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August 07, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: SOH to Pasay City execs: This isn't a sprint, this is a marathon!
In his message during the COVID-19 Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) meeting with Pasay City’s Task Force COVID today, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III told the city’s local officials that the fight against COVID-19 is not a sprint but a marathon that calls for endurance. “Limang buwan na po nating binubuno ang problema natin sa COVID-19. Ito na talaga ang itsura ng laban natin. Ito’y hindi na sprint, marathon na ito. Patatagan po ang laban dito kaya kinakailangan talagang maging matatag po tayong lahat,” Secretary Duque said emphasizing the importance of keeping oneself healthy in this time of pandemic...

August 07, 2020 3:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Philippines now has 100 licensed testing labs - DOH
The Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are now a total of 100 licensed testing laboratories throughout the Philippines who are eligible to conduct RT-PCR testing for the diagnosis of COVID-19 as of August 6, 2020. The 100th laboratory facility is Chong Hua Hospital, in Cebu City. The addition of Chong Hua Hospital to the roster of licensed testing laboratories is a milestone in terms of the country’s testing capacity. Initially needing to send swab samples to the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia for COVID-19 confirmation in February, the Philippines now boasts the highest testing capacity among countries in the Southeast Asia region, even topping richer neighboring countries such as Japan and Singapore...

August 07, 2020 12:00 NN

DOH issues Press Release: SOH leads CODE Team meeting in Marikina City
Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III with Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager and Undersecretary Jose Arturo S. Garcia, Jr., spearheaded the COVID-19 Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) meeting with Marikina City’s Task Force COVID today. Mayor Marcelino Teodoro shared Marikina City's response and challenges in its fight against COVID-19. He highlighted how their molecular and diagnostic laboratory, which was accredited by the DOH last April 20, helped increase their testing capacity. He also shared how the city established their contact tracing measures, including the different ordinances and resolutions which the city council passed in conjunction with the national government imposed community quarantine...

August 06, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH launches one hospital command center for faster and more efficient COVID-19 case referral
The Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), in coordination with the Department of Interior Local Government (DILG), Department of Tourism (DOT), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), officially launched the One Hospital Command Center (OHCC) at the MMDA Arena, Makati City. The Command Center will house the One Hospital Command which will facilitate a comprehensive and coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring effective and efficient health facility referral in Metro Manila...

August 06, 2020 4:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH: Philippines leads in testing in Southeast Asia; increasing cases attributed to increased testing and community transmission
The Department of Health reported that the Philippines has taken the top spot in terms of testing capacity in the entire Southeast Asian region, with the country having tested more unique individuals than its economically advanced neighbor countries. As of August 4, 2020, according to DOH data, the country has a total of 99 licensed testing laboratories and conducted a total of 1,643,539 tests, testing an average of 28,938 tests per day within the last 7 days. This is significantly higher than Indonesia which has tested a total of around 908,000 as of August 4, and testing an average of 14,291 per day within the last 7 days according to Our World in Data. The Philippines’ total number of tests conducted relative to its population size is 1.5% according to DOH data, a significantly higher percentage compared to Indonesia which has tested around 0.34% of its total population according to Our World in Data...

August 06, 2020 10:00 AM

DOH issues Press Release:DOH updates on collaboration with healthcare workers, deployment of C.O.D.E protocol
Discussions continued with the nation's medical societies as they presented to us their response to the seven (7) points that they identified as critical areas of improvement to the healthcare system. We compared our existing inventory of initiatives with representatives from the Health Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19 (HPAAC) and they provided us operational recommendations for executing programs at the local government unit (LGU) level. The One Hospital Command project, a centralized platform for managing secondary and tertiary care resources, is already operational and was officially launched today. In addition to this, HPAAC committed to help build LGU capacity on scaling up telemedicine, particularly in developing clinical algorithms, which can link up to the One Hospital Command...