Health and Lifestyle

DOH-5 reminds public of health protocols during Lent observance

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) on Monday reminded the public to continue following the health and safety practices against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) during the observance of Holy Week.In a radio interview on Monday, Kenn Nuyda, DOH-5 Regional Epidemiology and... Read More

Restrictions, incentives may encourage Filipinos to get booster

MANILA – Restrictions and providing incentives could encourage fully vaccinated individuals to receive their booster shots, a health expert said Thursday.In an online forum, Philippine College of Physicians president Dr. Maricar Limpin echoed the suggestion of Presidential Adviser for... Read More

PH Genome Center can detect Omicron XE: expert

MANILA – The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) has the capability to detect recombinant variant Omicron XE in case it enters the country, an infectious disease expert said Wednesday.Omicron XE is a combination of two Omicron sub-variants – BA.1 and BA.2.In a televised public briefing,... Read More

Number of 'social mobilizers' for vax drive being finalized: DOH

MANILA – The government is still finalizing the number of social mobilizers to be hired to improve Covid-19 vaccination rates in areas with low coverage, a health official said Tuesday.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the Department of Health has not... Read More

90K receive jabs in special vax drive in Davao, Cebu, Cotabato

MANILA – More than 90,000 persons have received vaccination against Covid-19 during the special vaccination days held from March 29 to 31 in Cebu province, Davao Region, and Cotabato City.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said 60 percent of the target... Read More

Current Covid-19 jabs effective vs. Omicron XE

MANILA – The coronavirus jabs administered in vaccination activities nationwide remain effective against recombinant variants of coronavirus such as Omicron XE, an infectious diseases expert said Tuesday.Omicron XE is a combination of two Omicron sub-variants – BA.1 and BA.2.In an online... Read More

Study to address stunting in kids likely done by 2023

MANILA – A study funded by The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) that aims to help address stunting is expected to be completed by April 2023.The PCHRD has provided PHP12.3 million for the study that will use buffalo... Read More

Regular nat'l vax days to help reach jabs target: health expert

MANILA – The conduct of regular national vaccination days is the key to ramping up the country's vaccination numbers, an infectious disease expert said Friday.In a televised public briefing, Dr. Rontgene Solante, Vaccine Experts Panel member, suggested that the government should conduct... Read More

Avian flu virus transmission to humans low: DOH

MANILA – The possibility of Avian flu virus transmission to humans is low, a health official said Friday.Citing the statement of the World Health Organization, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Avian flu transmission from birds to humans and from humans to humans is very rare... Read More

Special vax days in VisMin regions reach 60% target

MANILA – The special vaccination days in some regions of the Visayas and Mindanao last week have reached 60 percent of its target population, a health official said Friday. The government held a vaccination drive in Cebu from March 29 to 31 and in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim... Read More

US CDC lowers risk level for travel to PH: DOH

MANILA – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lowered the risk level for traveling to the Philippines, a health official said Friday.In a Palace briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said this was due to the continued improvement of the Covid-19... Read More

Booster shots protect diabetics from Covid-19, hospitalization

MANILA – Persons with diabetes who received their booster shots are less likely to get hospitalized due to the coronavirus, a health expert said Thursday.In a televised public briefing, Philippine Society of Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism member Dr. Carol Montano said the number of... Read More

Army conducts bloodletting to aid troops, dependents

BALER, Aurora – Some 877 bags of blood were collected from the first set of donors during the bloodletting activity organized by the Philippine Army's 7th Infantry Division, participated in by troops under its area of jurisdiction and civilians in Nueva Ecija on Tuesday.In a statement on... Read More

Over 2K Sorsogon residents get free surgical aid

LEGAZPI CITY – A total of 2,322 residents of Sorsogon has so far benefited from the free medical check-up and surgery program of the provincial government.In an interview on Wednesday, Salvador Mendoza, Sorsogon provincial information officer, said the "Elective Surgery Program" that started... Read More

FDA takes down 48 unauthorized online ads of molnupiravir

MANILA – All unauthorized listings and postings online of the anti-viral drug molnupiravir have been taken down because these are unregistered, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Oscar Gutierrez said Tuesday night.In his report to President Rodrigo Duterte, Gutierrez said the... Read More

Recruitment for liver cancer detection study nears completion

MANILA – The recruitment of 800 patients for a study on early detection of liver cancer among Filipinos with chronic hepatitis B is nearing completion, Department of Science Secretary Fortunato de la Peña announced Friday. In a taped report aired in the afternoon, he said the... Read More

Booster shot safe even for seniors, immunocompromised: PMA chief

MANILA – Booster shot or a third dose of Covid-19 vaccine is safe even for senior citizens and immunocompromised, a health expert said Thursday.In a televised public briefing, Philippine Medical Association president Dr. Benito Atienza urged fully vaccinated individuals to receive their... Read More

DOH-3 calls for support to wipe out TB

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Health Central Luzon Center for Health Development (DOH CLCHD) is calling on different sectors to help boost efforts toward reducing and eventually wiping out the number of tuberculosis (TB) cases among Filipinos.DOH CLCHD officer-in-charge... Read More

Women in early menopause at risk of non-fatal heart disease

MANILA – Women who undergo premature or early menopause have increased risk of non-fatal cardiovascular disease that happens before age 60, a health expert said Wednesday.In a virtual Kapihan forum, Philippine Heart Association Council member Dr. Cynthia De Lara said premature menopause leads... Read More

DOH continues to keep track of daily Covid-19 cases

MANILA–A health official on Friday said the government continues to track the number of daily Covid-19 cases despite the absence of daily case bulletin."'Di nawala ang paggabay ng gobiyerno sa mga tao nang alisin ang daily case bulletin...nagbigay ito ng shift of mindset para makapag-focus sa... Read More