Health and Lifestyle

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

DOH opens tuberculosis service facility in Sorsogon town

DOH opens tuberculosis service facility in Sorsogon town

March 23, 2023, 8:02 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) has pursued a new strategy and program focused on increasing the accessibility of tuberculosis (TB) healthcare services in the region. DOH-5 opened the Integrated Delivery of TB Services (iDOTS) facility in Castilla town, Sorsogon province… Read More

101 of 191 cases recover from oil spill-related illnesses - DOH

101 of 191 cases recover from oil spill-related illnesses - DOH

March 21, 2023, 4:59 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reported 14 more individuals who were affected by the oil spill in Oriental Mindoro. In a media briefing, DOH officer in charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the dates of data collection were from March 2 to 20, 2023. "Last week we had a total of… Read More

OCTA: NCR Covid-19 positivity rate up to 3.2%

OCTA: NCR Covid-19 positivity rate up to 3.2%

March 20, 2023, 1:26 pm

MANILA – The seven-day positivity rate for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the National Capital Region (NCR) increased to 3.2 percent as of March 18. Over Twitter, independent monitoring group OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David said on Monday that the region’s positivity rate the… Read More

Social media factor for HIV rise among youth: DOH

Social media factor for HIV rise among youth: DOH

March 14, 2023, 9:04 pm

MANILA – Accessibility to social media could be one of the factors for the increase in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases among adolescents and teenagers, a health official said Tuesday. This, after the Department of Health’s (DOH) latest data registry showed 79 new cases among 10 to 19… Read More