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August 06, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH launches one hospital command center for faster and more efficient COVID-19 case referral
The Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), in coordination with the Department of Interior Local Government (DILG), Department of Tourism (DOT), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), officially launched the One Hospital Command Center (OHCC) at the MMDA Arena, Makati City. The Command Center will house the One Hospital Command which will facilitate a comprehensive and coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring effective and efficient health facility referral in Metro Manila...

August 06, 2020 4:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH: Philippines leads in testing in Southeast Asia; increasing cases attributed to increased testing and community transmission
The Department of Health reported that the Philippines has taken the top spot in terms of testing capacity in the entire Southeast Asian region, with the country having tested more unique individuals than its economically advanced neighbor countries. As of August 4, 2020, according to DOH data, the country has a total of 99 licensed testing laboratories and conducted a total of 1,643,539 tests, testing an average of 28,938 tests per day within the last 7 days. This is significantly higher than Indonesia which has tested a total of around 908,000 as of August 4, and testing an average of 14,291 per day within the last 7 days according to Our World in Data. The Philippines’ total number of tests conducted relative to its population size is 1.5% according to DOH data, a significantly higher percentage compared to Indonesia which has tested around 0.34% of its total population according to Our World in Data...

August 06, 2020 10:00 AM

DOH issues Press Release:DOH updates on collaboration with healthcare workers, deployment of C.O.D.E protocol
Discussions continued with the nation's medical societies as they presented to us their response to the seven (7) points that they identified as critical areas of improvement to the healthcare system. We compared our existing inventory of initiatives with representatives from the Health Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19 (HPAAC) and they provided us operational recommendations for executing programs at the local government unit (LGU) level. The One Hospital Command project, a centralized platform for managing secondary and tertiary care resources, is already operational and was officially launched today. In addition to this, HPAAC committed to help build LGU capacity on scaling up telemedicine, particularly in developing clinical algorithms, which can link up to the One Hospital Command...

August 05, 2020 1:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release:SOH spearheads coordination meeting with Laguna COVID Task Force
The COVID-19 Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) team headed by Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III facilitated the Laguna Task Force against COVID-19 coordination meeting today at Hotel Marciano, Barangay Real in Calamba City, Laguna. The meeting was also attended by NTF officials Defense Secretary Eduardo Año, National Action Plan Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., and COVID-19 Czars Secretary Vince Dizon and Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega. Governor Ramil Hernandez shared with the CODE team how Laguna responds to COVID-19 cases in the area. The team thereafter provided insights on how the province could further ramp up their efforts in mitigating localized transmission and expanding their testing capacity...

August 05, 2020 11:00 AM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH, P&G, USAID to reinforce health habits against COVID-19
The Department of Health (DOH) teamed up with Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to curb the spread of the COVID-19 through a nationwide education campaign while enabling healthier and safer homes. BIDA, which stands for Bawal walang mask, Isanitize ang kamay, Iwas hawak sa mga bagay, Dumistansya ng isang metro, and Alamin ang totoong impormasyon, are key preventive measures the public can do to fight the pandemic...

August 04, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: SOH, COVID Czars inspect Navotas City; promote city’s best practices to other LGUs
On the first day of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, together with COVID-19 czars Secretary Vivencio Dizon and Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega, checked on the situation of Navotas City and its efforts in managing COVID-19 cases. The officials were welcomed by Congressman John Rey Tiangco and the city’s COVID-19 response team headed by City Health Officer Dr. Christia Padolina. As of August 3, the City Health Office of Navotas reported 662 active cases and a 13% positivity rate. According to Dr. Padolina, they experienced a surge of cases mid-July which prompted the city government to place some areas of Navotas under lockdown. Through the support of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), Navotas City was able to manage and decrease its cases through intensive testing and isolation measures...