recovered: DOH

MANILA – The country’s third monkeypox case has fully recovered and has completed home isolation on September 8, a health official said Friday.In a media briefing, Department of Health (DOH) Officer in Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the case was certified recovered by a physician and... Read More

Funds stable to cover long-term obligations: PhilHealth

MANILA – The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Thursday assured its members that its fund is stable enough to provide benefits and cover long-term obligations.This came after a news report said PhilHealth could have a net loss of PHP57 billion, citing projections from last... Read More

2.5M persons boosted vs. Covid-19 thru PinasLakas drive

MANILA – The PinasLakas campaign has vaccinated 30,363 senior citizens and administered first booster doses to 2,558,086 individuals as of September 14.In an online forum, Department of Health Public Operations Center Division Chief, Dr. Carmela Granada, said the number of fully vaccinated... Read More

PH positivity rate rises to 12.5% as of Sept. 13

MANILA – The Department of Health on Thursday (DOH) said it is seeing a slow, continued decline in coronavirus cases in the recent week.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH said the positivity rate or number of people testing positive for the virus increased to 12.5 percent as of Sept. 13,... Read More

Boosting vax coverage among elderly still top priority: NCSC

MANILA – The National Commission on Senior Citizens (NCSC) still sees a need to accelerate Covid-19 vaccine coverage among the elderly, especially those in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).NCSC Chairperson Franklin Quijano acknowledged how Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy... Read More

Leptospirosis cases up 36% from Jan. 1-Aug. 27

MANILA – The Philippines has logged 1,770 leptospirosis cases for the first eight months this year, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH said data from Jan. 1 to Aug. 27 translates to a 36 percent increase from 1,299 cases in the same period... Read More

Pangasinan positivity rate climbs to 10.9%: OCTA

MANILA – The positivity rate or the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in Pangasinan increased to 10.9 percent as of Sept. 12, the OCTA Research Group said on Wednesday.Over Twitter, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said the figure is a 4-point increase from 6.9 percent... Read More