Health and Lifestyle

Negros town puts spotlight on blue crab dishes, coffee treats

Negros town puts spotlight on blue crab dishes, coffee treats

April 29, 2024, 4:40 pm

BACOLOD CITY – The municipality of E. B. Magalona in Negros Occidental has put the spotlight on its famous products – blue crabs and coffee – in celebrating 35 years of its main fiesta, the Ugyonan Festival, which is being held until May 1. The northern Negros town is known as the… Read More

WHO: Current public health risk posed by bird flu low

WHO: Current public health risk posed by bird flu low

April 28, 2024, 12:27 pm

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday that the overall public health risk posed by the recent influenza, H5N1, is "low." For those with exposure to infected birds, animals, or contaminated environments, however, the risk of infection is "considered low-to-moderate," it said in… Read More

Bicol records 35 pertussis cases; DOH advises early treatment

Bicol records 35 pertussis cases; DOH advises early treatment

April 26, 2024, 7:55 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health-Center for Health Development Bicol (DOH-CHD-5) reported 35 clinical and laboratory cases of the highly contagious respiratory infection pertussis on Friday. Eleven cases were confirmed through laboratory tests by the Research Institute for Tropical… Read More

W. Visayas medical center offers comprehensive cardio-pulmonary care

W. Visayas medical center offers comprehensive cardio-pulmonary care

April 26, 2024, 6:44 pm

ILOILO CITY – Patients seeking treatment for cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases are assured of quality services at par with the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) with the opening of the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) Heart and Lung building on Friday. “As we inaugurate the… Read More

Coping with heat and preventing heat-related illnesses

Coping with heat and preventing heat-related illnesses

April 24, 2024, 4:15 pm

MANILA – Jon Garry Venancio quickly piles up bamboo poles beside a small nipa hut he is building for a customer. It is 5 p.m. and his work for the day is already done. Venancio is a mountain farmer who moonlights as a carpenter, especially in the past two months when vegetables have been… Read More

17 villages in Bacolod City undergo nutrition survey  

17 villages in Bacolod City undergo nutrition survey  

April 23, 2024, 8:27 pm

BACOLOD CITY – Some 17 villages in this city are undergoing the National Nutrition Survey 2024 until May 1 initiated by the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI). The survey mainly aims to provide empirical data on the nutritional and health… Read More

DOH-Bicol urges parents, seniors to get vaccinated 

DOH-Bicol urges parents, seniors to get vaccinated 

April 23, 2024, 8:06 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Bicol is urging parents and seniors to let their family members get vaccinated against preventable diseases. In his message during the celebration of World Immunization Day at La Piazza Hotel in this city on… Read More

Iloilo marks World Immunization Week with vax, cervical cancer check

Iloilo marks World Immunization Week with vax, cervical cancer check

April 23, 2024, 7:13 pm

ILOILO CITY – The Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DH WV CHD) kicked off the observance of the World Immunization Week (WIW) by bringing services for children, women, and elderly to residents of the municipality of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo on Tuesday. “World… Read More

Medical hub in Laguna city to give free dialysis to kidney patients

Medical hub in Laguna city to give free dialysis to kidney patients

April 22, 2024, 9:13 pm

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – Kidney patients in this city will soon have access to free dialysis, diagnostic, and laboratory services when a new medical facility becomes operational in about six months. Mayor Ross Rizal announced on Monday that the new hospital may be opened to patients as early as… Read More

PCMC's new MRI, CT scanners boost health services for Filipino kids

PCMC's new MRI, CT scanners boost health services for Filipino kids

April 19, 2024, 8:38 pm

MANILA – The new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scanners at the Philippine Children's Medical Center (PCMC) in Quezon City are a huge boost in advancing and improving healthcare services and infrastructure for Filipino children, two senators said Friday. The MRI… Read More

