DOH asks suppliers to regulate sale of oxygen tanks to households

Marje Pelayo   •   April 8, 2021   •   186

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) has asked suppliers to regulate the sale of oxygen tanks to ensure sufficient supply in hospitals.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reacted to reports that some individuals are buying oxygen tanks for their household amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.

“We encourage at nakikiusap kami sa ating mga suppliers na sana rin itong pag-bebenta natin at pagpapahiram nitong oxygen tanks natin ay ma-regulate natin na talagang ang kumukuha sa inyo ay hospital facilities lang muna natin,” said Vergeire on Wednesday (April 7).

“Baka yung supply ng ospital made-deplete kasi lahat na ng ating households ay bumibili ng oxygen tanks (There is possibility that hospitals’ supply will be depleted because some households are already buying oxygen tanks),” she added.

The official encourages individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to seek assistance from their respective physicians or local government units if they would need an oxygen tank.

She added that it is the physician who can decide when a patient needs to acquire such medical equipment.

“Sa ating mga kababayan, you can always call your local government, your doctor. If they advised na kailangan ng oxygen (that you need oxygen), that’s the time that you get oxygen,” she said.

Vergeire warned that the use of an oxygen tank needs proper guidance as it may cause harm to one’s health.

“Meron po tayong appropriate na level ng oxygen na dapat ibigay sa inyo based on the condition of the patient,” she said.

“For example, you are not sick and you do not have any respiratory difficulty in breathing and all, baka makasama pa ito sa inyo kaysa makakabuti kasi too much oxygen that we take when we are at that normal or stable condition might also affect our breathing process,” the official explained.

PH records 8,719 new COVID-19 infections

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ tally of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases has climbed to 979,740 on Friday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 8,718 additional infections.

In its 4 p.m. bulletin, the DOH said the latest tally pushed the country’s total active cases to 102,799.

The agency noted that one laboratory failed to submit data on time.

Total recoveries climbed to 860,412 after 13,812 more patients recuperated from the viral respiratory disease.

The death toll rose to 16,529 with 159 new fatalities.

Philippines records 8,767 new COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Thursday registered 8,767 new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), pushing the total tally to 971,049, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

In its 4 p.m. bulletin, the DOH said the latest tally brought the country’s active cases to 107,988.

The tally does not include data from one laboratory that failed to submit their reports on time.

Ngayong 4 PM, Abril 22, 2021, ang Department of Health ay nakapagtala ng 8,767 na karagdagang kaso ng COVID-19….

Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Thursday, April 22, 2021

The DOH also reported that the total recoveries climbed to 846,691 after 17,138 more patients recovered from the disease.

The death toll rose to 16,370 with 105 new fatalities.

Pre-vaccination health screening still a requirement – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   April 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said that health screening prior to vaccination remains a requirement despite recommendations from health experts to forego this process.

In an online briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire emphasized that conducting a screening prior to a patient’s vaccination is important as this will help check for symptoms related to COVID-19 or other diseases.

She said this step is especially important for the elderly and persons with co-morbidities even when they are already receiving their second dose.

“Kailangan mong screen kahit second dose kasi meron po tayong specific na circumstances na hindi natin pwedeng bigyan ng bakuna ang ating mga kababayan,” she said.

“Whether it be first or second dose, kailangan nai-screen sila,” she added.

The DOH earlier issued revised guidelines on the government’s COVID-19 vaccination and deployment program.

Under the Department Memorandum No. 2021-0175, only individuals experiencing a blood pressure (BP) of 180/120 or higher, with signs and symptoms of organ damage during the screening process, cannot be vaccinated.

“Other vaccine recipients with blood pressure not meeting definitions of hypertensive emergency may be vaccinated,” the DOH said.

The department also emphasized that medical clearance is not required for vaccination, except for individuals with autoimmune disease, HIV, cancer patients currently undergoing immunosuppressive therapy, transplant patients, those undergoing steroid treatment, and patients who are bedridden or with a poor prognosis.

The DOH also said that individuals who recently recovered from COVID-19 may be vaccinated immediately after recovery or completion of treatment for their first or second dose.

Those who were not able to receive their second dose due to medical reasons must coordinate with their respective vaccination sites for the immediate rescheduling of their vaccination.

Vergeire said that vaccinators should be reminded to take conduct health screening and to follow the vaccination guidelines.

“Sinasabi ngayon na mayroong gumagawa na hindi na nag-screen hindi po iyan tama,” she said.

Vergeire also said that there is no more need to ask vaccine recipients for informed consent when administering the second shot as this has been obtained during the first dose. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

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