Health and Lifestyle

PH detects 571 more cases of Delta variant

MANILA – An additional 571 cases of the highly transmissible and dominant Delta variant of the coronavirus have been recorded nationwide.In an online media forum, Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the new Delta variant cases were from a total of 629 samples... Read More

2 PCHRD-supported projects now being designed

MANILA–Two projects supported by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) -- one for hip replacement and another for intramedullary nails – are being designed. In a taped report aired on Friday, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de... Read More

WHO urges vaccination to prevent Omicron case surge

MANILA – An official of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged countries to prepare for a possible surge of cases due to the Omicron variant by getting vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and observing health protocols.In an online media forum, WHO Western... Read More

PH logs 425 new Covid-19 cases, lowest in 2021

MANILA–The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday logged 425 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, the lowest recorded since the height of the pandemic last year.Based on DOH's latest monitoring, the active cases stand at 15,800 or 0.6 percent of the total confirmed cases since... Read More

Awareness on contraception to curb teen pregnancies: survey

MANILA – A survey showed that only 13 percent of 500 young women in the Philippines have knowledge of emergency contraceptive (EC) pills or the Yuzpe method which has an 88 percent efficacy rate if taken within 72 hours after conception.DKT Philippines Foundation, a leader for health market... Read More

Don't neglect cardiovascular diseases, diabetes: groups

MANILA–While people should not let their guard down against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), two groups on Tuesday urged the public to also be mindful of non-Covid cases, especially cardiovascular diseases (CVD), diabetes and hypertension. In a virtual presser, representatives of the... Read More

PH detects 426 more cases of Delta variant

MANILA – An additional 426 cases of the highly transmissible and dominant Delta variant of the coronavirus have been recorded nationwide, a health official said Monday.In an online media forum, Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the new Delta variant cases were... Read More

Heed DOH advice on dose regimen to prevent adverse effects: DOST

MANILA–An official of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) urged the public on Friday to heed the Health Department's advice on coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine dose regimen so that adverse effects can be prevented. "The DOH repeatedly explained that the right regimen... Read More

Legazpi City Hospital expansion to finish by January

LEGAZPI CITY – The Legazpi City Hospital (LCH) here will soon be able to serve more patients once its expansion is completed.Mayor Noel E. Rosal on Wednesday directed the City Engineering Office (CEO) to expedite the construction of the facility's third level to accommodate more patients and... Read More

PH approves emergency use of Novavax Covid-19 vaccine

MANILA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to Novavax's Covid-19 vaccine."Ito po ay nag-apply sa 'tin (This has applied for an EUA) a few months ago,” FDA Director General Eric Domingo said during a televised public briefing... Read More

Worldwide tobacco users fall by 25M people since 2015

GENEVA – Worldwide tobacco use has decreased by 25 million people since 2015 despite a growing population, and this trend is projected to continue in the coming years, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report released on Tuesday.The WHO global tobacco trends report shows that there... Read More

Healthcare workers can pick vax brand for booster dose: DOH

MANILA – Fully vaccinated healthcare workers who opt to get a booster shot can choose their preferred Covid-19 vaccine brand, the Department of Health (DOH) said.Under Department Memorandum 2021-0484, healthcare workers have the option to receive a homologous or heterologous booster dose... Read More

Hospitals, LGUs allowed to buy antibody drug Ronapreve

MANILA – Hospitals and local government units may now procure their own supply of Ronapreve, a monoclonal antibody treatment drug to prevent and fight SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019(Covid-19).In a media briefing Monday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario... Read More

PH Red Cross hits 1M saliva RT-PCR tests

MANILA – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) hits the one million saliva RT-PCR tests mark on Nov. 12, 2021, since its launch last Jan. 25, 2021.The PRC saliva RT-PCR test is the first and only in the country.The saliva RT-PCR test, in a study by the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Campus... Read More

Telehealth to stay, evolve post-pandemic

MANILA–Telehealth will continue to be on-demand and evolve even after the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, executives of corporate venture builder 917Ventures and telehealth service KonsultaMD said on Wednesday."I'm not saying telehealth will replace face-to-face consultations,... Read More

Modern hospital building soon to rise in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – A four-storey building will soon rise at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC), formerly the Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA), to bring more health services to residents and those from nearby communities.Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. led on Wednesday the... Read More

Sarangani fast-tracks Level 1 upgrade of provincial hospital

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Health authorities in Sarangani have fast-tracked the upgrading of its provincial hospital in Alabel town into a Level 1 facility.Dr. Arvin Alejandro, Sarangani health officer, said the local government is currently processing the necessary requirements with the... Read More

Zero dengue deaths in NegOr attributed to quarantine restrictions

DUMAGUETE CITY – As the year draws to a close, the province of Negros Oriental has not recorded a single death due to dengue, which a key health official attributed largely to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.Dr. Socrates Villamor, provincial chief of the Department of Health... Read More

Overcoming Covid-19 entails fighting false info: PCHRD exec

MANILA–The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) on Friday noted the importance of fighting false information to win the battle against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). "Overcoming Covid-19 entails fighting false information that may affect the public’s trust... Read More

Novavax inclusion in PH 'mix&match' study depends on procurement

MANILA–Once Novavax vaccine against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) gets an emergency use authorization (EUA) in the country, its inclusion in the mix and match study would depend on the supply from the Department of Health (DOH), an official of the Department of Science and Technology... Read More