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June 15, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Worst-case scenario averted, public cooperation vital in continued fight against COVID-19
Over three months have passed since the start of the initial Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and the nationwide strategy to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic has shown promising results, according to experts. In today’s Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser, Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire discussed the efficacy of the government’s health initiatives and the country’s way forward with leading members of the University of the Philippines’ independent COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team...

June 14, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Statement on concerns re data management and reporting
We take note of the concerns raised regarding the data management and reporting of the Department of Health (DOH). As we have stated in previous occasions, the fight against COVID-19 entails a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach. The DOH cannot do it alone.  Neither can the Executive branch. We need the leadership and cooperation of the local government units (LGUs), our front-liners on the grassroots in this battle, as well as our health care providers, and laboratories...

June 14, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH reports downward trend in COVID-19 mortality rate for mid-June
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...

June 11, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH issues guidelines on expanded COVID-19 testing
The Department of Health (DOH) has updated its interim guidelines on expanded risk-based testing of COVID-19 cases. Department Memorandum No. 2020-0285 was adopted in view of the increased RT-PCR (Reverse Transmission Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing capacity of the country. The new subgroups broadens the coverage of persons to be tested to include suspect cases, individuals with travel history and exposure (whether symptomatic or asymptomatic), and healthcare workers with possible exposure (whether symptomatic or asymptomatic).

June 11, 2020 8:00 AM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH commemorates World Blood Donor Day, calls for more unsung heroes
The donation of safe blood for the treatment of various illnesses is a critical part of Philippine health care, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, blood donation may push the national health response even further as it bolsters the supply of convalescent plasma as a possible treatment for the disease. This year, World Blood Donor Day will once again be commemorated on June 14 and officials from the Department of Health (DOH) are renewing calls for volunteer blood donors, especially from COVID-19 survivors. In the June 10 Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser, DOH representatives led by Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire, reported that studies are currently being conducted to determine if convalescent plasma is an effective treatment against the virus...

June 09, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH pushes family planning, reproductive health initiatives
In the June 9 Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser, Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire emphasized that good family planning and reproductive health will help Filipinos adapt to the current circumstances as well as prepare families for the future. “Ang pagbubuntis po na hindi planado ay mas mahirap para sa sinumang mag-asawa lalo na sa panahon ngayon na wala tayong kasiguruhan kung hanggang kailan natin haharapin ang panganib na dulot ng virus,” she said. “Tandaan natin, kapag planado, laging sigurado.”...