Health and Lifestyle

7M Filipinos have chronic kidney disease as of 2021

MANILA – At least 7 million Filipinos are suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD) as of 2021, with one Filipino every hour getting the disease.In a media forum on Friday, Philippine Society of Nephrology fellow Dr. Vimar Luz said the figure is based on the extrapolation report of the... Read More

Covid-19 positivity rate in NCR declines to 22%

MANILA – The positivity rate or the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the National Capital Region (NCR) has decreased to 22 percent as of May 27.In a tweet on Monday, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said the figure was over a 3 percent... Read More

Solsona RHU now accredited as PhilHealth-Konsulta facility

LAOAG CITY–A rural health unit (RHU) servicing far-flung communities in the easternmost part of Ilocos Norte province is now accredited as a primary health care provider.Eduardo U. Dularte, chief social insurance officer of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) confirmed this on... Read More

Use of Covid-19 beds in private hospitals rises amid case hike

MANILA – The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAPi) on Wednesday said the number of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) admitted in most private hospitals has increased by 20 to 50 percent in the past two to three days.In a televised public briefing, PHAPi... Read More

43 percent of Covid-19 deaths are unvaccinated: DOH

MANILA – About 43 percent of recorded deaths due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are unvaccinated emphasizing the crucial role of vaccination in preventing the disease, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.As of March 15, the DOH has logged 66,453 Covid-19 fatalities out of... Read More

Campaign sees 5.3M kids vaxxed vs. measles, rubella

MANILA – More than five million children have received vaccines for measles and rubella two weeks after the Department of Health launched its campaign against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).“So, para po sa ating measles at rubella na bakuna, tayo po ay nakapagbakuna na (for our... Read More

DOH urges Bicol LGUs to step-up vax drive vs. measles, polio

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) has urged local government units (LGUs) to reinforce the implementation of its supplemental immunization activity (SIA) for measles-rubella and oral polio vaccination (MR-OPV) that is being conducted this month.In a statement, Dr. Ernie... Read More

NCR Covid-19 positivity rate slightly rises to 25.4%

MANILA – The positivity rate or the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the National Capital Region (NCR) has reached 25.4 percent as of May 13.In a tweet on Sunday night, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said the figure was a slight... Read More

DOH detects 3 more cases of Omicron subvariant Arcturus

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has detected three more cases of the XBB.1.16 Omicron subvariant called Arcturus bringing to four the total number of confirmed cases, all found in Western Visayas.In its biosurveillance report released Thursday night, the DOH noted that the cases are... Read More

Newborn screening continuity clinic opens in Catanduanes capital

LEGAZPI CITY – At least 22 children from Catanduanes will now have access to long-term care after the Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) and Eastern Bicol Medical Center (EBMC) opened the Newborn Screening (NBS) Satellite Continuity Clinic in Virac town.In a phone interview on Thursday,... Read More

UK obesity levels to keep rising as sufferers have little choice

LONDON – Obesity is on track to become a major health issue for British people, with 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women expected to become obese or overweight by 2050, according to United Kingdom government estimates.According to the government’s science office, in recent years,... Read More

12 Filipino women die daily from cervical cancer: DOH

MANILA – At least 12 Filipino women die daily from cervical cancer, which is the second most frequent cancer among women between 15 and 44 years old, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.Department of Health (DOH)-Metro Manila Center for Health Development Assistant Regional Director... Read More

2.3-M kids receive jabs for MRV in first week of Chikiting Ligtas

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday said about 2.3 million children have received jabs for measles and rubella in the first week of its campaign against vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs).“Ito po ay katumbas ng 22.4 percent ng ating (This is equivalent to 22.4 percent of... Read More

Daily average of new Covid cases rises by 112%

MANILA – The country’s daily average of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases increased by 112 percent from May 1 to 7, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.In its latest case bulletin, the agency recorded 1,352 daily infections from 637 recorded between April 24 to... Read More

Lifting of Covid-19 global emergency status not end of pandemic

MANILA – The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has not ended yet and people must continue to protect themselves, a health expert said Monday.In a televised public briefing, infectious disease expert Edsel Salvaña clarified that the World Health Organization’s lifting of... Read More

Group promotes HIV awareness in gov't agencies

MANILA – An advocacy group providing life-saving assistance to people living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV) on Monday launched a program that aims to break the discrimination and stigma attached to HIV in government agencies.Project Red Ribbon Director Ico Rodulfo Johnson told the... Read More

Sugary drinks 100X more plasticizers than bottled water – study

OVIEDO, Spain – A study published on Wednesday by Spanish researchers found that sugary drinks contain, on average, 100 times more plasticizers than bottled water.The study analyzed 75 samples from various beverages in Spain for plastic compounds, providing a rare snapshot of plasticizer... Read More

OCTA: NCR positivity rate rises to 18.8%

MANILA– The National Capital Region’s (NCR) positivity rate or the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 increased to 18.8 percent as of May 1.Citing latest data from the OCTA Research Group released Wednesday, fellow Dr. Guido David said the figure is a 7.1-percent increase... Read More

DOH urges parents to get kids vaxxed vs. measles, polio

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Health Central Luzon Center for Health Development (DOH CLCHD) on Tuesday called on parents to fully protect their children against diseases that can be prevented by immunization.DOH CLCHD Regional Director Corazon Flores, during the kick-off... Read More

1st batch of bivalent jabs expected in May: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is expecting 390,000 doses of bivalent coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines to arrive in the country by the end of this month.In a media forum on Tuesday, DOH officer in charge Maria Rosario Vergeire reported that they have acquired the emergency... Read More