Health and Lifestyle

DOH: Diarrhea cases hike in Baguio under probe

DOH: Diarrhea cases hike in Baguio under probe

January 11, 2024, 12:47 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is assisting the Baguio City government in the management and control of diarrhea cases in the area. This was after Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong declared an outbreak of the disease on Wednesday. The DOH, through its Epidemiology Bureau, said the increase… Read More

Albay targets over 470K kids, teens for deworming

Albay targets over 470K kids, teens for deworming

January 9, 2024, 5:19 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Albay Provincial Health Office (PHO) has urged parents with children and teenagers aged one to 19 years old, to allow their kids to undergo deworming. In an interview on Tuesday, Anthony Ludovice, PHO Soil Transmitted Helminths (STH) Program coordinator, said they target to… Read More

Negros Occidental expands community-based nutrition program

Negros Occidental expands community-based nutrition program

January 4, 2024, 5:05 pm

BACOLOD CITY – The Negros Occidental provincial government is expanding its community-based nutrition program (CBNP) to Cauayan town to address high incidence of malnutrition among young children in the southern Negros locality. Some 16 of the town’s 25 villages got a total of PHP4.3-million… Read More

Bacolod City residents get free pneumonia, flu shots

Bacolod City residents get free pneumonia, flu shots

January 4, 2024, 4:20 pm

BACOLOD CITY – Residents in this city can avail of free pneumonia and influenza (flu) vaccinations to prevent cases among the vulnerable population under the “Handog Pasasalamat sa mga Pamilyang Bacolodnon” program of the City Health Office (CHO). On Jan. 5 and 6, some 200 doses of pneumonia… Read More

DOH improves healthcare, brings services closer to people

DOH improves healthcare, brings services closer to people

January 1, 2024, 7:39 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) continues to improve its mandate of bringing quality healthcare services to all Filipinos nationwide. For the year 2023, the agency was busy on the establishment of healthcare facilities, especially in the provinces, that would provide state-of-the-art… Read More

Protect your hearing, pets against New Year's Eve noise

Protect your hearing, pets against New Year's Eve noise

December 31, 2023, 6:42 pm

MANILA – Maricar Estor, 20, has been wearing earmuffs every New Year’s Eve for almost 17 years now as loud sounds due to the revelry cause her palpitation and pain in her ears. “I remember when I was younger, I cry when I hear firecrackers blasting and I’m even afraid to go out of the… Read More

PhilHealth to adjust benefit package rates in 2024

PhilHealth to adjust benefit package rates in 2024

December 22, 2023, 8:08 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is set to adjust the rates of most of its benefit packages starting 2024. PhilHealth must adjusts its rates in order for members to cope with the increasing cost of medical care, PhilHealth president and chief executive officer… Read More

Measles, rubella cases up by 335% – DOH

Measles, rubella cases up by 335% – DOH

December 22, 2023, 6:08 pm

MANILA – The country has logged 2,594 measles and rubella cases for the first 11 months of this year. In a message to reporters on Friday, the Department of Health (DOH) said data from Jan. 1 to Nov. 25 translates to a 335-percent increase, or from 596 cases in the same period last year.… Read More

Solon seeks probe into PH’s readiness vs. respiratory illness surge

Solon seeks probe into PH’s readiness vs. respiratory illness surge

December 19, 2023, 5:20 pm Updated on December 20, 2023, 11:05 pm

MANILA – Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva has filed a resolution seeking to know the country’s preparation in case of global rise of respiratory illness and surge of other diseases. Under his Senate Resolution (SR) No. 874, Villanueva noted that Chinese health authorities reported on… Read More

DOH: Eat healthy this holiday season

DOH: Eat healthy this holiday season

December 15, 2023, 8:22 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reminded Filipinos to consume healthful food and drinks during the holidays to avoid non-communicable illnesses like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. “Eat a balanced, well-moderated and varied diet. Let’s limit ‘ma’ foods -- maalat,… Read More

DOH: Slight uptick in Covid-19 cases due to holidays

DOH: Slight uptick in Covid-19 cases due to holidays

December 15, 2023, 2:51 pm

MANILA – The slight increase in the number of Covid-19 cases is due to the holiday season when reunions among friends and families abound, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday. Saying Covid-19 is now just one of the illnesses that cause respiratory tract infection, Health Secretary… Read More

Cua: PBBM admin ready to give assistance to HIV patients

Cua: PBBM admin ready to give assistance to HIV patients

December 14, 2023, 10:53 am

MANILA – Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Chairperson Junie Cua on Thursday urged Filipinos infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) not to hesitate to seek treatment as the government, including the PCSO, is ready to provide the necessary assistance. This after the… Read More

Victorias City offers psychosocial support for residents, employees

Victorias City offers psychosocial support for residents, employees

December 11, 2023, 9:05 pm

BACOLOD CITY – The City of Victorias in Negros Occidental is providing free counseling services to its residents and employees needing psychosocial support in line with the city government’s advocacy that mental health matters. “Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez, through the City Culture and… Read More

PH health system still at low risk despite hike in new Covid cases

PH health system still at low risk despite hike in new Covid cases

December 6, 2023, 7:41 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said the country’s healthcare system capacity remains at low risk despite an increase in the number of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections. Covid-19 cases have been steadily rising in the recent weeks with 1,340 weekly… Read More

Scientist raises concerns about unverified probiotic products

Scientist raises concerns about unverified probiotic products

December 5, 2023, 9:03 pm

LAOAG CITY - A scientist from the University of the Philippines - Los Baños has cautioned consumers on the proliferation of health and wellness products that allegedly promote health benefits despite the lack of scientific evidence. Dr. Rodney H. Perez, in a presentation at the start of the… Read More

Choose safe toys, healthy food to celebrate Christmas, Bicolanos urged

Choose safe toys, healthy food to celebrate Christmas, Bicolanos urged

December 5, 2023, 8:51 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – With just 20 days to go before Christmas Day and parties are being held left and right, the Department of Health (DOH)-5 (Bicol) has urged the public to choose healthy food and to buy safe and age-appropriate toys as gifts for children. In a press conference on Tuesday, Arlene… Read More

Pre-exposure prophylaxis could prevent HIV infection by 99%

Pre-exposure prophylaxis could prevent HIV infection by 99%

December 1, 2023, 6:45 pm

MANILA – Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or the use of antiretroviral (arv) drugs by people who do not have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection decreases the acquisition of the disease by 99 percent if done correctly. In his speech at the World AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome)… Read More

DOH: Measures in place vs. possible hike in respiratory illnesses

DOH: Measures in place vs. possible hike in respiratory illnesses

November 29, 2023, 4:48 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said measures are in place against possible increase of respiratory illness cases nationwide. The agency made the statement following reports on the uptick of respiratory illnesses in northern China. The DOH reiterated that there is no need… Read More

Palawan health execs plan decisive push to rid of malaria

Palawan health execs plan decisive push to rid of malaria

November 29, 2023, 1:04 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan — Members of the province’s health sector have come together to plot a roadmap for the total eradication of malaria, a recalcitrant disease that still haunts isolated communities here. Malaria has been eradicated in all parts of the Philippines except for Palawan,… Read More

PhilHealth hikes benefits for stroke patients

PhilHealth hikes benefits for stroke patients

November 28, 2023, 4:43 pm

MANILA — State insurer Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has increased the benefits for people suffering from stroke. In a public advisory, the PhilHealth said stroke patients spend a high cost for treatment expenses and recovery. The state insurer increased the benefit… Read More