Public advised to drink, eat in moderation on holidays
Marje Pelayo • December 26, 2018 • 2010
MANILA, Philippines – People tend to eat and drink too much when party events and merry-makings abound during the holiday season.
But according to the Department of Health (DOH), the public should observe moderation especially when eating sweets, oily and salty foods as well as drinking alcoholic beverages to avoid falling ill or from figuring in an accident.
The DOH said, the holiday season should not be made as an excuse to binge-eat and drink as these might cause one to suffer from the so-called ‘holiday illnesses’ such as heart attacks, hypertension and high cholesterol.
“Lahat ng blood sugar level mataas, lahat ng cholesterol mataas, mataas ang mga BP ng mga pasyente. So ayun iyong holiday illnesses natin talaga, heart attack, stroke pa rin (The sugar level, cholesterol, blood pressure of the patients increases and lead to “holiday illnesses” like heart attack and stroke,”) explained Usec. Eric Domingo.
Based on the data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, heart complications remain to be the leading cause of death among Filipinos, followed by neoplasms, pneumonia, hypertensive and diabetes.
Health experts say this is due to smoking, too much alcohol intake, not eating of proper food and lack of exercise.
The DOH advises people who experience dizziness, difficulty in breathing and headache after eating, particularly those who have a history of having ‘holiday illnesses’, to immediately seek medical consultation.
The agency adds that revelers should also avoid driving when they have taken too many drinks.
“Nagkakaroon din ng spike ang vehicular accident (There is a spike in vehicular accident cases due to drinking alcohol,)” the official said.
Aside from moderation in eating and drinking during the holidays, the DOH also advises the public to carefully check the meat they are buying from the market and to cook it thoroughly to avoid diarrhea and food poisoning.
Consumers should also read and check the expiration date of food items. – Grace Casin
MANILA, Philippines — One after the other, major hospitals in Metro Manila last week declared full capacity of its designated beds for COVID-19 patients.
According to their respective statements, the hospitals fear that operations would collapse with the daily surge of COVID-19 patients.
Thus, the Department of Health (DOH) has required all public hospitals to increase their bed capacity to accommodate more COVID-19 patients.
“ [For] public hospitals, we require them to allocate 30 percent of their bed capacity for COVID-19 patients,” said Heath Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
“Kapag nag-surge ang cases, 50 percent [dapat], at ‘pag kailangan pa, dapat 70 percent of their bed capacity should be allocated for COVID-19 patients, [When cases surge, hospitals’ bed capacity for COVID-19 patients should be 50 percent and if necessary, 70 percent),” she added.
Private hospitals, meanwhile, are required to initially allot 20 percent of their bed capacity for COVID-19 patients and if necessary, expand further to 30 percent bed capacity as dictated by the “One Hospital Command” launched by the DOH.
Under the program, an incident command system network between hospitals will be established to coordinate transfers in case one hospital can no longer accommodate incoming COVID-19 patients.
“That is our answer to this problem, the One Hospital Command. Kasi kung di magtutulong tulong bawat mga ospital both public and private in a specific locality, we will not be able to have this proper referral system,” Vergeire expalined.
“Gaya ng puno na ICU ng hospital, kapag di nya maaccept ang isang pasyente, meron silang incident command system, kung saan ibabato lang nila ang pasyente, enroll the details and ang system ang maghahanap kung saan pwedeng dalin among all of the hospitals in NCR,” she added.
The official noted that due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, government hospitals like Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Heart Center and other hospitals for specific specialization also have been accepting COVID-19 patients in response to the demand after major hospitals declared full bed capacity. MNP (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) is eyeing to achieve 30,000 daily tests for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by the end of the month as it works to ramp up the country’s testing capacity.
The DOH set the target after it finally attained its first target to conduct 8,000 COVID-19 tests in a day.
On Sunday, May 10, the agency reported it has conducted 8,637 tests in one day. This is, however, 10 days past its target date of April 30.
According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the tests were done on 158,176 unique individuals.
She explained that one of the causes of the delay was the slow processing of samples after the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) had to scale down its operations in April when over 40 of its medical staff contracted COVID-19.
The RITM has since returned to normal operations after most of its personnel recovered from the disease.
So far, the Philippines has 26 accredited laboratories capable of detecting the strain of coronavirus strain that causes COVID-19.
Vergeire said they are eyeing to open additional testing facilities to reach its target of 30,000 daily tests.
This way, the country will be able to improve efforts on contact tracing, isolation and treatment of COVID-19 patients to effectively curb the spread of the disease.
“Hindi pa po tapos ang laban ng World War C (COVID-19) sa bawa’t bagong impormasyon bawa’t bagong teknolohiyang nadidiskubre upang malabanan ang COVID-19 tayo’y dapat maging manatiling alerto dahil ang bawa’t bagay na nagagawa natin ay mayron buhay na mailigtas,” Vergeire said.
To date, the Philippines has recorded 11,086 confirmed coronavirus infections, with 726 deaths and 1,999 recovered patients. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)
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