C. Visayas immunization coverage rate drops to 20% for 1st half of 2021

Morexette Marie B. Erram 10/23/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) is intensifying its immunization drive for children as it posted its lowest inoculation rate so far. DOH-7 on Saturday, October 23, launched a ceremonial vaccination…

Cebu City may go back to MGCQ by October if…

Morexette Marie B. Erram 09/23/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) shared the same sentiments with health officials from Cebu City that it may transition to a more lenient quarantine status by October. But only if…

Mandaue City reevaluates COVID-19 combat policies

Mary Rose Sagarino 09/15/2021

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — The Mandaue City Emergency Operations Center is conducting workshops for their different teams to reevaluate their policies in combating COVID-19. Lawyer Lizer Malate, EOC head, said that since the city’s COVID cases have…

Gov’t vows to address shortage in COVID meds

Morexette Marie B. Erram 09/02/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Local health officials here will be looking into reports of hoarding and price manipulation of medicines used to treat COVID-19. The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) is set to meet with…

Local Delta cases in Region 7 reach 83 as WHO confirms community transmission

Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/31/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Health authorities in Central Visayas have already recorded a total of 83 local cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant as the World Health Organization in the Philippines (WHO – Philippines) declared on…

Vaccine watch: 96% of medical workers in Region 7 fully vaxxed

Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/24/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Approximately five months since the rollout began in Central Visayas, almost all medical workers here are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Data from the Visayas Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC) revealed that as of August…

19 additional Delta variants detected in Central Visayas

Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/24/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) on Tuesday, August 24, confirmed that they detected 19 additional cases of the Delta variant in the region. But these patients were considered as “recovered”…

85% of COVID-related deaths in private hospitals unvaccinated

Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/24/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Most of the COVID-related mortalities recorded in Cebu’s private hospitals were unvaccinated individuals, an official from the regional health office said. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, chief pathologist of the Department of Health in…

Boosting telemedicine efforts eyed to address rise in COVID deaths

Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/23/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – In order to stem the rise of COVID-related deaths here, local officials are urging residents to utilize existing telemedicine initiatives. Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera on Monday, August 23, 2021, said the city…

No vaccines destroyed in blackout, says DOH-7

Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/22/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – All COVID-19 vaccines stored in cold storage facilities in Central Visayas were spared from damage when most parts of the region experienced a four-hour blackout on Friday evening, August 20. The regional office…

Scrambling for air purifiers: Capitol postpones memo

Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/16/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Before driving a public utility bus for more than five hours, from Cebu City to Dumaguete City, on Monday, August 16, 2021, Richard Benitez had to borrow money from one of his friends.…

Air purifiers not alternative to health protocols, says DOH7 exec

Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/16/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The chief pathologist of the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) on Monday, August 16, 2021, said that air purifiers should not be treated as alternatives in preventing COVID-19. “The air purifiers…

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