Health and Lifestyle

4th national vaccination reaches 97% target: DOH

MANILA–The fourth edition of the national vaccination drive, Bayanihan Bakunahan, has reached 97 percent of its target, a health official said Friday.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said a total of 1,814,315 doses of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)... Read More

PH Covid-19 cases now on slow decline: DOH

MANILA–The country's coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases are now on a slow decline, a health official said Friday.During an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reported the average cases per day in the recent week is lower by 29 percent than the cases last... Read More

Obesity in children ‘alarmingly’ on rise in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh – Obesity and overweight are alarmingly on the rise in Bangladesh, particularly among children and adolescents, owing to the rapid spread of fast-food culture and changing lifestyles, experts and guardians viewed on the eve of World Obesity Day observed globally on... Read More

Pandemic triggers 25% rise in global prevalence of anxiety: WHO

GENEVA – The global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by a massive 25 percent in the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, with young people the worst hit, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.A WHO report highlights those most affected by the pandemic and found... Read More

300 Masbate learners receive free dental health services

LEGAZPI CITY – Around 300 pupils from kindergarten to Grade 3 of three public schools in Masbate province have received free dental health services early this week from the Department of Education Schools Division Office Health and Nutrition Unit of Masbate (DepEd-Masbate) in collaboration... Read More

POPCOM focuses on young parents’ welfare

MANILA – The Commission on Population (POPCOM) said it will focus on guiding young parents to become responsible for their families as well as educate teenagers of their crucial role in nation building.“We recognize the crucial role of our approximately 20 million young Filipinos in... Read More

Drug compounding firm execs eye bigger growth potential

MANILA – Rising demand for patient-specific medicines makes officials of a local specialty compounding pharmacy optimistic for its operations amidst the pandemic.In a virtual briefing on Wednesday, Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy Marketing Manager Benjamin Topacio said the company benefited from... Read More

Global tobacco-related deaths expected to double in next 8 years

ISTANBUL – The number of deaths worldwide from diseases caused by tobacco use is expected to double in the next eight years from the current level of more than 8 million people annually.With the initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO), every year, February 9 is celebrated as World... Read More

DOST, UP, Toronto experts developing new Covid-19 test kits

MANILA – A new testing kit to check for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infection is expected to be developed by May, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the new kit will be a cell-based immunoassay for serologic... Read More

NegOr health exec appeals for more blood donors amid 'shortage'

DUMAGUETE CITY – Negros Oriental Assistant Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Liland Estacion, on Friday appealed to the public to support the government’s blood donation program amid a shortage of supply for patients in the province.Estacion sounded the call during a virtual presser as she... Read More

Red Cross opens 99th blood facility in Novaliches

MANILA – Fourteen villages will benefit from the Philippine Red Cross’ 99th blood facility at its Novaliches, Quezon City chapter.The new facility will cater to the needs of residents in North Fairview, Bagbag, Gulod, Sta. Lucia, Nova Proper, Capri, Fairview Proper, Lagro, Nagkaisang... Read More

Pampanga’s 11th district hospital to rise soon in Apalit

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – A new community hospital will soon rise in Apalit town, this province to provide local residents better access to medical services.The Department of Public Works and Highways’ First District Engineering Office (DPWH-1st DEO) presented the design of the... Read More

Subic's first hospital to rise soon

SUBIC, Zambales – After decades of planning and preparations, a 100-bed, fully equipped Subic General Hospital is finally set to rise here.“It was the dream that was first conceptualized during the first year in office of our father, former mayor, now Congressman Jeffrey Khonghun,”... Read More

NegOr logs lowest number of dengue cases in 10 years

DUMAGUETE CITY – The province of Negros Oriental has recorded last year its lowest number of dengue cases within a 10-year period.Records obtained by the Philippine News Agency from the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH) here showed that Negros... Read More

DOH opposes anti-health vape regulation bill

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) strongly opposes the blatant disregard of public health in the recently approved Senate Bill 2239 (Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Regulation Act) that seeks to further expand access to vaporized nicotine and non-nicotine products.The bill is... Read More

Genome sequencing labs in VisMin to open in 2022: DOH

MANILA – Satellite laboratories of the Philippine Genome Center in Visayas and Mindanao will open next year, a health official said Thursday.During an online media briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reported that personnel of both satellite laboratories are completing all... Read More

Vax experts to endorse shorter interval between 2nd dose, booster

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Thursday the vaccine expert panel is about to recommend a shorter interval between the administration of the booster shot doses and the second dose of the primary series of Covid-19 jabs."I already spoke to the head of the vaccine expert... Read More

PH Red Cross receives RITM 5-star lab rating

MANILA – Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Senator Richard Gordon said the Philippine Red Cross Logistics Multipurpose Center (PLMC) molecular laboratory underwent a multistage process for Covid-19 lab assessment and received a five-star rating from the Research Institute for... Read More

PRC pushes for safer holidays thru RT-PCR testing

MANILA – Regular RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) testing to combat Covid-19 will make the holiday season safer.As authorities continue to remind compliance with health and safety protocols despite lowering Covid-19 cases and with the threat of the Omicron coronavirus... Read More

QC hits target of less than 30 Covid-19 cases daily: OCTA

MANILA – The seven-day average in new daily Covid-19 cases in Quezon City has decreased to 29, lowest since May 2020, with a one-week growth rate of –41 percent, the OCTA Research Group said Monday.In its latest report, the group said the figures represented the week of November 29 to... Read More