DOH: Wasted COVID-19 jabs now at 44 million doses

Kathleen de Villa 12/03/2022

COVID-19 vaccines going to waste in the country due to expiration or mishandling continue to pile up. The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said about 44 million doses had been wasted, of which 13 million were…

PhilHealth assures PLHIV of health insurance coverage

PR 12/01/2022

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) offers a means for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV) to have financial access to effective health care by covering outpatient HIV/AIDS treatment. PhilHealth initially came up with the Outpatient…

Time to integrate mental health

Anna Cristina Tuazon - @inquirerdotnet 10/27/2022

One of the challenges of my column is to look for current news related to mental health. Sometimes, a national topic demonstrates psychological issues quite nicely, but most of the time, mental health doesn’t really make it…

Ex-PNP chief joins DOH: ‘Insult to health experts’

Tina G. Santos 10/24/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday confirmed the appointment of former Philippine National Police chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan as one of the agency’s undersecretaries. In a statement, the DOH said it received the…

PH to replace One Health Pass with eArrival Card for inbound travelers on Nov. 1

John Eric Mendoza 10/22/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Starting November 1,  an eArrival Card will be required for all inbound travelers arriving in the country instead of the One Health Pass (OHP), the Department of Health (DOH) said in an advisory on…

Sen. Go tells public: Get vaccinated, avail of booster shots

Mary Rose Sagarino 10/21/2022

  MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Senator Christopher “Bong” Go who chairs the Senate committee on health and demography, is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and avail of booster shots following the discovery of new variants…

DOH reports local transmission of Omicron XBB subvariant, XBC variant

John Eric Mendoza - Reporter / @JEMendozaINQ 10/21/2022

MANILA, Philippines — There is now local transmission of the COVID-19 Omicron subvariant XBB and XBC variant, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday. “Definitely, there is local transmission,” Alathea de Guzman, officer-in-charge of the DOH…

Capitol offers usufruct to iron out Eversley land dispute

Morexette Marie B. Erram 09/22/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has finally spoken on the land dispute involving the Capitol and Eversley Childs Sanitarium in Mandaue City. Garcia asserted that the provincial government was the rightful owner of the…

Monkeypox local transmission in PH? DOH exec can’t tell if there’s any

John Eric Mendoza - Reporter / @JEMendozaINQ 09/16/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said that it lacked the information necessary to definitively rule out the possibility of local transmission of the monkeypox virus. DOH officer-in-charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire pointed…

To wear, or not wear, face masks vs COVID: The zigzag road PH is taking

Cristina Eloisa Baclig - Content Researcher Writer 09/12/2022

MANILA, Philippines—Last August, the Philippine health department expressed concern and hostility toward a local government’s move to make wearing of face masks against COVID-10 optional. Around a week later, it seemed to warm up to almost the…

DOH seeks higher taxes on sweetened beverages, junk food

Kathleen de Villa 09/11/2022

MANILA, Philippines — After getting P155 billion from sin taxes on tobacco and alcohol products, the Department of Health (DOH) now wants to slap additional excises, this time on sweetened beverages, junk food and “nonstaple” food high…

Octa: Voluntary face mask rule may not affect COVID numbers in first few weeks

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 09/08/2022

MANILA, Philippines —The number of Covid-19 cases won’t be affected in the first few weeks should the government make face masks worn outdoors voluntarily, a fellow independent pandemic monitor Octa Research Group said Thursday. Dr. Butch Ong…

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