DOH lauds tobacco tax bill passage in Congress

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 6, 2019   •   3851

Courtesy : Fb_DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) lauded Congress for approving the bill that seeks to increase taxes in tobacco and alcohol.

The Senate has approved the said bill, 21-0 during the last session of the 17th Congress on Tuesday (June 4). This bill will assist in funding the Universal Health Care law

READ: Country in a ‘win-win-win’ situation with increased cigarette tax—WHO

According to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, the bill will help fill the P40-billion funding gap for the UHC program.

“Sin tax will also fund the Universal Health Care program that will provide comprehensive quality and affordable healthcare, including preventive care to encourage healthier lifestyles, for all Filipinos,” he said in a statement.

Based on the approved bill P10 will be the added tax to the per pack of cigarette starting next year and it will increase by P5 for the suceeding year.

Courtesy : FB_DOH

PH posts 7,379 new COVID-19 cases; 21,664 recoveries

Robie de Guzman   •   April 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ tally of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) reached 953,106 on Tuesday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 7,379 additional infections.

In its bulletin, the DOH said the latest figure pushed the country’s total active cases to 127,006.

The agency noted however, that the tally does not include data from eight laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time.

Ngayong 4 PM, Abril 20, 2021, ang Department of Health ay nakapagtala ng 7,379 na karagdagang kaso ng COVID-19….

Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The total recoveries rose to 809,959 after 21,664 more patients recuperated from the viral respiratory disease.

The death rose increased to 16,141 with 93 new fatalities.

DOH updates guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination

Robie de Guzman   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) has revised its guidelines on the government’s COVID-19 vaccination and deployment program.

Under the Department Memorandum No. 2021-0175, the DOH 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.

The DOH previously said that persons who tested positive for COVID-19 had to wait for 90 days before they get vaccinated.

This development comes after the country’s vaccine experts panel recommended inoculating COVID-19 survivors 14 days after their recovery.

The new DOH guidelines also state that individuals 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.

The agency also said that 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 national government is currently vaccinating persons and workers belonging to A1 (healthcare workers), A2 (senior citizens), and A3 (persons with comorbidities) priority sectors. The Inter-Agency Task Force has also approved the list of sectors that are included in the A4 group.

The DOH earlier reported that over one million Filipinos have been vaccinated against COVID-19 disease.

The agency, however, reminded to continue observing minimum public health standards even after vaccination to curb the transmission of COVID-19.

Philippines records 11,429 new COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Thursday reported 11,429 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, pushing the total caseload to 904,285, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

In its latest bulletin, the DOH said the daily tally brought the country’s active cases to 183,527.

Ngayong 4 PM, Abril 15, 2021, ang Department of Health ay nakapagtala ng 11,429 na karagdagang kaso ng COVID-19….

Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Thursday, April 15, 2021

The DOH, however, noted that the case count does not include data from seven laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time.

The agency also reported that total recoveries increased to 705,164 after 856 more patients recuperated from the illness.

The death toll rose to 15,594 with 148 new fatalities.

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