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DOH-Retained hospitals on code white alert effective Dec. 21

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Days before the year-end revelry starts, the Department of Health (DOH) has announced on Thursday (December 20) that all DOH-Retained hospitals across the country will be on ‘Code White Alert‘ starting Friday (December 21).

Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said the Code White Alert will be lifted on January 4, 2019.

Under Code White Alert, all hospital manpower is placed under on-call status for immediate mobilization to any emergency situation.

By hospital manpower includes general and orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, operating room nurses, as well as emergency service, nursing and administrative personnel residing at the hospital dormitory.

Currently, there are 70 DOH-Retained hospitals and 17 regional health offices across the country.

Meanwhile, the DOH calls on the public, especially parents, to prevent their children from buying and using illegal firecrackers specifically piccolo this holiday season.

Last year, the DOH recorded a total of 463 firecracker-related injuries from the year-end merrymakings.

Most of the victims were children age 10 to 14 who suffered injuries due to use of piccolo.

In line with this, the DOH will also begin its monitoring and tallying of firecracker-related injuries tomorrow until January 5, 2019. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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Dengue cases in Zamboanga Peninsula up by 81%

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2019

Dengue cases in Zamboanga Peninsula rose to 81 percent, according to the Department of Health (DOH) 9. Cases had reached 1,743 from January 1 to March 7, 2019.

Based on the report of the DOH 9, Zamboanga City reported 719 dengue cases, a 213% increase compared to the same period last year which recorded 230 cases. Zamboanga del Norte, on the other hand, recorded 499 cases which is a 222 percent increase from last year’s 155 cases.

Meanwhile, Zamboanga Sibugay recorded 175 dengue cases; Isabela City , Basilan, 99 cases; and Zamboanga Del Sur with 251.

READ: DOH: even a little water can serve as breeding ground for mosquitoes

The DOH reminds residents to implement the 4-S campaign against dengue and work on controlling the mosquito population.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III previously said, “The first step to prevent dengue is within our homes. It is important to remove any space or container that can hold unnecessary stagnant water which may become breeding sites for mosquitoes.”—Aileen Cerrudo

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DOH calls for increased awareness vs. depression after Razorback drummer’s suicide

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Razorback drummer Brian Velasco. | Courtesy: Brian Velasco FB

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday (January 17) issued a statement calling on the public to help spread awareness against depression following the apparent suicide of drummer Brian Velasco of the ‘90s hard rock band, Razorback.

The 41-year-old drummer fell to his death on Wednesday (January 16) from the 34th floor roof deck of the City Land Tower in Vito Cruz, Malate, Manila, according to a report from Malate Police Station.

He broadcasted his suicide live on Facebook which went viral on social media.

The DOH in its statement calls on the public “to stop sharing the tragic video” in respect to the grieving family.

Instead, the department encourages the public “to start talking about depression to end the stigma surrounding mental health because when left unattended, it (depression) can lead to suicide.”

According to the DOH, about 3.3 million Filipinos suffer from depressive disorder with suicide rate higher in males at 2.5 and 1.7 females per 100,000.

The World Health Organization (WHO), meanwhile, said 800,000 people die every year due to suicide and it is considered the second leading cause of death among individuals age 15 to 49 years old in the world.

The DOH encourages anyone who is suffering from depression or in need of help, to report to the agency’s 24-hour suicide prevention hotline numbers (02) 804-4673; 0917-5584673 or send a SMS to 2919 for globe and TM subscribers. — Marje Pelayo

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Metro Manila hospitals on Code White alert from Jan. 7 to 10 for Traslacion

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Image grabbed from Traslacion2019 fb page

MANILA, Philippines – All hospitals in Metro Manila are now on code white alert from Tuesday (January 7) to Thursday (January 10).

This is in preparation for potential patients from the expected surge of participants in the annual Traslacion in Quiapo on Wednesday (January 9).

Under code white alert, all medical staff, doctors, and nurses are on call for emergency situations and all leave privileges are cancelled.

According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, a total of 13 medical teams were set up in strategic areas where the procession will pass by.

Each station is manned by doctors, nurses and paramedics from DOH accredited hospitals in Metro Manila. – UNTV News ans Rescue

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