DOH, EAMC deny order to stop counting of COVID-19 fatalities

Maris Federez   •   April 12, 2020   •   449

MANILA, Philippines — The East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) on Saturday (April 11) denied allegations that it has received directives from the Department of Health (DOH) to halt the counting of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) fatalities.

This stemmed from reports of bodies supposedly piling up at hospitals instead of being cremated, and of hospitals in Quezon City allegedly being told not to do a census on deaths.

On a Twitter post, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said that “the DOH did NOT and will NEVER issue a directive for hospitals to conceal the number of COVID-19 deaths.”

The DOH chief also vowed to have the issue immediately investigated.

Dr. Alfonso G Nuñez III, OIC Medical Center Chief II, in an official statement, also said they were not told to hold back tallying and reporting of fatalities related to the novel coronavirus disease.

“Deaths related to COVID-19 in East Avenue Medical Center are still being recorded and reported to the Department of Health Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit,” the statement read.

As part of the investigation, the health department on Sunday (April 12) conducted an investigation and a conference with the EAMC officials to address the said issues and concerns. – mbmf

New COVID-19 cases in PH hits 1,509, total cases reached 362,243

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2020

The Philippines records a total of 1,509 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with 362,243 total cases, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Wednesday (October 21).

The DOH also recorded 60 deaths and 911 recoveries. The day’s recorded recoveries brought the total number to 311,506.

Based on DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin no. 221, 90% of the total daily cases occurred within the recent 14 days, while the top regions in the recent two weeks are in the National Capital Region (NCR) with 320 cases, and Region 4A with 297 cases.

The DOH also added that 41 duplicates were removed from the total case count. Thirty-one recovered cases and three deaths have also been removed from the list.

The University of the Philippines Octa Research Team said there are still areas with high COVID-19 cases since October 11, based on their research. These areas include several areas in the National Capital Region (NCR), Pasig, Makati, Pasay, Mandaluyong, and Marikina.

Meanwhile, DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said 60-70% of the country’s population should be vaccinated against COVID-19 for herd immunity.

“It doesn’t stop there because we would need 60-70% of the population immunized so we can have herd immunity. So when we talk about P12.5 billion that is just covering our population,” she said. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

DOH logs 2,502 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

Maris Federez   •   October 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health or DOH on Sunday reported that the total number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases nationwide is now at 339,341.

This, after 2,502 newly-confirmed cases were added to the list of COVID-19 patients.

The DOH has also announced 17,057 recoveries recorded as of 4 pm on Sunday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 293,075.

In an advisory, the department also said that of Sunday’s 2,502 reported cases, 2,106 (84%) occurred within the recent 14 days (September 28 – October 11, 2020).

The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were NCR (650 or 31%), Region 4A (492 or 23%) and Region 3 (203 or 10%), the advisory further said.

Eighty-three (83) deaths were also recorded Sunday, bringing the total of fatalities to 6.321.

The department also recorded 87 duplicates that were removed from the total case count. Of these, 35 were recovered cases.

It added that the 41 cases previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths. —/mbmf

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DOH, WHO encourages public to access free mental health course online

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) is encouraging the public to enroll in the free online course about mental health.

The QualityRights Mental Health e-training course was developed by WHO and translated in Filipino in partnership with the DOH. It aims to improve access to quality mental health and social services.

Participants of the online course, according to the Health Department, will be able to improve their own mental health as well as support their friends and love ones who are experiencing mental health problems.

Interested individuals can register for free at http://bit.ly/QualityRightsPH.

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III hopes the free online course will be able to help in addressing the mental health conditions and cognitive disabilities in the country.

“Mental health is a major public health concern that needs to be openly discussed and addressed. With the e-learning modules translated in Filipino, we hope to educate more people and facilitate more discussions that will ultimately help us understand and address the need of Filipinos with mental health conditions, and other intellectual and cognitive disabilities,” he said. AAC

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