UN warns of rising newborn mortality in the future

GENEVA — A latest report by UN agencies on Thursday warned that at current trends of child mortality, nearly 60 million children could die before their fifth birthday between 2017 and 2030, half being newborns. The report, Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017, was jointly released by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health … Read More

Ilocos Norte eyes home for the aged

LAOAG CITY — A home care facility for the aged is being considered to be established in Ilocos Norte courtesy of the provincial government. Dr. Josephine Ruedas, Officer-in-Charge of the Provincial Health Office, said it is about time for a home for the aged to be established in the province and all throughout the country. … Read More

World running out of antibiotics: WHO

GENEVA — The world is in a serious lack of new antibiotics under development to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, a World Health Organization (WHO) report warned on Wednesday, calling on governments and industries to urgently focus on R&D of new antibiotics. The report revealed that most of the drugs currently in the clinical … Read More

Suspected diarrhea outbreak in Palawan probed

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — Key health officials gathered Thursday in the southern Palawan town of Quezon to investigate a suspected outbreak of diarrhea that affected 727 residents since July and allegedly caused the death of four people. Dr. Allan Paciones of the Municipal Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) of Quezon confirmed that representatives of … Read More

Public warned vs. buying vaccines from unauthorized online sellers

MANILA — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday warned the public against purchasing Japanese encephalitis vaccine and other vaccines that are sold by unauthorized distributors or retailers online. In its Advisory No. 2017-265, the FDA said it has received reports that these vaccines, which may be non-compliant with FDA standards, are available in social … Read More

Rise in HIV cases noted in Ormoc City

ORMOC CITY — The City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) here has recorded an increase in the number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases, prompting the local government to intensify the monitoring of infected persons. Elsie Jaca, Disease Surveillance Officer, noted that the local trend follows that of the national average of 30 cases per day … Read More

3 dead due to dengue in Iloilo City

ILOILO CITY — The Iloilo City Health Office (CHO) is urging the public not to take for granted possible signs of dengue and always immediately seek medical attention. This, as the CHO recorded three deaths due to dengue in August. CHO head Dr. Bernard Caspe, in an interview Wednesday, said the three deaths are among the … Read More

Barangay scholars heroes behind DOH nutrition program

BAGUIO CITY— Barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) travel kilometers by foot to reach children in far-flung communities. They never complain — despite the measly incentives they get. They are motivated by their desire to help solve the country’s malnutrition problem. And they are considered heroes behind the success of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) … Read More