Health and Lifestyle

No evidence that BQ.1 causes severe Covid-19

MANILA – There is no proof showing that the Omicron BQ.1 subvariant causes more severe type of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), an infectious disease expert said Monday.In a televised public briefing, Department of Health (DOH) Technical Advisory Group member Dr. Edsel Salvaña... Read More

DOH assures RITM personnel employment in proposed CDC

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has assured personnel of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) that they would not lose their jobs once the bill on the establishment Center for Disease Control is enacted into law.“We assure our personnel in RITM, nobody will lose... Read More

DOH detects 1st 14 cases of BQ.1 in PH

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday confirmed that it has detected the “highly transmissible and immune-evasive” Omicron BQ.1 subvariant in the country.In a media forum, DOH officer in charge Maria Rosario Vergeire reported 14 new cases of the BQ.1 subvariant have... Read More

DOH studies benefits of 3rd booster, bivalent jabs as add'l dose

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is still looking into pieces of evidence showing the benefits of administering a third booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.In a media briefing on Friday, DOH officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the government ensures the effectiveness and... Read More

PH's 153rd Malasakit Center opens at OFW Hospital in Pampanga

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The 153rd Malasakit Center was launched on Thursday at the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Hospital here to the medical and health needs of migrant workers and their families.Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire, together... Read More

PHAPI recommends extension of state of calamity due to Covid-19

MANILA – The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PHAPI) has recommended the extension of the national state of calamity due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), set to expire in December.“Sa tingin po natin dapat ituloy pa iyan kahit siguro until the first... Read More

NCR Covid-19 positivity rate spikes to 9.2%: OCTA

MANILA – The weekly positivity rate or the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), in the National Capital Region (NCR) increased to 9.2 percent as of November 22.Over Twitter on Wednesday, OCTA Research Group fellow Guido David said the figure marks a... Read More

Diabetes top cause of peripheral neuropathy: health experts

MANILA – Diabetes mellitus is the leading cause of peripheral neuropathy, a condition characterized by damage of nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, worldwide.During the “Winning the Fight Against Neuropathy in Diabetic Patients” forum on Nov. 10, Central Manchester... Read More

Advocacy body raises alarm as Baguio sees soaring HIV cases

BAGUIO CITY – The city's advocacy body on Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) has raised alarm amid an increase in cases of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in this summer capital."As of August 2022, there were 544 active cases recorded," Dr. Celiaflor Brillantes, assistant city... Read More

Study state of public health emergency lifting carefully: expert

MANILA – The lifting of the state of public emergency due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) by year-end must be studied thoroughly, an infectious diseases expert said Tuesday.In a televised public briefing, Dr. Rontgene Solante emphasized that placing the country under a state of... Read More

DOH primary care van brings services to Pangasinan communities

MANAOAG, Pangasinan – Some 420 residents of this town have availed of free services of the Department of Health (DOH)'s primary care van.In an interview on Tuesday, Gina Gomez, one of the beneficiaries, said the van has saved her time and money."I usually go to Region 1 Medical Center in... Read More

Pharmaceutical firms urged to report alleged anomalies in FDA

MANILA – Pharmaceutical companies are urged to report alleged anomalies in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).This, after Senator Raffy Tulfo claimed in a Senate hearing last Nov. 18 that some FDA officials are asking PHP5 million to PHP20 million from pharmaceutical companies for the... Read More

DOH rallies health sector vs. antimicrobial resistance

MANILA – The health sector is urged to support the fight against the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through adoption of global strategies and tools.In her speech at the Philippine Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2022 (PAAW 2022), Department of Health officer-in-charge Maria... Read More

DOH exceeds 100% infant immunization target in NCR

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH), through its Metro Manila Center for Health Development, has inoculated over 137,701 infants against vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) in the National Capital Region (NCR).In a statement on Tuesday, the DOH said the achievement is part of its... Read More

Vaping, smoking on the rise in Iloilo City, says task force

ILOILO CITY – The Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (ICAST) said vaping or using electronic cigarettes propagates and not help gradually stop smoking.ICAST Executive Director Iñigo Garingalao, in an interview on Monday, said their enforcement of the city’s Anti-Smoking Ordinance... Read More

Daily average of new Covid-19 cases down by 12% from Nov. 14-20

MANILA – The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases has decreased by 12 percent from Nov. 14 to 20, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.From 1,296 per day recorded from Nov. 7 to 13, the number went down to 1,143 daily in the recent week.The latest case bulletin... Read More

P15.6 billion worth of Covid-19 vaccines wasted: DOH

MANILA — More than 31 million shots or PHP15.6 billion worth of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines were wasted so far, a health official said Monday.In a radio interview, Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said 24 million doses were wasted because of short... Read More

127 cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease reported in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY – The Albay Provincial Health Office (PHO) is closely monitoring the 127 hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) cases recorded to date, mostly among young residents in the province.Dr. Nataniel Rempillo, Albay Provincial Health Office (PHO) chief, in an interview on Friday, said... Read More

Typhoid fever cases on the rise in NegOr

DUMAGUETE CITY – The number of typhoid fever cases in Negros Oriental province is still rising with the latest figures showing a 131 percent increase compared to last year, a health official said on Friday.Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion told the Philippine News Agency... Read More

24% of families in Eastern Visayas have no toilets: DOH

TACLOBAN CITY – About 24 percent of the over 1 million households in Eastern Visayas have no toilets based on the latest monitoring report of the Department of Health (DOH) regional office here.DOH environmental and occupational health unit head Percival De Paz said the absence of toilets is... Read More