Health and Lifestyle

Daily average of Covid-19 cases from Aug. 1-7 up by 13%

MANILA – The country's daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 13 percent from Aug. 1 to 7, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 3,443 per day from July 25 to 31, the number of Covid-19 cases reached 3,904 daily from Aug. 1 to 7.The latest case... Read More

Dengue cases up 118% from Jan. 1-July 23

MANILA – The Philippines has logged 92,343 dengue cases from January 1 to July 23 this year, 118 percent higher than the figure in the same period in 2021, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH noted that cases for the same period last year totaled... Read More

Spike in Covid cases due to BA.5 subvariant: PH Genome Center

MANILA – The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) on Monday confirmed that the current increase in Covid-19 infections is brought about by the Omicron BA.5 subvariant.In a televised public briefing, PGC Executive Director Cynthia Saloma said about 85 percent of the sequenced samples is composed of... Read More

365K booster doses administered via PinasLakas drive

MANILA – A total of 364,784 booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered through the PinasLakas campaign.In a Viber message to reporters Wednesday night, the Department of Health said the doses were given from July 26 to Aug. 2.“[About] 2,685 senior citizens were provided... Read More

NegOr dengue cases 160% higher than last year

DUMAGUETE CITY – The number of dengue cases in Negros Oriental this year is 160 percent higher than the figures during the same period in 2021.Records from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) showed that from Jan. 1 to July 30, 2022, the province logged a total of 1,067 cases, whereas there... Read More

NCR Covid-19 growth rate down to 14%: OCTA

MANILA – The growth rate of Covid-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) has dipped to 14 percent as of August 2, the OCTA Research Group said Wednesday.In a tweet, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said NCR’s growth rate was higher last July 26 at 21 percent.The... Read More

Dengue cases up 106% from Jan. 1-July 16

MANILA – The country has logged 82,597 dengue cases from January 1 to July 16 this year, 106 percent higher than the figure in the same period in 2021, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH noted that cases for the same period last year totaled... Read More

PH detects its first two cases of Omicron BA.2.75

MANILA – The country has logged its first two cases of Omicron BA.2.75 subvariant, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.In a press briefing, DOH officer-in-charge Ma. Rosario Vergeire said both cases were from Western Visayas and were already tagged as recovered. The BA.2.75 strain,... Read More

Gov’t urged to regulate overseas employment of HCWs

MANILA – The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PHAPI) on Monday asked the government to regulate the overseas employment of healthcare workers (HCWs), especially nurses.PHAPI president Dr. Rene de Grano said in a televised public briefing that the major cause of declining... Read More

Suspected monkeypox cases told to report to hospitals first

MANILA – Persons with suspected monkeypox symptoms are advised to isolate themselves in healthcare facilities and not at home, the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PHAPI) said Monday.In a televised public briefing, PHAPI president Dr. Rene de Grano said monkeypox is a... Read More

PH’s 1st monkeypox case under home isolation to recover: DOH

MANILA – The country’s first case of monkeypox is currently isolated at home to recover, a health official said Monday.In a radio interview, Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the 31-year-old patient, who arrived from overseas on July 19, has no more... Read More

Better health care seen for Bulakeños with hospital upgrade

MANILA – The ongoing upgrading of San Miguel District Hospital in San Miguel, Bulacan is expected to improve the delivery of quality medical and health care services for the Bulakeños.Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan said in a statement on Sunday... Read More

New York guv declares state emergency as monkeypox cases rise

ANKARA – The New York governor declared an emergency in the state late on Friday amid the monkeypox outbreak.“I am declaring a State Disaster Emergency to strengthen our ongoing efforts to confront the monkeypox outbreak,” Kathy Hochul said on Twitter.She also said the move will... Read More

Albay town to step up maternity health care

LEGAZPI CITY – The municipal health office of Camalig in Albay is eyeing better and quick response efforts to ensure healthy and safe maternity care.Camalig Mayor Carlos Irwin G. Baldo Jr. said he is committed to improving proper health care facilities and services for pregnant women,... Read More

NegOr logs 6th dengue death as cases continue to rise

DUMAGUETE CITY – Negros Oriental reported its sixth mortality case due to dengue in the midst of the continuous climb of cases in the province.Records at the Provincial Health Office (PHO) on Thursday showed that as of the latest weekly reporting, a total of 991 cases were logged across the... Read More

PH detects 890 more cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant

MANILA – The country has detected 890 additional cases of the Omicron BA.5 subvariant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Thursday.In an online media forum, officer in charge for the DOH’s Public Health Services Team, Undersecretary Beverly... Read More

NCR at moderate risk for Covid-19: DOH

MANILA – The National Capital Region (NCR) is currently under moderate risk classification for Covid-19, a health official said Thursday.In an online media forum, Health officer-in-charge Undersecretary for Public Health Services Team Beverly Ho said the NCR has the highest daily moving... Read More

50 and up, 18-49 yrs old with comorbidities OK for 2nd booster

MANILA – All adults aged 50 years old and above and individuals aged 18 years to 49 years with comorbidities can now receive a second booster or fourth dose of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine.This was after the Department of Health (DOH), through the National Covid-19... Read More

DOH to bring health services closer to people via telemedicine

MANILA – The Department of Health plans to establish telemedicine or telehealth services across the country in response to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s directive in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday to bring healthcare services closer to... Read More

19K daily cases by Aug. 31 if low vax, booster rates continue

MANILA – The number of detected Covid-19 cases at the national level are projected to be on a continuous uptrend with an estimated 19,306 infections per day by Aug. 31, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH said the projection is expected if... Read More