Health and Lifestyle

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

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... Read More

92 villages in Iloilo City achieve zero open defecation status

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

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 saidcases have shown a continuous increase,... Read More

DOH joins WHO activity vs. chronic diseases in New York

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

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

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

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... Read More

1st HIV summit seeks to improve services for PLHIVs

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... Read More

Leachon back as volunteer consultant - DOH chief

MANILA – Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa said Friday that Dr. Tony Leachon is back to being a volunteer consultant for the health department.This was after Iloilo 1st District Rep. and former Department of Health (DOH) secretary Janette Garin questioned Leachon's appointment in April as... Read More

PSA: Heart diseases leading cause of death in 2022

MANILA – The top three causes of death in the country last year were ischemic heart diseases, neoplasms and cerebrovascular diseases, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Wednesday.Meanwhile, registered deaths due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) significantly declined... Read More

PhilHealth to pay bulk of P27-B hospital debts in 90 days

MANILA –The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Wednesday pledged to pay within 90 days "majority, if not all" of the unpaid hospital claims amounting to PHP27 billion."This is on record. Within 90 days, we will try to pay a very high percentage of the PHP27 billion,”... Read More

Legazpi to boost health services via new P50-M medical building

LEGAZPI CITY – The city government here will start this September the construction of a new building that will house new facilities and medical equipment to complement the services being offered at the Legazpi City Hospital (LCH).In an interview on Tuesday, Legazpi City Mayor Carmen Geraldine... Read More

More bivalent Covid-19 vaccine doses expected by yearend

MANILA – The country is expecting to receive donations of bivalent vaccine doses against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) from the COVAX Facility by the end of this year or early next year.COVAX Facility is a worldwide initiative which aims to provide equitable access to Covid-19... Read More

DOH warns public anew about dangers of leptospirosis

MANILA – Students and employees wading through floodwaters should protect themselves against fatal leptospirosis, a rare bacterial infection spread through animal urine especially rats, as cases and deaths increase.Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Enrique Tayag said walking in flooded... Read More

Camote, corn good alternative for rice: DOH

MANILA – Camote and corn would make for a nutritious substitute for rice, a staple Filipino food, among families affected by its price increase.Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Enrique Tayag said camote and corn are cheaper than rice but they can provide the same benefits, in terms of... Read More

DOH, city gov't intensify anti-TB drive in Calamba

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – The Department of Health (DOH) has teamed up with the city government of Calamba to launch an intensified campaign against tuberculosis (TB).The joint effort was launched on Thursday, coinciding with the celebration of National Lung Month.During the ceremonies, Dr.... Read More

Use PCSO shares to boost nat’l immunization drive, Cua tells LGUs

MANILA – Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairperson Junie E. Cua on Wednesday urged local government units to devote a portion of their PCSO shares to help end the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) among children."I urge our LGUs to also use your PCSO shares towards... Read More

New Covid cases daily average up by 2% 

MANILA – The country’s daily average for new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 2 percent from Aug. 21 to 27, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday.In its latest case bulletin, the agency recorded 114 daily infections, a case higher than the 113 cases recorded... Read More

DOH promotes improved healthcare services in Eastern Visayas

MANILA – Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa visited Eastern Visayas hospitals over the weekend to check on the facilities in line with the agency’s 8-point Action Agenda, and to ensure “their facilities are not left behind.”The Department of Health (DOH), in a news release on... Read More

DOH urges youths to get boosters vs. vaccine-preventable diseases

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said adolescents aged 10 to 19 years old are prone to vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs), especially if they have not received booster shots."May mga bakuna na bumababa ang proteksyon habang tumatagal kung kaya kailangan ng karagdagang... Read More