DOH: Practice good hygiene to prevent meningococcemia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2019   •   1490

Filipino students practice proper hand washing on the eve of the seventh Global Handwashing day in Manila, the Philippines, 14 October 2015. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

The Department of Health (DOH) has advised the public to practice good hygiene in order to prevent meningococcemia.

DOH Assistant Secretary of the Public Health Services Team Maria Rosario Vergeire has clarified there is still no meningococcemia outbreak in the country after two cases of the disease were confirmed in Laguna and Batangas.

However, Vergeire said early prevention is important to prevent the spread of disease.

“I urge the public to practice good personal hygiene such as regular handwashing, and covering of mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of this disease,” she said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the department is still awaiting the results of five more suspected meningococcemia cases that are being examined.

According to Vergeire, meningococcemia is a rare but very serious disease.

She reiterated the importance of early diagnosis and immediate treatment with antibiotics if an individual is experiencing symptoms.

Symptoms of the disease include cough, headache, and sore throat, followed by upper respiratory symptoms, fever, chills, malaise, nausea, vomiting and skin rashes.

“It can quickly progress and manifest with lethargy, difficulty in breathing, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, seizures, hemorrhagic eruptions, purpuric and petechial skin lesion, and hypotension. In 15% of the cases, death can occur within a few hours,” according to the DOH statement.—AAC

DOH, not endorsing steam inhalation or ‘suob’ as treatment for COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   May 11, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Steam inhalation or ‘suob’ has become popular as a home remedy to relieve patients having difficulty breathing particularly COVID-19 infected individuals since the pandemic started.

But the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH) do not endorse this method in treating COVID-19.

“Unang-una ang (suob) po is like a steam inhalation, so when you are doing it with your family na hindi kayo nasa inyong kuwarto, maaring maikalat pa nito ang infection,” explained DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

“It aerosolized iyong air so iyong virus might stay longer in the air and your family member might get infected,” she added.

Health advocate Dr. Tony Leachon is among those who do not believe in steam inhalation for COVID-19.

“Makakasama pa nga iyan dahil magbubuga ka nyan ng mga droplets that will actually create more problems for the people,” he noted.

But for Dr. Dale Pasco, a proponent of steam inhalation believes it could play a vital role in treating COVID-10 patients.

He himself experienced its efficacy when he recommended it to his sister who had COVID-19 and to more than a hundred of his patients who consulted him.

Dr. Pasco also cites a study in Italy that showed a favorable result of steam inhalation to a COVID-positive patient.

“Iyong study na iyon they have proven. We have concluded na ang temperature na 56 degrees na nasa steam inhalation o nasa sa suob it really kills the virus,” he noted.

Dr. Pasco said he already sent a letter to the DOH, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and even to the Office of the President to conduct a study on the matter but to no avail.

“Kung sana naaprubahan yung proposal ko we could have already gone back to normal which I don’t think we do need vaccines anymore,” he concluded. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

DOH: Caloocan resort guests should undergo 14-day quarantine, strict monitoring

Robie de Guzman   •   May 10, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Individuals who went to a resort in Caloocan City despite current community quarantine restrictions should undergo a 14-day quarantine period, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.

In a virtual press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH has ordered its Metro Manila office to “strictly monitor” those who went to the resort over the weekend.

“Yung mga nagpunta po sa resort na yan, kailangan po nilang mag-quarantine for 14 days, lahat po sila so that we can ensure na wala pong pagkakahawa-hawaan na mangyayari,” she said.

Vergeire pointed out that Metro Manila is still under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until May 14 that only allows essential travels, and services to operate.

“Alam po nating lahat na tayo talaga ay doing all of our efforts to contain this disease and alam din po natin na tayo ay nasa MECQ so dapat alam ng ating mga kababayan kung kailan sila pwedeng lumabas at kung ano ang mga places na pwede nilang puntahan,” she said.

Caloocan authorities have ordered the closure of Gubat sa Ciudad resort after it was found to be operational and have accommodated a large number of guests over the weekend despite strict quarantine restrictions.

“Ito po ay mali, hindi po natin ito ito-tolerate. Ayaw po natin na madagdagan pa ang mga kaso,” Vergeire said.

“Nakalungkot po itong pangyayaring ito. Sana po hindi na tularan,” she added.

She also advised establishments to comply with quarantine rules and to only operate when permitted by authorities.

“Dapat din naman ang mga establishments, kailangan po alam din po nila na hindi pa sila pwedeng mag-accommodate ng mga kababayan nating pupunta sa kanila kasi ang mga kababayan natin pupunta diyan kung papayag kayo. Eh binuksan po natin kaya nakapasok po ang mga tao at nakapag-swimming at nakapagsaya ang bawat pamilya,” she said.

Malacañang, meanwhile, stressed that any form of mass gathering is still prohibited in MECQ areas to arrest the spread of COVID-19.

“Naintindihan po natin na mainit ang panahon at marami ang sabik maligo, lumangoy at magpalamig ngunit hindi naman ito dapat maging dahilan, para hindi natin sundin ang guidelines. Inuulit ko po, bawal pa po ang pagtitipon-tipon,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Philippines reports 6,846 new COVID-19 cases; active cases down to 59,897

Robie de Guzman   •   May 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Monday logged 6,846 new novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, pushing the total tally to 1,108,826, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

In its 4 p.m. bulletin, the DOH reported that the number of active cases went down to 59,897. Of this, 93.7 percent are mild, 2.2 percent are asymptomatic, 1.7 percent in severe, and 1.3 percent are in critical condition.

Ngayong 4 PM, Mayo 10, 2021, ang Department of Health ay nakapagtala ng 6,846 na karagdagang kaso ng COVID-19. Samantala…

Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Monday, May 10, 2021

The DOH noted that five laboratories failed to submit data on time.

The agency also reported 8,193 new recovered patients, bringing the recovery tally to 1,030,367.

The death toll climbed to 18,562 with 90 new fatalities.

The DOH also stated in its bulletin a positivity rate of 13.9 percent out of the 45,370 tests.

The case count reflected in the latest bulletin was based on tests conducted on May 8, it added.


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