Health and Lifestyle

Smoking hikes risk of coronary heart disease, sudden death

MANILA – Smoking increases a person’s risk of having coronary heart disease and sudden death, health experts said Friday.“Smoking associated with two to four-fold increase in the risk of coronary heart disease, a greater than 70 percent excess rate of death from coronary heart... Read More

DOH finalizing guidelines on use of bivalent Covid-19 vaccines

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is finalizing the guidelines on the use of the bivalent vaccines against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).In a Viber message to reporters on Thursday, the agency assured the public to issue the necessary guidelines in time for the implementation of... Read More

No premium contribution increase in 2023: PhilHealth

MANILA – The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has proposed to implement steady incremental increases in its premium contribution schedule to give its members time to adjust.In a statement Thursday, PhilHealth acting president and chief executive officer Emmanuel Ledesma Jr. said... Read More

Asian Social Institute celebrates 60th Jubilee

MANILA – The Asian Social Institute (ASI) in Manila celebrates its 60th Rose Diamond Jubilee and its foundation until October 2023 with the theme “ASI @60, Celebrating Integrity of Creation.”ASI was founded by the late Rev. Fr. Dr. Francis Senden, CICM (1916-1973) with the... Read More

Health office sounds alarm as dengue cases spiral in Iloilo City

ILOILO CITY – The City Health Office (CHO) has called on the public to intensify the implementation of the "4S" strategy as a preventive measure amid the increasing number of dengue fever cases here.Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Roland Jay Fortuna, in a press conference on Wednesday, said... Read More

Batangas town opens modernized city health office

SANTO TOMAS CITY, Batangas – The city government here expects a more efficient delivery of healthcare services to residents as it opened a new modern building and facilities for the City Health Office (CHO), located at Sampalukan Road in Barangay San Miguel.City Mayor Arth Jhun Aguilar... Read More

Catanduanes hospital to open dialysis center

LEGAZPI CITY – The provincial government of Catanduanes announced on Monday that the Eastern Bicol Medical Center (EBMC) in Virac town will open its own dialysis center next month to provide services for indigent patients.In a social media post, the local government unit (LGU) said EBMC chief,... Read More

Inflation, peso devaluation affect maintenance meds prices: DOH

MANILA – The prices of maintenance medicines for non-communicable diseases are affected by inflation and peso devaluation as these are also commodities in the market, a health department official said Wednesday.“Base po sa monitoring namin last December 2022, isang gamot po ang nakita... Read More

WHO warns vs. contaminated child cough syrups

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday issued an urgent call for countries to crack down on substandard medical products after more than 300 children died in multiple countries due to contaminated cough syrups.Over the past four months, the WHO said, several incidents have been... Read More

5B people at risk from trans fats, leading to heart disease: WHO

GENEVA – Five billion people globally remain unprotected from harmful trans fats, increasing their risk of heart disease and death, said a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) released on Monday.Since WHO first called for the global elimination of industrially produced trans fats... Read More

Masks still needed once public health emergency ends: expert

MANILA – A health expert on Wednesday recommended the retention of the face mask mandate should the state of public health emergency due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) be lifted.“Kung anuman iyong magbabago dito sa public health emergency o iyong state of calamity, mananatili pa... Read More

3.7K healthcare facilities offer Covid-19 vaccination

MANILA – Vaccination against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is offered at more than 3,000 healthcare facilities nationwide.In a media briefing Tuesday, Department of Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said that local government units have decided to integrate Covid-19... Read More

Negros residents warned on continuing rise in dengue cases

DUMAGUETE CITY – A health official in Negros Oriental on Monday warned the public against letting their guard down as dengue cases are seen to still rise this year.Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion said the upward trend in dengue cases is expected to continue this year... Read More

Guv vows to give Albayanos 'best public healthcare system'

LEGAZPI CITY – Albay Governor Edcel Grex Lagman has vowed to work harder to give his constituents the best public healthcare system which they deserve.This, after the Albay provincial government was recognized by the Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) for implementing its 2022 health... Read More

NCR Covid-19 positivity rate down to 5%

MANILA– The positivity rate or the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the National Capital Region (NCR) further decreased to 5 percent as of Jan. 10.The region’s positivity rate a week ago, on Jan. 3, was 7.9 percent."The last time the... Read More

Health app announces diabetes screening package

MANILA – Health app KonsultaMD announced Wednesday the availability of a package tailored for persons with diabetes and those who may be at risk of this condition.“We recognize the difficulties many people experience in finding the right tools to address their health problems. So we are... Read More

P100-M new community hospital soon to rise in Bulacan town

BUSTOS, Bulacan – A PHP100-million community hospital that will soon rise along the Plaridel Bypass Road in this town is expected to boost the delivery of health care services to residents of the province.A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Monday led by Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong"... Read More

DOH sees hike in Covid cases by Feb. 15 if health rules ignored

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday said the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections may increase in February, but it would not reach over 1,000 cases per day.“If ever minimum public health standards will decline, tapos tuloy-tuloy ang pasok ng variants na... Read More

Nazareno devotees told to self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reminded the attendees to the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene to monitor themselves for any symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).“Kung saka-sakali lamang po makaramdam ng parang tinatrangkaso, sinisipon,... Read More

Typhoid fever cases in Negros Oriental up by 143% in 2022

DUMAGUETE CITY – Typhoid fever cases in Negros Oriental rose by 143 percent last year compared to the figures logged in the previous year, a health official said on Thursday.The cases from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2022 totaled 440 with five deaths while in 2021, there were only 181 infections with... Read More