Health and Lifestyle

PH logs 45% increase in flu-like illnesses from Jan. 1 to Oct. 13

PH logs 45% increase in flu-like illnesses from Jan. 1 to Oct. 13

October 18, 2023, 6:52 pm

MANILA – The country has recorded a total of 151,375 cases of influenza-like Illness (ILI) from Jan. 1 to Oct. 13, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday. In a message to reporters, the DOH said the tally translates to 45 percent increase compared to 104,613 ILI cases during the same… Read More

DOH starts nationwide caravan in Bicol to step up mental health drive

DOH starts nationwide caravan in Bicol to step up mental health drive

October 12, 2023, 4:55 pm

SORSOGON CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) is strengthening its programs to help people with mental health problems through the provision of various interventions such as establishing access sites for its services and giving free medicines. The agency on Wednesday launched its "Biyaheng… Read More

‘Mental health crisis a rising epidemic in PH’ – experts

‘Mental health crisis a rising epidemic in PH’ – experts

October 9, 2023, 6:18 pm

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Philippine Mental Health Association Inc. (PMHA) on Monday raised the alarm over the “rising epidemic of mental health crisis” in the country. The group, composed of mental health professionals and advocates, said the situation needs widespread awareness, support… Read More

65% of breast cancer cases in PH diagnosed in advanced stage

65% of breast cancer cases in PH diagnosed in advanced stage

October 6, 2023, 5:30 pm

MANILA – About 65 percent of breast cancer cases in the Philippines are diagnosed in the advanced or late stages due to lack of adequate treatment and early detection. Philippine Cancer Society president Dr. Corazon Ngelangel said Friday breast cancer ranks first in terms of new cases and… Read More

DOH-Bicol targets 200K seniors for flu vaccination

DOH-Bicol targets 200K seniors for flu vaccination

October 5, 2023, 8:29 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health in the Bicol Region is urging senior citizens to get vaccinated for added protection against illnesses, especially pneumonia and flu. In an interview on Thursday, Dr. Ernie Vera, DOH-Center for Health Development-5 (DOH CHD Bicol) regional director, said… Read More

DOH monitors over 3K cases of flu-like illness in W. Visayas

DOH monitors over 3K cases of flu-like illness in W. Visayas

October 4, 2023, 7:08 pm

ILOILO CITY – Western Visayas has posted a 15 percent increase in cases of flu-like illness this year, with 3,674 from Jan. 1 to Sept. 16, compared with 3,199 cases in the same period last year. Data from the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health Western… Read More

Vaccination safe, effective for kids – health experts

Vaccination safe, effective for kids – health experts

October 3, 2023, 6:26 pm

MANILA – Childhood vaccination is the most cost-effective intervention to prevent diseases which could lead to death among children under 5 years old, health experts said Tuesday. Dr. Vicente Belizario, former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Public Health, said one of these… Read More

Cancer patients drawing strength from each other

Cancer patients drawing strength from each other

October 3, 2023, 8:52 am

BAGUIO CITY – Nothing could be more important to a cancer patient than knowing that there is someone who understands, is willing to listen, and can help find needed resources for their treatment.  Dr. Celia Flor Brillantes, city health services office officer-in-charge, during the flag-raising… Read More

DOH's 'Chikiting Ligtas' vaccinates over 1M kids in Calabarzon

DOH's 'Chikiting Ligtas' vaccinates over 1M kids in Calabarzon

October 2, 2023, 8:52 pm

MALVAR, Batangas – The Department of Health (DOH) in Calabarzon has given itself a pat on the back for its role in a recently concluded immunization effort that has successfully vaccinated over a million children against potentially serious diseases threatening newborns, toddlers and… Read More

'Sore eyes' cases spike in Abra

'Sore eyes' cases spike in Abra

September 29, 2023, 8:01 pm

BANGUED, Abra – The Department of Health in this province on Thursday urged anew the public to maintain the practice of washing their hands and not holding their face as cases of conjunctivitis or “sore eyes” continue to rise.“We have a lot, as of yesterday (Wednesday), the reported cases… Read More

