Bicolanos cautioned vs. meningococcemia

LEGAZPI CITY — The Department of Health (DOH) regional office here is urging Bicolanos to observe preventive measures against meningococcemia. Dr. Lulu Santiago-Ramos, Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases coordinator of the Center for Health Development-Bicol, on Wednesday reminded the region’s residents to boost their immune system by living a healthy lifestyle, including eating healthy foods, … Read More

DOH signs IRR for UHC law

MANILA — Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday signed the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the landmark Universal Health Care (UHC) law (Republic Act No. 11223). In his speech at the ceremonial signing in Manila, Duque said the IRR is only the first step to the creation of a health system … Read More

Antibiotics abuse: Saving money at the expense of one’s health

FIGHTING ANTI-MICROBIAL RESISTANCE. Philippine National Formulary and National Antibiotic Guidelines representative Cecilia Maramba-Lazarte (left) says the failure to complete a course of antibiotics is a form of antibiotic abuse which could lead to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) — or the ability of microbes to resist the effects of medication, making the diseases caused by them no … Read More

Suspected diphtheria case reported in Bataan

DIPHTHERIA CASE? Dinalupihan Vice Mayor Renato Matawaran (left), Municipal Health Officer Dr. Johna Mandac and Municipal Administrator Rolando Rojas (not shown in photo) discuss the suspected diphtheria case involving a four-year-old boy in the town on Tuesday (Oct. 1, 2019). The boy was brought to the Dinalupihan District Hospital but was immediately transferred to San … Read More