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Immunization prevents up to 5M deaths every year: WHO official

ANKARA – Immunization currently prevents between 3.5 million and 5 million deaths every year from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza, and measles, said a World Health Organization (WHO) official.On the occasion of World Immunization Week, Batyr Berdyklychev, WHO... Read More

Bacolod urged to step up prevention of measles, polio outbreak

BACOLOD CITY – The Department of Health-Western Visayas (DOH-6) has urged the city government here to step up efforts to prevent measles-rubella and polio outbreak after registering a low immunization rate among children under a year old in the previous year.DOH-6 Regional Director Adriano... Read More

Residents of remote Albay areas get access to PhilHealth services

LEGAZPI CITY – Residents of far-flung communities in Albay province are now able to avail of services from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. in Bicol (PhilHealth-5) without having to travel to this city after the agency recently opened a satellite service desk in Libon town.In a phone... Read More

UN deeply concerned over decline in childhood vaccination

GENEVA – Expressing deep concerns over a decline in confidence in childhood vaccines, the United Nations (UN) said public perception of the importance of childhood vaccines has declined across Europe and Central Asia since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.A new report by UNICEF on Thursday... Read More

Tarlac City soon to have own hospital

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Tarlac City Mayor Cristy Angeles on Thursday led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Tarlac City General Hospital located in Barangay Binauganan.Angeles said it is her dream to provide a hospital that would address the health and medical... Read More

Bicol theater groups to showcase nat'l issues in 16 plays

LEGAZPI CITY – Laughter, giggles, tears, anguish, sighs, trepidation.These are some of the emotions expected to fill the air as Pista Nin Teatrong Bikolnon announced on Thursday its in-person performances in various places in Legazpi City.In a press conference at Pasakalye Black Box Art... Read More

Utilization rate among hospitals 'manageable' amid case hike

MANILA – The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAPi) on Thursday said the utilization rate among private hospitals remains “manageable” despite the rise of Covid-19 cases in some regions.In a televised public briefing, PHAPi President Dr. Jose de Grano noted that... Read More

Palawan not yet malaria-free: DOH

MANILA – Around 95 barangays in Palawan are not yet declared free from malaria, a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.In a media forum on Tuesday, Department of Health Officer in Charge Maria... Read More

DOH: Oil, grease found in Puerto Galera waters

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday advised the public to refrain from occupational and recreational water activities in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro as oil and grease contaminants have been found in several areas.Only nine out of 35 sampling stations in the municipality and... Read More

2nd Covid-19 booster shot guidelines for healthy adults signed

MANILA – The guidelines on the administration of the second booster of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines for the general population have been signed.The vaccines to be used as second booster shots are AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Pfizer.“We already signed the guidelines nitong... Read More

Spain performs 1st fully robotic lung transplant

GENEVA – A hospital in Spain has successfully performed the first fully robotic lung transplant through a small incision.Albert Jauregui, the head of the Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplant Service of Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona, shared the details of the pioneering technique on... Read More

NCR positivity rate rises to 7.2% as of April 15

MANILA – The positivity rate or the number of people who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the National Capital Region (NCR) increased to 7.2 percent as of April 15.Over Twitter, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said Monday the percentage is a... Read More

People living with HIV in PH to double by 2030

MANILA – The number of people living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV) nationwide is expected to double this year, reaching 364,000 cases.In a media forum on Friday, Department of Health National HIV Surveillance Officer Noel Palaypayon said a downward trend in the number of HIV... Read More

WHO turns 75; ensures resilient health systems in W. Pacific

MANILA –The World Health Organization (WHO) is focusing on building resilient health systems for universal health coverage in the Western Pacific region as it marks its 75thfounding anniversary.In a media forum Friday, WHO Western Pacific Acting Regional Director Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab said the... Read More

PH logs 39 new cases of Omicron XBB.1.91

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

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

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... Read More

DOH transfers patients to new site to address crowding at NCMH

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

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

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