DENGUE CASES IN CALABARZON UP BY 124%

The Department of Health (DOH)- CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) reported an increase of 124 percent, higher than the reported cases during the same period in 2021.

DOH-Calabarzon Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia said all provinces in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) recorded an upward trend in dengue cases due to the rainy season and increased mobility.

“Patuloy ang pagtaas ng cases natin sa dengue, dahil parin sa patuloy na mga pag-ulan at ang pagtaas ng mobility dahil sa economic activity,” Valencia said. 

Valencia added that CALABARZON posted 11, 842 dengue cases or 124 percent higher than the 5, 287 cases recorded during the same period last year. There were 19 deaths recorded. Data also showed that the primary age group affected by dengue ranged from 1 to 10 years old.

Laguna logged the highest number of cases at 3, 705 followed by Rizal with 2, 554; Cavite with 2, 077; Quezon 1, 799; Batangas with 1, 599; and Lucena with 108.

DOH encouraged residents to take the necessary precautions as cases continue to rise since the rainy season is not over. 

“Nananawagan ako sa lahat ng mga residente na gawin ang lahat ng mga pag-iingat para maiwasan natin ang paghantong sa epidemic,” Valencia added. 

“Ngayong nagsimula na ang face-to-face classes, pinaalalahanan din natin ang mga guro na gawin ang mga kaukulang hakbang para maprotektahan natin ang mga bata habang nasa loob ng paaralan,” Valencia concluded. 

Prior to the opening of classes last August 22, the DOH CALABARZON in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) has launched the “Para sa Henerasyong Healthy, Balik Sigla sa Pagbalik Eskwela” in selected schools in CALABARZON. 

The campaign highlights the school-based Dengue Awareness Campaign with 4S strategy, 7 healthy habits, COVID-19 vaccination, and Konsultayo campaigns of the DOH.

DOH CALABARZON has distributed anti-dengue and other vector control supplies to schools and the Local Government Units (LGUs), highlighting the ceremonial installation of Olyset nets.

The DOH reiterated its reminder to the public to follow the 4S strategy, referring to search and destroy breeding places, secure self-protection, seek early consultation, and support fogging or spraying in hotspot areas to prevent an outbreak.

Dengue is transmitted through the bite of a female mosquito (Aedes aegypti). Symptoms include a sudden onset of fever with severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, rash, easy bruising, and nose or gum bleeding. 

The Department of Health (DOH)- CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) reported an increase of 124 percent, higher than the reported cases during the same period in 2021.

DOH-Calabarzon Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia said all provinces in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) recorded an upward trend in dengue cases due to the rainy season and increased mobility.

“Patuloy ang pagtaas ng cases natin sa dengue, dahil parin sa patuloy na mga pag-ulan at ang pagtaas ng mobility dahil sa economic activity,” Valencia said. 

Valencia added that CALABARZON posted 11, 842 dengue cases or 124 percent higher than the 5, 287 cases recorded during the same period last year. There were 19 deaths recorded. Data also showed that the primary age group affected by dengue ranged from 1 to 10 years old.

Laguna logged the highest number of cases at 3, 705 followed by Rizal with 2, 554; Cavite with 2, 077; Quezon 1, 799; Batangas with 1, 599; and Lucena with 108.

DOH encouraged residents to take the necessary precautions as cases continue to rise since the rainy season is not over. 

“Nananawagan ako sa lahat ng mga residente na gawin ang lahat ng mga pag-iingat para maiwasan natin ang paghantong sa epidemic,” Valencia added. 

“Ngayong nagsimula na ang face-to-face classes, pinaalalahanan din natin ang mga guro na gawin ang mga kaukulang hakbang para maprotektahan natin ang mga bata habang nasa loob ng paaralan,” Valencia concluded. 

Prior to the opening of classes last August 22, the DOH CALABARZON in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) has launched the “Para sa Henerasyong Healthy, Balik Sigla sa Pagbalik Eskwela” in selected schools in CALABARZON. 

The campaign highlights the school-based Dengue Awareness Campaign with 4S strategy, 7 healthy habits, COVID-19 vaccination, and Konsultayo campaigns of the DOH.

DOH CALABARZON has distributed anti-dengue and other vector control supplies to schools and the Local Government Units (LGUs), highlighting the ceremonial installation of Olyset nets.

The DOH reiterated its reminder to the public to follow the 4S strategy, referring to search and destroy breeding places, secure self-protection, seek early consultation, and support fogging or spraying in hotspot areas to prevent an outbreak.

Dengue is transmitted through the bite of a female mosquito (Aedes aegypti). Symptoms include a sudden onset of fever with severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, rash, easy bruising, and nose or gum bleeding.

KASO NG COVID SA CALABARZON, BUMABA NG 14% SA LOOB NG 1 LINGGO

Marlon Luistro

Calamba City, Laguna – Bumaba na sa 3695 ang bilang ng mga aktibong kaso sa Rehiyong Calabarzon noong ika-18 ng Agosto, ayon sa Department of Health (DOH).

Mas mababa yan ng 14 porsyento kumpara sa 4,299 aktibong kasong naitala noong Agosto 11.

Umabot na rin sa 504,078 ang bilang ng mga gumaling sa COVID na mataas ng 0.77 porsyento kumpara sa 500,180 recoveries na naitala sa ika-11 ng Agosto.

Nadagdagan naman ng 36 ang bilang ng mga nasawi sa sakit mula sa ating 13,649 patungo sa 13,685.

Suma total ay umabot na sa 521,458 ang kabuuang bilang ng mga kaso ng COVID sa rehiyon simula nang magkapandemya mahigit dalawang taon na ang nakalilipas.

Pinakamaraming aktibong kaso ng  COVID-19 sa lalawigan ng Cavite na may 1,094, kasunod ang Laguna na may 1,364, at Batangas na may 657 active cases.

Pumang-apat naman sa may pinakamaraming aktibong kaso ang Quezon na may 294, kasunod ang Rizal na may 248 habang ang lungsod ng Lucena naman ang may pinakakonting bilang ng aktibong kaso na may 38.

Nito lamang ika-17 ng Agosto, kasabay ng kanyang pagpapabakuna ng pangalawang booster ay nanawagan si Pangulong Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. sa publiko na makiisa sa COVID-19 booster rollout ng pamahalaan.

Ayon sa pangulo makatutulong ang booster sa pagbubukas ng ekonomiya at pagpigil sa mga nakakapinsalang lockdown.

Sa kanyang  mensahe sa paglulunsad ng PinasLakas Vaccination Campaign sa SM City Manila, binigyang diin ni Marcos ang kahalagahan ng papapabakuna ng booster shot sa gitna pa rin ng banta ng COVID-19 at mga nakahahawang variant nito.

Isa aniya itong malaking hakbang para matugunan ang mga probleang kinakaharap ng ekonomiya ng bansa at makabangon sa negatibong epekto ng pandemya.

CALABARZON LOGS 68 COVID-19 DEATHS IN AUGUST – DOH

Sonny T. Mallari

LUCENA CITY—With the continued spike in COVID-19 cases in Calabarzon, at least 68 infected patients died in the region this month, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Data from the Health Education and Promotion Unit of DOH-Calabarzon on Thursday, August 11, showed that there were 10 new COVID-19 fatalities in the region.

Cavite topped the list with 19 deaths this month. It was followed by Batangas (18), Laguna (18), Rizal (8) and Quezon, including Lucena City (5).

Last month, at least 89 COVID-19-infected patients died in the region.

The DOH-Calabarzon tallied 4,299 active COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 11, reflecting an increase from 733 on July 1, data showed.

The analytics group OCTA Research explained that the high COVID-19 positivity rate could be partly due to the public’s waning immunity against the viral disease.

The positivity rate refers to the percentage of tests that turn out positive for COVID-19. Above 20 percent is considered very high, OCTA said.

Dr. Guido David, an OCTA Research fellow, tagged the positivity rate in Laguna (33.2) as “very high.”

David said the positivity rates in Quezon (25.1), Cavite (21.1), and Rizal (18.8) are also serious concerns.

In Quezon province, the low rate of vaccination among qualified residents has been one of the factors that caused the continuous spread of COVID-19 infections, according to the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO).

The IPHO disclosed that as of Aug. 6, out of 34 confirmed COVID-19 patients and 66 probable and suspected cases confined at the Quezon Medical Center (QMC), “six of them are severe and critical”.

“Four of them had no COVID-19 vaccines while the other two had no clear vaccination history and had no booster dose,” the IPHO disclosed in a public advisory issued on Aug. 6.

As of Aug. 5, at least 1,049,233 residents in the province or 74.8% of the target population have been administered vaccines against COVID-19.

However, only 161,973 or 23.1% of the general population have received their first booster dose, way below the target 701,770.

The IPHO also reported that only 107,023 senior citizens from the target of 141,752 were fully vaccinated. But only 29,440 have received their first booster dose.

Governor Helen Tan, who is also a physician, urged unvaccinated residents to get their jabs for their safety and protection of the community. She also asked the public to remain vigilant in the battle against COVID-19.

CALABARZON ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES BREACH 4,000 MARK ANEW

Sonny T. Mallari

LUCENA CITY — The Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region recorded 344 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, August 10, bringing the number of active infections to 4,111, the Department of Health (DOH) reported.

The current number of active cases in the region is the fifth time that it surpassed the 4,000 mark due to the continuous spread of the coronavirus.

The first time that the region hit past 4,000 active cases was last Aug. 5, when the Health Education and Promotion Unit of DOH–Calabarzon listed 4,015 active infections, followed by 4,042 cases on August 6, 4,190 on August 7, and 4,092 on August 8.

On Aug. 9, the total number of active COVID-19 cases dropped to 3,963. It was only 733 on July 1, the DOH Calabarzon data on its Facebook showed.

Based on the latest data, Cavite province topped the list with 1,500 active cases, followed by Laguna with 1,214; Batangas, 743; Quezon and Lucena City, 349; and Rizal, 305.

The region listed on Wednesday 615 new recoveries and eight deaths.

The regional health authorities did not provide information on the COVID-19 variants of the present active cases in the region.

Dr. Guido David, an OCTA Research fellow, tagged the positivity rate in Laguna (33.2) as “very high.”

David said the positivity rates in Quezon (25.1), Cavite (21.1), and Rizal (18.8) are also serious concerns.

Positivity rate refers to the percentage of tests that turn out positive for COVID-19. Above 20 percent is considered very high, OCTA said.

OCTA Research explained that the high COVID-19 positivity rate could be partly due to the public’s waning immunity against the viral disease.

As of July 25, the DOH reported that fully vaccinated individuals in the region reached 10,473,312, but only 2,693,629 of them had their first booster shot, while 203,089 already had their second booster.

The DOH-Calabarzon is targeting the vaccination of 13,435,568 qualified recipients in the region.

As of August 10, the Calabarzon region recorded 517,458 COVID-19 cases, 499,708 recoveries, and 13,639 deaths since the pandemic broke out in March 2020.

DOH CALABARZON TARGETS OVER 3 MILLION BOOSTER SHOTS DURING ‘SA BOOSTER, PINASLAKAS!’ CAMPAIGN 

The Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health Development CaLaBaRZon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) kick-started yesterday the campaign entitled “SA BOOSTER, PINASLAKAS!” held at EMI – Yazaki, Aguinaldo Highway Anabu IIA, Imus, Cavite. 
 
The campaign aims to administer over 3 million COVID-19 booster shots in the CALABARZON Region for the first 100 days of the new administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  
 
“Importante po ito para sa ating bayan, para sa edukasyon, para sa ekonomiya, para sa bawat pamilya. 78% ng ating senior citizen ang boosted na at malaki pa po ang ating kinakailangang bakunahan para maabot ng 90% target, ” Health Policy and Infrastructure Development Team (HPIDT) Undersecretary Lilibeth C. David said in her speech during “SA BOOSTER, PINASLAKAS! campaign launch, held at EMI-Yazaki, Aguinaldo Highway Anabu IIA, Imus, Cavite on July 26, 2022.
 
DOH CALABARZON Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia emphasized that “the vaccination here in the CALABARZON region will target the people inside the factories, markets and schools. This is where they are now, these three settings are our specific targets for this new campaign. This is very timely, now that face-to-face classes will be allowed and the majority of the factories are fully operational. Kapag nagawa natin ito, walang duda we will achieve our set targets.” 

The campaign also sees to impart the importance of unified strength and maintaining the country’s “Wall of Immunity” by achieving the target of 90% primary series coverage among Priority Group A2: Senior Citizens and 50% eligible population receiving at least 1 booster in settings where the people are and where they want to be: places of work, transport terminals, community centers, commercial centers, places of worship, and learning.
 
The shared vision of “PINASLAKAS” Campaign is by October 8, 2022, majority of boosted population may enjoy and feel more protected against severe effects and mortality from COVID-19.

DOH CALABARZON will vaccinate a total of 3,205,875 COVID-19 booster shots, 723, 453 of this are from the Cavite Province; 654, 994 are from Rizal; 616, 720 are from Batangas; 590, 524 are from Laguna; 529, 700 are from Quezon and 90, 484 are from Lucena City. With the total number of targets due for booster, DOH CALABARZON aims to inoculate 53, 431 per day as of July 22, 2022.
 
DOH CALABARZON reported a total of 165 new cases of COVID-19, 68 are from Rizal, 61 are from Batangas, 17 are from Laguna, 16 Cavite and 3 are from Quezon, making a total of 508, 772 cases recorded in the region as of July 25, 2022. 

As of July 25, 2022, fully vaccinated individuals in the region reached 10, 473, 312 (78%), and 11, 023, 290 (82%) got their initial dose, while 2, 693, 629 got their 1st booster shot and 203, 089 (26%) got their second dose (8%).

FORMER HEALTH SECRETARIES RENEW CALLS TO VETO THE VAPE BILL

From left: Atty. Benedict Nisperos, legal consultant of HealthJustice; Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, executive director of SEATCA; Atty. Alex Padilla, former Undersecretary of the Department of Health; and May Mendoza, President of HealthJustice and former commissioner of the Civil Service Commission

Roselle R. Aquino

Calamba City  – Former Health Secretaries Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan and Dr. Esperanza Cabral appealed to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to veto the Vape Regulation Bill (SB 2239) and fully implement existing regulatory provisions on such products contained in Republic Act Nos. 11346 and 11467 that were passed in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

The call is in light of the recent ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) affirming the authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over tobacco products.

The Vape Regulation Bill is one of the bills that were submitted late in the former Administration that was then inherited by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The SC, in the case filed by the Philippine Tobacco Institute to question the authority of the FDA over tobacco products, ruled that Section 25 of Republic Act No. 9711 clearly establishes that the law shall cover all health products, except for acts covered by special laws. Hence, matters not covered by special laws remain under the FDA’s broad regulatory authority.

Cabral underscored that for the longest time the public health community continues to assert that DOH and the FDA have jurisdiction over tobacco and similar products such as vape products or e-cigarettes.

“The FDA and the DOH should have the final say on any and all products that impact people’s health,” Cabral said.

For his part, former Health Secretary Jaime Galvez Tan said that this decision ultimately tells the public that health experts in this country are the DOH and the FDA.

“Policy-makers and the public should listen to FDA and DOH instead of industry-backed groups claiming to be health experts but are actually peddling vapes.”

Prior to stepping down as Secretary of Health, Dr. Francisco Duque III also reiterated the agency’s position against the Vape Bill and categorically stated that their ‘end goal’ is that the Vape bill will not be enacted into law.

In an earlier statement, Former Secretary Duque also referred to the vape bill as a ‘Trojan horse’ to the former administration. He explained that “The bill will achieve the opposite of its intended purpose of strengthening tobacco industry regulation as it relaxes the restrictions on the minimum age of access, flavorings, regulation, distribution, advertising, promotion, sale, and use of these products.”

Atty. Alexander Padilla, former Undersecretary of Health, is of the view that this is an opportunity for the DOH and FDA to assert its mandate over tobacco products and vapes.

“The broad powers of the FDA as affirmed by the Supreme Court should be used by the agency to consolidate the regulations for vapes and tobacco to ensure effective enforcement for the protection of public health.”

Former Civil Service Commissioner Mary Ann Z. Fernandez-Mendoza highlights the acknowledgement of the Supreme Court on the competence and mandate of the FDA ‘to ensure safety, efficacy, purity, and quality’ health products which includes tobacco products because it negatively impacts health.

“This decision is important to improving good governance in our country as it rationalizes the functions of government agencies. To divide jurisdiction over tobacco and vapes that are harmful to health would mean that protection of public health will have to be compromised with other interests,” Mendoza said. “If public health is compromised, like what the vape bill does, public health loses.” 

Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) Executive Director Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo likewise urged President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr to veto the vape bill, citing the President’s earlier veto of the Bulacan Airport special economic zone. In rejecting the House Bill 7575, which seeks the establishment of the Bulacan Airport City Special Economic Zone and Freeport in Bulakan town, President Marcos noted that its provisions infringes on or conflict with other agencies’ mandates and authorities. He also noted that the enrolled bill “lacks coherence with existing laws, rules, and regulations.”

“The President vetoed the bill (HB 7575) because it is not consistent with existing laws and fiscal reforms. The same is true with the vape bill. It is inconsistent with existing laws that already regulate these products by limiting flavors to menthol and tobacco, limiting access to those aged 21 years and above, and mandating the FDA to regulate these harmful products,” Dr. Dorotheo stressed. “The vape bill will weaken these regulations and is against the Marcos administrations’ policy to provide better health and better life for Filipinos. We hope the President sees the inconsistency in the vape bill and vetoes it before July 24.”

To date, there is still no news from the Office of the President on the fate of the Vape Bill.

MAHIGIT 1.5 MILYONG JABS NG BAKUNA, TARGET NG DOH CALABARZON SA VACCINATION DRIVE SA MGA BATANG EDAD 5-11

Marlon Luistro

Tinatarget ng Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon)  na magbakuna ng nasa 1,541,791 na 5 hanggang 11 taong gulang na mga bata kontra COVID-19.

Nais nilang mabakunahan ang 291,367 bata sa Batangas; 362,034 sa Cavite, 320,414 sa Laguna, 301 sa Rizal at 266,966 sa Quezon.

Tinaguriang “BIDAng Bulilit, Protektado sa COVID! Let’s ResbakULIT,” ang Ramping Up of 5-11 years old na Pagbabakuna sa rehiyon ay unang tututok sa lalawigan ng Quezon na tatagal mula Mayo 23 hanggang Hunyo 30 ng taong kasalukuyan.

 “266,966 na bata na may edad 5-11 taong gulang ang nananatiling hindi nabakunahan sa Lalawigan ng Quezon at 9,141 pa ang nakatakda para sa kanilang pangalawang dosis. Kaya mas lalo pa naming pinaiigtingin ang vaccination efforts through our demand generation to strengthen vaccination acceptance amongst target groups,” wika ni DOH Calabarzon Regional Director Ariel Valencia.

“Kapag tayo ay magsasama-sama, tulong-tulong mula sa rehiyon hanggang sa lokal na pamahalaan, hindi imposibleng makakamit natin ang target na mas marami pang mababakunahan at mapo-protektahan ang mga bata lalo na’t marami ng paaralan ang nagbukas na para sa mukha. -to- face classes,” diin ni Valencia.

Upang paigtingin ang kanilang pagsisikap, muling magsasagawa ng intensified vaccination ang DOH CALABARZON at ang local government units (LGUs) sa pamamagitan ng house-to-house o mobile vaccination activities, bandillo (resbakuna jingle), at leaflet dissemination.

Sa limang lalawigan sa rehiyon, ang Quezon Province ay nananatiling nasa Alert Level 2 status maliban sa tatlong munisipalidad (Candelaria, San Antonio, at Dolores) at ang katabing Lungsod ng Lucena.

Noong Mayo 19, ang Regional Vaccination Operations Center (RVOC) ay nag-ulat ng kabuuang 1, 541, 791 na hindi nabakunahan 5- 11 taon sa rehiyon ng CALABARZON: Batangas- 291,367, Cavite- 362,034, Laguna-320, Rizal 3014 Quezon-266,966.

 “Kami ay nananawagan sa lahat ng ating partner-LGUs na palakasin ang kanilang pagsisikap na palawakin ang pagtanggap ng pagbabakuna, lalo na sa ating mga anak na mas mataas ang panganib na mahawaan ng COVID-19,” dagdag ni Valencia.

 “Ito ay magiging posible lamang sa pamamagitan ng isang buong-ng-lipunan na diskarte ng DOH, Medical Societies/Organizations, Development Partners, Private Institutions, at Local Government Units,” pagtatapos ni Valencia.

Noong Mayo 19, nasa kabuuang 337,633 na mga bata mula 5 hanggang 11 taong gulang ang fully vaccinated sa rehiyon, kung saan 421,491 ang nakakuha ng kanilang inisyal na doses.