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July 14, 2020 4:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH calls on the public to BIDA Solusyon to fight COVID-19
With many Filipinos needing to return to work, the country now needs to balance the reopening of economy and containing the spread of the virus. Balancing this act requires every Filipino can be part of the solution by participating in the Department of Health’s BIDA Solusyon campaign. A part of the nation’s larger strategy to prevent, trace, test, and treat, BIDA Solusyon is the Philippine government’s social and behavioral change campaign to encourage Filipinos to practice the four key preventive behaviors that will help keep themselves and their families safe against the pandemic. Each letter in BIDA represents one of these behaviors:  Bawal walang mask, I-sanitize ang kamay at Iwas-hawak sa mga bagay, Dumistansya ng isang metro, at Alamin ang totoong impormasyon.


July 11, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: SOH makes surprise inspection in Manila hospitals
Despite the apparent increase in validated case figures reported in the last two days, there is actually a downward trend in the mortality rate in the country for mid-June. This was what the Department of Health (DOH) explained Sunday in a special weekend edition of Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser, Health OIC-Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire underscored that the rise in reported deaths from COVID-19 this month is due to a delay in the submission of validated mortality cases from the LGUs to the DOH’s Epidemiology Bureau...

July 10, 2020 10:00 AM

DOH issues Press Release: Safety prevention protocols still best defense against COVID-19 – DOH
The Department of Health (DOH) emphasized that the outlook of the country’s pandemic response is highly dependent on the public’s compliance to prescribed health protocols. In the June 6 Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser, Health OIC-Undersecretary Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire explained that the public must remain vigilant and practice the infection prevention and control measures, such as proper use of PPEs, physical distancing, and proper hygiene, to help limit the spread of the virus...

July 10, 2020 10:00 AM

DOH issues Press Release: Wearing masks may cut transmission rate by 85%
Amid reports of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, which is the causative agent of COVID-19, being airborne, The Department of Health (DOH) stressed the importance of wearing a mask as part of the prescribed minimum health standards to ensure utmost protection from COVID-19. According to Dr. Edsel Salvana, a member of the DOH Technical Advisory Group and Director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the National Institutes of Health at the University of the Philippines Manila, the virus is already assumed to be airborne when conducting aerosol generating procedures in hospitals...

July 03, 2020 8:00 AM

DOH issues Press Release: FDA: COVID cure has to undergo strict evaluation
The Department of Health (DOH) with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in the July 1 Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser released critical updates on the ongoing COVID-19 trials as part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Solidarity Trial for treatments. The global clinical trial aims to rapidly discover treatment options to help find an effective treatment for COVID-19...

July 02, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Collaboration, capacity-building vital in fight against COVID-19
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic reached the Philippines, collaboration between the experts, government, and all vulnerable stakeholders has been vital in the promotion of public health. In today’s Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser, Health OIC-Undersecretary Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire led a discussion with public health experts from the University of the Philippines College of Public Health (UP-CPH) on the role each sector can play to improve the public health situation in the Philippines...