Parents urged to have kids vaxxed amid pertussis outbreak

Parents urged to have kids vaxxed amid pertussis outbreak

April 17, 2024, 5:26 pm

MANILA – House Deputy Majority Leader Janette Garin on Wednesday urged parents to have their children properly inoculated as the cases of pertussis in the country continue to increase. Garin, a former Health Secretary, made the call after the Department of Health logged 1,477 cases of pertussis… Read More

Albay distributes swab kits to monitor pertussis cases

Albay distributes swab kits to monitor pertussis cases

April 17, 2024, 4:45 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Albay Provincial Health Office (APHO) has begun distributing nasopharyngeal swab kits to different rural health units (RHUs) and private and public hospitals in the province as part of its intervention against pertussis. In an interview on Wednesday, Jan Edmund Dominic Bailon,… Read More

DOH distributes 14 ambulances to 5 Bicol provinces

DOH distributes 14 ambulances to 5 Bicol provinces

April 17, 2024, 3:14 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – Some 14 rural and city health units in five provinces in the Bicol region received new land ambulance units from the Department of Health-Center for Health Development in Bicol (DOH-CHD-5) early this week. In a media release on Wednesday, DOH-5 said the ambulances would help… Read More

New TB mobile clinic to boost detection, case finding in Bicol

New TB mobile clinic to boost detection, case finding in Bicol

April 16, 2024, 8:02 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health-Center for Health Development in Bicol (DOH-CHD-5) can now conduct more detection and case-finding activities for tuberculosis (TB) in the region after a non-government organization donated a mobile van clinic to the agency. In an interview on Tuesday, Dr.… Read More

DOH provides 6K vax for outbreak response immunization in Iloilo City

DOH provides 6K vax for outbreak response immunization in Iloilo City

April 16, 2024, 7:27 pm

ILOILO CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) provided an initial 6,000 vials of the pentavalent vaccines to augment the ongoing pertussis outbreak response immunization of the city government here. “The vaccines we received came from Region 12, and they (DOH) are still looking for more,”… Read More

Bacolod City allots P15M for pentavalent vaccines

Bacolod City allots P15M for pentavalent vaccines

April 15, 2024, 8:25 pm

BACOLOD CITY – The city government here is set to purchase 10,000 doses of pentavalent vaccines with an allocation of PHP15 million to curb cases of pertussis (whooping cough) and other diseases among children below five years old. Dr. Ma. Carmela Gensoli, city health officer, said the City… Read More

Malaria cases surge by 90% in 2023 – DOH

Malaria cases surge by 90% in 2023 – DOH

April 13, 2024, 9:01 am

MANILA – Malaria cases in the country almost doubled in 2023 and the Department of Health (DOH) believes that climate change contributed to the uptick. Latest data from the DOH Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) showed that about 6,248 cases were recorded in 2023 or 90 percent… Read More

DOH-Bicol logs 21 pertussis cases, gives prophylaxis to close contacts

DOH-Bicol logs 21 pertussis cases, gives prophylaxis to close contacts

April 12, 2024, 7:10 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health-Center for Health Development in Bicol (DOH-CHD-5) said Friday it is continuously monitoring pertussis cases in the region and providing prophylaxis for the close contacts. The health office reported 21 cases of pertussis or whooping cough from Jan. 1 to… Read More

Experts warn of youth lung injury crisis due to vaping

Experts warn of youth lung injury crisis due to vaping

April 12, 2024, 12:36 pm

MANILA – Medical experts have warned that with the vape and e-cigarette industry targeting the youth, the proposition of turning the Philippines into a manufacturing hub for e-cigarettes puts the country at risk of an epidemic of EVALI or e-cigarette or vape-associated lung injury. “According… Read More

Over 646K kids vaccinated vs. measles – DOH

Over 646K kids vaccinated vs. measles – DOH

April 11, 2024, 4:29 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has vaccinated 646,840 children against measles in the country as of April 10. In a media briefing on Thursday, DOH Secretary Teodoro Herbosa noted the figure translates to 47 percent of 1,381,540 million Filipino children who are eligible for vaccination… Read More