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P9 billion released for health workers’ risk allowance

P9 billion released for health workers’ risk allowance

With just days to go before the expiration of the Bayanihan 1 pandemic aid law, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved the release of P9.02 billion to the Department of Health (DOH) to cover the special risk [...]

June 28, 2021 Health, News
Are officials profiting from sale of shields?

Are officials profiting from sale of shields?

Senators have raised the possibility that some government officials may be profiting from the sale of face shields, noting that health authorities have yet to present solid scientific basis for their mandatory use. The lawmakers cited past instances during which [...]

June 24, 2021 Health, News
Third vaccine dose still not recommended

Third vaccine dose still not recommended

Despite the detection of Delta and other variants of concern in the country, a vaccine expert has advised against getting a third dose of the anti-COVID vaccine, at least for now. In an interview on Monday night with “The Chiefs” [...]

June 23, 2021 Health, News
Delta COVID-19 variant very dangerous

Delta COVID-19 variant very dangerous

A member of the Department of Health’s Technical Advisory Group said there is a need to keep out the Delta coronavirus disease (COVID-19) variant as it is very dangerous. “We need to keep out the Delta variant which is very [...]

June 22, 2021 Health, News
Duterte to arrest who refuse COVID-19 vaccines

Duterte to arrest who refuse COVID-19 vaccines

President Rodrigo Duterte threatened anew those who refuse to be vaccinated, this time to put them behind jail. In his public address Monday night, Duterte noted that the country is currently in a public health crisis and national emergency. “Kung [...]

June 22, 2021 Health, News
PH taps Israeli medical experts to boost COVID-19 response

PH taps Israeli medical experts to boost COVID-19 response

Three medical experts from Israel’s Ministry of Health arrived in the Philippines on Sunday afternoon, June 20, to support the Philippines in its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic response. Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., vaccine czar and chief implementer of the National [...]

June 21, 2021 Health, News
COVID-19 deaths in the Philippines cross 20,000

COVID-19 deaths in the Philippines cross 20,000

Local health authorities on Tuesday recorded 3,972 more COVID-19 infections, bringing the national caseload to 1,188,672. Active cases: 48,201 or 4.1% of the total Recoveries: 4,659, pushing total to 1,120,452 Deaths: 36, bringing total to 20,019 What’s new today? Coronavirus deaths in [...]

May 25, 2021 Health, News
Singapore approves COVID breath test

Singapore approves COVID breath test

A BREATH test designed to detect coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and give accurate results within a minute has been approved for use in Singapore, the National University of Singapore said in a statement. The test, developed by NUS spin-off startup [...]

May 24, 2021 Health
Gov't urged to place Negros Oriental under ECQ

Gov’t urged to place Negros Oriental under ECQ

Physicians from Negros Oriental are urging the national government to place the province under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the high number of active coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. “The past few weeks [have] been overwhelming for those of us [...]

May 24, 2021 Health
COVID-19 cases down in Metro Manila but rising in Visayas

COVID-19 cases down in Metro Manila but rising in Visayas

There is a “marked decline’’ in COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila and Central Luzon but an uptick in cases is being monitored in the Visayas and Mindanao, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday. “We need to closely monitor [...]

May 19, 2021 Health, News