Health and Lifestyle

PH detects over 600 add'l cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant

MANILA – The country has detected 624 more cases of the Omicron BA.5 subvariant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.In a presentation, the DOH said 605 of the total cases are from all the regions while the remaining 19 are returning... Read More

PH's 2nd monkeypox case recovered, discharged from isolation: DOH

MANILA – The country’s second case of monkeypox has been discharged from home isolation, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.In a media briefing, DOH Officer in Charge, Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, said the second case – a 31-year-old Filipino who tested positive... Read More

IATF to discuss bid on Cebu City as pilot area for optional masks

MANILA – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) will look into the proposal to make Cebu City the pilot area for the implementation of the optional wearing of face masks.In a media briefing Friday, Department of Health (DOH) Officer in Charge,... Read More

Covid-19 vaccination activities to continue in schools: DOH

MANILA – Vaccination drive against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) will continue in schools as part of the PinasLakas campaign, a health official said Friday.“So, hindi po titigil ang bakunahan sa mga eskwelahan, klinaklaro natin at kinaklaro din ng Department of Education... Read More

NegOr hospitals to improve services with new dialysis machines

DUMAGUETE CITY – The provincial government of Negros Oriental is expecting 12 dialysis machines and 12 ambulances from various donors for distribution to the different hospitals to improve its health care and medical services.Capitol information officer-designate Oliver Lemence said in a press... Read More

DOH insists wearing of masks lowers chances of Covid infection

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said the wearing of face masks decreases the possibility of infection by 70 to 80 percent, reminding Filipinos not to be complacent with the dropping number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.“Hanggang sa hindi pa natin... Read More

Close contacts of 4th monkeypox case all asymptomatic: DOH

MANILA – All the close contacts of the fourth monkeypox case in the country have shown no symptoms of the disease, a health official said Wednesday.The fourth case, a 25-year-old Filipino with no documented travel history to countries with confirmed cases of monkeypox, is still undergoing a... Read More

Add’l 24.6K seniors now fully vaccinated via PinasLakas drive

MANILA – A total of 24,661 senior citizens have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) since the PinasLakas campaign started on July 26.In a media briefing Wednesday, Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge said the government aims to protect 90 percent of... Read More

NCR 7-day average of new Covid-19 cases down by 19%: OCTA

MANILA – The seven-day average of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) has decreased to 862, OCTA Research Group said Tuesday.Over Twitter, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said the figure is a 19 percent decrease from last week’s... Read More

Daily average of Covid-19 cases down 19%

MANILA – The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went down by 19 percent for the period Aug. 22 to 28, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 3,412 per day recorded from Aug. 15 to 21, the number decreased to 2,752 daily in the recent week.The latest case... Read More

Covid-19 daily cases may hit 9K by end of Sept: health expert

MANILA – The daily average of Covid-19 cases per day could increase to 9,000 by the end of September due to the Omicron BA.5 subvariant, an infectious disease expert said Monday.This, after the Department of Health (DOH) logged 139 new cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant as of Aug. 26.“Yes,... Read More

Pact inked to train Tanay IPs as health workers

MANILA – The Department of Health Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) has spearheaded the recent signing of a joint memorandum of agreement (MOA) to conduct training for the Katutubo Health Workers (KHWs) for the Indigenous Cultural... Read More

DOH notes 22% rise in leptospirosis from January to August

MANILA – The Philippines has logged 1,411 leptospirosis cases from January 1 to August 6 this year, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH said this translates to a 22 percent increase from 1,157 cases in the same period last year.A total of 188... Read More

Dengue cases up 153% from January to August

MANILA – The Philippines has logged 118,526 dengue cases from January 1 to August 6 this year, 153 percent higher than the figure in the same period in 2021, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.In a media forum, DOH officer in charge Maria Rosario Vergeire noted that cases for the same... Read More

DOH yet to confirm local transmission of monkeypox

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) cannot confirm yet if there is local transmission of monkeypox in the country.“For now, we cannot say 100 percent and with certainty that this is a local transmission because we have not established the facts yet,” said DOH officer-in-charge... Read More

Cholera cases up 230% from Jan. 1-Aug. 6

MANILA – The country has logged 2,650 cholera cases from January 1 to August 6, 230 percent higher than the figure in the same period in 2021, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.“Pero kapag tiningnan natin itong recent three to four weeks, 18 percent lower na siya nung nakaraang... Read More

NegOr reports 96% rise in typhoid fever cases

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) has reported a significant increase in the number of typhoid fever cases in Negros Oriental compared to last year, a health official reported on Thursday.Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion bared to the Philippine News... Read More

Cataract one of major causes of visual impairment among Pinoys

MANILA – Cataract is one of the major causes of visual impairment among Filipinos, with 1.18 million or 1.06 percent of the population suffering from it, the Philippine Eye Research Institute (PERI) said Thursday.In an online media forum, PERI Director Dr. Leo Cubillan noted that the figure... Read More

Most severe, critical Covid-19 patients unvaxxed: PHAPI

MANILA – The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PHAPI) said Thursday the most severe and critical cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in their facilities are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated.PHAPI president Dr. Rene de Grano said in a televised public... Read More

6 close contacts of 4th monkeypox case still under verification

MANILA – Six of the fourteen close contacts of the fourth monkeypox case in the country are still being verified, a health official said Tuesday.The fourth case is a 25-year-old Filipino with no documented travel history to countries with confirmed cases of monkeypox.The case tested positive... Read More