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August 11, 2020 4:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH releases easy-to-remember BIDA Solusyon guidelines to reduce COVID-19 transmission
The Department of Health in its BIDA Solution campaign, revealed that following the behavioral changes can cut down the virus transmission by up to 96%. Dr. Beverly Ho, Director IV of Health Promotion Bureau in the DOH’s Public Health Services Team, said, “physical distancing, wearing of face mask and face shield can lower the chances of virus transmission.” According to recent studies, the wearing of masks reduces transmission by 96% for N95 masks and 67% for non-N95 masks, while the observance of physical distancing by one meter can reduce the chance of transmission by 82% with protection increasing as distance is lengthened. Moreover, studies also show that the use of face shields can be used complementary to face masks to further reduce transmission. However, DOH emphasizes that face shields should not be used as substitutes for face masks and should only be used in addition to masks as added protection.

August 08, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH strongly warns against illegal trade of recovered COVID-19 patients' convalescent plasma
The Department of Health (DOH) strongly reminds the public against the buying and selling of convalescent plasma of recovered COVID-19 patients. Studies have shown that it could pose serious risks to patients, who may contract transfusion-transmissible infections (TTIs) such as HIV, hepatitis, and malaria. The reminder to the public is brought by increasing reports in the past weeks from families of critically-ill COVID-19 patients allegedly buying convalescent plasma from recovered patients, hospital staff, or fixers. There are also other reports that some intentionally infect themselves so that their plasma can be donated after recovery for which they are promised remuneration. The DOH emphasizes that these alleged transactions and practices are illegal, reckless and dangerous. Those individuals do not only place their lives at risk, but they also put their families and communities at risk when they voluntarily get infected...

August 07, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH recalibrates COVID-19 response with medical communities
As the first week of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) draws to a close, the DOH and Health Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19 (HPAAC) reached a milestone together when it presented the joint collaboration on the recalibrated strategy for the nation’s COVID response in today’s forum. This was in response to the call of medical societies for a “time out”. Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III discussed the hiring mechanism of healthcare workers, newly signed active transport policy, implementation of CODE, and the launching of the One Hospital Command which also happened this week. According to Secretary Duque, additional funding of P300 million has been secured this week for the department’s emergency hiring program, on top of the remaining P142 million. He noted that the hiring program has reached about half the estimated need for healthcare workers in NCR, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon...

August 07, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: SOH to Pasay City execs: This isn't a sprint, this is a marathon!
In his message during the COVID-19 Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) meeting with Pasay City’s Task Force COVID today, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III told the city’s local officials that the fight against COVID-19 is not a sprint but a marathon that calls for endurance. “Limang buwan na po nating binubuno ang problema natin sa COVID-19. Ito na talaga ang itsura ng laban natin. Ito’y hindi na sprint, marathon na ito. Patatagan po ang laban dito kaya kinakailangan talagang maging matatag po tayong lahat,” Secretary Duque said emphasizing the importance of keeping oneself healthy in this time of pandemic...

August 07, 2020 3:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Philippines now has 100 licensed testing labs - DOH
The Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are now a total of 100 licensed testing laboratories throughout the Philippines who are eligible to conduct RT-PCR testing for the diagnosis of COVID-19 as of August 6, 2020. The 100th laboratory facility is Chong Hua Hospital, in Cebu City. The addition of Chong Hua Hospital to the roster of licensed testing laboratories is a milestone in terms of the country’s testing capacity. Initially needing to send swab samples to the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia for COVID-19 confirmation in February, the Philippines now boasts the highest testing capacity among countries in the Southeast Asia region, even topping richer neighboring countries such as Japan and Singapore...

August 07, 2020 12:00 NN

DOH issues Press Release: SOH leads CODE Team meeting in Marikina City
Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III with Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager and Undersecretary Jose Arturo S. Garcia, Jr., spearheaded the COVID-19 Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) meeting with Marikina City’s Task Force COVID today. Mayor Marcelino Teodoro shared Marikina City's response and challenges in its fight against COVID-19. He highlighted how their molecular and diagnostic laboratory, which was accredited by the DOH last April 20, helped increase their testing capacity. He also shared how the city established their contact tracing measures, including the different ordinances and resolutions which the city council passed in conjunction with the national government imposed community quarantine...

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