DOH conducts immunization program to public school children in Bacolod City
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) said the increase in number of children who availed last year’s immunization program helped a lot in preventing the spread of measles and rubella infection in schools in Western Visayas.
In a span of one year, not a single case of measles or rubella infection was recorded by the DOH in the region.
However, health officials want to make sure that school children remains protected.
“Gusto nating maibigay ang mga ganitong mga vaccine sa school-based children dahil gusto natin mapalawakang ating immunization coverage,” said DOH VI Head Family Health and Nutrition Clerk Dr. Renilyn Reyes. (We want to provide these types of vaccines to school-based children because we want to expand our immunization coverage.)
This month, DOH targets to administer two sets of vaccines – the measles rubella virus vaccine and tetanus and diphtheria vaccine – to all grades 1 to 7 students in Bacolod City.
Health officials are encouraging parents to have their children shot for their protection.
“Wag silang mag-alala dahil itong mga bakuna ay dumaan sa mga quality na mga procedure upang maibigay natin itong ligtas sa publiko,” Dr. Reyes explained. (They have nothing to worry about because these vaccines have gone through quality procedures so that we can administer it safely to the public.)
DOH explained, measles and rubella are viral infections that can only be prevented through vaccination.
Contracting the disease may cause serious discomfort or death in children if neglected. – Deb Riveral | UNTV News and Rescue
Umano’y nasayang na supply ng COVID-19 vaccine sa Cotabato, iniimbestigahan na — DOH
MANILA, Philippines — Iniimbestigahan na ng Department of Health (DOH) ang napaulat na pagkasayang umano ng supply ng COVID-19 vaccine na ipinadala sa bayan ng Makilala sa Cotabato.
Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, nasa 348 doses ng Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines ang umano’y nasayang matapos mapabayaan sa loob ng freezer nang magkaroon ng power outage sa lugar.
Paalala naman ng kagawaran sa mga lokal na pamahalaan na bantayang maigi ang kanilang COVID-19 vaccine supply upang matiyak ang wastong temperature sa pag-iimbak nito.
“Hindi lang po isang beses isang araw ang ginagawang pagmo-monitor ng temperatura ng bakuna. Ito po ay ginagawa kada apat na oras,” ani Vergeire.
Nakipag-ugnayan na aniya sila sa lokal na pamahalaan kaugnay ng insidente.
“As to the sanctions, they were already advised and the local government has been coordinated with by our regional Office,” ang wika ni Vergeire. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)
DOH working closely with BFP, other agencies to monitor hospitals after PGH fire
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said it is closely coordinating with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and other concerned government agencies to prevent further fire incidents in hospitals amid the dry season and the coronavirus pandemic.
In a press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they have reached out to the BFP, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and local government units (LGU) to place hospitals under close monitoring.
“Tayo po ay nakipag-coordinate sa iba’t ibang ahensya concerned katulad po ng DILG and local governments and also to coordinated with the Bureau of Fire Protection para magkaroon po ng monitoring across al[l our hospitals because we know that fire incidents are highest during the summer season,” she said.
Vergeire issued the statement after a fire hit part of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) on Sunday.
The fire has directly affected a portion of one floor of PGH.
Vergeire said at least 12 patients were referred for transfer to other DOH hospitals. As of Monday, eight patients had already been transferred while the remaining four were being processed.
The DOH has also distributed K95 and N95 masks to the PGH since all of its personnel were required to wear this for 48 hours as smoke from the fire could still linger in the area.
“We were able to provide K95 and N95 masks to the PGH para kanilang magamit sa kanilang personnel because they were required to wear N95 masks for 48 hours kahit wala po sila doon as COVID areas because of the lingering o naka-suspend pa siyempre yung mga smoke diyan galing sa pagkakasunog,” she said.
“Ngayon po ating pinagtitibay (monitoring) para ma-prevent na po natin yung mga further incidents like this in the future,” Vergeire said.
Phl logs 5,790 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 1,143,963
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday confirmed that the Philippines has recorded 5,790 new cases of the coronavirus disease, bringing the active cases to 54,904.
This means that the country has recorded a total of 1,143, 963 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday, 4 pm.
The DOH also reported 7,541 new recoveries. This has brought the total number of Filipinos who recovered from the viral infection to 1,069,868.
The health department also logged 140 more deaths from the fatal disease, DOHbringing the country’s COVID-19 death toll to 19,191.
The DOH said the low number of new cases was due to the low testing output of laboratories on May 14.