Health and Lifestyle

DOH sends medicines, medical supplies to ‘Vinta’-affected regions

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has ordered the sending of more medicines and other medical supplies to Mindanao regions hit by Tropical Storm Vinta.In a news release issued Tuesday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III expressed sympathy over the “tragic event” at a time... Read More

1 injured by ‘piccolo’ on 1st day of DOH monitoring

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday recorded the holiday season’s first injury from a firecracker – an 11-year-old boy from Pasig City who hurt his hand while lighting a piccolo.According to Action Paputok Injury Reduction 2017 Report No. 1, there was one case of... Read More

More than 900 new HIV cases reported in September

MANILA – A total of 936 people were found to be infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) last September, the Department of Health’s (DOH) Epidemiology Bureau reported.Of the figure, 806 did not show any symptom of HIV, 130 had full-blown Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome... Read More

UP-PGH to validate deaths linked to Dengvaxia

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday announced that it will partner with the University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) to validate independently allegations of death due to the controversial dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia."We are being transparent to erase... Read More

WHO lauds passage of sugary drinks tax

MANILA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has lauded the Philippines’ passage of a landmark law that has new tax provisions for sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB)."The initiative makes the Philippines among the first countries in Asia to introduce SSB tax in their national agenda," the WHO... Read More

DOH involves kids in campaign vs. firecrackers

MANILA -- The health department has enjoined school children to be “instrumental" in convincing their families to shun firecrackers this Christmas season."Kayo ang magpaalala sa mga magulang nyo na, ‘Papa, baka kayo maputulan ng kamay, wala nang magtatrabaho para sa amin’ (Be the... Read More

Buy Noche Buena food from ‘reputable sources’: FDA

MANILA -- As Christmas Eve draws near, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called on consumers to be cautious and vigilant when buying food for Noche Buena, toys and cosmetic products.“Consumers might fall victim to unscrupulous operators selling unsafe, compromised, improperly handled... Read More

DOH on Code White starting Thursday

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) will start monitoring firecracker-related injuries on Thursday."We will start our Code White by Dec. 21, 2017 and it will last until Jan. 5, 2018," DOH Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo told reporters Monday as health officials made the rounds of hospitals to... Read More

Keep your Christmas worry-free: DOH

MANILA -- As the holiday preparations move into high gear, remember to keep stress to a manageable level and get sufficient rest.Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, said this is the best way to stay healthy during the Christmas season.Planning ahead helps a lot, Lee Suy said... Read More

PhilHealth inks ‘no deposit' deal with 6 hospitals

MANILA -The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Saturday said that its Regional Office X Office has signed a landmark Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with six Cagayan de Oro City-based PhilHealth-accredited hospitals that provides for a No Hospital Deposit Policy for PhilHealth... Read More

WHO to member states: Limit Dengvaxia use

MANILA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday advised its member countries to limit the use of the controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia only to those who had contracted the disease."Dengvaxia prevents disease in the majority of vaccine recipients but it should not be administered to... Read More

West Visayas dengue cases drop by 64%

ILOILO CITY --The Department of Health in Western Visayas reported on Thursday that the number of dengue cases in Western Visayas has dropped by 64 percent.Reynilyn Reyes, head of the family, health and nutrition cluster of DOH-6, said that from January 1 to November 26 this year, a total of 9,279... Read More

Seasonal flu kills up to 650,000 people worldwide every year: study

WASHINGTON -- Seasonal flu kills between 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide every year, a new analysis of data from 47 countries suggested Wednesday.The number is higher than the previous estimate of 250,000 to 500,000, according to the study published by the Lancet, which excludes deaths during... Read More

Medical society on dengue prevention: Back to basic strategies

MANILA -- The Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID), amid the Dengvaxia issue, called on the public to return to the basic strategies on preventing mosquito-borne diseases."With all these issues, let us not forget the measures we do – surveillance, vector control,... Read More

Dengvaxia did not reach Palawan, assures local health office

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- The Department of Health’s (DOH) dengue vaccination program which used the controversial Dengvaxia did not reach Palawan.This was assured Monday morning in a phone interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) by Dr. Peter Hew Curameng, chief of DOH... Read More

More Manileños benefit from Turkish friendship

MANILA --Thousands of Manileños in Tondo, Manila have benefited once more from the 6th part of the series of Medical Mission dubbed as "TIKALUSUGAN" provided byTurkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) in partnership with the Manila City government."Malaking bagay ito... Read More

DOH intensifies rehab efforts in Marawi

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is stepping up its efforts to help rebuild the war-torn city of Marawi.In a news release issued Friday, the department said that as Marawi enters its seventh week of freedom from the Maute terrorist group, the DOH continues to respond to health... Read More

No letup in fight vs. malaria in Mimaropa

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- There will be “no letup in the fight for the elimination of malaria in the Mimaropa region, especially in Palawan,” Department of Health regional director, Dr. Eduardo Janairo, said Friday morning.The regional health director added there is a need... Read More

Global population affected by dementia to triple in 30 years: WHO

GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday that as the global population ages, the number of people living with dementia is expected to triple by 2050, undermining both social and economic development.Dementia is a general term for several diseases that are mostly progressive,... Read More

PNoy should clarify dengue vaccine mess: Duque

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday called on former President Benigno S. Aquino III to come forward and clarify the mass dengue vaccination program that was implemented during his term.In a television interview, Duque said it would be better if Aquino would help shed... Read More