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Expert projects PH COVID-19 cases to reach 410,000 by October

The Philippines’ tally of COVID-19 cases is projected to reach the 380,000 to 410,000 mark by October due to a surge of cases occurring in areas mostly outside of Metro Manila, an expert said on Monday. OCTA Research team member Dr. Guido David said that this was because in general, they are still seeing around […] The post Expert projects PH COVID-19 cases to reach 410,000 by October appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerSep 28th, 2020

Addressing mental health amid a pandemic

BETTER DAYS Senator Sonny Angara Mental health has historically been a difficult subject to talk about in Philippine society. Many of us, no doubt, have our own stories, personal or otherwise, of how difficult it is to seek help. In fact, in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, an August, 2020, analysis of many studies on the matter confirmed that the low utilization of mental health services among Filipinos could be attributed in part to the stigma associated with mental health issues, with resilience and self-reliance becoming possible alternate coping strategies. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made mental health an even bigger issue. The quarantine, the economic effects of the pandemic, and the anxieties brought about by the virus’ unpredictability have had a negative effect on the mental health of many Filipinos. Although we as a country are consistently rated to be in the Top 5 of a global optimism index, according to the DOH, the calls for help have been increasing. According to the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH), their helpline received about 400 calls monthly from May, 2019, to February, 2020. That’s an average of 13 to 15 calls daily. By March, 672 calls were serviced, and this grew steadily in the following months, until there were 1,034 calls in July – and 440 for the half of August. These double the monthly average from March to August to 876 calls, or 32 to 37 calls daily. Many government and private mental health services are available for people who are seeking help or just someone to talk to. Aside from the NCMH crisis hotline, the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation has confidential crisis lines and a referral system to partnered psychologists. The foundation is also a hub for prevention, recognition, and treatment of depression. The Philippine Mental Health Association also offers similar services, and universities like UST, UP Diliman, and Ateneo de Manila have their own mental health service organizations. Some, like Ateneo’s Center for Family Ministries have affordable or negotiable fees. Online resources like the Silakbo.Ph website have listings for many other mental health service providers outside of the NCR. In fact, many organizations have already partnered with the Department of Health (DOH); perhaps more of them should be invited to the table to plan new policies, projects, and initiatives that will address the growing number of mental health cases. The DOH is also encouraging people to learn more about general mental health through free e-learning courses translated into Filipino.  The source material is from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) QualityRights initiative, which is a global project that aims to help participants improve their own mental health, learn how to support their loved ones and communities, and gain knowledge and skills to tackle mental health issues. Clearly, we need to reassess and adapt to the fact that more Filipinos are now looking for mental health services and treatments. This is why I am seeking to amend Republic Act 11036, the Mental Health Act, particularly its existing chapter on “Rights of Service Users and Other Stakeholders.” Our proposed amendment seek to give health service users the right to immediately receive compensation benefits and special financial assistance they are entitled to under law, should they sustain temporary or permanent mental disability in the line of duty or by reason of a person’s office or position. This is an important amendment, as the Mental Health Act requires that PhilHealth provide insurance packages to patients with mental health conditions, and that access to medicines is ensured. With the observation of World Mental Health Day last October 10, it is important to remember the DOH’s theme for this year, “Mental Health for All: Unifying Voices for Greater Investment and Access.”  This theme encourages that we open conversations on the various challenges that our mental health care system faces every day, such as social stigma and limited funding. In fact, the simple act of marking the day itself is important. It shows those who are suffering that we see them, and care for them. It tells others who are hiding their issues that it is perfectly normal to seek help. And most of all, it encourages the whole world to stand in solidarity in recognition of the need for all of society to help those with mental health issues. E-mail: sensonnyangara@yahoo.com| Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @sonnyangara Senator Sonny Angara has been in public service for 16 years—9 years as Representative of the Lone District of Aurora, and 7 as Senator. He has authored and sponsored more than 200 laws.  He is currently serving his second term in the Senate. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

PH cases may reach 90,000 by end-July, says UP expert

The Philippines could record up to 90,000 COVID-19 cases by the end of the month -- higher by 5,000 cases from the previous estimate of experts from the University of the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

Only 3 active COVID-19 cases left in Bogo City as of Oct. 19

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu–Bogo City in northern Cebu is left with only three active cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Monday, October 19, 2020. The city government shared the good news in an advisory posted on its official Facebook page shortly after noontime on Monday. In its advisory, the city said that its active […] The post Only 3 active COVID-19 cases left in Bogo City as of Oct. 19 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Philippines reports 2,379 new COVID-19 cases

Manila [Philippines], October 18 (ANI/Xinhua): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 356,618 after the Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,379 new cases on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Philippines reports 2,379 new COVID-19 cases

Manila [Philippines], October 18 (ANI/Xinhua): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 356,618 after the Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,379 new cases on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Talisay City active COVID-19 cases drop to 10

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Talisay City’s active coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases have dropped to 10 on October 15, 2020, after no new cases have been recorded. The Talisay City Public Information Office said that the drop was due to two recoveries recorded on the same day. Read: Number of active cases in Talisay City […] The post Talisay City active COVID-19 cases drop to 10 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Navotas City only allows cemetery visits by schedule

Navotas City is only allowing residents to visit cemeteries by schedule to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection in the city this Undas or All Souls’ Day. Mayor Toby Tiangco on Saturday said that the residents should first reach out to the contact number provided by the local government to express their intent to visit a cemetery and get a schedule when they will be allowed to do so. “May sistema ng scheduling na magtetext sila, bibigyan sila ng oras para siguradong hindi puno ‘yung cemetery (We are scheduling them through text messages. We will give them a schedule to ensure that the cemetery will not be crowded),” Tiangco said over CNN Philippines interview. According to him, residents are then given two hours to visit and pay respects to their departed loved ones. However, they are not allowed to eat or drink there as the said activities might lead to catching the virus or infecting others. “Then, may pagitan na two hours para sa labas pasok ng mga tao (from the cemetery) and then two hours ulit para doon sa mga (bagong papasok) (Then, there is a two-hour gap for the exit of first batch visitors before another batch would be allowed,” Tiangco added. Tiangco said that they are taking various safety measures to maintain its gain in its COVID-19 response. “Ang gusto lang namin maging safe (muna ang sitwasyon) bago lumabas ang tao (We first want to make sure that the situation is safe before allowing our people to go out),” he said. As of the latest University of the Philippines’ OCTA Research data, Navotas City is the second lowest city among 17 Metro Manila cities in terms of COVID-19 attack rate. The city only has an attack rate of 4.9 percent per 1,000 population, according to the said research. “This serves as a validation of all our efforts to keep our constituents safe from COVID-19. However, we need to stay vigilant and careful. We cannot let our guard down because our cases could go up any time,” he said......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Northern Mindanao now tops COVID-19 cases in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 October) – Northern Mindanao has surpassed the Davao region’s seven-month record of having the highest number of COVID-19 cases among Mindanao’s six regions. Northern Mindanao surpassed Davao’s record on October 13, with 3,727 cases against Davao’s 3,679, up from 3,577 and 3,611 on October 12, according to data from the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Mandaue: No COVID cases for Oct. 16

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Mandaue City has recorded no new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) today, October 16, 2020. That is according to the latest COVID-19 update released by the city’s Public Information Office in its Facebook page. The number of active cases has dropped from 94 on October 14 to 88 today, October […] The post Mandaue: No COVID cases for Oct. 16 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

Number of active cases in Talisay City remains at 12 as of October 14 

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Talisay City recorded two new cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and two recoveries on October 14, 2020.  In a late night post on October 15, 2020, the Talisay City Public Information Office (PIO) revealed that the cases were recorded in Barangays Lawaan I and Linao.  The case in Barangay Lawaan I […] The post Number of active cases in Talisay City remains at 12 as of October 14  appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

SurSur tourist destinations closed anew as COVID-19 cases spike

BUTUAN CITY, October 15 (PIA) -- The famous Britania group of islets and other tourist destinations in San Agustin town in Surigao del Sur are now under temporary closure since October 10, 2020 due.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Central Visayas logs 103 new cases, recovery rate hits 89%

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Central Visayas has logged 103 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, a day after the active cases in the region dipped to below 1,000. In the October 14 case bulletin issued by the health department here, DOH-7 said the 103 new cases include 55 from […] The post Central Visayas logs 103 new cases, recovery rate hits 89% appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

No new COVID-19 case recorded in Talisay City on Oct. 13

TALISAY CITY, Cebu—There were no new cases of COVID-19 logged in Talisay City on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.  In the latest bulletin posted on the city’s Public Information Office (PIO) Facebook page, the number of active cases dropped to 12 after recording three recoveries.  The recoveries have reached 869 for a recovery rate of 89 […] The post No new COVID-19 case recorded in Talisay City on Oct. 13 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

3 new cases, 2 recoveries in Talisay City

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Talisay City recorded three new cases and two recoveries of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) based on an update posted on October 13, 2020. The Talisay City Public Information Office (PIO) revealed in the post that as of October 12, 2020, the active cases in the city remained at 15 out of the […] The post 3 new cases, 2 recoveries in Talisay City appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

Number of active COVID-19 cases in Talisay City drops to 15

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The number of active Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Talisay City has dropped to 15 as the city recorded only one additional case on October 11, 2020. The new case is a 20-year-old female from Barangay San Isidro who was swabbed last October 10, 2020 in compliance with travel protocols. […] The post Number of active COVID-19 cases in Talisay City drops to 15 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

CDO’s COVID-19 cases breach 1,000-mark

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 11 October) —  Cagayan de Oro’s COVID-19 cases have breached the 1,000-mark after a 37-year old female patient and her husband tested positive, Dr. Joselito Retuya, chief of the City Health Office (CHO) said. Retuya said the couple exhibited symptoms of cough and high fever. The CHO on Saturday released […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

28 new COVID-19 cases in Davao’s Toril police station; total at 58

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 October) — Twenty-eight detainees and personnel at the Toril police station here have tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the station’s total cases to 58, a top official said Monday. Major Michael Uyanguren, Toril police station chief, said the 28 were part of the 38 individuals whose swab samples […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

Sara Duterte reimposes curfew, liquor ban in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 October) – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has ordered the reimposition of the curfew and liquor ban, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting October 15 to December 31, 2020, amid the surge in the number of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city. During her live interview over […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

Philippines reports 2,502 new COVID-19 cases

Manila [Philipinees], October 11 (ANI/Xinhua): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 339,341 after the Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,502 new daily ca.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

16 Consolacion brgys now COVID-free

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Only five of the 21 barangays in Consolacion town continue to have cases of the coronavirus disease as of Sunday, October 11. The rest of the 16 barangays are now free of the infection, the municipal government announced. Barangays Jugan and Nangka continue to have three cases each while Lamac, Poblacion […] The post 16 Consolacion brgys now COVID-free appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020