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Globally, more than 80,000 people have been confirmed to have been infected by the coronavirus acute respiratory disease 2019 (COVID-19), affecting 34 countries to date. Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new coronavirus as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on Jan. 30, the world continues to closely monitor and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. With close to 1,000 confirmed cases, South Korea has raised its infectious disease alert to its highest level.
A cloud with a bright outline along its edges indicates that the sun is behind it. This natural phenomenon is the basis of the popular saying “every dark cloud has a silver lining,” which means it is possible for something good to come out of a bad situation.
The need to protect children amidst the measles outbreak in several regions of the country has galvanized the commitment of Filipino physicians to restore public trust and confidence in vaccination and increase the country’s immunization coverage.
Pneumonia is a serious infectious disease and should never be taken lightly. It is one of the leading causes of sickness and death in the country, according to the Department of Health (DoH). Pneumonia is a bacterial infection caused by Streptococcus pneumonia, more commonly known as the pneumococcus (plural: pneumococci). Pneumococcal disease, which refers to any type of infection caused by pneumococci, includes pneumonia, meningitis (inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord) and febrile bacteremia (presence of bacteria in the blood); otitis media (ear infection), sinusitis and bronchitis. Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) is the second most common cause of bacterial pneumonia.
With the exception of clean drinking water, it has been proven that vaccines are the most effective means of reducing and preventing contagious diseases, preventing an estimated 2.5 million deaths each year. Among the deaths prevented are those that may come as a result of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis that also afflict children.
Cold and changing weather increase our risk of getting sick with seasonal flu (or simply “the flu”). Caused by the influenza virus, the flu is among the leading causes of illness in the country, according to the Department of Health (DoH). From Jan. 1 to June 30, 2018, the DoH Epidemiology Bureau recorded nearly 60,000 influenza-like illness cases nationwide.
The provincial government of Bataan is a good example of how leadership and governance play a vital role in the effective implementation of health programs.
Davao City is one of the country’s most progressive cities, thanks to its strong and forward-looking local government. The city’s dynamic approach to governance extends to the provision of a comprehensive range of high-quality health services.
HEALTH is on the top of the list of South Cotabato’s convergence approach in the responsive delivery of social services.
WHERE is the Philippines now in its journey to Universal Health Care (UHC)? This was the critical question that Dr. Gundo Aurel Weiler, Country Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), answered during the recent “Health for Juan and Juana: Moving Forward with the Philippine Health Agenda” forum.
IN A PREVIOUS COLUMN, we highlighted the efforts of the Cancer Coalition Philippines (CCPh) in urging Congress to pass a bill that will ensure quality health care for all Filipino children and adults with cancer. A national alliance of patient groups, health care providers, and advocates, CCPh is pushing for the enactment of a National Integrated Cancer Control Act, which increases investments for the prevention, early and accurate detection, and optimal treatment for all forms of cancer. The law also mandates the adoption of an integrated, multi-disciplinary, and patient/family-centered approach to cancer management.
Medicine Cabinet Teodoro B. Padilla (Second of two parts) Each year, about 700,000 people die due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). While the number is considered low compared...