Health benefits of blood donation you should know

Health benefits of blood donation you should know

September 28, 2023, 3:16 pm

MANILA – There are a variety of reasons why people donate blood and most of them are driven by humanitarian intentions – to stabilize the nation’s blood supply, especially after the occurrence of natural disasters, and to extend the life of those who are battling diseases or came out of… Read More

Tingog Party-list, AstraZeneca to expand lung cancer screening access

Tingog Party-list, AstraZeneca to expand lung cancer screening access

September 27, 2023, 9:33 pm

MANILA – The Tingog Partylist and AstraZeneca Philippines on Wednesday formally signed a memorandum of understanding symbolizing their shared commitment for early detection of lung cancer and give patients the fighting chance they deserve against the devastating disease. The MOU was signed at… Read More

‘Stop and Gain’ contest targets smokers who now embrace healthy living

‘Stop and Gain’ contest targets smokers who now embrace healthy living

September 26, 2023, 7:55 pm

ILOILO CITY – An incentive awaits smokers and vapers from Western Visayas who decide to quit and embrace a healthy lifestyle through the "quit and win" tobacco cessation contest of the Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with the Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Philippines and the Lung… Read More

92 villages in Iloilo City achieve zero open defecation status

92 villages in Iloilo City achieve zero open defecation status

September 25, 2023, 8:34 pm

ILOILO CITY – This city has the highest percentage of barangays that have achieved a zero open defecation (ZOD) status among highly urbanized cities (HUCs), with 92 out of its 180 villages already observing the sanitation practice. Chief sanitation inspector Rudy Catahay said the Department of… Read More

Rabies cases decrease by 8% from Jan. 1- Sept. 2

Rabies cases decrease by 8% from Jan. 1- Sept. 2

September 21, 2023, 3:28 pm

MANILA – The Philippines has recorded an 8 percent decrease in rabies cases, from 282 down to 259 from Jan. 1 to Sept. 2, compared to the same period last year, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Thursday. However, citing latest data, the agency said cases have shown a continuous increase,… Read More

DOH joins WHO activity vs. chronic diseases in New York

DOH joins WHO activity vs. chronic diseases in New York

September 19, 2023, 7:04 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has taken part in the World Health Organization's (WHO) activity against chronic diseases, and highlighted health as a human right for everyone. In a Tuesday news release, the DOH said the “Walk the Talk New York: Health for All Challenge,” a… Read More

Albayanos warned vs. ‘quack’ cures as 4 die from rabies

Albayanos warned vs. ‘quack’ cures as 4 die from rabies

September 14, 2023, 7:21 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Albay Provincial Health Office (PHO) has discouraged animal bite victims from seeking traditional or "quack" treatment for rabies as four deaths have already been reported from January to September this year due to the deadly viral infection. In an interview on Thursday, Jan… Read More

76% drop in dengue cases noted in Negros Occidental, Bacolod City

76% drop in dengue cases noted in Negros Occidental, Bacolod City

September 12, 2023, 5:37 pm

BACOLOD CITY – Negros Occidental province and this capital city recorded fewer dengue cases in the first eight months of the year compared to the same period in 2022 amid the sustained mitigating measures to fight the mosquito-borne disease. Data released by the Provincial Health Office on… Read More

Global design icons lead PH's design confab on Sept. 14-15

Global design icons lead PH's design confab on Sept. 14-15

September 8, 2023, 7:58 pm

MANILA – The Design Center of the Philippines is set to host the Philippines’ biggest design conference — the International Design Conference — at the Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez, CCP Black Box Theater, CCP Complex, Manila on September 14-15, 2023. Considered as one of the largest design… Read More

1st HIV summit seeks to improve services for PLHIVs

1st HIV summit seeks to improve services for PLHIVs

September 8, 2023, 5:25 pm

MANILA – The Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC) on Friday launched its first HIV summit, seeking to foster collaboration in tackling the disease and confronting related discrimination. "We have the seven medium-term plan and we have a target of 95-95-95 – that is our scorecard, and we… Read More