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PH logs 39 new cases of Omicron XBB.1.91

PH logs 39 new cases of Omicron XBB.1.91

April 14, 2023, 1:53 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has detected 39 more cases of Omicron XBB.1.91 subvariant, an XBB sublineage. In its latest surveillance report, the DOH said the subvariant was added to the list of variants under monitoring by the World Health Organization on March 30. “The variant… Read More

PH logs 188% rise in leptospirosis cases

PH logs 188% rise in leptospirosis cases

April 13, 2023, 5:03 pm

MANILA – A total of 1,015 leptospirosis cases have been recorded nationwide from Jan. 1 to March 18 this year, a 188 percent increase from the 353 cases during the same period in 2022. The Department of Health-Epidemiology Bureau (DOH-EB) surveillance report showed that Western Visayas logged… Read More

DOH: Guidelines on 2nd booster for general public being finalized

DOH: Guidelines on 2nd booster for general public being finalized

April 12, 2023, 6:27 pm

MANILA – The administration of the second booster shot of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines for the general public would be implemented soon, a health official said Wednesday. “Ang atin pong ibibigay ay second boosters para sa mga healthy adults, ‘yun pong mga 18 years old and… Read More

DOH transfers patients to new site to address crowding at NCMH

DOH transfers patients to new site to address crowding at NCMH

April 12, 2023, 4:26 pm

MANILA – About 60 patients with criminal cases are set to be transferred to a new building on April 14 to decongest the forensics pavilion at the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH). In a media forum on Wednesday, Department of Health officer in charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said they have… Read More

Chinese scientist claims Covid-19 may have originated from humans

Chinese scientist claims Covid-19 may have originated from humans

April 11, 2023, 5:27 pm

BEIJING – A Chinese scientist has claimed that the Covid-19 virus may have originated from humans. China's State Council's Information Office held a press conference in Beijing on Saturday to discuss the latest findings in the origins-tracing of the virus. Scientists claimed that the DNA data… Read More

DOH still waiting for 'legal basis' to accept donated jabs

DOH still waiting for 'legal basis' to accept donated jabs

April 4, 2023, 5:44 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is still waiting for a legal basis to enter into an agreement on the donation of bivalent Covid-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility. In a media forum, DOH officer in charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the agency was challenged by its legal situation as… Read More

Prolonged sun exposure during summer can cause skin cancer: DOH

Prolonged sun exposure during summer can cause skin cancer: DOH

April 4, 2023, 2:13 pm

MANILA – Constant sun exposure, especially during summer when temperatures are high, can cause deadly skin cancer, the Department of Health (DOH) warned on Tuesday. In a media forum, DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said sun burn or redness of the skin after staying under the sun for… Read More

APEC tracks progress in cervical cancer elimination

APEC tracks progress in cervical cancer elimination

April 3, 2023, 4:35 pm

JAKARTA – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), through its Health Working Group, announced a comprehensive report that measures the progress in cervical cancer elimination and the status of intervention programs to prevent and control the condition across the region. Cervical cancer is one… Read More

PhilHealth warns of dangers of heat stroke

PhilHealth warns of dangers of heat stroke

April 2, 2023, 3:58 pm

MANILA – With the onset of the dry season, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) advised the public to take necessary precautions to avoid heat stroke. “Hindi po biro ang heat stroke dahil maaari po itong magdulot ng permanent damage sa utak at iba pang vital organs tulad ng… Read More

HFMD cases on the rise in Palawan

HFMD cases on the rise in Palawan

March 30, 2023, 8:05 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – The number of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) cases in Roxas town in northern Palawan has ballooned to 110 as of March 29, the Municipal Health Office said on Thursday. Municipal Health Officer Dr. Leo Salvino said in an interview the HFMD cases which were… Read More

Heart failure a treatable chronic disease: PHA

Heart failure a treatable chronic disease: PHA

March 29, 2023, 6:18 pm

MANILA – Heart failure or the condition where the heart is unable to pump blood properly can be treated with the advances in medications and diagnostics, a health expert said Wednesday. In an online discussion, Philippine Heart Association (PHA) Communications Committee co-chair Dr. Luigi Pierre… Read More

96 HFMD cases recorded in Palawan town

96 HFMD cases recorded in Palawan town

March 28, 2023, 8:20 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – A provincial legislator on Tuesday urged the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to take the necessary actions on the reported cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) spreading in several villages of Roxas town. Provincial Board Member Ma. Angela Sabando, during… Read More

Super Health Center to serve remote Calapan City villages

Super Health Center to serve remote Calapan City villages

March 28, 2023, 8:02 pm

CITY OF CALAPAN, Oriental Mindoro – Villagers in remote areas of this city will soon have easy access to upgraded services to be provided by the soon-to-rise Super Health Center (SHC) in Barangay Guinobatan. “The Super Health Center is a medium version of a polyclinic and an improved version… Read More

PH's own CDC preparation for future public health threats

PH's own CDC preparation for future public health threats

March 28, 2023, 5:46 pm

MANILA – The creation of the Philippine Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) is a preparation for future pandemics and threats to public health and not "medical martial law", Department of Health officer in charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said. “Nowhere can you find within this CDC… Read More

Delivery of bivalent Covid-19 jabs from COVAX on hold: DOH

Delivery of bivalent Covid-19 jabs from COVAX on hold: DOH

March 28, 2023, 4:49 pm

MANILA -- The delivery of bivalent coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines donated by the COVAX Facility has been put on hold as the contract is still under review, a health official said Tuesday. In a media forum, Department of Health (DOH) Officer in Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the… Read More

DOH to vaccinate 1.4M kids for measles, polio in Bicol

DOH to vaccinate 1.4M kids for measles, polio in Bicol

March 27, 2023, 7:59 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) is urging parents to have their children vaccinated against measles-rubella (MR) and polio in health centers, as part of its upcoming supplemental immunization activity (SIA) in May. In an interview on Monday, Dr. Desiree Bricenio,… Read More

PH daily average of Covid cases up by 11%

PH daily average of Covid cases up by 11%

March 27, 2023, 7:16 pm

MANILA – The country’s daily average of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went up by 11 percent from March 20 to 26, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday. The agency posted 185 daily infections from 167 recorded between March 13 to 19. The DOH also reported 1,298 new… Read More

PhilHealth provides benefit packages for women all year round

PhilHealth provides benefit packages for women all year round

March 27, 2023, 6:58 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) offers different benefits for its female members not only during Women’s month but also year-round. In a televised public briefing, Rey Baleña, PhilHealth Corporate Affairs Group vice president and concurrent Corporate… Read More

DOH: 70 Filipinos die daily from tuberculosis

DOH: 70 Filipinos die daily from tuberculosis

March 24, 2023, 6:54 pm

MANILA – About 70 Filipinos die daily from tuberculosis (TB), a serious illness caused by bacteria affecting the lungs. In her speech during the World TB Day Friday, Department of Health Officer in Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire described the disease as curable with 1.6 million recorded deaths in… Read More

DOH opens catheterization lab for Central Luzon residents

DOH opens catheterization lab for Central Luzon residents

March 24, 2023, 4:30 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday opened a new catheterization laboratory (CathLab) at the Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital (JBLMGH) which aims to serve the residents of Central Luzon provinces. In her speech during the ribbon-cutting ceremony, DOH officer in charge… Read More