Health and Lifestyle

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

NegOr logs 196% year-on-year rise in dengue cases

DUMAGUETE CITY – Dengue cases in Negros Oriental have risen to 2,008 with nine deaths from January 1 to November 12, marking a 196 percent increase than the 679 cases and zero death logged in the same period last year.In a report released Thursday, the Provincial Health Office said the number... Read More

NCR Covid positivity rate down to 7.4% as of Nov. 15: OCTA

MANILA–The positivity rate for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the National Capital Region (NCR) is down to 7.4 percent as of Nov. 15, the OCTA Research Group said Thursday.OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David tweeted the region's positivity rate or the number of persons testing... Read More

PH fertility rate down, PSA study says

MANILA– The country’s total fertility rate or the number of children that women aged 15 to 49 years old bear has decreased in 2022, according to a Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) study.“Mula po sa tatlo nung 2017 hanggang sa dalawang bata na lamang po nung 2022. So,... Read More

DOH confirms appointment of Tayag as undersecretary

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed the appointment of Dr. Eric Tayag as undersecretary of the agency.“Yes, Director Eric Tayag, we received the transmittal of his appointment yesterday,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a media briefing... Read More

HTAC talks on Moderna bivalent vax start Nov 18: DOH

MANILA – The Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) will start its initial discussions on Moderna’s bivalent vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Friday (Nov. 18).“We’re just waiting para ‘yung Moderna naman makapag-submit na rin sa FDA [Food... Read More

Lady solon named ‘gov’t hero of the year’

MANILA – Had it not been for the heroism of a determined lawmaker, tens of thousands of Las Piñas City folks could have succumbed to the coronavirus disease 2019 (2019) Covid-19 pandemic.Deputy Speaker and Las Piñas City Representative Camille Villar saved many of her... Read More

New doctors urged not to pass up on chance to serve the barrios

SALLAPADAN, Abra – For medical students, the common path to achieving their greatest dream is to finish their studies, pass the board examination and work at a hospital.For Dr. Karina Viola Bulong, being a "doctor to the barrio" (DTTB) which means working in rural areas is a life-changing... Read More

NCR positivity rate dips further to 7.5%: OCTA

MANILA – The positivity rate, or the number of persons testing positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), in the National Capital Region (NCR) decreased to 7.5 percent as of Nov. 12.Over Twitter on Monday, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said the region’s positivity... Read More

NegOr guv prioritizes health care services under 3-year plan

DUMAGUETE CITY – Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo is prioritizing health care and other related sectors in the province’s three-year plan.In his talk at the opening of the province’s Executive-Legislative Agenda planning workshop on Wednesday, Degamo spoke of his flagship... Read More

Decrease in PH Covid-19 cases due to hybrid immunity: expert

MANILA – The downtrend in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections could be attributed to the public’s hybrid immunity against the disease, an infectious disease expert said Thursday.This, after the positivity rate or the number of individuals testing positive for Covid-19 in the... Read More

NCR positivity rate down to 8.9%, lowest since July: OCTA

MANILA – The positivity rate, or the number of persons testing positive for Covid-19, in the National Capital Region (NCR) went down to 8.9 percent, the lowest this year since July 4.In a televised public briefing on Monday, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said other Covid-19... Read More

E. Visayas LGUs told to check water sources amid cholera cases

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) regional office here has asked local government units (LGUs) to regularly check sources of drinking water as several areas in the region have recorded nearly 4,000 suspected cholera cases this year.Roderick Boyd Cerro, DOH-Eastern Visayas regional... Read More

Paeng damages 15 health facilities: DOH

MANILA – A total of 15 health facilities nationwide were damaged by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng's onslaught last week, a health official said Friday.In a media briefing, Department of Health (DOH) officer in charge, Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, said these facilities are in Central... Read More

No recorded RSV deaths in PH: DOH

MANILA – The Philippines has no recorded deaths due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) from January to Aug. 31, a health official said Friday.RSV is a common respiratory infection among children under 5 years old which causes mild cold-like symptoms.“Common siya nangyayari sa mga bata... Read More