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September 07, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: One Hospital Command Center reports 90% success rate
The Department of Health (DOH) today reported that the One Hospital Command Center (OHCC), a healthcare referral network linked with service providers such as hospitals, quarantine facilities, and medical transportation, has successfully closed 2,202 out of 2,447 cases to date, indicating a 90% success rate in its ability to quickly connect Filipinos needing medical attention...

September 04, 2020 11:00 AM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH supports MWF installation hybrid handwashing facilities for the new normal
The Department of Health (DOH) supports the Manila Water Foundation (MWF), with its partners Procter & Gamble Philippines, JCI Quezon City Capitol, and the Quezon City government, as they formally inaugurated four (4) new handwashing facilities, and rehabilitated two (2) existing ones in strategic public areas in Quezon City today. This is under its banner program, "WASH in Pandemic," which was launched in June 2020, and aims to help protect communities from the spread of COVID-19, as well as provide an enabling environment for proper handwashing...

September 03, 2020 11:00 AM

DOH issues Press Release: Bayanihan 2 ensures continuous and improved healthcare system
The Department of Health (DOH) today reported that the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2 has allocated about PHP 53.48 billion-- almost half of the 165 billion stimulus package--for the support of healthcare workers (HCWs), sustaining the drive of the DOH and keep HCWs protected while at the same time preventing the influx of patients into hospitals. The first phase of the Bayanihan One Act, also known as the Bayanihan to Heal as One, provided medical frontliners with personal protective equipment, accommodations, and risk allowances, among other benefits, as well as recruiting more of their colleagues to help them in their daily duties. Bayanihan 2, on the other hand, will concentrate on primary care and the improvement of the health system and its attendant benefits...

September 01, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Healthcare workers granted critical support by Bayanihan 1: more human resources, increased allowances, and protective equipment
The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, also known as Republic Act No. 11469, has provided critical support to healthcare workers (HCWs) valiantly containing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, in the forms of urgently needed equipment and hazard pay, as well as additional colleagues to bolster their ranks. Officially enacted from March to June 2020, the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act is a crucial core initiative of the Department of Health (DOH) to respond to the needs of HCWs. The National Capital Region, Region III, and Region IV in particular have been classified as priority areas with elevated requirements for human resources for health (HRH) such as doctors, nurses, and other medical staff.


August 31, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH's telemedicine initiative strengthens provision of primary health care services
Quezon City, Philippines - The DOH partnered with Quezon City's local government to deploy the country's first end-to-end telemedicine project, which will strengthen the LGU's ability to provide patients access to medical consultation. Quezon City is the first LGU in NCR and CALABARZON to roll out telemedicine that connects to the national COVID-19 surveillance system. The telemedicine project seeks to bolster the provision of primary care services to not only give patients quicker and more efficient access to medical consultation, but also to allow secondary and tertiary health care providers to focus on more serious cases that only they are capable of addressing...

August 29, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Statement on circulating list of COVID-positive patients
The Department of Health (DOH) has received reports of lists containing names of COVID-19 positive patients being released publicly and shared around social media. The DOH reiterates that while RA 11332 (Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act) provides public health authorities the statutory right to access personal information to enable effective response, it also requires said authorities to ensure patient privacy and confidentiality of the personal information entrusted to them. Relevant information should only be shared to concerned public health authorities who are knowledgeable of their duty in maintaining data privacy...