Philippine health care workers not yet fully protected – WHO

Filipino health care workers are not yet fully protected against COVID-19 as only 63 percent of them have been inoculated against the virus, the World Health Organization said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarApr 19th, 2021

DOH, FDA: No reason to stop using AstraZeneca

The Philippine government is not suspending the administration of AstraZeneca anti-COVID vaccines to health care workers despite the move of Denmark, Iceland and Norway to suspenits use pending results of an investigation on allegations that the jabs cause blood clots......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 12th, 2021

Women dance against hunger, abuses

“Across the planet, the majority of front line workers, health care workers, home care workers, domestic workers, and farmworkers are women. Like the Earth, they are the least valued and protected,” The post Women dance against hunger, abuses appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2021

Retired US Navy officer proposes ship repair facilities in Subic

A decorated former United States Navy admiral has discounted the possibility of the reported plan to re-establish an American military base in the Philippines like the facility they used to share in Subic Bay.In an open letter to President Duterte, retired US Navy Rear Admiral Daniel W. McKinnon, Jr. instead suggests it would be a “good business” for the Philippines to embrace the idea of bringing shipyard jobs back to Subic Bay. McKinnon was reacting to the statement made by President Duterte during his State of the Nation Address last week where the latter flatly rejected the reported US plan to return to its former naval base in the Philippines. “I saw in the press that in your recent State of the Nation Address (SONA) you voiced concern about the United States Navy returning to establish a base in the Philippines, like the remarkable joint security facility we used to share in Subic. I believe I can assure you it will never happen,” the retired US naval officer said in his letter dated July 29, 2020.McKinnon, who was stationed at the former US base in Subic, said what can happen is that the US Navy can help re-establish a viable “commercial” ship overhaul and voyage repair, or even ship construction industry on historic Subic Bay. “And why not? It is neither war provocation nor threatening to the Philippine people,” the retired US Navy officer said.If approached to bring shipyard jobs back to Subic Bay under a public-private partnership, the Philippine government should embrace the idea, noting that the Philippines is a 7,000-island archipelago straddling a major artery of world commerce. “Repairing ships transiting that artery is only good business,” he said. He explained that the US Navy, and every sea power, commercial or naval, needs voyage repair.  For decades the Ship Repair Facility (SRF) on the deep-water port of Subic Bay, and a similar facility in the port of Yokosuka in Japan, helped sustain the upkeep of ships far from home. He recalled having attended the opening of Philseco, a commercial ship repair facility at Subic City in 1981. The US bases, however, were closed in 1992 after the Philippine Senate rejected the extension of its tenure.  The facility later became Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction, a commercial bulk cargo ship construction on the Redondo peninsula across the City of Olongapo. “It became of national importance, providing employment to the many skilled Philippine shipyard workers displaced when the US Navy SRF at Olongapo closed in 1992. It was sad to see Hanjin go into bankruptcy and the effect it had on Philippine families,” McKinnon said. In his open letter, McKinnon remembered back in 1968 when his naval ship was undergoing repair in Subic. “I and my friends became tourists. It was wonderful to attend a concert of the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, visit the historic island of Corregidor, and learn to love ‘pancit’, both ‘canton’ and ‘bihon’. Doctors loved going into the small communities on Luzon providing family health care. Ships, both commercial and military, need voyage repair. Sailors go ashore, become tourists, and make friends.” Upon the closure of the SRF in Subic, the US Navy workload moved to countries like Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, among others. When the first United States military command was established in Singapore in 1991, it became a regional contracting center, not a base.  “It was all about the conduct of business in Asia,” he said. While in Subic Bay, McKinnon was assigned as Director, Shipbuilding and Overhaul Contracts, Naval Sea Systems Command and Commanding Officer, Naval Supply Depot.  He co-founded an organization that provides vocational training to unemployed young men, co-founded a foundation that supported the City of Olongapo hospital and orphanage, and later becoming an honorary citizen of the city.In his military career, McKinnon was a recipient of two Legions of Merit and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal of the US Department of Defense. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

NCR under ECQ anew nixed

Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra on Sunday said placing back the National Capital Region (NCR) under the more stringent enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as suggested by several groups of medical frontliners would result in workers dying of hunger. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “I understand where our medical and health professionals are coming from. They are expectedly getting weary. I agree that they need all the support and care that the government can provide,” Guevarra said. “But everyone else is getting weary. Millions of people need to go back to work and earn a living, or else they die of hunger. We need to stir the economy back to life, albeit gradually, lest we reach a point where it will be doubly difficult to recover,” he added. “All of us have to make personal sacrifices for the common good. All these will come to pass, and when it’s all over the nation will remember with gratitude those who were heroes during this dreadful pandemic. Our doctors, nurses, and other health workers surely top them all.” NCR and other parts of the country are under general community quarantine (GCQ) until Aug. 31. Guevarra is a member of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). Forty medical societies, spearheaded by the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP), have asked President Duterte to place Metro Manila anew under ECQ to check effectively the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The President has directed IATF to look into and act immediately on the concerns raised by the health frontliners. Health Secretary Francisco Duque II said the health workers’ plea will be taken up by the IATF......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Critical care rate at 35%; cases near 30k

