Thursday, February 14, 2013

PhilHealth-DOH Nationwide Run 2013

On February 17, 2013, roads in 18 sites across the nation will be taken over as the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, better known as PhilHealth, stages the first simultaneous nationwide running event dubbed as PhilHealth Run 2013.

Drawing inspiration from the two highly successful running events organized by its regional centers in Mindanao, the PhilHealth Run 2013: Nationwide Run for Mother and Child Protection promises to be a memorable sporting event as it aims to engage near 100,000 professional and amateur runners from different parts of the country – all running simultaneously with one aim in mind: Universal Health Care in the Philippines.

Runners will converge in 18 major cities that include: Manila, Baguio, Dagupan, Tuguegarao, Clark, Malolos, Sta. Rosa, Batangas, Legazpi, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Iligan, Davao, Koronadal, Butuan, and Marawi.

Through this momentous event, PhilHealth aims to rally the entire nation as it helps stage a push towards bringing universal health care a reality. With universal coverage, every Filipino, regardless of status, is given the financial access and support to quality health care and services.

DOH advises steps to prevent flu

Department of Health (Philippines)
Department of Health (Philippines) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Influenza is a viral disease that easily spreads from person to person through droplets made when one sneezes, coughs or talks, and these droplets can land on the mouths and noses of others who stay close to an infected person.

A person becomes sick two to five days after getting infected, manifesting common signs and symptoms, such as fever, sore throat, cough.
To avoid the disease, the DOH has advised the public to:
1) cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing; 
2) always wash hands with soap and water;
3) use alcohol-based hand sanitizers;
4) practice social distancing;
5) avoid close contact with sick people and
6) stay at home when having fever, sore throat or cough or manifesting flu signs and symptoms.
To strengthen body resistance, the DOH said a person should have at least 8 hours of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
As per health advisory, some groups of people, like the young children, pregnanr women, senior citizens and those with certain health conditions like heart, kidney or lung disease, can easily be seriously ill and suffer from pneumonia complications.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

DOH alarm: HIV cases in first-half 2012 exceed full year of 2010

The number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases during the first half of the year has already surpassed the record for the whole 2010, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday, underscoring the alarming rise in incidence of the virus that causes the dread disease AIDS.

The bulk of the spike was traced to a rise in male-to-male transmission and the sharing of needles among injecting drug users in Cebu province.

DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag said for the month of June alone, 295 HIV cases were reported to the department, bringing to 1,600 the total number of cases in the first half of 2012.

“We are halfway now for the year and that’s already more than the 1,591 for the whole year of 2010,” Tayag told reporters. In 2011, HIV cases were 2,349.

This brings the total number of HIV cases in the country to 9,964 since 1984 when the DOH started reporting HIV/AIDS cases.

Men having sex with men make up 87 percent of HIV transmissions recorded in the first six months of the year, with men aged 20-29 making up most of the cases.

While MSM transmission has been the main mode of HIV transmission for a couple of years now, the DOH is particularly alarmed by a dramatic spike of cases involving injecting drug users (IDU) in Cebu City.

“What we’re alarmed about is that for June there were additional cases of injecting drug use or person who inject drugs,” Tayag said. HIV among drug users reached 120 during the first half of the year alone, he added. From 1984 to 2008, there were only 8 HIV cases among drug users.

“You will recall that in 2008 we only had 8 cases, now we have a total of 385 since 1984 when we started reporting HIV,” said Tayag, adding that all 120 HIV cases among IDUs this year were reported in Cebu City.

Tayag admitted that HIV monitoring among drug users in Cebu had stopped for awhile, discouraging people who were injecting drugs from submitting themselves for AIDS testing.

“In this period we stopped monitoring HIV among persons who inject drugs in that part of Cebu. For some time there was no fund so when we did a survey we saw that the number of HIV among drug users has increased,” he said.

Tayag said unlike other drug users in some parts of the country, injecting drug users in Cebu City use regulated medicines. The virus is spread as they share unclean and contaminated needles.

Tayag revealed that the government has started an HIV mapping, where parts of the country are labeled in terms of AIDS risk. Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao are tagged high risk.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

PhilHealth introduces Primary Care Benefits I (PCB 1) Package

Logo of PhilHealth
Logo of PhilHealth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in its aim to provide affordable and quality health benefits to every Filipino introduced their "Primary Care Benefit 1 (PCB11 Pack)."

What is included in the PCB11 Pack?

The health benefits package includes primary benefits such as consultations and regular blood pressure monitoring. Routine diagnostics are also covered such as complete blood count (CBC), urinalysis, sputum microscopy, blood sugar, lipid profile and chest x-ray. Medicines for common diseases like asthma and acute gastroenteritis or diarrhea, upper respiratory tract infection, pneumonia, and urinary tract infection (UTI) are also included in this package.

Who benefits from this package?

These new benefits will be initially available to members under the Sponsored Program (SP), Organized Groups (OG), and Overseas Workers Program (OWP) and to their qualified dependents, and, eventually, to all other members in the various categories.

To know more about PhilHealth benefits, visit their website

Back in the circulation

Hello everyone.

I was checking on my blogs at blogger, when I crossed over this blog.  Currently, there are thirteen blogs listed under my admin panel, but this one particularly struck my interest because of the number of reader comments it has received.  It inspired me to revive this blog.