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August 14, 2020 2:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Cultivating a culture of discipline and safety, ‘BIDA ANG MAY DISIPLINA: SOLUSYON SA COVID-19’ launched
The Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), launched today the BIDA Ang May Disiplina: Solusyon sa COVID-19 campaign at the Riverside Drive, Marikina City. ‘BIDA Ang May Disiplina: Solusyon sa COVID-19’ integrates the DILG #DisiplinaMuna campaign and DOH’s BIDA Solusyon. #DisiplinaMuna is geared towards cultivating discipline amongst the members of the community. ‘BIDA solusyon,’ on the other hand, highlights the importance of observing the minimum health standards that are cost efficient yet considered effective ways to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission...

August 13, 2020 3:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH observes World Mask Week
The Department of Health (DOH) joins the global call to make mask use mandatory in order to reduce virus transmission. This is also in observance of World Mask Week, an international mask-wearing movement launched in collaboration with the Pandemic Action Network and the CDC Foundation, which will run until August 14. The weeklong observance is a reminder of the importance of daily mask-wearing in going out of the home. According to Eloise Todd, co-founder of the Pandemic Action Network, the purpose of the World Mask Week is to “build momentum to enlist more policymakers, leaders, and influencers to adopt and reinforce pro-mask policies by bringing together multiple mask campaigns currently underway.” For World Mask Week, the DOH is doing its part by enjoining leaders in government and national agencies alike to be part of the movement, using their sphere of influence to encourage the public to wear masks in order to curb transmission of COVID-19...

August 12, 2020 3:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH, IATF, NTF support Rizal Province pandemic response
Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III assured local chief executives of the Province of Rizal that the National Government, through the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the National Task Force (NTF) and the Department of Health (DOH), is ready to assist them in ramping up the province’s COVID-19 response. Secretary Duque was joined by NTF Chairperson Secretary Eduardo Año, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Testing Czar Secretary Vivencio Dizon, and MMDA General Manager and Undersecretary Jose Arturo Garcia, Jr. Also present were Governor Rebecca Ynares and mayors from the 14 cities and municipalities of Rizal to represent the local government...

August 11, 2020 4:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH releases easy-to-remember BIDA Solusyon guidelines to reduce COVID-19 transmission
The Department of Health in its BIDA Solution campaign, revealed that following the behavioral changes can cut down the virus transmission by up to 96%. Dr. Beverly Ho, Director IV of Health Promotion Bureau in the DOH’s Public Health Services Team, said, “physical distancing, wearing of face mask and face shield can lower the chances of virus transmission.” According to recent studies, the wearing of masks reduces transmission by 96% for N95 masks and 67% for non-N95 masks, while the observance of physical distancing by one meter can reduce the chance of transmission by 82% with protection increasing as distance is lengthened. Moreover, studies also show that the use of face shields can be used complementary to face masks to further reduce transmission. However, DOH emphasizes that face shields should not be used as substitutes for face masks and should only be used in addition to masks as added protection.

August 08, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH strongly warns against illegal trade of recovered COVID-19 patients' convalescent plasma
The Department of Health (DOH) strongly reminds the public against the buying and selling of convalescent plasma of recovered COVID-19 patients. Studies have shown that it could pose serious risks to patients, who may contract transfusion-transmissible infections (TTIs) such as HIV, hepatitis, and malaria. The reminder to the public is brought by increasing reports in the past weeks from families of critically-ill COVID-19 patients allegedly buying convalescent plasma from recovered patients, hospital staff, or fixers. There are also other reports that some intentionally infect themselves so that their plasma can be donated after recovery for which they are promised remuneration. The DOH emphasizes that these alleged transactions and practices are illegal, reckless and dangerous. Those individuals do not only place their lives at risk, but they also put their families and communities at risk when they voluntarily get infected...

August 07, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH recalibrates COVID-19 response with medical communities
As the first week of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) draws to a close, the DOH and Health Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19 (HPAAC) reached a milestone together when it presented the joint collaboration on the recalibrated strategy for the nation’s COVID response in today’s forum. This was in response to the call of medical societies for a “time out”. Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III discussed the hiring mechanism of healthcare workers, newly signed active transport policy, implementation of CODE, and the launching of the One Hospital Command which also happened this week. According to Secretary Duque, additional funding of P300 million has been secured this week for the department’s emergency hiring program, on top of the remaining P142 million. He noted that the hiring program has reached about half the estimated need for healthcare workers in NCR, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon...