World Health Organization (WHO) declares monkeypox to be a public health emergency of international concern
Refusing to be caught flat-footed, the Department of Health (DOH) and its partners have been preparing for the monkeypox virus ever since an uptick in cases was reported in other countries in May 2022.
Following the declaration, WHO also issued temporary recommendations (TRs) to guide the response of countries around the world that might be affected by the virus.
For countries like the Philippines with no history of monkeypox in humans, some of the guidelines include the following: activate multi-sectoral coordination mechanisms for readiness and response, to stop human to human transmission; avoid stigmatization and discrimination against any individual or population group that may be affected, to help prevent further undetected transmission. READ MORE
MANILA – The OCTA Research Group said Tuesday the growth of Covid-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) has decreased to -7 percent based on the seven-day moving average of new infections.On Monday, the region’s growth rate was -1 percent.“The City of Manila had 1,210 new… Read More
Omicron variant may soon replace Delta as the dominant variant in the Philippines.
The Department of Health (DOH) is seeing a community transmission of the Omicron coronavirus variant in the National Capital Region although a peak in the number of cases is not expected until next month
In a televised public briefing on Saturday, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire noted that local cases of the Omicron variant have been detected despite a lag in the whole genome sequencing.
Community transmission happens when the transmission of an infectious disease within a group is extensive.
The government news agency PNA, reports that to date, the country has confirmed 43 Omicron variant cases – 21 local cases and 22 from international travelers.
MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported local cases of the Delta coronavirus variant have been detected in 13 out of the 17 regions in the country.The regions include the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, the Bicol Region, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas,… Read More
Department ofHealth Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Saturday , August 7, Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila will continue to rise even if the region implements higher community quarantine classifications.
Citing initial forecasts from experts, Vergeire saidcases would still reach about 18,000 next month with Metro Manila placed under Enhance Community Quarantine (ECQ).
The figure could go higher if the region is under the less stringent General Community Quarantine (GCQ), said the health official.
“Naipa-update natin itong projections. If we do GCQ-HR for one week and five weeks ECQ, puwede tayong magkaroon ng 15,000 active cases by the end of September (We were able to update the projections. If we do GCQ-HR for one week and five weeks ECQ, we could get 15,000 active cases by the end of September),” she said in a Laging Handa briefing.
“So looking at our projections, makikita natin na kahit tayo ay magsasagawa nitong paghihigpit ng ating mga community quarantine classifications, we will still see the rise in the number of cases pero ang pinaka-importante kung masasabayan natin ng pagpre-prepare ng ating sistema at magbabakuna ng mas madami ang hope natin ay walang masyadong magiging severe infections (We could see that even if we impose tougher classifications, we will still see a rise in the number of cases but the most important thing here is to prepare our system and vaccinate more people in the hope of having fewer severe infections),” she said.
The National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 and Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) have activated a crisis action plan to effectively contain and mitigate the highly transmissible Covid-19 strains.
“Itong ginagawa natin ngayong paghihigpit ng mga classifications ang ating adhikain diyan is to delay further increase pero hindi niyan patitigilin, tutuloy pa rin ang pagtaas. Ang ating ginagawa ngayon is to prepare our system for this continuous increase in the number of cases (What we’re aiming with the implementation of stricter community quarantine classifications is to delay further the increase but it will not stop the spike. What we’re doing now is prepare our system),” she added.