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July 02, 2020 3:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: SOH reassures support to CHH; Urges public and private hospitals to work together vs COVID-19
Cebu City, Philippines ― Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III reassured the officials of Chong Hua Hospital (CHH), one of Cebu City’s major private facilities catering to COVID-19 patients in the region, that government facility in the area, particularly the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), is ready to help should CHH reach maximum occupancy capacity. In a meeting held earlier today, CHH officials shared with the Health Chief that it currently operates at 98% occupancy rate of its 190-COVID bed capacity. More than 50% of its patients are severe and critical. The non-COVID bed occupancy is at 25% of its 420 bed capacity...

June 29, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH: Organ donors are heroes, one donor can save eight lives
To celebrate the spirit of working together, the Department of Health (DOH) today commemorated the National Organ and Blood Awareness Week by recognizing organ donors as modern day heroes. In the June 29 Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser, Health OIC-Undersecretary Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire discussed the importance of organ donation and how Filipinos can contribute to the program headed by Dr. Francisco Escueta-Sarmiento, the program manager of the Philippine Organ Donation and Transplantation Program (PODTP)...

June 29, 2020

Advisory on the deployment of Doctors to the Barrios (DTTBs) to Cebu City

June 27, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH: Behavior change can slow down transmission
The Department of Health (DOH) recently reported a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, due to the increase in expanded testing and the increased mobility in different regions from eased quarantine restrictions. Dr. Beverly Lorraine Ho, Director of the DOH Health Promotion and Communication Service, reported the increase of cases but assured that the Philippine COVID-19 situation is not hopeless and could be mitigated through continued behavior change...

June 25, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH launches substance abuse 1550 Helpline
In the spirit of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the Department of Health (DOH) officially launched the Substance Abuse Helpline 1550 to ensure unhampered access to professional assistance for substance abuse amid mobility restrictions due to the community quarantine. In collaboration with the Dangerous Drugs Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program (DDAPTP), the hotline will provide support and intervention to Persons Who Use Drugs (PWUDs), their families and the public. Moreover, the hotline was established to heighten awareness to the public and to allow easy access to information regarding substance abuse related problems, despite the pandemic...

June 24, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Personal care services intensify health, sanitation protocols amid COVID-19
With personal care establishments such as salons and barbershops resuming operations, the prescribed health and sanitation protocols have now been integrated into their operations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of their customers. In the Department of Health’s (DOH) June 24 Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser, Health OIC-Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire featured the innovations implemented in the personal care services sector with experts and representatives of salons, barbershops, and the cosmetics industry. The industry representatives shared how they are all working together in implementing the health and safety guidelines mandated by the DOH and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)...