As the number of coronavirus cases in the country crept toward 30,000 on Saturday, officials said the Philippine health care system’s current critical care utilization rate (CCUR) is “not yet fully exhausted.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2020

Duque seeks suspension of PhilHealth premium payment hike for OFWs

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday called for the suspension of the increase in premium payments to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), as provided in the implementing rules and regulations of Universal Health Care (UHC) law. Duque, who sits as chairman of the PhilHealth board […] The post Duque seeks suspension of PhilHealth premium payment hike for OFWs appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 4th, 2020

Local Roundup: Health workers among patients

Some health care workers from the Philippine General Hospital have been placed under observation for possible COVID-19 infection, its spokesman said Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 16th, 2020

Towards UHC: DOH and Philhealth Gear Up for HTA

As the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) commit to achieve Universal Health Care (UHC), an evidence appraisal training was conducted last 28-30 October 2019 in Clark, Pampanga to enrich the technical rigor of key players as it relates to the law. While UHC is yet to be fully realized, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 14th, 2020

Crossing borders to make the world safer and cleaner

Long before the pandemic started, Philippine-brand Hygienix has already built a solid following and reputation for their innovative and effective health and hygiene products: the Hygienix Germicidal Soap, Hygienix Germ Kill Alcohol, Hygienix Hand Gels and Hygienix Hand Sprays. Manufactured by Splash Corporation, one of the most formidable players in the Philippine personal care industry […] The post Crossing borders to make the world safer and cleaner appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 8th, 2021

Commentary: Care for our healthcare heroes

More than a decade ago, Republic Act No. 10069 was passed declaring May 7th of every year as the “Health Workers Day”, as recognition to thousands of Filipino healthcare workers that serve as the backbone of the country's health system. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 8th, 2021

PhilHealth to go after erring health providers

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. has urged the public to report any incident of health care providers declaring minor respiratory symptoms as COVID-19 case for higher benefit reimbursements......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 30th, 2021

PhilHealth to settle hospital claims through debit-credit payment

State-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. can now settle hospitals’ claims through the debit-credit payment method in all high risk and critical areas as the government seeks to expand the country’s health care capacity to accommodate more COVID-19 patients......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 24th, 2021

No special promotion for PNP health workers

Despite the risks they are facing every day because of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical frontliners of the Philippine National Police cannot get a special promotion for their services......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 18th, 2021

Hospital ICUs in six cities fully utilized, Duque tells lawmakers

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, replying to questions at a congressional hearing Friday, disclosed that six cities which he did not identify had reached 100 percent intensive care unit (ICU) utilization rate......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2021

Canada will grant permanent residency to 90K students, foreign workers

Canada will grant permanent residency to more than 90,000 foreign students and workers who helped treat patients during the pandemic, the immigration minister announced Wednesday. The program, in effect from May 6, is intended for workers with at least one year of work experience in health care or dozens of other sectors deemed essential — […] The post Canada will grant permanent residency to 90K students, foreign workers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 15th, 2021

Cebu City resumes vaccination tomorrow but in one site

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City government announced on April 14, 2021, that the vaccination program will continue in one site at the Robinsons Galleria on Thursday, April 15, 2021. City Health Department (CHD) officer-in-charge, Dr. Jeffrey Ibonez, said that they will be continuing the vaccination for barangay health workers and other health care […] The post Cebu City resumes vaccination tomorrow but in one site appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2021

Duterte hails heroism of ‘troops’ in war vs COVID-19

President Duterte underscored in yesterday’s commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) the selfless display of dedication by the country’s frontline workers, including health care personnel who have been at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 9th, 2021

[STANDPOINT] Duterte Administration: Solve the Life-threatening Situation of Hospital Workers

As hospitals are overwhelmed, so are frontline health workers who take care of patients. SHAPE-UP Defeat Covid-19 urges the Duterte administration to immediately solve the life-threatening situation of hospital workers and appeals to hospital directors to report the real situation and be one with the hospital workers......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsApr 7th, 2021

Enough beds but not sufficient health workers — private hospitals group

Private hospitals have sufficient beds but they lack employees who will care for COVID-19 patients, said Jose De Grano, president of the Private Hospital Association of the Philippines Inc. (PHAPi)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 6th, 2021

285 Quezon City health workers get second dose of Sinovac vaccines

A total of 285 health care workers at the Quezon City General Hospital have received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccines developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2021