Health and Lifestyle

Prolonged sun exposure during summer can cause skin cancer: DOH

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... Read More

APEC tracks progress in cervical cancer elimination

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

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... Read More

HFMD cases on the rise in Palawan

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

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... Read More

96 HFMD cases recorded in Palawan town

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

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... Read More

PH's own CDC preparation for future public health threats

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

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

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%

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

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... Read More

DOH: 70 Filipinos die daily from tuberculosis

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... Read More

DOH opens catheterization lab for Central Luzon residents

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

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... Read More

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

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%

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... Read More

Social media factor for HIV rise among youth: DOH

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

MANILA – Around8 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