Health and Lifestyle

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

PH daily average of new Covid-19 cases up by 8%

PH daily average of new Covid-19 cases up by 8%

March 14, 2023, 7:47 pm

MANILA – The country’s daily average of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases increased by 8 percent from March 5 to 12, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday. In the latest DOH case bulletin, average new daily infections increased to 140 in the recent week from 130 recorded… Read More

DOH: 8-M Covid-19 vaccines to expire from March-Oct

DOH: 8-M Covid-19 vaccines to expire from March-Oct

March 14, 2023, 5:39 pm

MANILA – Around 8 million Covid-19 vaccines will expire from March to October this year, a health official bared Tuesday. In a media briefing, Department of Health officer in charge Maria Rosario Vergeire noted that there are 15.3 million jabs that are expected to expire. “Tatanggalin natin… Read More

Delays seen in delivery of donated bivalent vaccines

Delays seen in delivery of donated bivalent vaccines

March 14, 2023, 5:15 pm

MANILA – There would be delays with the bivalent Covid-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility which are expected to arrive this month, a health official said Tuesday. “’Yung bivalent vaccines, medyo nagkakaroon lang tayo ng konting delays because alam naman ng ating mga kababayan, ‘yung state… Read More

86 more adolescents, kids positive with HIV in January: DOH

86 more adolescents, kids positive with HIV in January: DOH

March 13, 2023, 6:04 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has reported 86 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among adolescents and children in January. In its latest data registry released on Monday, the agency noted the tally is part of the 1,454 individuals who were confirmed with HIV during the… Read More

Massive efforts needed worldwide to reduce table salt intake

Massive efforts needed worldwide to reduce table salt intake

March 9, 2023, 8:34 pm

GENEVA – A World Health Organization (WHO) global report on sodium intake reduction shows that the planet is off-track to achieve its worldwide target of reducing by 30 percent consumption of the nutrient by 2025. Sodium is an essential nutrient but increases the risk of heart disease, stroke… Read More

PhilHealth offers family planning services among its benefits

PhilHealth offers family planning services among its benefits

March 5, 2023, 8:28 pm Updated on March 5, 2023, 8:35 pm

MANILA – Filipinos may avail of permanent contraception procedures under the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). In a news release on Sunday, PhilHealth acting president and chief executive officer Emmanuel Ledesma Jr. reminded its members and their dependents that several… Read More

Meds, therapy best cure for mental health conditions: expert

Meds, therapy best cure for mental health conditions: expert

March 3, 2023, 7:56 pm

MANILA – The best treatment for mental health conditions is a combination of medication and therapy, a health expert said Friday. During an online media "Kapihan" forum, National Center for Mental Health medical specialist Rodney Boncajes said therapy helps in the full recovery of individuals… Read More

DOH targets 2.46M Bicolanos for health assessment, intervention

DOH targets 2.46M Bicolanos for health assessment, intervention

February 27, 2023, 8:19 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) is targeting a total of 2,460,994 residents of the region for health assessment through the Philippine Package for Essential Non-Communicable Diseases Interventions (PhilPEN) from March 1-31. In a Zoom conference on Monday, Dr. Monrey… Read More

Central Luzon logs over 400 HFMD cases, mostly kids

Central Luzon logs over 400 HFMD cases, mostly kids

February 21, 2023, 8:09 pm

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – More than 400 residents, mostly children in Central Luzon have been infected with hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). The Department of Health Central Luzon Center for Health Development (DOH CLCHD) said 408 HFMD cases were recorded from Jan. 1 to Feb. 4 with… Read More

NCR positivity rate went up to 1.7% as of Feb. 18

NCR positivity rate went up to 1.7% as of Feb. 18

February 20, 2023, 4:54 pm

MANILA – The positivity rate or the number of people tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the National Capital Region (NCR) increased to 1.7 percent as of Feb. 18. Over Twitter, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said on Monday the increase is “negligible”… Read More

NegOr’s dengue cases still rising: health official

NegOr’s dengue cases still rising: health official

February 17, 2023, 7:50 pm

DUMAGUETE CITY – The number of dengue cases in Negros Oriental continues to rise although no deaths have so far been reported. Acting Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion said Friday the latest morbidity report showed 161 cases from Jan. 1 to Feb. 11. This is 96 percent higher compared… Read More