Health and Lifestyle

PH still in talks with COVAX on near-expiry jabs replacement

MANILA – The national government is still in talks with the COVAX Facility about the replacement of 3.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines that are nearing expiry.In an online media forum Monday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the government has to "fill out some documents... Read More

JV Ejercito wants specialized healthcare centers in Cebu

CEBU CITY ­– Senatorial candidate Jose Victor “JV” Ejercito on Monday said he will work for the establishment of lung, kidney, heart, and cancer centers in Cebu that will cater to the specialized healthcare needs of the residents in the Central Visayas region.Ejercito told... Read More

New Covid-19 cases lower than pre-Omicron wave

MANILA – The number of new Covid-19 cases is lower compared topre-Omicron variant waves late last year, a health official said Monday.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the average daily reported cases for the week of April 26 to May 2 has gone down to... Read More

Over 88K infants protected vs. vaccine-preventable diseases: DOH

MANILA – A total of 88,405 infants who are 0 to 23 months old have been vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) in April, a health official said Monday.The infants from 36 areas nationwide got vaccinated last April 28 to 29, during the Chikiting Bakunation Days, an annual... Read More

Omicron subvariant BA.2.3 logs highest cases in PH: PGC

MANILA – The Omicron subvariant BA.2.3 logged the highest cases of Covid-19 in the country, the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) said Friday.In a televised public briefing, PGC Executive Director Dr. Cynthia Saloma said the subvariant BA.2.3 cases were the highest from December 2021 to the... Read More

Covid-19 case trends nationwide monitored: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday assured the public it is continuously monitoring the Covid-19 case trends nationwide.In a statement, the DOH said the incremental increase in reproduction number from 0.82 at the start of March 2022 to 1.03 last April 22 "was small and not... Read More

DOH declares Bicol malaria-free

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health-Bicol (DOH-5) on Thursday declared the region malaria-free.Noemi Bron, DOH-Bicol Health and Promotion chief, said the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) has reported zero malaria cases in the region since 2012."Malaria-free po tayo(We are... Read More

Booster shot helps protect vs. Omicron subvariant: DOH

MANILA – Getting a booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine helps protect against Sars-CoV-2 variants, the Department of Health (DOH) reiterated Thursday as the country logs its first case of the Omicron BA.2.12 subvariant."Omicron BA.2.12 reminds us that the virus is still out there, and the... Read More

1st Omicron subvariant case in PH has 44 close contacts

MANILA – The country’s first case of the BA.2.12 Omicron subvariant, a 52-year-old Finnish woman, has a total of 44 close contacts, a health official said Thursday.In a television interview, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the country’s first... Read More

PH’s 1st case of BA.2.12 Omicron subvariant traced in Baguio City

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has detected the first case of Omicron-BA.2.12 in Baguio City.Omicron-BA.2.12 is a sublineage of the currently circulating Omicron variant which has been recently flagged by the United States Center for Disease Control (US-CDC) to be observed in... Read More

Localized lockdowns possible if cases increase mid-May: NTF

MANILA – The government would resort to localized lockdowns should there be an increase in Covid-19 cases after the May 9 elections, an adviser of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) said Wednesday.In a televised Laging Handa public briefing, Dr. Ted Herbosa said the country already... Read More

New Covid-19 cases in NCR still below 100 on April 25: OCTA

MANILA – The number of new cases of Covid-19 in the National Capital Region (NCR) remain under 100 as of April 25, the OCTA Research Group said Tuesday.NCR logged 99 new infections, slightly higher than the 95 infections recorded the previous day, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David... Read More

US FDA approves first Covid-19 treatment for young children

LOS ANGELES – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday expanded its approval of the Covid-19 treatment Veklury, also known as remdesivir, to include pediatric patients 28 days of age and older weighing at least three kilograms who are infected by SARS-CoV-2.This action makes Veklury... Read More

At least 169 cases of 'mysterious hepatitis' found in Europe, US

GENEVA – Eleven countries in the World Health Organization European Region and the US have reported at least 169 cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children and young people, the WHO said on Saturday.Cases have been reported in the UK (114), Spain (13), Israel (12), the US (9),... Read More

PH vaccine wastage only less than 2% of total supply

MANILA – The total number of Covid-19 vaccines that expired and were wasted due to calamities only amounts to less than 2 percent of the more than 244 million doses the country has in stock.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire noted that the amount is "lower... Read More

Rollout of 2nd booster shot starts April 25: DOH

MANILA – The government will begin the rollout of the second booster shot or fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on April 25, a health official said Friday.Only immunocompromised individuals, ages 18 years old and above are eligible to receive the additional jab at least three months after... Read More

Immunocompromised priority for 2nd booster shot: Duque

MANILA – The second booster shot of Covid-19 vaccine will be administered first to immunocompromised persons or those belonging to the A3 population, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Friday.In a televised public briefing, Duque said he approved the Health Technology Assessment... Read More

Medical certificate required for 2nd booster shot of A3 group

MANILA – Immunocompromised persons or those belonging to the A3 population need to present a medical certificate allowing them to receive their coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) second booster shot, the vaccine expert panel (VEP) said Thursday.In a televised public briefing, VEP chairperson,... Read More

Booster shots may prevent possible Covid surge mid-May: NVOC

MANILA – Possible surge of Covid-19 cases in the middle of May could be prevented through the administration of booster shots, a health official said Tuesday.In a televised Laging Handa public briefing, National Vaccination Operations Center chair Myrna Cabotaje noted the country’s low... Read More

NCR, CAR register highest Covid-19 vax coverage: DOH

MANILA – The National Capital Region (NCR), the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and most regions in Luzon have registered the highest number of fully vaccinated and boosted individuals against the coronavirus, a health official said Tuesday.Data from the Department of Health (DOH)... Read More