Dr. Jaifred Christian Lopez, an independent health consultant and board member of the Philippine Society of Public Health Physicians, said that the formation of campaign committees in different localities can be a venue for coordination.
“That there was at least a 50% increase in the use of telemedicine services in 2020 from pre-pandemic levels in urban areas, but not so much in rural areas,” Raymond Francis R. Sarmiento, director of the National Telehealth Center at the University of the Philippines-Manila, said in a Zoom interview.
The recent “Stop Covid Deaths” webinar on Covid-19 organized by the University of the Philippines together with UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center and UP-Philippine General Hospital, featured a number of international speakers led by Dr. Martin Hibberd, a Professor on Emerging Infectious Diseases Department of Pathogen Molecular Biology of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to talk about this new subvariant.
A new testing kit to check for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infection is expected to be developed by May, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the new kit will be a cell-based immunoassay for serologic testing.
Dr. Teodoro J. Herbosa, advisor of the National Task Force for COVID-19, called on the private sector to help through campaigns such as Resbakuna sa Botika, in which vaccines are administered in pharmacies.
He added that the DoH is developing a mechanism of self-reporting of tests, given that many Filipinos have been resorting to antigen testing at home. However, this will take some time as there is “lots of complexity in the self-reporting system,” mainly the question of test quality and accuracy.
The University of the Philippines Manila-Philippine General Hospital will provide assistance to the newly-established OFW Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga, by training clinical and administrative personnel and assisting in processes related to the development of relevant clinical services.
According to UP researchers that led the clinical studies of lagundi as adjunct treatment for mild COVID-19 symptoms on patients without comorbidities, taking the prescribed dosages will ease the symptoms.
The PGH Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology launched its new unit, the first of its kind in the country, the Division of Sexual Health (DSH) on November 29 to promote wellness and address pathologic conditions on sexual and reproductive health.
The Philippine General Hospital-Hospital Infection Control Unit (PGH-HICU) has recommended on Saturday, Nov. 27, an open-air setup for Christmas parties and year-end events.
In its released guideline, PGH-HICU said that while virtual programs are preferred, face-to-face Christmas parties can be held in rooms where the doors and windows can be opened up to maintain good air circulation.
The Child Protection Network (CPN) Foundation and UNICEF swiftly responded by developing a new system to ensure that child protection services are continued despite the restrictions of the pandemic— the TeleCPUs in the Barangay. Through telemedicine and 39 barangay-based teleCPU satellites, abused children can go to the nearest barangay and have access to teleconsultation and specialty services available only in tertiary care centers.