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June 09, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH distributes benefits to families of healthcare workers
The Philippines is beginning to flatten the curve. This was reiterated in the May 6 Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser with Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire and Dr. John Wong, an epidemiologist with the Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) sub-technical working group on data analytics. “Lahat po ng ating mga sakripisyo nitong nakaraang linggo ay hindi napunta sa wala. Nakikitaan na po natin ng mga senyales na napa-flatten na natin ang curve. Ibig pong sabihin, dahil sa ating pagtutulungan at pakikiisa sa mga inisyatiba ng gobyerno, nasimulan na nating pabagalin ang pagdami ng mga kumpirmadong kaso ng COVID-19 upang hindi ma-overwhelm ang ating mga ospital at health system,” explained USec. Singh-Vergeire...

June 09, 2020 12:00 NN

DOH issues Press Release: DOH: mind your mental health; Health Organizations offer remote care services
The impact of COVID-19 reaches beyond the immediate physical health and economic concerns that have grabbed attention over the past few months. A person’s mental and psychosocial well-being is also an equally important part of staying safe and healthy during the pandemic. In today’s Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser, Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire discussed with local mental and psychosocial care groups about the options available for managing the psychological impact not only of the pandemic, but all the other stress-inducers in one’s life. The National Center for Medical Health (NCMH) offers its 24/7 crisis and suicide services for free and confidential consultation. Callers are received by mental health crisis responders and are referred to a hospital’s licensed psychiatrist, if needed. The NCMH Crisis Hotline may be reached at 0917-899-USAP (8727) or (02) 7-989-USAP...

 

June 06, 2020 9:00 AM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH expands testing to asymptomatic subgroups
Now that the Philippines has reached an output of 10,000 tests per day, the Department of Health (DOH) has announced its plans to expand testing to include certain asymptomatic subgroups. In the June 5 Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser, Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire, with infectious disease experts Dr. Benjamin Co and Dr. Anna Ong-Lim, discussed the department’s new direction in testing. Ong-Lim, immediate past president of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines, explained that there will still be criteria for deciding which groups of the asymptomatic population should be tested in order to efficiently maximize the limited supply...

June 05, 2020 1:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH, DOTr support bicycles as alternative transport
With many Filipino commuters returning to the road after the transition to GCQ in Metro Manila, there is a need to balance safety against COVID-19 and available public transportation. In celebration of World Bicycle Day last June 3, the Department of Health (DOH), together with officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and cycling advocates discussed how cycling may be an alternative mode of transportation during the quarantine. In the June 3 Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser, Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire talked with representatives from the DOTr and local cycling groups about how the use of a bicycle can be both an alternative transportation solution and a health solution...

June 05, 2020 9:00 AM

DOH issues Press Release: Families of fallen heroes begin receiving financial support
The Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) earlier signed the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) establishing implementing guidelines on the grant of compensation to public and private health workers pursuant to the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act”. Today, DOH through Health Undersecretaries Gerardo Bayugo and Roger Tong-an also released the first of 32 checks for the loved ones of our fallen health care heroes. The remaining checks are ready for pick-up and delivery to the recipients, and its distribution will be prioritized in the next two days...

June 04, 2020

Implementing Guidelines on the Grant of Compensation to Public and Private Health Workers pursuant to Section 4(f) of Republic Act No. 11469 otherwise known as the "Bayanihan to Heal as One Act"

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